Nanoloop Running on a Palm Zire 71

Now that is cool, I really must get around to trying this out. I’ve been meaning to try two emulations on my T3, firstly running GBulator with Nanoloop and apps by 8 Cylinder inside it (as seen in this photo of GBulator with Nanoloop, and also running Atari ST old music software on CaSTaway.

It has to be worth a go, certainly I think that the GBulator with Nanoloop / 8 Cylinder will work, I think that the Atari ST idea might be harder and less likely yet still worth a try.

So, there’s a job for February.

Any other kinds of emulation worthwhile for palm?

SSEYO miniMixa in action

Here’s an interesting video of miniMixa in action live. Stuff like this just makes me more intent on getting to grips with it.

SSEYO miniMixa

I have made abortive attempts to get to grips with this app a couple of times, but I’ve never been able to get my head around it. However, I gave it another go today. I sat down with the manual and started to try and get my head around it. Well, I didn’t get very far at all. I just couldn’t get it into my head at all.

I’m not going to let it go though, I will keep at it until I can say for sure whether it is something I want to play with on a regular basis or not.

I’ll report back on how it all goes.

Audio Box Micro Composer: A first look…

I had a quick look at this application today. It was interesting to find that the application ran on my old Jornada 568. I had a look at the track arranger and the voice controller. All quite straightforward and easy to use. The pattern arranger was easy to deal with except for using drums. That wasn’t so good.

Overall it is an interesting application. In some ways a bit like Griff, and in others like Bhajis Loops.

I think it is a good application from what I’ve seen so far, but it doesn’t have a lot of new features that you can’t find in other applications.

I have to say that the interface is very nice indeed. I especially like the VU meters.

Update on Palm Sounds

I thought I’d write about what I’m planning for the rest of 2007…

  • A Palm Sounds web site to contain up to date information on projects / links etc
  • A download page to get palm apps that can’t be found elsewhere
  • A photos page of screen shots of applications
  • An events calendar for what’s coming up during this year and beyond
  • Palm Sounds Mac OSX Widget
  • Revamp of the Palm Sounds store (boo hiss)
  • A regular podcast (well, fairly regular anyway)

That’s just the start really, there is more, but it needs more work. Hopefully some of these things will be up and running in the next week or two.

Collaborative Music Creation

Here’s an interesting link to a patent that’s just been filed by Magix AG (DE). It is for a way of using phones and PDAs to create music between multiple users.

Who knows how long it will take for something like this to get into the public domain, but nevertheless, it is interesting.

MiniMusic Treo 680 problem fixed

The minimusic site reports that they’ve fixed the issue with Treo 680 devices. Now they can move on to releasing some excellent new applications for this year!

StyleTap update

StyleTap has been updated to run on Window Smartphone. Excellent!

It is good to know that it is still getting developed and moving forward. I’d like to see it keep on moving forward. Here’s my StyleTap wish list:

  • Support for miniMusic applications like SoundPad
  • Support for conduits

and here’s my dream list:

  • Emulation for other platforms like Symbian
  • Multiple instances of a palm OS

Let’s see how it moves forward.

Audio Box Micro Composer

This is (I believe) one of the few Pocket PC music apps / studios I haven’t really got to grips with. This is mainly because it requires a 400mhz CPU and my old pocket pc runs at about 230.

Anyway, I decided to load it and see if it runs at all, and it does, although with some limitations.

Visually it reminds me a lot of Griff, although functionally it makes me think of Bhajis Loops. Anyway, I plan to play with it some more soon and see how useful it will be on my old Pocket PC.

Here’s some info on Audio Box from the 4Pockets site:

AudioBox is an all in one virtual recording studio and sound creation tool for your Pocket PC. Create your own musical compositions without the need for additional software or dedicated hardware. Inspiration doesn’t always strike whilst sat at your PC, so if you’re a budding musician looking for a quick way to lay down your ideas or want to create complete compositions then this is the only package you need.

The Pocket PC alone does not have the ability to play standard MIDI files. This is because it lacks the necessary hardware support in the form of Wavetable synthesis necessary to achieve this. This means that at best you are limited to playing simple WAV and MP3 files. AudioBox solves this problem by allowing you to create your own virtual instruments which are fully configurable. AudioBox allows you to emulate the sound of classic analog synthesisers which became widespread in the 80’s and are still at the heart of modern music today. Customise the sounds to match your style of music or use the presets, it’s up to you! AudioBox also comprises a digital sampler, a dedicated string pad synthesizer and a drum machine allowing you to create your own customised drum kits and instrument sounds.

Of course having the ability to generate sound isn’t everything… AudioBox is a complete music composition package with both track and score editing. The interface is simple to use, and yet provides a comprehensive range of features.

Audio Box allows you to create up to separate 16 tracks, each track assigned it’s own instrument. An integrated mixing desk allows you to control the overall mix as well as assign multiple effects to each channel. The real time effects include digital delay, reverb, chorus, phaser, low / high pass filters and more.

AudioBox also features the ability to automate instruments, effects and mixer settings using custom controller messages sent from the sequencer. Quite simply this allows you to control settings such as mixer pan and fader settings by simply drawing on a controller graph. During playback these settings are relayed to the mixer in real time.

Audio Box has the ability to work in high quality 44Khz mode or 22Khz mode for some slower models of Pocket PC. The polyphony and number of effects are only limited by the speed of your Pocket PC, so there is nothing to hold you back!

System Requirements

  • 5Mb Storage Space
  • 5Mb Minimum program memory
  • xScale 400Mhz or better processor

TuneStudio: Some thoughts and information


I found this information at CDM, which (in my opinion) is an excellent site for up to date info. CDM were at MacWorld and got to see the TuneStudio first hand. Theire post on it is well worth a read.

I think that the development of the TuneStudio is an interesting development for the iPod. Does this make the iPod a reasonable platform for music recording?

As I understand it the TuneStudio creates a single wav file sitting on the iPod, which is not great for post production work.

But I was thinking. If the TuneStudio was able to create a wav file for each track and then stick those in the iPod, they could be exported to GarageBand or another DAW and then you could do whatever you wanted with them.

Possible? I don’t know?

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