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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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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Tracker help comes from Concretedog

Concretedog commented in this link to a useful handbook on trackers. Thanks a bunch.

If you know of any other links or site, please get in touch.

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Sunvox 1.3b

NightRadio has updated Sunvox as follows:

* fixed bug with incorrect sunvox_config.ini file loading;
* added new “videodriver” option to the sunvox_config.ini file; possible values for WinCE devices: gapi (default), raw (raw hires framebuffer), gdi (compatibility mode);
* graphics in PalmOS version changed from grayscale 8bit to colour 16bit;
* added possibility to change the color (foreground and background) of pattern’s icon;
* code optimization;
* fixed several bugs.

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Happy (belated) birthday SoundPad

SoundPad first came out in 2005, and I’ve just missed the app’s 4th anniversary. I first wrote about SoundPad in September 2006 in the first year of Palm Sounds starting out.

I’ve always thought that SoundPad was ahead of it’s time. It allowed you to create sounds for all the other minimusic applications like AxisPad, NotePad and BeatPad.

The sad thing now is that I doubt that we will see updates to any of these applications as Palm has decided to get rid of Garnet in favour of webOS which brings nothing to the mobile music community at all.

Still, SoundPad is still around, and if you have a Palm OS device why not check it out.

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Neighbourhood watch with 100% DS-10 Sound

Nice video with DS-10 music via Matrixsynth. I was impressed by the music most of all, I must go back to my DS-10 soon.

What did the word spell out?

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Ellatron video

Jordan Rudess on the ellatron (I’ve bought this one already so I’m ok to watch it).


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What will ‘in app purchase’ mean?

I was wondering what the whole ‘in app purchase’ thing could mean for mobile music making. This is what the Apple iPhone developer site says:

Allow users to purchase content or services from your application using the Store Kit framework. This new framework handles the financial aspects of the transaction, processes payment with the iTunes Store, and provides your application with information about the purchase.

Could this mean that developers could make audio content available from within an app? Like sample packs or loops? But then I wondered if this framework could be used for apps to utilize a plug-in architecture in the way that Griff used for both effects and instruments, and Bhajis did for effects?

It would be amazing to have apps with their own plug in collections, and I’m sure it would suit developers too.

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STOP PRESS: Sunvox port for the iPhone

According to this comment from Nightradio, developer of the cross platform modular studio app Sunvox, he is currently working on a port of Sunvox for the iPhone.

Nightradio is still contemplating whether the app should go down the app store or the jail break route. What’s you view?

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