4Pockets and the iPhone?

4Pockets may be releasing some of their apps as iPhone apps? Well, at the end of the email I got about their new Chord Explorer app says this:

Coming very soon to phones near you…

We are really excited about our new products for the iPhone or HTC Diamond, we love them here and can’t wait to show them to you.
wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more……….

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FourTracks from Sonoma Wire Works

Lots of sites have picked up on this. This iPhone app comes from Sonoma Wire Works. It looks great and runs on the iPod Touch 2G as well as the iPhone. Here’s the feature list:

  • Track count: 4
  • Track length: unlimited
  • Recording quality: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
  • Calibrated meters: accurately monitor record and playback levels
  • Recording clip lights: ensure input levels do not cause distortion
  • Calibrated faders: accurately adjust playback level of each track
  • Pan control: move tracks from left to right
  • Timeline: seek to anywhere in your song instantly
  • Shuttle wheel: accurately move within your song
  • Slide-to-Record: prevents over-writing your tracks
  • Latency compensation: accurate to within 1ms
  • Compressor-limiter: automatically fattens sound of output mix
  • Song list: unlimited song count
  • WiFi sync: copy recordings to a desktop computer

For a starting price of $9.99 I don’t think that’s bad at all.

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4Pockets releases Chord Explorer

4Pockets have released a new music app for the
Windows Mobile platform.

Chord Explorer is a useful learning tool for musicians playing either guitar or keyboards. The program provides thousands of chord definitions and inversions (guitar only) for all the popular chord types. You can choose between streight and split chords (i.e. those whose base note differs from the root note), display in left / right handed format and even listen to the chords being strummed in real time using genuine high quality guitar samples.

The program features many popular guitar tunings and can calculate chords and inversions automatically.

A split view of both chord shape and keyboard fingering is great for other band members.

A comprehensive list of scales is available, allowing you to view fingering positions across the fret board and audition notes by simply tapping the screen. Scales can be viewed either on the guitar fret board or on the piano roll.

Chord Explorer has a wealth of information about chord groupings. Using a ‘Cricle Of Fifths’ to highlight common chord progressions in various keys. These chord progressions can be auditioned in the built in Chord Sequencer, using finger picking of real sampled guitar strings. You can even specify your own chord progressions using various chord shapes and inversions to hear how they sound.

Finally Chord Explorer has an audible ‘Chord Detector’, which can analyse you playing and tell you what chords you are playing (major and minor). If you are playing a chord inversion, and not sure of the chord name, chord detector will tell you. The ‘Note Detector’ is also great for transcribing solos or practicing scales, you play the note, it displays the note, octave and frequency. It even detects when your guitar is out of tune.

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Korg nanoKeys and nanoKontrol (via MatrixSynth)

Here’s a good demo of these tiny controllers from Korg.

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No broadband, no posts

Apologies for the lack of posting for a couple of days. I’ve had lots of trouble with my broadband provider. Things appear to be working now so I should be back to normal.

In addition I’ve been having trouble with email too, so if you’ve emailed recently and haven’t had a reply please don’t think I’m ignoring you.

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