Akai MPC 2000XL and E-Mu SP1200 Flash Drives (via Matrixsynth

A few sites have picked these up, and they are very cute, so I thought I’d post them too. In fact I’m quite tempted to buy a couple myself.

The link for buying these is here, but according to the site they expect to sell out by the 8th of May.

From this post at Matrixsynth

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Rectools 02 released

I was surprised to see this app so soon, and also surprised by the price of £8.99 which is not cheap by the app store’s standards. However, it is probably the most advanced audio editor for the iPhone to date, so maybe that justifies the price. I just hope that the 8 and 16 track versions are not too much more expensive.

The rectools site also talks about a synth and drum machine etc coming, but I wonder if that will be for just the 8 and 16 track versions and not this one. It isn’t clear.

Rectools02 at the app store:

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FourTracks 2.0: Full details

More details on the latest version of FourTrack, from the press release:

FourTrack iPhone App 2.0 Update Adds Bounce, Duplicate and Metronome
–New song tools expand FourTrack 2.0 to be the first multitrack studio to go beyond four tracks on the iPhone.–

Bounce – Mix your song to track 1 and 2 of a new song. This makes room for two more tracks while preserving the originals for syncing to desktop recording software.

Duplicate – Make a backup of your song and continue working on it in a different file.

Metronome – Maintain a consistent tempo by recording along with real drums (not MIDI) using FourTrack’s built-in metronome. Select a tempo by entering a number or by tapping. Choose from seven sounds including three beats by celebrity drummer Jason McGerr on his signature Ludwig kit recorded in his Seattle based studio, Two Sticks Audio. Other sounds (Block A, Block B, High Hat, and Pop) are samples of live drums and percussion courtesy of Discrete Drums, the original multitrack drum library. Time signatures include 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 and X/4 (which are unaccented beats that can be used to play 5, 7, 9 and
other odd meters).

FourTrack at the app store:

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Snippets from the MotionApps interview

I’m guessing that some will have read all of this interview, but for those who haven’t and are interested in Classic on Palm’s webOS I thought I might pick out a few bits:

(PC): We’ve been very impressed with the graphical capabilities of Classic running PalmOS games — what sort of technical challenges did you have to overcome to reach that level of performance?
(MA): We dealt with some very low-level APIs and data structures of PalmOS and webOS. For example, we had to reengineer certain parts of PalmOS and often we felt like we were creating a new OS which is something that you rarely have a chance to do. It was very challenging, but we also had a lot of fun doing the work.

I thought this was interesting, I hope that the ‘low level APIs‘ they’re talking about include sound.

(PC): We’ve heard from Palm that Classic has ‘more access’ to the underlying webOS than your standard application, which is based solely on web technologies. Can you talk a bit about what standard webOS SDK elements you’re using for Classic and perhaps even some of the ‘non-standard’ stuff you’re doing?
(MA): We used standard SDK that Palm published few weeks ago, but besides that we also had to use some low-level stuff of webOS.

Same again with this quote.

To date I haven’t had a response from MotionApps to my questions about Bhajis loops, and I don’t expect one now, but I do hope that Classic is worthwhile for those heading in the Pre and webOS direction.

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Melodica for the iPhone

Another Tenori-on type app. This one does sound quite good. I’d like to hear from anyone who has tried it out and would like to give some opinions on the different ones at the app store.

Melodica at the app store:

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Pacemaker DJ 2.0 USA Availability

Pacemaker have confirmed that their second device the 60gb version is exclusively available in the US from Amazon, which seems a bit strange. No details on UK availability. If anyone knows more please let me know.

I still think they should develop an iPhone app based on their hardware. My view is that there are lots of people who won’t buy their dedicated hardware due to price ($499), but would part with up to $10-$15 dollars for a Pacemaker iPhone DJ app.

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True Chip interview with Oliver Wittchow

The always excellent True Chip blog has an interview with Oliver Wittchow, developer of Nanoloop which provides some interesting insight into the evolution of Nanoloop.

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