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SAS-1 and SAS-4 arrive

A couple of new synths for the iPad, SAS-4 and SAS-1. The 4 costs $2.99 and the 1 is free. Here’s the details:

The SAS-4 is a 4voice polyphonic virtualization analog synthesizer for iPad. The layout on the panel of the SAS-4 images the Oberheim OB-Xa. However, the output tone is the one that is original SAS-4 different from the OB-Xa.

  • Polyphonic ( 4 voice )
  • Totally Programmable with Storage for 64 Programs
  • A4- 440Hz Pitch Reference
  • Four Octave Keyboard
  • Two Oscillator per Voice
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generator per Voice
  • 24dB/octave Low Pass Filter
  • Noise Generator / Sample and Hold

The SAS-1 is a monophonic virtualization analog synthesizer for iPad.

The layout on the panel of the SAS-1 images the Oberheim OB-Xa. However, the output tone is the one that is original SAS-1 different from the OB-Xa.

  • Monophonic (Low note priority)
  • Totally Programmable with Storage for 64 Programs
  • A – 440Hz Pitch Reference
  • Four Octave Keyboard
  • Two Oscillator per Voice
  • Two ADSR Envelope Generator per Voice
  • 24dB/octave Low Pass Filter
  • Noise Generator / Sample and Hold

Music

iPads at the Apple Store

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1 comment on “New Arduinos in the Maker Shed”

New Arduinos in the Maker Shed

And don’t they look great. I’m quite tempted myself. Details here.

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Why No.2 Pencil is important

You might be wondering why I’m posting about an update to a drawing app? Well, first off, it is a good drawing app, and secondly it comes from miniMusic, makers of mobile music apps since 1999!

miniMusic‘s Palm OS apps were some of the first mobile music apps I ever used and so it is great to know that they’re still going and updating applications.

It also gives me some hope for more music related iPhone and possibly iPad apps from miniMusic.

Here’s what’s new in No.2 Pencil:
1.4.1 fixes a bug that caused a crash when creating a new drawing.

1.4 is a huge upgrade to No.2 with many new features. Installing the upgrade will replace the first six pages of your “Documentation” book with new documentation pages (or will create the book if you deleted it).

Some of the new features include:

  • COLOR – Draw in any color; sample a color from the screen or pick a new color and set it’s brightness and transparency.
  • PEN SIZE – Chose from 1 pixel to 10 pixel diameter.
  • RING TOOL – New tool image can be held from any side and never obscures your drawing.
  • IMPORT – You can import any image from your camera, photo library, or paste from the clipboard.
  • EXPORT – Share you drawing directly by email, export it to your photo library or copy it to paste into any other app.
  • LINE SMOOTHING – lines are smoothed as you draw so you wont see any more corners.
  • ZOOMING – Now there is unlimited zooming! Also double tap to zoom in or out.
  • FASTER – The app starts faster, images load faster and thumbnails appear faster.

No.2

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Short Circuit: Minneapolis

If you’re in Minneapolis this might be of interest.

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9 comments on “Impressions of Android”

Impressions of Android

I’ve been mucking about with Android on my 2nd hand G1 for a while now, and whilst I do like it from many perspectives it is a very different experience than that of iOS devices.

I think it is only fair to say that there simply aren’t the number of music apps available for Android as there are for iOS devices, and in many ways the state of mobile music for Android reminds of where iOS was about 2 years ago. There’s some good stuff, and there’s some toy music apps too.

I think that Android has a lot of possibilities. The fact that it is open and people are doing some really interesting stuff like App Inventor and Catroid.

But I do think that one of the primary differences is the metaphor used by each OS. iOS is like a desk and Android is like a workbench. There’s nothing wrong with either metaphor, but it does take a while to get used to one when you’ve become very used to working with the other.

Essentially though I think that this use of metaphor by mobile OS’s is a good thing. Who would want to be presented with essentially the same working environment irrespective of OS?

Going back to Android, I’ve got used to how things work in the OS and once you get used to it everything makes sense. My biggest issue is with the lack of simple discovery tools for apps, but then that can easily be said of iOS these days.

I do like the openness of Android. I like that just about anyone can use App Inventor for making their own apps, I think that’ll be a lot of fun for a lot of people who maybe wouldn’t have made their own stuff for a mobile device before. However it is probably going to create a lot more junk in the marketplace when Google get around to allowing people to put their App Inventor creations there.

I also think that Processing for Android will bring some really interesting apps over time, especially as Processing brings Android development more and more into the core of Processing.

I don’t want to talk about one OS winning over another in the post, or in fact at all. I think that there’s more than enough room for both, and more to exist for mobile music.

I’m looking forward to doing more with my G1 and I might even get a tablet when the market settles. I like Android, and as time goes on it continues to grow on me.

For the time being it isn’t going to be a major mobile music platform, but it has a lot of potential, and I hope to see some of this realised over the coming months.

0 comments on “iLife 11 to be iOS compatible?”

iLife 11 to be iOS compatible?

TUAW has this rumour, which, if true would be really interesting in one way, but in another not a big shock.

Apple have already made iMovie available for the iPhone 4, so why not some of the other applications in the iLife suite?

One that has been talked about over and over is Garageband. Could that become iOS compatible?

Then there’s the talk of a mystery new app in the suite and the possibility that it’ll be an App Inventor thing in response to Google’s site for making your own Android apps.

I guess we won’t know anything until they actually announce it, and there’s no news on that at all.

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2 comments on “ProMusicApps on Reactable Mobile”

ProMusicApps on Reactable Mobile

ProMusicApps blog talks about Reactable Mobile. I’ll be posting my thoughts on it soon too.

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4 comments on “What are your hygiene factors”

What are your hygiene factors

I thought it might be interesting to run a poll on what your minimum spec or hygiene factors are when deciding to buy an app.

For example, do you always look for audioCopy/Paste, or Intua Pasteboard, or iTunes file sharing?

What I’d like to do is get a list from you in the comments to this post and then put up a poll on it in the next couple of days, so please let me know what’s important and what your ‘must have’ features are for an app.

1 comment on “OT: ZX Spectrum game collection”

OT: ZX Spectrum game collection

Not a proper emulator I realise, but fun anyway for a grey Monday.

ZX

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Moleskine iPhone and iPad cases

Gadgetlab posts on the availability of moleskine iPhone and iPad cases, which I have to say look really good.

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