Ages ago I wrote about this application. It isn’t available anymore as the developer’s site vanished years ago and now even the palmgear listing is now more.
When it originally came out I bought it as was quite disappointed. It is a notation application for Palm OS. However it supported the Clie GM chip and so was quite good at using MIDI sounds from that range of devices.
I found it the other day and decided to see if it could access the GM sounds on my old Treo 600, and amazingly it did!
The app is basically a notation based sequencer with 8 individual channels. Each channel can be assigned to a different GM instrument and has an independant volume control.
Sounds can be selected from standard MIDI groups.
Notes are entered via a keyboard and appear on as notation.
It isn’t the best application in the world, that’s for sure, but it also isn’t the worst I’ve seen. It is a shame that the application has vanished and can’t be purchased any more, but you can still get the demo from the Palm Sounds site.
There are quite a lot of applications that support MIDI in one way or another. So I thought I’d give a brief run down of what you can expect:
MixPad from miniMusic is a MIDI player / viewer / mixer which arrived in 2007. The Pro version of MixPad (not available at the time of writing) will have recording and editing facilities as well.
NotePad again from miniMusic is a notation editor with the ability to export files to MIDI, but no MIDI import facility.
BeatPad again from miniMusic is a pattern sequencer which will export to MIDI, again, no MIDI import.
Bhajis Loops will import and export MIDI files.
Griff has some interesting MIDI control facilities using the Griff MIDI plug in, and also the MIDI network plug in. I’ve never got around to trying these two plug ins, but they present some interesting possibilities.
Syntrax has MIDI support.
AudioBox Micro Composer
AudioBox has MIDI import.
PDA Musician have a couple of applications that feature MIDI support. MidNote is a notation application that also has MIDI import and export, and MIDI control is a MIDI file utility that allows you to mute tracks and change instrument etc.
All in all lots of applications have MIDI support in one form or another although most are limited to simple import and export facilities.
For me the most promising will be the Pro version of MixPad when it becomes available. We’ll have to wait and see.
I was never really into trackers, so I doubt that you are going to get a good idea of what the tracking capabilities are. What I can do is tell you about the tracker applications I know about that run on PDAs.
This application runs fine on my Dell Axim although I have spent very little time on it so far. It is worth a look if trackers are your thing, and is being continually developed.
This is an application I know very little about indeed. Psytexx has been around for some time and is a cross platform application as well as being open source.
Mobi tracker is another app I know nothing about, but also runs on a platform I know nothing about.
As far as I know that’s it in terms of tracker apps, but if you know of more, please let me know.
If you’re looking to make mobile music on a PDA then you may well be looking for a mobile music studio kind of application. There are a number of options available.
Palm Operating System
The most obvious choice for Palm is Bhajis Loops. Bhajis is one of the most well rounded all in one music applications available, irrespective of platform. It not only includes sample editing, sequencing, mixing, automation, and rendering to .wav, but also can import and export MIDI files amongst it’s array of features.
If you are a palm user and what a stand along application for all your music needs then Bhajis Loops is really worth trying out.
When it comes to windows mobile there is a lot more to choose from.
First off there’s Griff which sports multiple plug ins, synthesis, sampling, etc.
AudioBox is a great self contained music studio application with MIDI support. There’s lots more on AudioBox on the rest of the blog, so if you want more just search for it,
Finally, there’s Syntrax which is another excellent application (as well as being free now) and it runs on Windows Mobile and Symbian. Again, there’s more on Symbian on the rest of Palm Sounds.
This is really just a brief run down of what is around. The best thing to do is to try out applications before you buy them.