Microsoft Gets Groove On With Surface Remix Music Mixing Touch Cover [Video] - HotHardware
Microsoft Gets Groove On With Surface Remix Music Mixing Touch Cover [Video]

Microsoft Gets Groove On With Surface Remix Music Mixing Touch Cover [Video]

Microsoft has gotten a bad rap at times over the years for being a bit too square and not really understanding what the cool kids want out of their tech, and those criticisms have certainly at times been warranted. But the company’s Surface Music Kit app, and especially its associated Music Cover, is very, very cool if you’re into making music and mixing beats, and it’s one of the most intriguing surprises of the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch.

Microsoft Surface 2 Music Cover and Surface Music Kit

There’s been a lot of great audio software out there for a long time, but when it comes to mixing, adding effects, and otherwise editing audio on a device such as a tablet, the interface becomes a limitation. It’s tough to tap to create beats or input an effect, but the Music Cover solves all of that.



The Music Cover has touch-sensitive buttons and sliders that let you more easily input and adjust items. It’s a relatively small and unobtrusive accessory that you can take with you to work on your music anywhere.

For music-makers that aren’t so much into beats, the Surface Music Kit (which is the actual app) and the Music Cover let you edit audio and “record” effects and other adjustments in real time.



It appears that the Surface Music Kit app is something of a competitor to Apple’s GarageBand, but it lacks the killer feature of being able to record audio directly into the device via a microphone or instrument input. (At least, as far as we can tell without actually playing with the thing. There are some reasonably solid USB mics out there, so it's not out of the question that you could do it.)

Microsoft Surface 2 Music Cover and Surface Music Kit

We wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft developed a Music Cover that made direct input possible, though; it appears that one of the strategies the company is employing with the Surface 2 line is encouraging the development of powerful accessories, or “blades” to augment what the devices can already do.

You can’t buy one of these yet, unfortunately, and there’s no word on pricing, but you can try to win one at the Surface Remix Project website.
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This kind of thing has a lot of potential.

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Ok.... Um...... How do I put this.......... Best accessory idea ever? Yups, that'll do.

Seriously I mean this thing is just cool! I'm not a DJ or anything but the idea is sound (pun intended), very unique, and hopefully usefull!!!!! Now this is thinking outside the box right? Whether you are pro, anti, or indifferent, towards MS you have to be sitting there hoping more devices adopt input ideas like this one.

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If Microsoft is going to legitimately compete with Apple in the tablet space, fostering this "OMG-that's-a-killer-accessory!!!" concept will be the ticket. As a music guy, I'm kind of blown away by this thing.

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What if they expanded it to include covers for other specific career fields? Adobe Photoshop or generic photo editing covers (a real kick in apples graphic design pants), word/excel covers, even gaming specific covers ie. Dota2, world of Warcraft. Possibilities could be endless if this idea and surface as a whole continues to do well!

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Any thoughts about my above comment??

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I think that's what MS is considering doing, actually. It looks like they're calling the concept "blades"--as in, this thing is a music-related blade. But theoretically, there could be a blade for anything. It opens up a whole new market for third-party super-peripherals. You're right, why not a blade for graphic designers, or gamers, or accountants, etc.? Really cool approach, IMO.

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Really Microsoft ? Is this the Killer App ? So for every specialized Application I use I'd have to carry around a specific "blade" ? Kind of defeats the purpose of having a Touchscreen for the UI controls. LOL.

Super-peripherals to add even more cost to the already faltering device.

just another flimsy mechanical device prone to wear and tear.

ZUNE - " who'd want one ? " lmao

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