As I sit here watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and watching the TV news of the world in 2018 retrospectives, I’m struck that we should let you know what’s happening with AudioKit. It’s been a banner year! Where to start?
We started the year on AudioKit 4.0 and while there have been many updates, we’ve also managed to keep the API fairly stable and so we’ve only grown to AudioKit 4.5. Believe it or not, that’s actually more a point of pride than zooming through versions like we did early on.
But, that’s about the only small news we had in 2018, everything else was huge. I can’t believe that all this happened this year:
- Our free, open-source synthesizer AudioKit Synth One was released in June. And, it became one of the most downloaded iPad synths of all time.
- I got to meet and befriend a personal hero of mine, Roger Linn.
- I gave one of the keynote addresses at ADC 2018 in London in November.
- AudioKit was honored to have both Synth One and our fundraiser app Digital D1 appear on several “Best Apps of 2018” lists, including Music Radar, Cult of Mac, Ask.Audio, and Stuff.tv.
- We’ve helped dozens of creative apps and aspiring developers reach the App Store this year, helping people with code. And, also promoting their apps on Social Media and this blog.
- Our Audio Developer Interviews began in February, highlighting the work of a wide-range of iOS audio developers.
- The AudioKit Core Team has grown to 20 people and we have over 150 people on our Slack channel.
And you want to know the crazy part? I think we’re just getting started. I believe 2019 will be an even better year for AudioKit than 2018.
AudioKit Synth One featured in all Apple Retail Stores in America in 2018.
First of all, users of AudioKit’s current apps (Synth One and Digital D1) will be getting significant upgrades soon. Plus, we have some killer new apps coming out. I’ll leave the marketing hype up to Matt, but I will say I’m super excited for our upcoming apps.
Thanks to everyone and here’s to a productive 2019!