SampleWiz is crashing. Is there anything I can do? If SampleWiz is not starting properly, try reinstalling the application. The easiest way to do this is to delete the app from your device and re-download it from the App Store. You will not be double-charged by Apple for this.
How do you rename presets in SampleWiz? To save a preset, open the preset menu by tapping on the preset name in the main screen. At the top of the preset menu is the preset name text box. To save your settings with the same name, you can just tap the save button (the button on the right of the preset name text box with the disk icon). To save with a different name, type the new name into the preset name text box. To do this, tap the preset name text box and the on-screen keyboard will appear. If you want to erase the current name, tap the gray "X" on the right side of the text box. To allow you to save a number of presets quickly, we also provide a feature that creates a unique name for your preset based on the existing name. When you tap the save button and the name in the preset name text box is the same as an existing saved preset, we don't just give you the standard "replace existing" or "cancel" dialog. We also give you an option of saving your preset with a new preset name based on the existing name. For instance, if you try to save a preset called "Hendrix Wiz," and you haven't deleted the included Hendrix Wiz preset, you'll see a dialog that includes an option to save your preset with the name "Hendrix Wiz-2." Of course, if you want to save your preset with another name, simply type that name in the text box and save it. Another often-overlooked feature is the ability to set the icon of every preset. To do this, tap the icon button in the top-left corner of the preset menu. Then, you can select any image from your photo library to be an icon for your preset. The image will be scaled and cropped to the appropriate size and displayed next to the preset in the preset list. It will also be included with the preset when you email the preset.
I I see that some settings are available through the Settings app. Where do I find this? The Settings app is the app that you use to change a lot of different settings for your device: Wi-Fi, system sounds, your lock screen wallpaper, etc. Most people are familiar with using this app to change settings for apps provided by Apple. However, many other apps, including SampleWiz, also place some options in here. We place the app-wide options (the ones that aren't stored in presets) in here. The Settings app is typically found on the first page of your device's apps. This is its icon:
Are you going to make a version of SampleWiz for Android? We are actively working on applications for Android, but they will not be identical to our iOS applications. From the very first version of the iPhone, Apple provided support for low-latency touch handling and low-latency audio, and these are both vital to creating high-quality musical instrument apps. In version 2.3 of Android, a low-latency audio API was made available, but Android support for audio is still far behind that of iOS. We do feel that Android 2.3 opened the door for us to create the kind of apps we want to create, but they will not, at least in the short term, be at parity to our iOS apps. Also, many other talented developers are creating wondeful musical instrument apps for iOS, and Android has no high-quality musical instrument apps of which we are aware (please let us know if you have information to the contrary). For these reasons, if you are considering the purchase of a mobile device for the purpose of making music, we strongly recommend purchasing an iOS device if this is a viable option. If you do purchase an Android device, get one that is running 2.3 or later or that will have the ability to upgrade to 2.3 or later. Be aware that many Android devices currently on the market are running 2.2 or earlier, and these versions of Android will not be compatible with the apps we create. Though you might think our outlook on Android is negative, we are actually quite excited about the prospects of musical instrument apps on Android. The Android-x86 project allows Android to be run natively on standard PC hardware. As this project matures and as PCs gain better touch hardware, our apps could potentially run on systems with larger interfaces and significantly greater computational ability. While the iPad is a much larger interface than the iPod touch, the full surface area of the screen is almost exactly the same as a single octave of a piano keyboard. If we could create apps for screens with four or five times this surface area, the results could be quite remarkable. Also, our audio synthesis is currently constrained by available computing power, and every bit of computing power with which we are provided gives us new opportunities for synthesis.
I'd like to use SampleWiz for recording or a stage performance. Do you have any suggestions on how to do this effectively? The simplest option is to connect a cable from the headphone output of your iOS device to your computer or other destination. For a computer, you'll need a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable. For a 1/4" stereo input, a standard 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter can be used on one end of this cable. When using the headphone out, levels must be managed to minimize distortion and noise. This is best accomplished through trial and error; raise the headphone volume on the iOS device as much as possible without causing distortion. Then, adjust the volume on the destination to the desired level. When using the headphone output in this manner, your iOS device should not be connected to a computer over USB. Even if no data transfer is occurring, syncronization signals will induce considerable noise on the line. If you wish to keep your iOS device charged while using it for recording or performance (which is recommended), use a wall charger. Another option is to use the true line-out from the dock connector. A stereo line out is provided on the dock connector, and a number of dock-connector accessories are available to break this out to an audio cable or connector and a charging cable or connector. Yet another option is to use an audio adapter with its own D/A converter on the dock connector. Several USB audio interfaces work with the iPad and Apple's Camera Connection Kit. A device compatibility listing is available on iOSMIDI.com (this page is focused on MIDI functionality, but there are notes on audio functionality, also).