Looking forward to 2008

Well, we’re nearly at 2008. I think that there is quite a lot to look forward to in 2008 and here are a few of the things I’d love to see next year:

– What will Apple announce at MacWorld?
– TuneStudio released at last?
TrakAx competition closes – 21st Jan

– Apple to release the iPhone and iPod Touch SDK!
– Pacemaker DJ device available?

– First iPhone music apps?
– DScratch and DS Protein apps develop?

– More games like Harmonix Phase for iPods?
– More Sound Toys from Palm Sounds, or something more interesting?

– 2008 Mobile Music Workshop in Vienna

– Something new from miniMusic like SpinPad or WavePad?

– Something new from 4Pockets, or maybe updates of StompBox and AudioBox?

– Echo nest doing something exciting with the iPhone and iPod Touch?

– TrakAx updated and even more impressive?

– AxisPad update to include recording and MIDI

– Echo nest release Capers for Palm?

– MixPad Pro: MIDI recording and editing

Obviously I’d love to see all these and more in 2008, but I guess we’ll need to see what happens.

Pixilang 1.3

Pixilang 1.3 has been released with a range of new features:

Main features:

* added commands for video-export to AVI file; at the moment working in Windows only;
* added command resume_video_export();
* parameters of t_translate() changed to fixed point (1.0 = 256);
* fixed bug with pixi-sound playing;
* internal structure optimization;
* fixed bugs with print() command;
* changed priority of math operations;
* added new construction: while( .. ) { .. };
* increased precision of delay in frame() command;
* changed pixi-image sound playing in stereo mode: now red is right channel and green is left channel;
* added functions for drawing array of 3D-triangles: triangles3d(), pixi_triangles3d, sort_triangles;
* new functions: t_get_matrix(), t_set_matrix(), t_mul_matrix(), t_get_x(), t_get_y(), t_get_z();
* added software Pixel Shaders (version PS1);
* added two options in config file: noborder and windowname;
* new command: exit() – exit to OS; exit(1) – exit to OS with exit-code 1;
* new command: noesc(1) – no exit on ESC; noesc(0) – exit on ESC;
* fixed bug with negative frame numbers;
* now during pixi-program compilation virtual disk0 defined to the file “data.tar”; so you can include TXT files from disk0 (INCLUDE “0:/blabla.txt”);
* removed zoom() command (please, use scaled pixi instead).

Mobile Music in 2007: Round up

I thought it might be worthwhile to give 2007 a little review in terms of some of the highlights of the year, Of course, lots of other things happened and, but this is kind of a best of review of 2007. Overall a good year for mobile music in many ways.

Apple announces the iPhone a mobile device running OSX
Belkin announces the TuneStudio, a 4track hardware add-on for 5th Gen iPods.

4Pockets release Pocket StompBox for Windows Mobile, an effects box for using live.
Alesis announce iMultiMix 8 USB with iPod integration.

miniMusic released their MIDI player / mixer application MixPad

Palm announce their new Linux based OS.

In May we saw the release of the first true multi-track software for a handheld. MeTeoR by 4Pockets gives 12 tracks of audio with effects and automation.
Tao Group go into administration and with them miniMIXA disappears for ever.
Palm Sounds publishes the mobile music directory.
Pacemaker DJ

Intermorphic are born out of Tao Group and announce their first products.
Griff Network MIDI plugin surfaces.
MeTeoR PC version becomes available.
Syntrax becomes free.
MilkyTracker v0.90.60 released.

Mixx Mobile released
Palm Sounds announces Sound Toys series

Pophorns are coming.
DScratch video on YouTube
Palm Sounds releases first Sound Toy app – ranDRUM
Psytexx II updated to v 0.5

Tenori-on launch
UbiSoft release JamSessions for the DS platform
Kaosillator announced by Korg
More details on DScratch appear
iPod Touch announced.
Palm cancels the Foleo device
Pophorns go live!

MeTeoR saw an upgrade to version 1.07
Apple announce official SDK for iPhone / iPod Touch coming Feb 2008
DScratch is to become DS Protein Suite of audio manipulation applications
TrakAx mobile multimedia app for Pocket PC on the way
Circuit Bending challenge from CDM
Styletap Symbian version in alpha: Now run Bhajis in Symbian!

Pixilang version 1.2 allows Palm users to create soft synth type applications
iPhone comes to the UK
iPod Touch firmware upgrade allows calendar add / edit. iPod Touch becomes a true PDA
Google announces Android mobile OS.
Harmonix Phase game for 5th Gen iPods appears
TrakAx Mobile becomes available for Windows Mobile

Garnet VM for Nokia internet tablet allows Palm apps to run.

All in all I think it was a good year in many ways. There have been some new applications and some apps that have disappeared namely miniMIXA. There’s been lots of new hardware too, and maybe the start of a more mainstream future for mobile music.

So, more of the same for 2008 or a really interesting year on the horizon? Time will tell.

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