Well, it is the end of August and there’s no sign of the TuneStudio as yet. However, if you look on their site at the PDF of their gift ideas, the TuneStudio is listed as a good Christmas gift idea.
So are Belkin delaying the TuneStudio until later in the year? Well, there’s always the possibility that the delay is due to the new iPods that may or may not be coming on the 5th of September. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I’ve talked quite a lot about emulation lately and it has even made it onto the first Palm Sounds podcast, so I thought I should perhaps give a little bit more information about what I’m doing and why.
Ages ago I started toying with the idea of running an Atari emulation on my Tungsten T3 so I could run and access old Atari music applications that I’d used years ago.
In many ways these apps weren’t as good as stuff like Microbe or Bhajis Loops, but they present a different way of making music with the same device and for a very little or no cost.
So, here’s where I’m at:
ZX Spectrum Emulation
Still trying out old ZX apps, and slowly going through them. I think I downloaded well over 30 apps to test out so it is a slow process as you can imagine.
Struggling with this a little, mainly with getting the screen to work at a size that is actually workable. However, I have just found that the emulator has a very useful feature which allows you to record the audio output from the emulator into a single wav file on the root drive on the PPC. Nice.
Atari ST Emulation
Haven’t really got started on this as yet, but I am hopeful.
Again, not started, but I hope to get this moving next week.
I have mini vMac running but I don’t think that this is ever going to be really useful, which is a shame as it looks great. Still, I may find a way to make it useful at some point.
So, overall there’s still lots to do but I hope that it will become useful at some point. I think my best chances are with the Atari and C64 emulation and I may try to focus my efforts there.
PocketGear has had a facelift and is a bit easier to use now I think. I do wonder why they don’t merge PocketGear and PalmGear?
Pacemaker has updated their site and has published the price of their device at €520 !!! Wow, that’ more than I was expecting. They’re taking pre-orders.
Here’s the pophorns in action …
Good question. According to the Popohorn site a pophorn is …
“a series of small software applications that transform mobile phones into various musical instruments. Pophorns acknowledge the mobile phone as a platform for active sonic (co-)creation, and aim to shorten the distance between pocket and musical action.”
They are due for release in September, so let’s see what happens when they arrive …
I’ve only tinkered with this for a while, but I keep getting errors returned about java classes not being there. Anyone else have similar problems?
According to the following anonymous comment it seems that Intermorphic are making progress with their new software …
“Seems that noatikl is already in an Beta programme, and sounds like it is already way powerful! Not available for public download yet (as far as I can see)”
Most of the Mac sites have picked up the news that Apple is hosting an event on the 5th of next month which is almost certainly going to bring something new for iTunes or the iPod range. Could it be new OSX based iPods? Maybe, but what will that mean. Will the platform be open for developers to write real applications for it or just end the same as the iPhone, with no real developement capability?
I know that there are developers out there who are really interested in working with the platform, but will they get a chance?
This is an interesting little basic interpreter. The video shows a simple game being written very quickly, but gives no details of when it will be available.
My main question would be how easy it is to work with sounds using this language. But I can’t answer that at the moment.