New videos show off how the Surface Music Kit works

One of the most surprising things about the new Surface tablets when they were first announced was the introduction of the Music Kit, which combined an accessory that attaches like the Type and Touch Covers with a specific app to help users remix songs. So far, Microsoft has yet to announce when the Music Kit will be released but today it posted up a number of videos showing how the accessory and app will work.

The seven short videos, posted on the Surface YouTube channel, show how the Music Kit app break downs songs into different components, which can then be manipulated by the Music Cover blade. Other videos in the series show how to use specific functions. One is Loop Mode, which lets the user loop a section of a song over and over again so they can add or change aspects of that loop until they are happy with it.

The other videos go over how the Surface Music Kit can import new sounds to use in projects, along with the ability to create new sounds and music and adding sound effects via the accessory's sliders. Finally it shows how it can export tracks as MP3, WAV or WMA files to share with others.

While we are still waiting to see when Microsoft will actually release the Surface Music Kit, the company is still accepting entries in its contest that asks people to Tweet how they would use the product. Microsoft will announce the winners on October 28th, who will then receive their own Music Kit.

Source: Surface on YouTube

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This looks pretty cool. It's another of those apps that Microsoft should be making to show that Apple aren't the only ones who can make great creative apps for non-pros.

Big potential here, i can see some of the big names in midi getting in on this in some way, having ableton loaded on surface with a pressure sensitive control surface attached would be cool!

yes and no. Linkin Park already got it's own remixing kit for it, but as a midi gear it's seem to be useless because of poor resolution of the sliders (in midi world you need at least 128 steps).

Can this take input from an external device and if so is there any word on the latency?

The ability to through a surface into a gig bag and use at sessions for recordings is appealing - if it has the feature set.

I don't understand the point of blades. It seems like MS missed the memo on what a tablet should do. These "blades" should be UI on the touch screen, not separate devices.

Rosyna said,
I don't understand the point of blades. It seems like MS missed the memo on what a tablet should do. These "blades" should be UI on the touch screen, not separate devices.

certain things work better with tactile feedback, and pressure sensitivity, as is the case here. No one is saying you HAVE To use one, but if you want to you can do.