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Blender Android app

I have a few questions about the Blender Android app I was hoping someone could answer for me... Much appreciated.

1. I've long since given up hope of manufacturers actually making a tablet-specific versions of their Android apps (instead of just scaled up apps for phones) but would it be possible to at least incorporate a landscape mode (into the phone app)?  The reason being, of course, that MOST tablets have some kind of a kickstand or contraption which, pretty much, always keeps the tablet in the landscape mode so having the app start up and stay in portrait is very awkward.

2. From watching TC Helicon's "Getting Started with Blender" and "Blender Demo" videos on YouTube prior to purchasing the unit, I was under the impression that multiple people can connect and control their mixes from their devices.  However, that doesn't appear to be the case (at least not on Android!).  Is this coming in the future app update (or has this feature been abandoned altogether)?

3. Finally (not strictly Android app related) but since I am finding it basically impossible to use Blender to record anything on an Android device (either my phone or my tablet - both of which are recent and powerful devices) I have, more or less, resigned myself to using my Windows laptop (which works fine if the buffer size is set big enough).  So my last question is - are there any plans to come up with a Windows version of the control app (which would work over the USB cable rather than Bluetooth)?  If I have to use a laptop anyway (to record something) it would be nicer to do everything on the laptop and not to have to have two different devices (Windows to record and Android to control the mixer).

Thanks,

Marko

marko_m Contributor - Level 1 2020-01-08

2020-01-08

Blender Android app

I have a few questions about the Blender Android app I was hoping someone could answer for me... Much appreciated.

1. I've long since given up hope of manufacturers actually making a tablet-specific versions of their Android apps (instead of just scaled up apps for phones) but would it be possible to at least incorporate a landscape mode (into the phone app)?  The reason being, of course, that MOST tablets have some kind of a kickstand or contraption which, pretty much, always keeps the tablet in the landscape mode so having the app start up and stay in portrait is very awkward.

2. From watching TC Helicon's "Getting Started with Blender" and "Blender Demo" videos on YouTube prior to purchasing the unit, I was under the impression that multiple people can connect and control their mixes from their devices.  However, that doesn't appear to be the case (at least not on Android!).  Is this coming in the future app update (or has this feature been abandoned altogether)?

3. Finally (not strictly Android app related) but since I am finding it basically impossible to use Blender to record anything on an Android device (either my phone or my tablet - both of which are recent and powerful devices) I have, more or less, resigned myself to using my Windows laptop (which works fine if the buffer size is set big enough).  So my last question is - are there any plans to come up with a Windows version of the control app (which would work over the USB cable rather than Bluetooth)?  If I have to use a laptop anyway (to record something) it would be nicer to do everything on the laptop and not to have to have two different devices (Windows to record and Android to control the mixer).

Thanks,

Marko

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Re: Blender Android app

Hi @marko_m ,

It's very unlikely that the Blender app will receive any major updates, or that a windows version of the app will be created. The main purpose of the app is to give you more performance control because a touchscreen with all the sliders is a bit faster than doing things on the device. If you're planning to record from a computer and don't want to use two devices, I'd recommend using the physical controls on the blender to control anything  you need to; there aren't any controls on the app that aren't also available from the physical device. 

I wasn't aware that there was an  issue with Android where you couldn't connect multiple devices to one Blender; can you elaborate on this? Is your blender not showing up as available when you try to connect a second android device? 

 

Hope this helps, let me know if you have further questions Smiley Happy 

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Re: Blender Android app

I think I can answer to some of Marko's questions, at least in regards to connecting multiple phones to blender. The ability to connect multiple phones to Blender is a feature akin to airdrop. iOS phones have the additional hardware that allows them perform this function, but many android phones do not have the same functionality, unfortunately. Without standardization across all Android phones, we can't implement it without a ton of technical issues arising. It's the same issue with a lot of audio interfaces for Android. The latest phones can run the app, but the majority of android users still use older phones, they would have a lot crashing and reliability issues. We try to limit our features only to the ones we can guarantee a consistent experience between phones on the same OS. 

That being said.... You should definitely be able to record on the device. I would be interested to hear more about that. 

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