Hexiano

Hexiano


Hexiano™ is a Free/Open-source isomorphic musical keyboard. Isomorphic keyboards are about 12 times easier to learn than the traditional keyboard layout.

Keyboard layouts supported are:
* Wicki-Hayden (Jammer)
* Harmonic Table (Sonome)
* Janko

This isn't just an app, it turns your Android device into a musical instrument like the Thummer (Thumtronics) or AXiS-64 (C-Thru Music). It works best on recent mid- to high-end devices with large accurate multitouch screens. Old or low-end devices tend to only support 2 simultaneous touches, and are very inaccurate.

On slow devices, especially with a single-core CPU, it's not responsive while it's loading and can take over 20 seconds to load all of the sound samples. Unfortunately, the Android sound system likes to hog the single processor core while it's doing this. I'm looking into what can best be done about this issue.

Planned features:
* Better preferences.
* Changes to key/note code.
* Velocity/Aftertouch.
* Partial Midi support.
* Bug fixes.

Thanks to David Randolph for releasing the source code for IsoKeys 0.76 and earlier under the GPLv3. It has been a great help for learning to develop for Android. This is the first app that I've released. (I'm now also learning the jammer!)

Note that ads and tracking have been removed in this release (too much of a learning curve). I intend to bring back the ads, but there will be a donation version without ads. F-Droid users will never see ads on this app (http://f-droid.org/ ).

Changelog:
* 0.82.1 ALPHA:
- Changed logo!
- Added 5 new colour schemes and changed default.
- Renamed colour scheme 'White' to 'Slate'.
- Reduced filesize slightly.
- Fixed media volume behaviour.
- Fixed square orientation crop bug.
- Minor cosmetic fixes.
* 0.82.0 ALPHA:
- Renamed from IsoKeys to Hexiano!
* 0.81.0 ALPHA:
- Load audio samples on-the-fly for a responsive startup with a nice splash-like visual!
- No reload of audio on screen orientation switch.
* 0.80.3 ALPHA:
- Preferences: Added MIDI outline and donate link.
- Single-touch Chording for Jammer!
- A couple of bug fixes.
* 0.80.2 ALPHA:
- Fixed some preference bugs.
* 0.80.1 ALPHA:
- Renamed package from com.inept.isokeys to org.gitorious.jamesjrh.isokeys
- Changed default layout to Jammer (my primary focus).
- Cleaned up some more code.
- Fixed multitouch.
- Cleaned up code a bit.
- Removed ads and tracking.
* (Based on IsoKeys 0.76)

Recent changes:
* 0.82.1 ALPHA:
- Changed logo!
- Added 5 new colour schemes and changed default.
- Renamed colour scheme 'White' to 'Slate'.
- Reduced filesize slightly.
- Fixed media volume behaviour.
- Fixed square orientation crop bug.
- Minor cosmetic fixes.
* 0.82.0 ALPHA:
- Renamed from IsoKeys to Hexiano!
* 0.81.0 ALPHA:
- Load audio samples on-the-fly for a responsive startup with a nice splash-like visual!
- No reload of audio on screen orientation switch.
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About Hexiano
Hexiano™ is a Free/Open-source isomorphic musical keyboard. Isomorphic keyboards are about 12 times easier to learn than the traditional keyboard layout.

Keyboard layouts supported are:
* Wicki-Hayden (Jammer)
* Harmonic Table (Sonome)
* Janko

This isn't just an app, it turns your Android device into a musical instrument like the Thummer (Thumtronics) or AXiS-64 (C-Thru Music). It works best on recent mid- to high-end devices with large accurate multitouch screens. Old or low-end devices tend to only support 2 simultaneous touches, and are very inaccurate.

On slow devices, especially with a single-core CPU, it's not responsive while it's loading and can take over 20 seconds to load all of the sound samples. Unfortunately, the Android sound system likes to hog the single processor core while it's doing this. I'm looking into what can best be done about this issue.

Planned features:
* Better preferences.
* Changes to key/note code.
* Velocity/Aftertouch.
* Partial Midi support.
* Bug fixes.

Thanks to David Randolph for releasing the source code for IsoKeys 0.76 and earlier under the GPLv3. It has been a great help for learning to develop for Android. This is the first app that I've released. (I'm now also learning the jammer!)

Note that ads and tracking have been removed in this release (too much of a learning curve). I intend to bring back the ads, but there will be a donation version without ads. F-Droid users will never see ads on this app (http://f-droid.org/ ).

Changelog:
* 0.82.1 ALPHA:
- Changed logo!
- Added 5 new colour schemes and changed default.
- Renamed colour scheme 'White' to 'Slate'.
- Reduced filesize slightly.
- Fixed media volume behaviour.
- Fixed square orientation crop bug.
- Minor cosmetic fixes.
* 0.82.0 ALPHA:
- Renamed from IsoKeys to Hexiano!
* 0.81.0 ALPHA:
- Load audio samples on-the-fly for a responsive startup with a nice splash-like visual!
- No reload of audio on screen orientation switch.
* 0.80.3 ALPHA:
- Preferences: Added MIDI outline and donate link.
- Single-touch Chording for Jammer!
- A couple of bug fixes.
* 0.80.2 ALPHA:
- Fixed some preference bugs.
* 0.80.1 ALPHA:
- Renamed package from com.inept.isokeys to org.gitorious.jamesjrh.isokeys
- Changed default layout to Jammer (my primary focus).
- Cleaned up some more code.
- Fixed multitouch.
- Cleaned up code a bit.
- Removed ads and tracking.
* (Based on IsoKeys 0.76)

Recent changes:
* 0.82.1 ALPHA:
- Changed logo!
- Added 5 new colour schemes and changed default.
- Renamed colour scheme 'White' to 'Slate'.
- Reduced filesize slightly.
- Fixed media volume behaviour.
- Fixed square orientation crop bug.
- Minor cosmetic fixes.
* 0.82.0 ALPHA:
- Renamed from IsoKeys to Hexiano!
* 0.81.0 ALPHA:
- Load audio samples on-the-fly for a responsive startup with a nice splash-like visual!
- No reload of audio on screen orientation switch.

Android Market Comments
A Google User
May 10, 2015
Very nice, please add MIDI support I noticed that this is open source, which is great. I wish had the bandwith to add that feature myself. Maybe you should make a paid or trialware version with this feature? Although the source code will still have to be released under GPL. No ads, please. If it's going to be donation-based, I'll be happy to donate.
A Google User
May 1, 2015
Still terrible. Reading the change log is a joke. We dont care about your new logo or your new name or your new color schemes. Add some more tones and some attack/decay options. My goodness is sounds horrible, how can you not know this?
A Google User
Apr 25, 2015
Interesting Nice job! Thanks.
A Google User
Mar 14, 2015
An interesting alternative keyboard layout Using Android devices sounds good for portable music playing, but is plagued by the lack of available buttons. A typical keyboard layout could work, but you miss out on some notes you can't fit on the screen. With an isomorphic keyboard like Hexiano, you can fit more on the screen. The alternative keyboard layouts are there, but a harmonic table is included for a more piano style layout. Overall, great keyboard layout that fits more in a small space that works very well.
A Google User
Nov 18, 2014
Interesting... y try to random pieces AND ENDED FINDING "NEW" CHORDS. FUNNY. NO LATENCY...LOVE IT.
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