Back in 2007 miniMusic launched what was to be their last Palm OS application, MixPad. I still use this application from time to time on my old T3 as I still think it is useful.
Amazing to think how things have moved on since then.
MixPad plays standard MIDI files on any Palm Powered handheld or phone and can remix the songs as they play. Songs can be played on most modern devices using miniMusic’s Krikit Audio Engine for rich polyphonic audio. Some handhelds can be connected to external music hardware like synthesizers, samplers or tone modules and MixPad can control those. Handheld computers with dedicated sound cards are also supported, including models from Sony, Tapwave and Handspring. The mixing board inside the software can adjust the volume and panning of individual instruments while a song plays, or solo or mute tracks.
When it was released there was an intention to have a Pro version too:
This first version of MixPad only plays and mixes MIDI files and requires a handheld or phone running Palm OS version 3.5 or higher (Palm OS 5.0 or higher is needed to use the Krikit Audio Engine). A Pro version of MixPad will be offered later this Spring adding recording and editing capabilities — a complete portable MIDI studio. Since MixPad uses the Krikit Synth, you can use sounds designed with miniMusic’s SoundPad to play songs in MixPad.
Based in San Francisco since 1999, miniMusic creates handheld computer software for music composition, education, performance, and entertainment so that musical ideas can be explored anywhere and anytime, giving individuals the freedom of musical expression on their own terms. Shipping applications include NotePad, BeatPad, SoundPad, MixPad, AxisPad, EarTrain and BugBand. Upcoming products will tackle multi-track editing and innovative new musical interfaces.
Of course, since then miniMusic have moved into the iOS world and are about to bring their latest app Tympanum to the iPhone very soon. Can’t wait.