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TouchDAW in BlueStacks
on a cheap Asus Vivo Book.

Running TouchDAW on BlueStacks

TouchDAW can be used with the BlueStacks App Player for Windows and it doesn't even perform too badly on the latest BlueStacks betas.

Given you have a Windows tablet or touch-enabled laptop running the real Windows (not the RT version!) and you want to simply use it as a replacement for an Android device to remote-control MIDI software on another PC, here is a relatively simple way to do that:
  • Install BlueStacks and get it all set up. You will need Play Store access (i.e: a Google account) etc. Be aware that BlueStacks won't really work without an internet connection and will probably send all kinds of data home to Bangalore while active.

  • Next install Bonjour on the tablet. This is required here as otherwise you would need to get all kinds of port-forwarding set up to enable networking with the emulated device behind its firewall. This can be a mess. Just get Bonjour, it's not sooo bad...

  • Use the Google Play app on BlueStacks to download TouchDAW to the virtual device.

  • The PC or Mac you want to connect to, should have RTP sessions set up in rtpMIDI or OS X's MIDI Network control panels. See the quickstart guide for details. Just create sessions, but do not connect anything. Bonjour should not strictly be required here.

  • Launch TouchDAW on the app-player. You will then see "tdaw (BlueStacks) RTP 1 & 2" sessions appear in rtpMIDI / Audio MIDI Setup. These are useless without port forwarding, though, so ignore them. Instead go to TouchDAW's setup and change its MIDI connections:
    Select WIFI / RTP. You should then see a listing of sessions offered by the machine(s) you want to control:

    (Of course you will see different names here, depending on how you named the PC-side sessions).

    Select the one you are interested in, click OK and TouchDAW will connect to it. The next time you start the app this will happen automatically.

  • Do the same for the app's second MIDI connection in case you also want to use the MIDI controllers.

This approach should also work with the emulator coming with the Android SDK. Performance however will be a lot worse than with BlueStacks unless you have seriously tweaked things.

Be aware that BlueStacks is in beta and things may change. We can not guarantee that this will work with future versions so please do not make purchase decisions based on this information without having tried things yourself.

We have not tested this with the Mac version of BlueStacks which traditionally has been behind the Windows version a lot. There are no touch enabled Macs as well, so it seems pointless at the time being.

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