Ninja Jamm Music making app from Ninja Tunes
Ninja Jamm is a sample based four channel touch controlled music making app and is now available for Android OS.
And it’s FREE! We love that word!!!
Ninja Jamm was designed by the co-founders of Ninja Tunes and legendary electronic music musicians, Coldcut, who are the masters of sample based music.
Ninja Jamm was released two days ago for Android and is available at the Google Play store.
There have been over 300,000 downloads of Ninja Jamm on the Apple Store for iOS users and the app is a huge hit.
The app is of course completely touch screen based since this is the way iOS and Android apps work so touching to mix and mash music clips in the clip matrix, triggering and scratching one-shot samples, tilting and shaking to apply radical effects, and recording are all done onscreen. You can also share you jam direct to social media.
Why so long to get onto Android?
Have you ever wonder why most music apps seem to launch first and sometimes only on iOS and not Android. It seems that with Android there are bigger challenges.
Coldcut co-founder Matt Black explains the challenges with Ninja Jamm on Android…
“Android latency is an issue,” maintains Matt Black: “Most Ninja Jamm functions are not impacted too much by latency, but for the ‘stabs’ page one needs to develop an advanced ‘Ninja’ technique to anticipate the latency! All Android apps tested so far have this issue; only a few devices — mostly manufactured by Samsung — have decent low-latency hardware. It’s a huge issue, much discussed by a community of Android music-heads. This is one area where iOS is well ahead, and parallels the long-time superiority of Mac over PCs for the financially small but very influential business of music production. There’s not a lot that we can do about latency, but Ninja Jamm on Android is still a lot of fun regardless so we thought we’d dive in and give it to the massive now, rather than wait for several years until the big boys resolve the issue.”
Ninja Jamm is an open invitation for anyone to dive in and start creating their own electronic music…”
But it’s not all bleak for Android users… they’ve got one over on the MAC fanboy club with this one…
“In the meantime, what Android users have here is a potently powerful, extremely easy-to-use music-making app like no other. In some respects the Ninja Jamm experience on Android actually improves upon its iOS forerunner. For example, the Android-only optional MultiScreenLayout functions allow access to all screens simultaneously,” says their press release.
Coldcut have their own module in the app, the Coldcutter, dating back to their claim to having first invented an algorithm now known as the ‘buffer shuffle’ whereby loops are virtually chopped into equally-sized slices so they can then be reordered, repeated, reversed, and omitted. This is a potent tool for exploring infinite beat variations. The latest Coldcutter lets the user shuffle, then holds the variation until told to reshuffle, resulting in each new sequence being recognised as a groove.
Matt Black: “Humans love grooves, patterns, and rhythms… in both art and music I’d define this as a balance between repetition and variation.”
Ninja Tune’s Ninja Jamm requires Android 2.3.3 or higher and can be directly downloaded for free with four packs of creative content from Coldcut, Loopmasters, and renowned rapper Roots Manuva from Google Play.
(Note Ninja Jamm users can opt for Share+ extra as an in-app purchase to access all of the Share options and Android-only MultiScreenLayout to open up even more fun functionality for less than half the price of a decent cup of coffee!)
Several genre-specific Samplepacks from Loopmasters and remix Tunepacks from notable Ninja Tune recording artists can also be purchased as in-app products, priced between £0.69 (R 14) and £4.49 (R 20) apiece.
Check out the dedicated Ninja Jamm product webpage if you are not yet convinced. Did we mention it’s free?
Watch Ninja Tune’s promo video for Ninja Jamm here: