Thoughts on SoundGrid

I was playing with SoundGrid today and was really impressed with this app. Up until this update I hadn’t used it for ages. I don’t know if maybe I just didn’t get my head around the workflow before, but this time around I love it.

It a really immediate and versatile little app. The only thing I’d like is more sounds, but there seems to be options for loading new banks which is good.

SoundGrid at the app store:

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Pacemaker contest

Pacemaker are giving away one of their 60GB devices to one lucky person who puts their first mix up on their community site. Details here.

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Wishing …

Is it just my sense of retro clouding my judgement or would this be wonderful on your iPhone?

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SoundCloud group for SoundGrid

Another new iPhone music app related group on SoundCloud. Put your creations from SoundGrid up. Good to see there’s quite a few tracks here too.

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Your top 10 here

Anyone else want to put forward their top 10 iPhone Music apps? Or perhaps your top 10 handheld music apps? Email me if you want to.

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Bloom update on the way

At long last Bloom is getting updated. This from their website:

Yes, an update has been completed, and will be submitted to Apple shortly. New features include a sleep timer, stereo panning, two additional sounds, three new moods, and two new operation modes.

It’ll be nice to see something new in Bloom as it was one of the very first iPhone music apps to arrive.

Bloom at the app store:

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TabToolKit from Agile Partners

TabToolkit Intro from John Berry on Vimeo.

A new app from the people who brought you Star6. Here’s what it does:

With TabToolkit, you can take your music tablature files with you. For the iPhone and iPod touch, TabToolkit allows you to view Power Tab, Guitar Pro, text and PDF files.

Tablature files (or tabs) are a very popular format for composing and transcribing music, especially for guitar players. Tab files are a great way to learn new music or practice a song.

Tablature & Standard Notation
With “rich” tab file formats (Power Tab and Guitar Pro), you can view both standard musical notation and tablature notation.

Synthesized Instrument Playback
That’s right, TabToolkit has a built-in synthesis engine to let you hear the music for your score. The ability to hear an instrument play notes is a huge help in learning new music. If things are moving a little too fast, you can slow the tempo down to a crawl and learn tricky parts one note at a time.

The current version of TabToolkit is limited to synthesizing one track at a time, but we’re hoping to add multi-track soon!

Instrument Guides
In addition to tab and standard notation, for Power Tab and Guitar Pro files, you can show either a guitar fretboard or keyboard to see finger placements in real time. This serves as a tremendous aid in learning new songs.

Upload & Download
If you’ve got tab files on your computer that you’d like to move into TabToolkit, no problem. Using your home wireless network, you can upload files directly to your iPhone or iPod touch. Need to get a tab file from somewhere online? There’s a built-in web browser with tab download capabilities.

Multi-Track Support
Power Tab and Guitar Pro files allow you to specify different tracks for different instruments. TabToolkit has full support for this feature, allowing you to learn the lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and keyboad if you’d like.

Re-Orient Yourself
TabToolkit automatically adjusts its layout based on your iPhone’s orientation, so you can keep it in the dock, or lay it down on your music stand.

Practice Content Included
You can always add your own tab files, but we’ve pre-loaded TabToolkit with some useful practice exercises to help get your warmed up.

Lefties Welcome!
Enabling lefty mode reverses the fretboard to reflect the layout of a left-handed instrument.

It actually sounds really useful and probably what I need to get my guitar playing back on track so I may give this one a go next month as my app store habit is a bit out of control this month.

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Open Pandora coming soon

I stopped by the openpandora site to see what was happening there and found they’d updated the main screen with this image. The openpandora looks great and has great specs too. It reminds me of the Sony UX50 which was a great PDA when it came out.

So now I have to resist the temptation to get one of these too.

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A very very brief update on DGOS

I think that this is the shortest update I’ve ever seen. In fact, me posting on it is many times longer than the original post.

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Please link to Palm Sounds

Just a quick note. If you read Palm Sounds find it useful then please link to the blog from your site or blog. I know lots of readers do and I really appreciate it.

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