Music Studio Lite

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Description of App: 

Music Studio offers a complete music production environment for the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch with features and a sound quality previously only known to desktop applications and expensive audio hardware. It combines a piano keyboard, 11 studio-quality instruments (65 in the full version), a fully fledged 127-track sequencer, extensive note editing, reverb, real-time effects and much more on a user-friendly interface. Visit www.xewton.com for video tutorials, forums and demo songs! AWARDS & REVIEWS OF THE FULL VERSION • "A recent composition of mine started on the iPhone with Music Studio" - Jason Hayes, lead composer of "World of Warcraft" • "GarageBand on your iDevice" - TouchMyApps.com • "Music Studio is loaded to the brim with features and is a no brainer for composers" - AppAdvice.com • "If you’re at all serious about your music you can’t really afford to miss out on this app." - razorianfly.com • "Music Studio justifies the purchase of an iDevice if you're really into it." - appfreakblog.com • Awards from BestAppEver.com, iPhoneAppsPlus.com, Palm Sounds FEATURES • Photorealistic, dynamically configurable 60-key keyboard (85 in the full version) • Instant positioning via the slide gesture and resize with the pinch gesture • Drum pads, chord pads and chord programming • 11 studio-recorded instruments (16bit 44.1kHz sampled from real instruments) • Release and attack time configurable per instrument • Sustain samples • Pitch bend wheel and accelerometer control • Audio tracks: • Microphone recording • AudioCopy & AudioPaste • iPod library or wav/mp3/AAC/ogg file import • Waveform and audio region editing • Record up to 8 channels simultaneously with CoreAudio (class compliant) hardware • Low-latency, highly optimized, 64x polyphony, battery saving audio engine • 10 beats (drum loops) • High-quality reverb • Resonant filter effect • 127-track sequencer • Beat & metronome settings (tempo, signature) • Per-track mute, solo, effect bus, pan and volume adjustment • Edit whole tracks or bars, down to individual notes: Draw, quantize, transpose, repeat, move, length, velocity, etc. • Unlimited undo and redo • Detailed in-app help • Play or record 2 different instruments at the same time with 2 keyboard rows • iPhone 4 Retina Display supported • Compatible audio hardware: iRig, iRig Mic, Ampkit Link, Blue Mikey, Apogee Jam LIMITATIONS OF THE LITE VERSION • Saving, exporting and sharing is disabled, hence only one song can be created • Only 11 instead of 65 instruments are available • The number of audio tracks is limited to 2 (up to 127 in the full version) • The keyboard is limited to 5 octaves instead of 7 (85 keys) • 3 Effects are not available: delay, equalizer and amplifier • Only 10 instead of 100 beats • The full version features iTunes file sharing and a WiFi server for exchanging files with your computer. • MIDI import/export is disabled. • No add-on packages (+60 instruments) • No external MIDI hardware is supported. The full version is compatible with: CoreMIDI (MIDI in and out), Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer I & II, Akai SynthStation 25, iRig MIDI, Alesis IO Dock and iConnectMIDI Free email support at support@xewton.com - Questions, feedback and bug reports are welcome!

Version: 

2.0.7

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 4

Accessibility Comments: 

This app is completely inaccessible. This is a shame. The app has a lot of potential. I think the developer of this app should be made aware of the needs of VoiceOver users.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads no page elements.

Button Labeling: 

No buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is totally inaccessible.

Comments

Get To The Roots Of The Problem!

I downloaded this app and discovered a big fat nothing. With all due respect to all who are working on accessibility issues, I think we are failing to get to the roots of these issues. Trying to attack accessibility one app at a time is banging our collective heads against a wall. There have got to be a few specific patterns of development that lead to an accessible app, some others that lead to one that is completely inaccessible, and still others that lead to one that's somewhere in between. The "Tips And Tricks" apps are in this latter category, with VoiceOver reading the tables of contents but not the text in each chapter. What there needs to be, is a section added to the existing accessibility guide, which clearly identifies these patterns. A developer may test their app, discover it does not work at all with VoiceOver, yet have no idea why, or what to do to change the situation. It's not enough to merely make them aware of our needs. They need clear ideas of what strategies of development might have caused the "big fat nothing", or the text within chapters to be unreadable. Every developer has his/her own programming style, which could even include using automated code generation tools, a style which he/she has been accustomed to for years, which might unknowingly produce non-speaking apps. Without access to the source code of an app, or at minimum, some documentation of its development process, none of us can draw any conclusions as to what caused it to be inaccessible and what needs changing. And it is such conclusions we *NEED* in order to make constructive suggestions for improvement when an app comes along which is inaccessible.

Music studio review

I recently downloaded this app and of-course found it completely inaccessible. I was very disappointed as I had high hopes for the app. I am currently studying music technology at a college in Liverpool and have had a lot of experience of this kind of thing where software is concerned. I was so dismayed that I rote a review on the app store. Here's what I rote. "I recently downloaded this app because I am interested in music technology and making music, I was also very excited about features that this app offered and how it might help me in composition and other projects. I downloaded the light version,opened it,and discovered that it was completely inaccessible with the voice over screen reader on the iPhone. Being blind, I use voice over to have the same level of access to apps as sighted people. I was dismayed to see that this app was inaccessible, because there are other music apps that work very well with voice over, and thankfully the number of inaccessible and flash based apps is dwindling. This is the most fully featured music sequencing app that I have seen so far, and I would urge the developer to take accessibility seriously and include at least some voice over support in a future update. There is a large blind community out there, and this would be really, really appreciated by them and me. Sorry to waffle on, but it has to be said. It frustrates me, when the blind community is left behind when so many of us have a talent in music but cannot get the access we need to software like this." I would be interested to know peoples thoughts on this, as I feel this app has a lot of potential.