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.
MUSIC GADGETS for Palm OS – 12 essential tools for musicians, in one handy package! Metronome — Tuner — Stopwatch — Transposer — Piano Keyboard — Time Calculator — Song Duration Calculator — Delay Calculator — Pitch-MIDI-Frequency — Key Signatures — Diatonic Chords — Chord Symbols. Twelve tools for the price of one. With so much information in the palm of your hand this is a must for every musician.
Updated and working for OS5 devices now.
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.
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.
If anyone is looking for a free metronome app, here’s one over at CleverParrot software. The source code is there too if you have HB++ running.
Fair enough, this has nothing to do with handheld music making, but I so wish it did. I think that the idea of having a whole environment for creating new effects or synths in your pocket is wonderful. Of course, I have no idea of who difficult something like this would be, but I wonder is it that difficult from latest additions to miniMIXA in terms of modular synthesis?
Seems like Tim Cole and miniMIXA have made a big impression in Japan. Click on the title to go to Tim’s blog.
I know I’ve posted quite a lot about MixPad from miniMusic in the last few weeks, but I thought it was worth another note to say that it is on sale at present, so do go over and take a look.
MixPad is a full featured MIDI file player/viewer/mixer. It will let you take any raw MIDI file with you on your Palm compatible handheld or phone. You can play the song with our Krikit audio engine, on connected MIDI hardware, or on a sound card if your handheld has one. MixPad differs from any other MIDI file applications for the PalmOS; it includes powerful graphic support for easy viewing and mixing.
Usable for real performance situations, or music practice, MixPad gives you a powerful real-time mixer interface to control channel volumes, panning, and solos and mutes for every track during playback. The main display gives smooth scrolling of all MIDI data (including velocities and controller data) and zooming. Unlike other MIDI file players that use hundreds of kilobytes (or even megabytes) of memory for sound samples, our software synthesizer generates audio without any recorded sound; it’s only 10k! Song files are also very small (usually under 100k).
MixPad works only as a song player/viewer/mixer. MixPad Pro, available later this Spring, will offer additional recording and editing features. We will offer MixPad Pro as an upgrade to all MixPad users; you’ll only pay the difference in price, so there is no reason to wait! We are already working on the first free MixPad upgrade that will let you change tempos, instruments and transpose songs!
Introductory price only $19.95 US (Regularly $29.95) Buy Now, especially with this cool icon!
4Pockets are the makers of two of the latest applications that I’ve added to my collection of mobile music making software:
and, Audio Box Micro Composer:
I hope they stay, and I hope that they make more applications for mobile music, even if they don’t, here’s to a couple of good solid applications.