Digital Lifestyles has an interesting bit of information on the Pacemaker device.
Another handy traxxpad tutorial.
One thing a PDA device can’t (currently) do is to mix multiple input signals. I found one possible candidate for a portable mixing solution, the Samson Mixpad 4 which, from what I can gather, is almost exactly what I’m after. But of course they’re not being made any more.
So, if you know of any really small battery powered mixers, please let me know.
“When I wandered by Belkin’s booth (Belkin at NAMM? That’s news!), I discovered that the TuneStudio is almost ready to ship. Just in case you didn’t notice all the publicity it got when it was announced, the TuneStudio is an iPod-based recording studio that goes a bit beyond any other iPod-recording device, and it looks pretty neat, too.”
I’m looking forward to the release in the UK, which will be after the US release in the Summer.
Well, I’ve hooked up my TRG Pro and SG20, and started to use some of the older applications I’ve got which will run in Palm OS 3.5.
The Applications I plan to use are:
– SpinPad (demo)
– Egg (demo)
Plus any others I can conjure up.
First Steps in Traxxpad. Handy video.
There was an Apple Newton museum, which eventually got broken up and sold off on eBay (great shame really). So I am going to start a Palm / PDA version, it will probably take quite a lot of time and effort. To start with I’ve managed to get hold of a TRG Pro, which is a wonderful pam device that wasn’t made by Palm. It was built by a company called Handera. In many ways it was like the Palm IIIxe, but it had a CF card slot as well. Here’s some of the specs:
TRGpro™ Built-in Applications
Palm OS® 3.5.3
Palm OS extensions for accessing CompactFlash cards
CardPro® utility for moving applications to and from CF memory devices in TRGpro
FlashPro™ – data safety/memory utility software
Motorola DragonBall-EZ™ MC68EZ328 operating at 16MHz
8MB EDO DRAM
2MB FLASH (standard) contains the Palm OS and built-in applications. When using FlashPro® software (included) it is capable of storing user applications and data which are retained even in the event of a total loss of power for extended periods of time
One CompactFlash™ Type I/II card slot (for adding additional storage, modem3, ethernet3, etc.)
Internal audio amplifier and speaker
So, what’s the really big benefit of an old OS4 device? Well, it will work with an SG20 (a MIDI module) tha twill clip directly onto the base of the unit.
Anyway, I’m quite pleased with the start of my PDA Museum.
I previously posted on Nullsleep’s performance in NYC. This attracted the following comment:
“i’m not familiar with the gameboy-music interface, but it didn’t seem like this guy had any control over what was playing. his tinkering with the grey gameboy didn’t seem to alter the sound being played. does anyone know how much of this performance could be ‘live’? it seemed pre-sequenced, like the gameboys were simply playing and not being tweaked. “
So, I thought it would be worth seeing if Nullsleep had a site, which he does. There’s quite a bit of information, but I’m not sure that the question above is answered.
Anyway, it is worth checking out the Nullsleep site. It has details of the software he uses too.
Tascam have added some new devices to their range. These portable trainer devices are not much bigger than a pocket CD player and give the user plenty of functionality, such as flash back function (instant replay of last 5 seconds), 3 octaves oscillator, footswitch connector, 10 banks for user effects and mono (left & right, only left or only right) and split (left channel for CD and right channel for mic/instrument) monitor modes. They also contain the same features that the MP3 versions had, like variable speed audition technology that can change pitch without affecting key, instrument/voice canceling, metronome, tuner, mic/instrument input, line and headphones outputs.
Take a look at the Tascam site for more information.