Looking Back and Looking Forward

In the past I’ve used the 31st of December to do a review of what’s happened in the year. However, for 2 reasons I’m doing something a bit different this year.

  1. 2009 has been a massive year for mobile music and a review would be enormous
  2. It is the end of a decade as well!
So instead I’ve decided to take a look at how things have changed in mobile music making by going back to 2006 and working forward by reviewing my end of year and expectation posts.
The whole thing is just over 10 pages long and is available as a PDF download here.
If you have time to read it I hope you’ll find it interesting to see how things have developed and changed over the last few years.
2010 will see Palm Sounds enter a 5th year which amazes me completely. I’m sure that it’ll be at least as amazing and interesting as 2009, and probably far more so.
So, whether you’ve been reading since 2006 or last week, thanks for your comments, news, emails, tweets and everything else.
Happy new year and all the best.
Palm Sounds.

DopplerPad 2.0 sounding awesome

Check out these tracks made with the upcoming version of DopplerPad, sounds amazing. Now that’s something to look forward to in 2010.

http://a1.soundcloud.com/player.swf?g=wi&url=http%3A//soundcloud.com/retronyms/fun-with-delay&player_type=waveformFun With Delay by retronyms

http://a1.soundcloud.com/player.swf?g=wi&url=http%3A//soundcloud.com/retronyms/vocal-effects&player_type=waveformVocal Effects by retronyms

DopplerPad at the app store:

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ProChords for iPhone

ProChords has been suggested to me several times by a number of readers, so I thought I’d try and get it in to 2009 before the end of the day.

I’ve read quite a bit about this app on the developer’s site and it looks very tempting indeed from a songwriting perspective. I may make it my final app store purchase of 2009.

ProChords at the app store:

Last Watchlist of the decade!

Sorry, a bit over the top on the title, but it is nearly the end of 2009, so I think most of the stuff I’m hoping for will now be in 2010.
Stuff I’m hoping for (in early 2010 now):

  • Some retro palm goodness from Alex (maker of Sunvox). I am really looking forward to this stuff to put some new life into my old PDAs
  • The next Noise IO update, which seems to have been in review for ages now!
  • A new (music) app from Yonac?
  • A little more info on whatever ‘DMD’ is from Amidio, although it could be Noise IO 2?
  • DopplerPad synth and FX editing
  • Hitchcock video export coming soon to all devices
  • Beatmaker 2.0! which sounds like it might be real
  • A working version of BeatSequencer as the last update still crashes on my 3G
Stuff that’s arrived:
  • Bleep!Synth from the maker of Bleep!Box?
  • FourTrack with snap to bar! Which is excellent!
  • Jasuto Pro. Which I didn’t expect in 2009, but it is here already!
  • Mixtikl has arrived everywhere, including the iPhone and caused some interesting reactions
  • Sonorasaurus, has arrived and has been updated too
  • Touch DJ, arrived
  • FourTrack and DopplerPad integration, and isn’t it great
  • Auteureist (it has, but you still can’t get it, and thanks Apple for billing me for it even though I can’t download it!)
  • Slice which I love
  • RecTools08 has had a good update although no synths or drum machine as yet.

So, is there anything I’ve missed? What are you looking forward to app wise in 2010? Updates, promised features? Apps on the way?

Got an Arduino for Christmas?

Then here’s 10 things to do with it care of Make blog.

Symphony free

Thanks to Nick who has pointed out Symphony a notation app for the iPhone that I hadn’t noticed before. The app is currently free, so take the opportunity to download it.

It also seems to have quite a lot of interesting features which I’m going to take a bit more notice of in the new year.

Symphony at the app store:

ShowTime video camera for 3G

ShowTime is a new video camera app for the 3G iPhone. It claims to have a better frame rate than the other video camera apps for the 3G and also has a zoom feature which seems to be unique on the 3G video apps.

ShowTime at the app store:
ShowTime - Video Recorder

Your top 10 music apps on Palm Sounds

Thanks to MikiStrange for reminding me about reader top 10 music apps. If you’d like to see your top 10 iPhone (or other OS) apps on Palm Sounds, email me at:

palm dot sounds at mac dot com

March of the Toys

Lots of nice handheld toys in this video.

Auteureist 1.1

Auteureist 1.1 has arrived with the new thesaurus and also support for tumblr too.

Auteureist at the app store:

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