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2.9.4 Audio Upgrades + Update on 3.0

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it’s been so long since we posted an update. Here’s what’s going on…

Lightning Bug 2.9.4

Last weekend we released some patches to Lightning Bug with the following audio upgrades:

– Users with devices running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or greater will now benefit from a totally new audio component for eliminating playback gaps. This new component has much improved stability and provides totally clean playback when the app is moved to the background! If you are using Android 4.1 or higher, Lightning Bug will automatically use the new component as long as you have ‘Lightning Bug Audio’ enabled under clock settings.

– Over the last few weeks we’ve had a lot of complaints from users, especially those on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, of the audio system crashing. So we’ve also made some tweaks and bug fixes to the original audio component for devices running Android 2.3 – 4.0. These changes will also apply automatically.

As always, if you experience any problems with Lightning Bug, audio or otherwise, please contact support AT

New App

It’s been a long time since we released a major update! I want to assure you that the new app is under development and looking absolutely *fantastic*! So I think it will definitely be worth the wait. It’s still a little premature to announce a release date, but we will be sending out invitations to beta test the new app soon! Beta seats are limited, but if you would like to participate please contact support AT!

– Chris

2.9.1 Jelly Bean Fix + Update on 3.0

Greetings all!

Since the release of Jelly Bean we’ve gotten quite a few reports of Lightning Bug crashing on startup for some Jelly Bean devices. Unfortunately, we hadn’t been able to reproduce the issue on our Jelly Bean test devices, so it looked like we were just gonna have to live with it.

But then yesterday we were contacted by a user in Germany named Ralph who was gracious enough to run Lightning Bug while his Jelly Bean phone was hooked up to the Android SDK debugger tool. This is an advanced debugging step, and one we would usually try to avoid, but it totally paid off. Ralph sent us the system log from his debugging session and voilà. So, thanks to Ralph the issue is now patched and 2.9.1 has been released to the Play store!

On another note, a lot of you have been asking about the status of 3.0. Just wanted to let you all know that development is in full swing and the new app is looking and sounding fantastic! There’s no release date yet, but should be ready in another month or so.

We can’t thank you enough for your patience, but thanks all the same!

– Chris

Who is State Azure? + Cubicle Pi: Converging

Who is State Azure?

State Azure is a UK-based electronica artist who’s been putting out some killer ambiance lately. If you’ve noticed his name listed as a contributor to Lightning Bug, its because he’s also been sending us some great audio samples and loops to use in Lightning Bug since the 2.0 release. And we’re totally stoked to tell you that State Azure has now published both an album and an EP online!
Reminisce EP

Check out his tunes and give him a shout!
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A Note On The Recent Lightning Bug Plugin Outage

Hi everyone, we wanted to give you an update on the recent outage Lightning Bug experienced.

Around the 9th of June some users began to notice that Lightning Bug was no longer able to download plugin content. Many of you emailed us about the issue and we quickly verified that, in fact, the server we used to host Lightning Bug’s plugin content was no longer online. Continue reading A Note On The Recent Lightning Bug Plugin Outage

Cubicle Pi: Celtic Elements

We’ve gotten a lot of requests for something “celtic” … and since it’s St. Patty’s Day we thought some of you might like an update on that!

Celtic Elements
A little darker than our usual scenes, this takes place near an Irish river bank during a Druid ritual. Chanting swells in and out while bagpipes and flutes play in the distance, wind chimes and thunder signal the coming rain.
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Cubicle Pi: Sweet Scenes from the Developer’s Desk

If you follow Lightning Bug, you know we constantly ask for feedback and ideas on what you want us to improve. And in case you don’t know yet, we’ve set up a feedback voting site here at So check it out! You guys have already given us so many great ideas for new features and content and we can’t thank you enough. In fact, we’re hard at work on Lightning Bug 2.7 which will contain a lot of the long-overdue features you’ve been asking for!
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