3 comments on “Interesting start”

Interesting start

Now that we’re at the end of the 1st quarter of 2009 I thought it would be interesting to share a few thoughts on the what’s happened so far.

I think it is fair to say that the main push of the mobile music news has been around the iPhone platform. The iPhone has dominated mobile news to the point where anything else has been of interest just because it isn’t iPhone related. Of course there has been other news, like yesterday’s announcement of the OP-1 from Teenage Engineering. An amazing looking device, let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be vaporware.

But hardware like that costs money to develop and prototype, and it is good to know that even in this global recession that someone is still innovating in hardware. I hope it materialises and isn’t just too expensive to buy when released.

Of course a recession hasn’t stopped Apple’s app store from being an $800 million business. They must have got something right as so many other vendors are following suit. And even though there are lots of less than useful applications on the app store there has been some really innovative stuff, like the Vocoder SV-5 from YUDO:


NLog Synth the excellent synth app.


Randgird the mini studio app, and Technobox the 808 / 909 emulator.

Other apps like iShred have brought real innovation in the guitar space, and Noise IO and Beatmaker have brought the beginnings of application integration to the platform. There are lots of other excellent apps, too many to cover in this post.

Of course, as I said before, not everything happens in the iPhone space. BugLabs announced their innovative BugSound module amongst a number of others, although we’re still waiting for these to be available in the UK. And of course, Mixtikl has been one of the biggest things to hit Windows Mobile music in recent months.

In the Palm space of course the Pre and Palm’s new webOS have sounded the end of music app development for Palm devices. A big shame if you ask me. However, Sunvox continues to go from strength to strength on the Palm OS and windows mobile too.

So, lots to look forward to in the next few months, with Apple’s iPhone 3.0 and possibly new hardware too. YUDO’s spring line up on apps which I hope will arrive and not turn into vaporware. The OP-1, Mixtikl on the iPhone and maybe even Sunvox too? Who knows?

I’m looking forward to the next few months being a little quieter in terms of new apps coming out, at least until the summer when Apple delivers 3.0. But even so, I’m sure it’ll be an eventful time, as I think 2009 is shaping up to be a big year for mobile music.

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0 comments on “Concretedog on Nanoloop and trumpet”

Concretedog on Nanoloop and trumpet


Interesting selection of instruments from Concretedog, and even more interesting sound …

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Noisemaker kit demo

Maker Shed Noisemaker kit demo using a 555 timer chip, via Synthtopia.

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1 comment on “Teenage Engineering at Musik Messe”

Teenage Engineering at Musik Messe


Images from the Teenage Engineering site on them setting up at Musik Messe today.


And also this image of something they describe as ‘100% compatible with the OP-1’ Not sure what that means.



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0 comments on “Song Idea Generator for iPhone”

Song Idea Generator for iPhone


Probably not the most inspiring application to be seen for a while, but there’s not too much going on at present app store wise, so I thought I’d mention this one.

This is a simple idea for generating song ideas, you might find it useful if you’re experiencing real mental block.

Song Idea Generator

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Mixtikl iPhone progress

Excellent news from Intermorphic today. They are making real progress on the iPhone version of Mixtikl.

This blog post describes where they’ve got to and a rough timescale for when they expect to have Mixtikl up on the Apple app store.

More than that there’s a new skin on the way and some demo videos too.

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2 comments on “Happy birthday MixPad”

Happy birthday MixPad


Another missed birthday today. This time, MixPad from miniMusic. MixPad was the last Palm OS app that miniMusic released. It had its 1.0 release in 2007.

I’ve written a few posts on MixPad over since the first release. I’ve used it in a variety of ways and on different devices.

Sadly, as with many palm OS applications I doubt that we’ll see much in the way of future development of MixPad, which is a shame. According to the miniMusic development calendar there was a Pro version coming too. I don’t think that’ll see the light of day, and I think we have Palm themselves to blame for that.

Still, happy birthday to MixPad, a great little app for the original Palm OS. Well worth a look if you’re running a Palm PDA.

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0 comments on “OP-1 Wow !!!”

OP-1 Wow !!!


I found this from the awesome True Chip blog. This is an awesome piece of hardware. Here’s what the site says:

OP-1 stands for Operator 1.
The OP-1 is a pocket size controller for your favorite software sequencer. Connect it to your laptop and it lets you control your sequencers transport with the common play, stop, rec, forward and rewind. Use it to control your software synthesizers with the 4 rotary encoders and 16 dedicated quick keys for fast selections.

… and a synthesizer
When you disconnect the OP-1 from your computer you suddenly have a stand-alone portable wonder-machine with 8 synthesizer models, 8 samplers and effects like Delay, Flutter, Filters and EQ all built in. Use all that synthesizer power to record your work with the truly unique (at present time, secret) sequencer. We promise you a really cool and creative way to record your sounds and tweak them in a completely new way.

A Portable Wonder
Use the magic step sequencer/arpegiator to get the notes right. If that is not enough use the built in motionsensor that sense every shake or move you make and turn it into really cool sounds.
Then relax and sample a beat from the built-in FM radio or memorize a tune by whistle it into the built-in microphone. Play your piece to your friends through the built-in speaker. Or…convert it right away to mp3 and mail it to them.

But the device is 10-12 months away and no details on price are available as yet. Start saving.

CDM have picked up on this too now, I’m guessing this will be a big story for the next few months.

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SynthPond driving MKS-80

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Synthpond driving MKS-80 via OSC/Pd from Chris Randall on Vimeo.

Nice video. Shows what can be done using the iPhone as a controller to drive a much wider set of hardware.

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0 comments on “CDM on SDK limitations”

CDM on SDK limitations

I was a bit disappointed to read CDM’s assessment of some of the limitations of the new iPhone SDK.

From what this post has to say there won’t be scope for real DJ apps. If this stays the same then it’ll be a real shame. I just hope that Apple can address the issue.

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