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MixPad from miniMusic: More info and pictures…

Here’s some more information on the current MixPad beta. So far I think the app shows real promise. It needs some of the functions to be switched on, but it works well in terms of what is expected in the beta so far. So, here’s to MixPad and its impending release in March.

Here’s the details.

MixPad Beta Test 2
MixPad has now had many of the issues solved with the Krikit Synth and is going into a new round of testing.The beta is due to expire at the end of March.

When you lauch MixPad it will open in the library with a listing of all MIDI files on the memory card. The beta only opens the first card it finds. In the top right corner are icons for the memory card, and the internal RAM. You can drag a MIDI file onto the RAM icon to copy the file into RAM. You can tap on the RAM icon to show MIDI files in the internal RAM. You can drag a MIDI file onto the trash to delete it. Tap on the MIDI file name to open it.

When you open a song, the notes are drawn as lines. In the tabs at the bottom you can see the velocity values for each note under the “vel.” tab, and pitch bends under the “ctrl.” tab. The Info, slider and piano tabs are not functional yet. You can zoom in and out with the icons on the right side, or you can scroll through the song (up/down, left/right scroll bars).
The play and stop buttons can be found at the top of the screen, or you can also use the application buttons (hardware buttons found on either side of the directional controls).

The “mix” tab will take you to the mixing board. This can be used to change channel volumes and panning in “Serial Port” or “Sound Card” playback modes, but the channel controls are not yet functional for playback with the Krikit Synth. The master volume control on the right side will affect Krikit Synth playback.

Choose “Close Song” from the Options menu to return to the file listings. Choose “Preferences” to change playback mode (SerialPort, SoundCard, KrikitSynth) or serial baud rate. Playback using “Basic Sound” is not yet supported.

Choose “Preferences” from the Options menu and “Play To: Krikit Synth” to play the song using our software synthesizer. With Krikit you can get rich polyphonic sound without any additional hardware. This requires an OS 5 handheld like a Tungsten, Zire 31, 71, or 72, or a Treo 600, 650, or 680, Tapwave Zodiac, or some Sony Clies.
Choose “Krikit Settings” to change the polyphony (or the sound bank if you own SoundPad). The other settings are not yet supported. If your handheld has a CPU faster than 200mhz, it should be able to run the maximum 32 oscillators. Slower handhelds (like Tungsten T or Zire 71) may need to be set as low as 16 oscillators. Most instrument sounds use more than one oscillator, so this number does not equate directly to note polyphony.

Krikit playback only supports NoteOn, NoteOff, Program Change and Tempo events. Pitch bends, channel volume and other control changes are not yet implemented, but they will simply be ignored if present in your MIDI file and should not cause an error. SerialPort or SoundCard playback support more control changes and other events.

Choose “Preferences” from the Options menu and “Play To: Sound Card” to play the song using the sound card built into some hadhelds. Sound Card playback should be available on these Sony Clies: T415, T425, T615c, T625c, T655, T665, T675c, NR70, NR70v, NX60, NX70, NX73, NX80, NZ90, TG50.

Choose “Preferences” from the Options menu and “Play To: Serial Port” to play the song using external MIDI hardware connected with a serial interface. This is especially easy to set up on older handhelds (Tungsten T or earlier models like the m125, 130, 500, 505, 515, etc.). Some newer models can be used for serial over MIDI but can only send data at the PC-2 baud rate (38,400 bps) which can be set in the preferences window. Your serial MIDI interface or serial “host” port on you MIDI hardware will need to be set to match (Mac or PC-2.

So you can see that whilst there are bits missing from the current beta it has got a lot of the final functionality available. Let’s see how things develop over the next few months.

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StompBox for PocketPC

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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Here’s a video I made using Electroplankton. I love Electroplankton. It is on one level so simple and easy to use, and yet it hides an amazingly complex set of musical tools. It makes the process of making music so enjoyable and such a simple discovery it is truly wondrous.

I find using electroplankton a real relief from the usual music technologies. It is like light relief. At some point I’m going to use some samples from it in Bhajis Loops.

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Bhajis Loops – Beat Slicing Tutorial

Here’s a cool video tutorial on beat slicing in Bhajis Loops. Nice.

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MixPad from miniMusic

Well, the long awaited next delivery from miniMusic is well on the way to being available. Now in beta test MixPad is a fully featured MIDI file player/recorder/editor. It will let you take any raw MIDI file with you on your Palm and play it with using the miniMusic Krikit audio engine, on connected MIDI hardware, or on a sound card if your handheld has one (such as the Sony Clie NX series, or a Zodiac).

MixPad differs from any other MIDI file applications for the PalmOS; it includes powerful graphic support for simple viewing, mixing and quick editing.

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! Unlike MP3 players, there is no recorded audio, so song files are also very small (usually under 100k).

MixPad currently works only as a song player/viewer. MixPad Pro will offer real time recording and MIDI file editing features.

According to the miniMusic site the software should be available in March which is really encouraging.

Coupled with this is a re-working of the Krikit audio engine synth to remove the latency issues that previously existed.

Finally I have to say that I love the icon for this application. it is superb!

My initial response to the app has been good so far. The interface works well although it has a lot going on, and files are easy to navigate to and open. The no latency synth is working well too. I’m going to have some more time to play with this soon and then I’ll write more about how it all works. Back soon.