Hmm, interesting …
This is a great bit of video of minMIXA in action.
PiooPioo player is one of those applications that you almost forget you have around, but is a fantastically useful little application. Apart from being a great add-on application to Bhajis Loops allowing you to play song files without having to open them, it has that wonderful visualisation which I love.
I was using it today to play a whole bunch of tracks all in the same folder, really handy.
Apple has just announced that Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has been delayed until October. The reason? iPhone: “we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS(R) X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned.”
However, Apple will still be displaying a “feature complete” version of Leopard at June’s WWDC event, and will be giving beta versions for developers to take home and help put the finishing touches on.
At least the iPhone is still coming in June.
Sorry about this fairly non PDA music related post. Normal service will be resumed shortly.
This is one of those “what if” type posts about Bhajis Loops. What would it have looked like if it had got to a version 2.0? I can imagine lots of features that could have been added along the way, but I bet there’s an even longer list somewhere of all the feature requests from users.
Anyway, for what it is worth, here’s my list:
– Audio support. Two channels (or more) of audio to go alongside the instruments.
– Synth plug ins. Like an FM synth.
– Bluetooth support. To sync multiple handhelds to the same clock.
– Increased effect plug ins. What kind I’m not sure.
– Ability to connect to a bluetooth keyboard (for input)
What would you have liked?
Of all the applications I’ve looked at for PDAs I have to say that I think that AxisPad is the only true instrument.
If you think about it all the others are sequencers of one form or another, that allow you to take sounds or create sounds for use somewhere else, or in another application, but AxisPad is an instrument in itself. It is the only handheld music application that you actually play.
Now, that in itself makes it very unique, but it also makes me wonder what are the attributes of a PDA (or smartphone) instrument application. So, what makes a PDA music applcation an instrument?
Here’s my first stab at a list of those attributes:
– It has to be playable, like a real instrument
– To play it well will take time
– It must have an interface that copes with expression in some form
– It must be more than just recording or sequencing
For me AxisPad is the start of a new form of music application for handheld devices that is more than just making music on the go or arranging new tracks. It is about giving mobile musicians the ability to find new forms of expression in mobile music.
According to the miniMusic development calendar the next step for AxisPad will be the ability to record and export. I am really looking forward to having the ability to record performances and then export them to enhance and manipulate them, I think that opens up some interesting possibilities.
Following on from the last post on this subject I had some more thoughts (especially after yesterday’s news about the new Palm OS) on the pros and cons on either side:
Palm OS (pros)
– Simple clean interface
– Good range of applications available (MiniMusic, Chocopoolp, Psytexx)
– Hardware still being developed (Treos)
Palm OS (cons)
– Current OS is old and out of date
– Only a liimited number of true music applications available
– Double headed development
– Uncertainty over what the new OS will look like and support
Windows Mobile (pros)
– OS and interface being developed
– Relatively large number of applications available
– Styletap platform allows use of palm apps such as Bhajis Loops and Microbe
Windows Mobile (cons)
– Many developers no longer working in the mobile music space
Ok, now that surprised me as I expected to have lots more negative things to say about Windows Mobile, but when it came to it I couldn’t think of any really!
So, what do you think, which is best for mobile music, and how will Palm’s new departure impact mobile music making?
I like the expert series from what was PalmSource and is now ACCESS. This one has a focus on music creation but with a slight twist in that a lot of the applications refered to are ones that you might think of as supporting music creation rather than actually doing it. From that point of view it is quite a bit different from the stuff I normally cover. It makes for interesting reading though.