VividTracker v1.1 submitted to App Store

I have finally submitted v1.1 to App Store. It includes two things:

– Audiobus 2 support. This version of Audiobus is required for iOS 8, so I had to hurry up with submitting a new version of VividTracker to Apple.
– Rudiment Bluetooth keyboard support.

You can now connect a Bluetooth keyboard and use it to play notes in the same way as you would do in Protracker. It does not yet include all the nice features that you have in Protracker, but this is a good start and I will continue to work on this. For now, you can use they qwerty-keys to play notes and the cursor keys to move around with the cursor, just like in Protracker. The return key works as the STEP button in the user interface, i.e. you can play one row at a time by pressing the return button.

One limitation is that you have to press e.g. the down arrow key multiple times to move more than one row, i.e. you cannot just hold it down and let the cursor move automatically. I have an idea how to get around this problem for the next version, but it takes a little bit of time to implement and I want this version out now.

Another limitation is that VividTracker only supports English layout, but you can easily switch between different layouts in iOS so I don’t see this as a major issue.

In Protracker, you cannot play higher notes than B-3, which corresponds to key u. However, the keys i  9 0 o etc maps to C-4 and onwards, which in VividTracker allows you to play and change to another sample. This means the key i will be the same as “play sample #1”, 9 will be “play sample #2”, etc. This is a really neat feature for creating a drum pattern.

Protracker has many nice shortcuts that I want to implement, but I don’t know if I will be able to implement everything exactly the same way. For instance, I have not yet seen that it’s possible to read the F-keys on the keyboard in iOS. Protracker uses the F-keys for things like cut/copy/paste and to move to different pattern positions. For instance, F8 in Protracker allows you to jump directly to position 32. But I will have some sort of workaround, for instance that you instead of pressing F1-F10 will have to press SHIFT-1 to SHIFT-0 or something similar. However, that would then exclude features like storing pattern positions on selected F-keys, because that is done with shift+F6-F10 in Protracker.

Anyway, this is a good start, and a BT keyboard does indeed make the workflow a lot simpler. The next version will follow this version soon after it has been released.

  • Andrew Minatelli

    Super excited!