Noise.IO Synth is delayed to September

Noise.IO synth has been delayed until September, which is a disappointment as I was really looking forward to playing with it. Here’s what their site says:


Instead of 25th August, will be released a bit later – in September 2008.

We are really very very sorry about that.

We have to postpone the release due to the following reasons:

• We’ve introduced several huge features (such as Zones, Sequencers and many more) that were not mentioned in the initial press-release, so we’re having a tough time finishing them.

• We still haven’t solved a minor legal issue with Apple.

Please be assured that we’re working very hard in order to make the synth of your dreams. At the moment we can say that people will be able to use it not only for noises and sound effects, but for melodic sounds as well. In several days, we will publish the complete function guide.

I like the idea that they are adding new stuff like sequencing etc, but the “minor legal issue with Apple” thing does bother me a lot, especially because of the issues that other developers have cited as their reasons for not developing for Apple’s iphone platform.

Let’s hope that this isn’t anything serious though.

N>Trans / N>Trans Pro

Thanks a bunch to Jack for finding this and posting it to the Palm Sounds Group. Prior to this interface the only one I was aware of was Core Audio, which is really expensive, whereas the N>Trans is a lot less (although still expensive).

There appears to be one retailer in the UK, and the N>Trans comes out at £281 including VAT, which is a lot considering that’s probably more expensive than the device itself. It’ll be interesting to see who is interested in this device and if it lasts.

Irrespective, thanks to Jack for pointing it out.

Join the discussion on audio interfaces at the group.

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Kraftwerk special edition Casio VL-80

Thanks to Oscar for this link to a great page on the Kraftwerk VL-80. I had no idea that such a thing even existed. However, by far the most outstanding find on this page is the Kraftwerk song sheet with all the numbers to programme into your VL-80. Fantastic.

No I bet that these are really rare. I’d be impressed to see one of these come up on eBay.

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My first thoughts on the iPod Touch as a mobile device

So, I’ve owned an iPod Touch for a few days now. What’s it like? Well, my first impression is that it is really well made. The device itself is sturdy and feels very solid. When you turn it on it has a very slick interface and selecting applications and navigating between screens is very straightforward. Moving apps from one page to another and deleting them is again simple and easy.

As a PDA the iTouch has good built in apps comprising:

Safari (browser)
App Store

They all function well and I’d have to say that it is tempting to move to using it as a PDA.

The apps I’ve bought / downloaded so far are:

iDrum (both versions)
IR 909
ITM MidiLab
ITM Keys
ITM Matrix

And a non-music application:

iPint (quite a silly app)

I’ve only just started to play with these apps, so more to come as I get into them. However, it is interesting to see how this platform is developing.

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