Trackpad drumming

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by 36183, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. 36183 Guest

    Jun 24, 2004
    I just got a really good idea for some cool garageband plugin for all us notebook user out there, well basically i was just doing some work on my machine then i tapped my trackpad and it made that silly frog sounds to indicate an error, me being in a excitable just start randomly tapping it for fun to make some noise :p

    then it thought what is different sections of the trackpad made different noises when you tapped it, you could have a mini drum trackpad drumkit the idea is just a novelty nothing to be taking seriously or used my pros but i think it would be a really fun thing to be able to do. you know sitting that tapping all over your tackpad like a crazy nerd.

    anyway, does anything like this exist ? is it possible? is the idea any good?

    let me know.
  2. XIII macrumors 68040


    Aug 15, 2004
    Yeah, that sounds like it could be cool. So the trackpad senses where you are tapping, and that corresponds to a drum sound? Hard to implement maybe?
  3. joshwest macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2005
    i think it would be cooler for tap tempo, drumming on trackpad i think would wear its sensor out reall fast
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    No, yes, and relatively.

    I'm 99% sure nobody's done this yet, but based on how Sidetrack works, were you to write a custom trackpad driver you could definitely do something like this. It wouldn't be sensitive to how hard you hit the trackpad--just "on" or "off"--and I don't imagine there's much of a market for it, but you never know--I've see far more useless apps than that.
  5. 36183 thread starter Guest

    Jun 24, 2004
    how weak can our trackpads be ? i thought they are meant to be able to cope with a bit of tapping.

    i couldn't write a trackpad driver, unless someone is wiling to give me lesson. I know it is not really a marketable product i was just thinking of some plugin that people could use for a bit of fun. i am sure it would be popular if it i was free cause i know very well that i wouldnt pay for something like it.
  6. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    I don't think it would wear out the trackpad- you wouldn't be drumming it like a real drum. I think it's a really cool idea though
  7. tibbon macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2006
    Go 'head and drum for a few years to give that Applecare some use!
  8. 36183 thread starter Guest

    Jun 24, 2004
    i dont see how tapping your trackpad could break it, they are designed to be tapped for clicking and if that could break them then there is a serious design issues.
  9. Tronoid macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2009
    Agreed, would buy this in a second

    The newest Macbook multi touch trackpad would be even better for this application. I would use the Battery 3 drumming application or something like Logic to build this... Perhaps Battery or Logic could implement this feature. Seeing as Logic is from Apple we'd probably see it there first.
  10. Ploki macrumors 68000

    Jan 21, 2008
    you can do that on the keyboard already
    its kinda useless without the velocity sensitivity.
    also fader control with trackpad would be nice (direct) but its too clunky anyway :)
  11. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    alot of music instruments and digital devices have similar functions and features...i remember the Korg Kaoss Pad had a durable touch/tracking pad.

    i dont think it would be that hard to map a matrix to the trackpad for some small sampling applications or with could definitely be expandable and i think it would be very cool.

    *esp if there were control settings when you entered that specific app; like logic, it iwll turn the trackpad into the sampling device and control parameters that way.

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