After my post yesterday about 2006 I thought I’d write something about 2007 and what I’m hoping for.
Palm Applications: MiniMusic
One the things I’m most looking forward to in 2007 is new applications from minimusic. If you look at their development calendar you’ll see what they’ve got planned for next year, and it looks really appealing.
1st off there’s MixPad an application for mixing MIDI files. MixPad is the next application that they plan to release, and, like the others so far it will use the Krikit sound engine. Once MixPad arrives you’ll be able to create sounds in SoundPad use them in NotePad or BeatPad and then export them to MIDI to mix them in MixPad. The suite of apps will really take on a new dimension I think with the addition of MixPad.
Next I hope that there will be a new version of NotePad. In version 1.5 I’m hoping for the ability to export a song file as a .wav file onto memory card. Things will become very interesting if that comes about. In theory you’ll be able to create a .wav file in NotePad export it, and import it into Bhajis Loops. That would in effect give you the ability to have sounds created in SoundPad used in Bhajis Loops. Now that would be interesting. Or indeed, if you made percussion sounds in SoundPad you could use them (as .wavs) in Microbe and then export from Microbe to Bhajis Loops. I do like the thought of being about to move sounds and files around between all these apps, and I think that is really on the horizon now.
After NotePad I’m waiting for SpinPad. I have played with the demo of SpinPad for ages, since the day it was actually released in fact, and I find it so interesting. It is a completely unique interface for making music. I don’t know where they got the idea from, but it is great. Again, if this uses the Krikit sound engine and has the ability to export to MIDI so you can then pick up your work in MixPad, that is going to be amazing. MiniMusic will have done an amazing job.
Of course it doesn’t end there… I’d also like to see updates to SoundPad to include other wave forms, and features like locking banks of sounds. I’d like to see updates to AxisPad to allow recording of performances.
Finally, I’m holding my breath for WavePad the Palm OS multi-track digital audio editor. I don’t know how it will work, but the idea is a really exciting one.
Palm Applications: ChocoPoolp
I would love to see some new developments of Bhajis Loops or Microbe, but I doubt that this will happen in 2007 which is a shame although understandable. There was some discussion of a mini synth application on the Bhajis Garden forum, but nothing has happened as yet.
Pocket PC Applications: SSEYO
I hope that SSEYO will continue to develop their miniMIXA application, and possibly even port it to the Palm platform? Again, apps like Griff and Syntrax don’t seem to be being actively updated, so miniMixa is sort of the only thing left. It would be nice to see more developers joining in.
It is difficult to say what will happen hardware-wise in 2007? Will Apple bring in a smartphone or newton update? Will it have a micro version of Garageband that you can use?
Mixing / DJ’ing
There seem to be more applications on mobile phones that allow you to do things like remix tracks and make ringtones from mp3 files and the like, maybe we’ll see more of this kind of application come to the surface? Who knows, it could be interesting.
In 2007 I’d like to get along to the Mobile Music Workshop. The one in 2006 was in Brighton and I’d wished I’d gone along.
… so, lots to look forward to, lots to comment on, lots to enjoy making music with. Here’s to 2007.