SynthPond 2.5 on the way?

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OSC support coming to SynthPond in the next version? To be honest I was wondering when it would come for this app as it is the obvious next step for SynthPond.

SynthPond at the iTunes App Store

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PalmInfocenter has the Palm OS review for 2008


PalmInfocenter’s review of Palm is 2009 makes for quite interesting reading, especially about how they are going into 2009.

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NIME 2009 Call

If you’re interested NIME‘s call for papers closes on the 24th of Jan.

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TuneStudio price down to


The price of the TuneStudio for iPod is down to £140 at Amazon. I’m still amazed that Belkin haven’t done anything more with this hardware. I would have expected something like an iPhone app to make it work with the new platform. Who knows, maybe they’ve got something coming for next year.

Belkin TuneStudio F8Z109ea – 4 Channel iPod Mixing and Recording Studio

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iLounge review of Apple’s Earphones with Mic and Remote


iLounge has a useful review of Apple’s headphones with a mic and remote. These are supposed to work very well with the iPod Touch and means you can use apps like RJDJ, FutureSound and Four Tracks, so worth a read.

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Tiny MIDI to Control Voltage converter


This has to be the smallest converter I’ve ever seen. What I’m wondering is if if can be used to send a MIDI clock from a click track, i.e. from Bhajis Loops. I’ll have to contact the manufacturers to see if this is possible.

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RJDJ Shake


RJDJ have launched their ‘shake‘ release on the app store. Looks interesting.

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What can you do with … ?


Following on from the post from Lifehacker on repurposing an old iPod, I was wondering what you could use an old Palm IIIx for? You might think that they’re not worth anything much these days, but you can pick them up very cheap on eBay and they’ll run on rechargeable AAA batteries, so they’re cheap to run too.

* Run MIDI patterns using MixPad from miniMusic
* Drive a simple tone generator like the Yamaha MU15?
* Write notation using NotePad from miniMusic

What else can you think of?

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Arduino and sound

Thanks to everyone who pointed me in the direction of a variety of music making sources for Arduino. The code and guidance at Little Scale is very useful indeed, as is Critter and Guitari.

I think it fairly likely that I will get one of these and start some experimenting soon enough.

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Repurpose your old iPod


Lifehacker has this post on ‘repurposing’ your old iPod. Personally I think that’s a great idea, if indeed you have an old iPod hanging around.

I’d often thought about getting a 3rd generation ipod to use pd Anywhere on, but like many projects it has stayed in my head. Maybe I’ll go and look on eBay now and see if there are any going cheap!

On a more serious note though, I think that the whole ‘repurpose’ or reuse idea will take off far more in 2009 as it is probably fair to say that people might have a bit less cash next year. Repurposing older technology and making new things from old is an excellent way of discovering what devices can do, and of course in many circumstances discovering what will make them cease to function. Of course that’s just the price you pay for tinkering or circuit bending or whatever you want to call it.

Anyway, perhaps we’ll look at some more repurposing projects and see how much fun can be had in reusing old technology.

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