Live Off The Floor: The Merch App Dev Blog

Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Live Off The Floor

Recording a track live off the floor is perhaps the most intense, raw, magical way of capturing a performance. Everyone is playing together, reacting to each other in real time and working towards the same goal of making the best music possible. I always loved recording this way because often it’s the mistakes and unexpected turns that produce the most magic.

As our team continues to work away on Merch for iOS and the web, we think it’s important to talk about what we’ve been doing, the challenges we’ve come up against and how we’re solving them. It’s totally transparent and raw, just like those live recordings. It’s a great way for us to give back to the dev community and share some of the what we’re learning along the way.

A Note For Musicians
This category of the blog will contain some serious code nerdery, but if you’re into that sort of thing then please follow along!

Lay Of The Land

Our mobile app is built on iOS and we’re building the web app with Rails. On the front-end, we’re using JS, Sass and the grid from Foundation to help make things responsive. The web app and mobile app share a common Parse database and we’re using the parse_resource gem to tie everything together.

As we progress, you’ll be hearing from Brock Whitbread (@zapRowsdowr) and ┬áTaha Jalil (@tahaadiljalil), our fearless rails developers as they work on v1 of Merch App.