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Palm Hardware: Tsunamidi

On a theme of old expansion modules, I couldn’t leave out this one. Famed as being the only module with true MIDI in capabilities. This tone module offered a full General MIDI sound set and wavetable synthesis. The Tsunamidi was about the same size as the Palm V Modem. It took two AA batteries and didn’t use any additional power from the handheld.

It had a built-in speaker and headphone jack and a port for an AC power adapter. There was also a special cable (included) that gave you full sized MIDI-in and MIDI-out ports to connect to any electronic music instruments or equipment.

The original box included the Tsunamidi Unit, storage bag, ear-bud earphones, 2 AA Batteries, MIDI-in/out cable, and a mini-CD containing free MIDI software (demo versions only).

Tsunamidi was made by Singapore Shinei Sangyo Pte. Ltd. Here are some nice quotes from the original launch of the device:

“The Tsunamidi product is a valuable and convenient add-on for musicians everywhere,” said T. Nakagaki, chairman, Shinei Group. “Its tools to create and edit music complement the Palm V handheld’s mobility and simplicity to allow musicians to practice their art wherever they are.” “Composing music has been traditionally limited to a studio,” said Byron
Connell, vice president, Consumer Markets Group, Palm, Inc. “The Tsunamidi frees musicians to compose music anywhere with just their Palm handheld and their imagination.”

I did like this unit, but I could never get the MIDI in to work right. However, the sound quality was very good indeed.

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SpinPad: A whole new approach to sequencing

I posted recently on the possibility that SpinPad would become available in 2007. If you haven’t already you should give the current beta a try (albeit that it is an OS4 app and I’m not sure if it works under OS5).

Here’s what it looks like in practice:

The final version is going to support the Krikit Audio Engine, and I expect it will have the same zero latency as MixPad does today.

What I am most looking forward to is the unique interface, and the new approach to sequencing that will come with SpinPad.