Happy birthday AxisPad

AxisPad was released in 2006, exactly two years ago today, and is still a great Palm OS application. Here’s what the miniMusic site has to say about AxisPad:

AxisPad is a music instrument on your handheld computer. You can use the full touch sensitive screen to create sound gestures. Each axis (up/down, left/right) can be assigned to change different parameters of the sound. Push the up control on your phone or handheld to change the settings, down to hide the settings, or use the left/right controls to change instruments.

On most modern handhelds and phones, AxisPad uses our Krikit Synth to generate sound. This is the same audio engine found in all of our application which means you can design your own sounds using SoundPad and then perform with them in AxisPad. On some handhelds, AxisPad can send MIDI data to attached electronic musical instruments or other MIDI hardware. While using MIDI, AxisPad can be set to send all manner of control change data to manipulate panning or modulation, simulate a breath controller, after-touch, or adjust many other performance and sound parameters.

AxisPad is our update of the Theremini/Theremidi application by Pete Moss. Theremini was one of the earliest music shareware applications for the Palm Platform and we previously bundled it with our software. When we heard Theremini would no longer be updated we decided to re-interpret the idea and add support for all of the latest technology available on modern handhelds.

AxisPad 1.0 requires a handheld running Palm OS 3.5 or greater (a future upgrade may offer limited functionality on older handhelds). Some features require the Palm OS 5 Streaming Sound Libraries. Usually, any OS 5 handheld with a headphone jack qualifies (with the exception of a few Sony Clie models). The original Zire and Zire 21 do not support the Krikit Audio Engine but will run AxisPad in “Basic Sound” mode.

I hope that miniMusic continue to develop in the Palm space even though I am guessing that the market for Palm apps in contracting now, and the developing area is probably around the iPhone OS. However, apps like this one from miniMusic, and the suite they have put together over the years are excellent applications, and I would imagine still have a loyal user base (including me).

Happy birthday AxisPad and here’s to some updates in the not too distant future!

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4 Tracks Lite 1.3 features

The littlecodeshop site has been updated and shows some more detail on version 1.3 of 4 Tracks lite. Features include :

– Save your tracks
– Name your tracks
– Metronome, so you don’t loose the beat !
– Volume control on each track, so you can mix your song
– Bug fixes

There’s no further mention of the previously mentioned ‘fully featured’ product on the site, so perhaps this is no longer going to happen. I was hoping for something like MeTeoR on the iPhone OS. Perhaps I should just hope that 4Pockets do that themselves?

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DGOS update

The DGOS blog has an update on some of the things from Palm OS that won’t work under his new DGOS operating system. I don’t know what this means for music apps though.

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iPhone Ocarina at the No. 1 slot

According to the developer of Ocarina, the application has jumped to #1 rank in 16 Apple App Stores internationally, including the United States, Canada, France, Sweden, Holland, and Spain among others.

Ocarina users are able to hear and see the origin of live performances and share their melodies with others around the world. In less than two weeks since the Ocarina launch, Ocarina users have listened to more than three million melodies, have generated over two hundred musical scores and have shared their creations here: http://ocarina.smule.com/forum/.

Ocarina at the iTunes App Store

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