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Keezy

Turn your iPhone into an instrument

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Adam Kazwell
Love the animations @pasql ...for the people new to Keezy, check out this vid for advanced techniques (and to be amazed): http://vimeo.com/80036953
Nathan Bashaw
Welcome to PH, @pasql! I'm curious - will Keezy ever have a "record" mode? Or the ability to listen to stuff other people have recorded? It would be cool!
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Maker
Hi! I'm Pasquale. I'm one half of Keezy (the other is a very talented engineer named Jarod Luebbert). The fellas invited me to do an AMA. Shoot any questions through!
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Maker
@nbashaw We've been thinking about "record" a lot. Record is something that's typically pretty cumbersome in audio software. You have to deal with boring things like trimming, exporting & hosting. If we do something like recording, we want to do it in a way nobody has ever seen before. Something amazing, yet intuitive enough that anybody could use it. We have a few ideas around this, but we don't want to ruin the surprise or make any promises.
julius tarng
one of my biggest ux gripes with anything that records is when it actually starts recording. the clearest ui i know is to show the progress bar of the soundclicp, or waveforms, or a timestamp of record progress. what did you find during development as an effective way to mitigate, esp for such a time critical thing like these? tbh i think this is one thing that keezy doesnt do super well yet. all my beats/noises are always like a split second off cuz theres this fancy animation and im not sure when the recording actually starts
Ryan Hoover
@pasql - Welcome, sir! Keezy is badass but I suck at it. Do you have plans to make it easier for noobz like me? P.S. I used to kill hours playing with MTV Music Generator on the Playstation (http://www.ign.com/games/mtv-music-generator/ps-13748) when I was a kid. No matter what I did, the music sounded dope.
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Maker
Julius! Good question and points. The animation for recording is something I've been massaging. The tricky part is not in the presentation, but more in the logistics of how we do recording right now. Currently it's primitive in the sense that it doesn't trim silence at the beginning of the sound. Keezy records immediately. Perhaps this is a case where we need an instantaneous state change. Rest assured, it's been on my list for quite some time.
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Maker
Ryan - oh yes. Many plans to make it even easier. As well as instrument updates, I'd love to do more music lessons, like the one we did with Francis and the Lights: http://vimeo.com/80036953 Like any instrument, the best way to get better is practice! What is challenging for you right now?
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Maker
Brb getting my face numbed at the dentist, but get the whole internet in here!!
Lenny Hu
I'm pretty bad at this too (admittedly I haven't watched the videos yet). Any plans to implement a metronome or some default sounds?
Ryan Hoover
@pasql - So back in college, I picked up the guitar like every other 20-something single guy. With practice, I could learn the chords but eventually gave up, frustrated trying to nail strum patterns. TL;DR: I'm not a musician. It's challenging to weave sounds I create with Keezy into something that flows. It might be easier if a track could play continuously, looping without having to tap it again. GL with the dentist!
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Maker
@lenny - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with the next version we're dropping. I highly recommend watching the videos to get inspired!
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Maker
I'm still at the dentist. I can't feel my face. This is amazing.
plc
@pasql it'd be cool if you were always recording and instead of stopping and starting record it was just a matter of pruning.
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Maker
@plc You're talking about something I've been kicking around for quite a while. Don't want to spoil anything, but I have some pretty fresh ideas about how that could work.
Ryan Hoover
Keezy 1.2 is now out with board list - http://vimeo.com/82407103
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