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System Control via Smartphones
My bride and I are at the place where our RAZR's (the very flower of 2004 cellphone tech) are finally beginning to fail.
I will consider a Smartphone (iPhone or Droid) IF I can utilize it for control systems in the church. Main areas I would want to get control of would be Crestron, Extron and Yamaha. To a certain extent, Crestron control would give me Extron control, since our IN1508's are programmed into the Crestron system.
I know StageMix runs on the iPad. Any iPhone or Droid options yet?
I am researching separate from this post. But I wanted to reach out the the wonderful lake of knowledge and experience which lies here as well!
I'm an android fan but unfortunately our world (audio/video/Lighting) is comprised of mostly apple programmers. It's for that reason that there are more apps available to task in our environment written for iOS. Now from what i'm hearing and seeing in the industry that is going to slowly shift. If you want to hit the ground running then iOS device would be the way to go. For me i can do anything from my phone although the interface is bit more clunky since i'm usually remote controlling a PC from the small screen. Once more dedicated apps come out for android i will be a very happy camper.
After using alot of the iOS apps out there that run on both the iphone and ipad i have to say having an ipad is really worth it. My hands are just to big for the little bitty screen on the iphone.
When it comes down to which phone is better it is purely personal taste since most of the smartphone are running the exact same hardware. If the iphone didn't use itunes and wasn't so small i might have picked one up by now. Currently i'm waiting on a device in the 4.6" to 5" range to come out before i pick up my next phone. The thing i just really like about android phones is the ability to plug them in to any computer and tell it how to behave. My favorite mode is "Disk Drive" mode which turns your phone into a Drive so you can move files on and off of it. This is not only great for loading up videos and audio on to your phone but for moving files instead of carrying thumb drives any more. Yeah i could go on and on about how much i like the platform but out of the gate the apps in our industry are a bit one sided right now.
P.S. I forgot to answer your questions.
So far Crestron and Extron have apps on both platforms...I haven't used all of the features in both so it's hard to compare.
Stage Mix only comes on the iPad since it was layed out specifically for that resolution screen and size.
Yamaha doesn't have StageMix for android yet.
Presonus has an app for their mixers for iphone and ipad
i can't remember any others off the top of my head
Last edited by Gracetech; Sunday, October 9th, 2011 at 12:11 AM.
I personally would skip using the smartphone and focus on iPad or tablet applications. A bigger surface to work with, a dedicated device, not having to deal with receiving e-mail or a call while using it for other purposes, etc. are all factors that I think are better served with that approach.
There is a Crestron application for remote control from iOS and Android devices, however it is not just a software app for the device, both the device and the control system have to be on a network and the control systems has to be programmed to work with the remote control. I believe it is not really a DIY concept unless you happen to have the related Crestron software for programming the control system to add the remote device control and are familiar with doing so.