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May 14, 2008 8:47 AM

Check Out The Audiotool

Nothing’s better than clicking a link and discovering something new and cool, especially an app that is both visually impressive and functional. Well, here is just such a link.

It’s called Audiotool. It's an online virtual reproduction of audio equipment like drum machines and mixers.

And the best part is if you know how to use them you can make real music. (Or if you don’t you can watch this.)

When in Audiotool you get an overhead view of the equipment that takes up your whole browser. You connect inputs and outputs, adjust dials, press buttons. You can move pieces around to a configuration you prefer.

It can be a little obtuse if, like me, you’re generally unfamiliar with how to make music this way, but I still found it fascinating how one option in creating interfaces for broadband applications is to simply mimic analogous technologies from the real world. And more impressive is how well it appears they were able to pull it off.

They, in this case, being a German company called Hobnox that describes itself as a next-generation entertainment and rich-media publishing platform.

To check out a fully interactive demo of Audiotools, just click this link, accept the terms of usage, and you'll be able to see for yourself what I'm talking about, a use of broadband that's both cool and functional, a killer combination.

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Thanks for picking up the story on the Audiotool. We’re all really excited about the progress of the demo and we're currently working on additional functionality. Keep checking back for updates and in the meantime check out Joa (one of our devs) with the Audiotool in action, combining the capabilities with a MIDI keyboard:




Posted by Ryan on May 14, 2008 4:16 PM

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