Welcome back from the Christmas holidays. I hope you got what you wanted. If you got something amazing for Christmas, why not share it and send me the details.
In the meantime, I thought I’d let you know that Handango have a year end sale with 25% off site wide for email subscribers. The code for the sale is YEARENDSALE. Which is very inventive isn’t it.
I’d love to have one of these, but in many ways I’ve been thinking that something like this would be a great application for a PDA. A simple sample trigger, maybe with assignable hard buttons, and then something that approximates to the ribbon on the SU10.
I think it would work live very well indeed.
Notation applications are few and far between on all platforms:
For Palm devices there is the wonderful NotePad from miniMusic. With four ways to see your songs on screen, it’s easy to enter music and edit your ideas. Tools include chords, key signatures, time signatures, tied notes, triplets, inversion, retrograde, MIDI export, and full cut/copy/paste editing.
As a user of NotePad for many years now I can safely say that it is almost certainly the best notation tool available for a PDA.
Windows Mobile / Pocket PC
On this platform I know of only one application that has not been updated for a very long time indeed. MidNote was developed when Microsoft’s mobile OS was Pocket PC and hasn’t been updated. It does have a number of useful features though:
– Enter music with fully graphical editor
– Each piece can have up to 10 separate tracks.
– Six octave tonal range (or 15 with tricks 🙂
– Musical edit functions like transpose and mirror
– Full drum support
– Standard MIDI import and export
– Polyphonic play through integrated MIDI player (GSPlayer, Mimidi or PocketAMP)
A very Happy Christmas from Palm Sounds.
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Thanks to all the people who wrote with news or questions, or just for encouragement.
I thought I’d put up a quick poll to see what you thought was the most innovative development in mobile music in 2007. I’m really interested to see what comes out on top.
AppleInsider Exclusive: Apple to adopt Intel’s ultra-mobile PC platform.
Here’s an interesting article from AppleInsider on Apple taking Intel’s new ultra mobile chip. Worth a read.
Livepa has this story on a new synth the size of a CD! It looks fantastic. Here’s what the Chimera Synthesis site says about it.
“Chimera Synthesis is rolling out it’s first product! The bC16 miniature patch synthesizer wraps up a fully featured VCO, LFO, 24dB VCF, VCA, ADSR envelope generator, noise source, ring modulator and headphone amplifier all in a crisp, white, round, CNC machined acrylic housing the same diameter as compact disc. Powered from two 9V batteries the bC16 can be used on it’s own, with a MIDI-CV converter (not supplied, see the forth coming SM16), attached to other bC16’s and so on. Being a patch synthesizer almost infinitely expands the range and control of sounds created, bC16’s can be intergrated with other pieces of equipment, used to process signals, and even used to generate and/or respond to control signals from other synthesizers/audio kit.”
Being such a tiny synth, it would seem only appropriate to run it off a tiny sequencer, like a PDA!
I got another email, this time from Pacemaker.net. They’re launching their own community site and have made available their beta software for Mac and Windows. They’re also launching a commpetition:
“All beta testers that publish mixes before February will automatically enter the contest to win a Pacemaker for free. We’re reserving ten Pacemakers for those of you guys that we think deserve them. More about the contest shortly.”
Well worth entering for the chance to win a Pacemaker for free.
I am guessing that a number of you got an email from PlanetGriff sending seasons greetings. Very nice too.
The also have a list of all their plug-ins available, and apparently pSyn is their No. 1 download of the month.
I think it would be even better if they made some new ones for Griff, that’d be a great Christmas present!
iPodHacks have a brief review of the iPod game Phase, and seem to like it lots. But them, it is quite good fun so why not.