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Re: Everyday Looper - A Looper for the iPhone/iPod Touch
At 12:25 AM +0100 1/30/10, RaphaŽl - Mancing Dolecules wrote:
>Don't hesitate to tell me what you think about it, or ask me questions
>if things are unclear. On this mailing list will be fine as I read it
Thanks for coding this, and an even greater
thanks for giving us the chance to quiz you on it
I'm very interested, but I do have one question.
In the past, I've purchased some of your
competitor's products and found them to be
completely unusable for serious work due to
timing discrepancies (Loopy, for example).
It appears that using the touch interface to
trigger looping often does NOT result in the sort
of critical timing that is necessary for
recording useable loops. You tap the screen to
begin recording, and in some cases it's right on.
In others, there can be as much as a half-second
lag before it starts. And in a few other
instances, it ignores the touch altogether.
IMNSHO, this is not 100% due to the app. It
seems endemic to the iPhone architecture itself
and probably stems from the multi-threading
architecture (or, more accurately, the lack of
it), the pitiful amount of available RAM on the
iPhone (64mb for all applications?!?) and quite
possibly even the performance of the CPU. I've
had the same sort of lag suddenly attack the
keyboard as I've been typing an email, for
instance. It's just that email is not a
What's more, the lag is inconsistent, so it's
impossible to compensate for with technique.
I would imagine that there should be a way to
somewhat mitigate this in the application. But
since I'm sure a lot of it stems from the iPhone
system, I'm curious what you've done to solve
this issue in Everyday Looper.
I'm not trying to be confrontational here, 'cause
I'd love to see one of these looping widgets
actually work. It's just that I think there's
some limitation with the hardware platform that
makes this difficult at best (maybe later when
the iPad comes out, there'll be enough horsepower
to make it work). But if you've found a way
around the issue, I'm definitely all ears. :)
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