Could we see the multi-track audio editor from miniMusic in 2007? The current miniMusic development calendar says Summer 2007. Who knows? There isn’t much to go on at the site to tell you more about what is going on and what the application will do exactly, but perhaps there will be an update in the coming months.
I had a first play with StompBox today, and I have to say it is fantastic. The quality of the effects is brilliant, and the interface is very slick and easy to work with.
I managed to chain a few effects together and then create a simple loop, but nothing more. Next time I plan to have a go at doing more with chains and saving them.
Stompbox is good fun, but I think it will be more than just fun, although I’m just starting to work with it.
If you could have any new kind of music application to run on a handheld, what kind of application would it be?
I often wonder what I would want next, and I think that the most obvious choice for me would be a multi-track recorder of some description, but I wonder how feasible that kind of software is.
The other thing I’d like to see would be some kind of algorithmic music generator or improviser, a bit like the madplayer hardware used to work, but in a more intuitive way. I think that kind of software would really lend itself to a mobile environment. It could give you the ability to generate a track on the go and then refine it either on a handheld or move it to desktop or laptop.
What would you like to see?
I liked the Handspring Visor PDAs, and I especially like the idea of the springboard expansion slot. I know it was entirely proprietory and useless with everything else, but then again it was, at least for it’s day, very innovative indeed.
One of my favourite spring board modules was the beatplus. The sounds from it weren’t nearly as polished as those that came from the Swivel Systems SG20, but for that reason I liked the edge it had on the sounds it made.
I sold mine a long time ago, and I kind of wish that I hadn’t so I could have a museum of sorts of these old devices.
Well the “iPod as a studio” space seems to be hotting up with the announcement of a new product by Alesis, the iMultiMix 8 USB, an 8 channel USB mixer with iPod integration.
Bigger than the TuneStudio from Belkin, but with what is clearly a much wider feature set. Here’s the details on the Alesis site so far.
PROFESSIONAL 8–CHANNEL USB MIXER WITH iPod® RECORDING
The iMultiMix 8 USB is a sturdy, compact all-in-one tabletop mixer and recorder that features 100 studio grade 28–bit digital effects, a built–in limiter to avoid distorted recordings and an integrated iPod® dock with control wheel transport controls for fast, easy direct–to–iPod® recording.
As an important addition to the Alesis line of highly acclaimed mixers, the iMultiMix 8 USB is the first to feature integrated iPod® control and recording capability. The iMultiMix 8 USB represents the first mixer to fuse together professional quality mixing, 3 band per channel EQ, guitar/line inputs, built-in FX and iPod® recording in a single, intuitive package.
Once recordings are completed simply transfer using iTunes to move your recordings to a computer with Mac OSX or WindowsXP without need for a special driver or complicated set–up. All channels are recorded down to CD Quality stereo 44.1 or 48kHz either via USB or to iPod®. Record to computer, to iPod®, or to both, simultaneously.
- Integrated iPod recording
- 48V phantom power
- Four high-gain mic/line preamps (XLR and 1⁄4” balanced)
- Built-in limiter to avoid distorted recordings
- 16-Bit / 44.1kHz and 48kHz recording to computer via USB
- Two guitar mic/line inputs
- Aux sends and returns
- 100 on-board, 28-bit digital effects – Reverb, Chorus, Flange, Delay
- Three band per channel EQ with high/low shelving and mid band pass/reject
- Steinberg Cubase LE recording software included
From the looks of those features it is going to appeal to a slightly different audience than the TuneStudio from Belkin, but in many ways that depends on the initial price.
The good news is that there is some competition in the market and that can only be good for prices and innovation.
I’d like to see something more portable myself, I think that there is space for something that uses the iPod in this way, but retains the essentially handheld nature of the device. Also, something that does something with it on a more software focused basis would be really interesting.
Who will enter the iPod studio space next, and with what new innovation? I can’t believe that no one else is going to play…
Here’s a good post of Tim Cole’s blog about the launch of a course on miniMIXA at Slough Young People’s Centre. I think it is fantastic that stuff like this is springing up.
The launch was covered by BBC Radio 1Extra which means it has got really wide coverage. Let’s hope it is just the start of something big.
As educational software goes EarTrain is very cool. I think it is fair to say that it is aimed at children, but I have found myself playing with it for an hour at a time.
EarTrain includes 10 levels and a Practice level to freely explore and hear different intervals at your own pace. Instructions are built into the software and various playback preferences are available. Fully compatible with Palm OS 5 and includes full support for enhanced sound (either using the Beat Plus Springboard module or the sound card built into all Sony T, NR, NX, NZ and TG-series Clies) and MIDI output.