Q. Will SaxApps be available on Android phones.
A. The short answer is no. SaxApps are built using the Amazing Audio Engine which is available for iOS (Apple) only.
The long answer is that it is not viable for many indie developers such as us to create apps for Android. Contrary to what we are all lead to believe, the Android market is actually quite small. There are currently nearly 12,000 different android phone types from almost 2000 different manufacturers. These phones have a variety of screen sizes and most run the earlier, non feature rich versions of the 15 different flavours of the Android operating system. This makes it a nightmare for any app developer, a costly exercise, and ultimately is a smaller market than Apple. Less than 1 percent of Android devices have equivalent features to iOS and hence most developers opt for creating iOS apps only, unless they use an engine like unity which runs on both devices (but only on the newer versions of Android). The sad fact is that to convert any of the SaxApps from the native language of iOS (Objective C) to Java (Android) takes a lot of work. And then all the features of an in-depth technical product like SaxTracks are often not available. Android has limited features for multitrack recording and the Amazing Audio Engine is not an option for Android.
Q. Will SaxTracks and SaxBeats run on my iPad.
A. Both SaxTracks and SaxBeats have been developed for the iPhone and are not yet an iPad product as far as Apple is concerned. However, both can be downloaded and installed on the iPad, and will run the same as it would on the iPhone. The graphics may not be as sharp and it will not have the side menus and other features that iPad apps do, but they have been tested and run as an iPhone app on an iPad. Future versions on SaxApps will be developed as Universal apps and will have iPad native features. These are planned to be released as free upgrades.
However, SaxNotes has been developed for both the iPhone and iPad and is available in both app stores.
Q. I am trying to import tracks from iTunes, but they do not appear in SaxTracks.
A. SaxTracks uses .m4a format for importing and exporting. You need to ensure that when you added the original tune to iTunes, you chose the Apple lossless encoder (Click iTunes/Preferences/General/import settings). This should then export as m4a into SaxTracks.
Q. I select a backing track, and then touch play on the main screen. I don’t hear the backing track play.
A. Version 1 of Saxtracks will only play your recordings. You need to record with the backing track before you can play it. We are looking to change this in the next release.
Q. My recording is too big to email. Can I use DropBox?
A. DropBox sharing will be added to upcoming releases. Until then, select email and save as a draft. You should then be able to select the m4a recording and add to DropBox on your phone, or your MAC if your emails are synced with iCloud.
Q. I tap on the icons on the help page and nothing happens.
A. The help page icons are just information pictures. They are there to display what is available on the main screens and to suggest how the product should be used.
Q. When I record using no backing track, the “no backing track” always has the same date and time stamp and isn’t updated.
A. You need to rename the “no backing track recorded”, using the “pen” button and then touching the editing area/name, or it will always have the same date and time. The way the iOS works is that it will not change that date/time stamp of a file unless you create a new one. If you just record it again, it will use the same file and the date/time will show the original date/time.