Finger drumming

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I don't have much time this morning, so I'll just point you toward a fun post by Joe Pater on finger drumming.

He focuses on iOS apps, and writes that

I worry that Android users may be out of luck – I’ve tried a few apps on a couple different phones, and I found them unusable because of the lag between tapping and sound.

 …but this has not been my experience with a couple of the many Android finger drumming apps.


  1. bks said,

    August 31, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

    Makes my carpal tunnels sing just watching it. –bks

  2. Joe Pater said,

    September 1, 2015 @ 11:56 am

    Thanks for posting this Mark! Good to hear you've got apps working on Android to your satisfaction. When I tried a couple different phones, including a recent samsung, and a couple different apps, the lag was noticeable enough for me to not use the phone for that purpose. It'd be interesting to know if this is variation between apps, hardware, or human tolerance for lag…

  3. Rod Johnson said,

    September 1, 2015 @ 8:56 pm

    Android phones are notoriously unsuitable for music apps because of their built-in latency. It's an architecture issue that has no solution (yet), though Google is supposedly working on reducing it. Every semester I work with teams of students who are developing mobile apps, and this is an ongoing frustration for the Android teams.

  4. Rod Johnson said,

    September 1, 2015 @ 11:33 pm

    Did my comment here get caught in a spam filter?

  5. Rod Johnson said,

    September 1, 2015 @ 11:35 pm

    (Apparently not–it wasn't showing up until I posted, though. Sorry for the multiple posts.)

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