I stumbled on this at PocketGear the other day and realised that I had found something new. Stompbox was released on the 14th of Feb and is quite different from the normal kind of music software you see for Pocket PC (or Palm OS for that matter). It seems to revolve around live performances using multiple effects that can be chained and adapted, then be saved using a “loop recorder”. Although I have to admit that I couldn’t tell you if that means you can export to a .wav file at the end of the process (which would seem obvious at least to me).

Anyway, once I’ve had a chance to play with this I shall review it in a bit more detail, that’s assuming I can get it to run on my aging Jornada 568.

Here’s what the write up in PocketGear says about it:

StompBox is the ideal companion for acoustic guitar players who want to get more creative with their sound. StompBox turns your Pocket PC into a personal practice amp and effects unit.

StompBox can be used to enhance any accoustic instrument and isn’t limited to guitar users. StompBox allows you to create chains of up to 9 effects, which can be placed in any order. Once you have perfected your sound, you can save the entire chain as a preset which can be recalled quickly and easily.

The built in loop recorder allows you to capture a few bars or even a whole song (memory permitting) which can be used as a backing track for you to play along with. For example, a guitarist may want to record a few bars of rhythm over which he can practice playing lead parts.

Effects Include: Overdrive / Distortion, Parametric EQ, Pitch Shifter, Phaser, Tremolo, Chorus / Flanger, Digital Delay, Digital Reverb and 7 Band Graphic Equalizer.

– 9 different effects pedals
– User definable effects chains
– 9 Simultanious effects
– Metronome (40-200bpm)
– 440Hz test tone
– Loop Recorder
– Supports 11,22 and 44Khz modes
– Manual Latency Settings
– Load and Save Patches

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