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Happy Birthday to me! PalmSounds is 11 today

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In years gone by I’ve done more to celebrate PalmSounds birthday, especially last year of course where we celebrated 10 years of mobile music. 11 doesn’t seem like such a big deal perhaps, but in some ways it is even more significant. In the UK 11 is an important age. It’s an age where you move up to big school, where things get serious. Perhaps that’s not the best analogy for PalmSounds, but in a way it’s a good way of looking at mobile music and how things have changed, how they’ve developed and progressed. I think that the world of mobile music has come of age in many ways.

I started thinking about that after MMM2017. That was not only an excellent event, but also pivotal in many ways. It signalled a coming together of so many different aspects and parts of the mobile music world that normally don’t intersect. It was also significant that it was opened with a key note by Peter Kirn from CDM and was closed with me talking about the future, something I plan to revisit in the next week or so.

So I think that PalmSounds turning 11 could be significant in many ways. We’ll see if I’m right.

PS. If you hadn’t guessed it, the cakes above spell “Palm Sounds 11”, if perhaps not entirely successfully. However, like many things with PalmSounds, it was a bit of an experiment.

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AUMI 1.1.5 is here

AUMI is a sadly overlooked app. The app is designed to be used by people with limited motion and it is ideal for that. In this latest update it gets even better. Here’s what’s new:

  • A new reporting interface lets you control the reports much better.
  • You now can use a larger image from the camera for a less blurry picture.
  • You can also suppress the video image entirely.
  • MIDI instruments now can sustain notes in monophonic mode. They also can use cursor velocity.
  • Improved instructions – glossary items in particular
  • Bug fixes having to do with saving settings, colors of things, and crashes in Zooms.

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MIDI Check arrived for all your MIDI monitoring needs

A new app for you MIDI monitoring and diagnosis needs. It shows the connected hardware or virtual sources/destinations. Also incoming MIDI messages log including; sent test messages or notes.

Current Features:

  • See/detect, hardware/virtual active MIDI connections.
  • See all incoming messages.
  • Send test notes on/off and control messages.

**NOTE**
Yamaha Bluetooth MD-BT01 users -> According to Yamaha user manual; all MIDI related application should be closed before bluetooth midi connection. Run the MIDI Check after connection established. If not you’ll not be able to see the Yamaha midi connection on the app. This is not an application’s issue. Because Yamaha use own BT protocol.

Upcoming Features:

  • Music keyboard improvement.
  • Custom message send possibility.

MIDI Check costs $1.99 on the app store now

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Moon Beam Synth/Sampler get its first update in 3 years

Any app that quotes the venerable SK-1 as an inspiration is worth a look. The app’s original description is:

“Inspired in part by the Casio Sk-1’s lo-fi sonics/sampling, the Moon Beam also adds features only possible in the touch screen world: bend keys independently!!! You can of coarse also bend all voices in sync using the touch pad.

The Moon Beam Synth/Sampler gives you:

  • Unique key independant pitch bending
  • 2 sample/oscillator layers for each voice… or split them to top and bottom keyboards.
  • Effects (Delay/Reverb,Filter,LFO,Vinyl Noise,Distortion)
  • Easy sampling
  • Easy sample editing
  • 4 octave keyboard + 2 pitch ribbons
  • 1 assignable effects touch pad”

The latest version, the first update in over 3 years brings …

  • Midi support
  • AudioBus
  • Presets (Default and User created)
  • LFO with noise mix
  • Sendable Knobs (to FX pad or LFO)
  • Increased Performance
  • Fixed a handful of audio glitches

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Patch Base 2.6 brings goodness for Roland synth owners

Patch Base is a very useful app for anyone who has classic hardware. Personally I use it for my CZ101 and it works really well. In version 2.6 Patch Base adds:

Editors for 4 classic Roland synths:

  • JV-1080
  • JV-2080
  • XP-80
  • XP-60

Each synth features a separate editor for Patches (regular synth voices) and Rhythm Patches (drum kits)!

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GridComposer 1.1 gets on the bus

I do like saying that, and I really don’t get enough opportunities to do so. In version 1.1 GridComposer adds Audiobus and Inter-App Audio support. Now you can stream live audio directly to other Audiobus and IAA compatible apps! Also 1.1 brings improved Midi support. You can now send notes via Core-MIDI to other apps.