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.
Another CDM find. This time the iPhone makes it to be a music / multimedia controller. I guess it is a step forward toward using the real potential of the device.
Another favourite read CDM have a story on a new development on the Trinity Audio device. It is now going to include the Ardour DAW software. Even so, it is still pricey at $999.
Also, there’s some new pictures of the device as well!
One of my favourite reads is Music Thing which picked up on Nullsleep playing in NYC. They pointed to this video of Japanese Chiptune busking.