KAOSSILATOR Dynamic Phrase Synth on Music Thing

This is an interesting little device. I hope it sees the light of day. More over at Music Thing, as ever an excellent source of news.

Yamaha QY100

The QY100 came out in 2001 and even today they go for a very reasonable price on eBay, easily fetching up to £200 or more. At some point I’d love to get myself one of these as even after 6 years they have an impressive array of features.

– Sequencer capacity: 20 Songs to a maximum of around 32,000 notes.
– Note resolution: 480 pulses per quarter note.
– Polyphony: 32 notes.
– Record modes: Real-time replace, real-time overdub, step-time record.
– Song construction: One Pattern track, one chord track, one tempo track, 16 sequencer tracks.
– Pattern construction: up to eight Phrases per Pattern.
– Patterns: 768 preset Patterns (128 preset Styles in each of six sections) 384 user Patterns (64 user Styles in each of six sections).
– Sections: Intro, Main A, Main B, Fill AB, Fill BA, Ending.
– Phrases: 4285 preset Phrases plus 48 user Phrases per user Style.
– Chord types: 26 types.
– Chord templates: 99 preset chord templates, plus one user chord progression per Song.
– Preset voices: 547 normal voices, 22 drum voices.Multitimbral capability: 24 parts.
– Effects types: reverb (11 types); chorus (11 types, variation (43 types).
– Amp simulator setups: 23 setups (18 guitar setups and five microphone setups).
– Effects blocks: preamp block (for guitar) or delay block (for microphone), plus chorus block and reverb block.
– Micro keyboard: 25 keys (two octaves).
– Connections: MIDI In/Out, To Host computer connection, stereo out, mono in, footswitch.

I wonder what would have happened if Yamaha had kept on with these devices, and what we’d be looking at as a 2007 release?

I bet a 2007 model would be a multi-track recorder with upgradeable software on an open platform and would include wifi and bluetooth for collaboration and interaction! Who knows.

Jam Sessions

Another handy video review of Jam Sessions.

Nitrotracker video

Nice seeing this app working.

Clicker LiveController

Control Ableton Live from your mobile. How cool is that? This script for Salling clicker gives you:

– Wireless Bluetooth control
– 15 assignable commands, (4 repeat)
– Play / Stop

in Ableton Live from your cellphone. It only works in conjunction with Salling Clicker, a Bluetooth-equipped cellphone, an Apple CPU with a Bluetooth module, Ableton Live, as well as all their respective requirements.

Music Centric launcher for Palm OS?

I’ve never really got my head around launchers at all. I’ve occasionally tried one or two but then couldn’t see the point of then too much. I’d be interested to hear other people’s experiences of launcher apps both on the Palm and Windows Mobile platforms to see how they help with organising for music, or anything else for that matter.

I’ve always thought that there should be a launcher specifically for music software on PDAs, something that would compliment the process and help rather than hinder. I’m not entirely shure what that could mean, but I think there’s a gap (albeit very small) out there for an app like this.

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