MODALapp requires Android version 6 or above. Google introduced official MIDI support in Android 6 (Marshmallow) - the app relies on this feature to communicate with our devices.
Connecting a Modal device to an Android device:
In order to connect a Modal device to an Android device, you will need an OTG (On-The-Go) adapter compatible with your devices’ USB port (Micro / USB C). Once the device is connected, you will need to ascertain whether your device has an “Enable OTG” or “Mount USB” setting. This varies between Android device manufacturers in terms of wording and location in the settings menu, but you may need to activate this setting or similar in order to enable USB Host connections. On some devices this setting will reset after 10 minutes of inactivity and need to be enabled again.
Note: In this setup, USB powered Modal devices such as CRAFTsynth 2.0 and SKULPTsynthesiser will be powered by your Android device; this may cause the battery to drain faster than usual. Battery drain can be reduced by using a powered USB hub between the Modal device and the Android device.
If your Android device is running version 6 or above but MODALapp isn't appearing in the Google Play Store:
We have seen some Android devices reporting an operating system version higher than the one which is actually running i.e. the ‘About’ page in settings will say Android version 8 but the OS is actually running version 4. The Play Store will detect this and prevent installation of MODALapp on incompatible devices.
The way to check this is to go to ‘System Settings’ > ‘About Phone’, then click on the ‘Android Version’ Entry. Check the ‘Kernel Version’ number, if it is 3.18 or above then your device is running Android 6 or above and MODALapp should be available.