For anyone looking for a Palm OS mobile music machine here’s a Palm Handspring Visor with serial MIDI interface cable on eBay at the moment which includes (if I’m not wrong) an original miniMusic MIDI adapter. I have one myself.
Some good stuff in this update and more to come by the sounds of it:
- fixed random crashes
- fixed crashes in the sample browser
- fixed bug when deleting samples
- improved decay behavior of samples (you probably need to re-adjust the decay of certain samples)
- new interactive sample view (swipe to set start and end points, double tap to browse now)
- midi in with camera connection kit or network midi. Generic midi driver receives start/stop and notes. live recording in the sequencer view. APC 40 support will come with the next update.
Whilst it isn’t something I’d immediately think of doing the concept is appealing, and the idea of being able to connect the tablet into the real world via arduino is very cool indeed.
A free version of Ricepad arrives today. Here’s what you get for your money (not that you’ll pay any of course):
Ricepad Lite is a modular environment for portable live music. Check out the videos on the website.
Play, Remix, Filter, Loop, Sample, Resample and Create Sound Sequences
With Ricepad Lite you create music by arranging objects called modules in a single chain. You start from existing sounds, freely available from the constantly updating library, or import them from your computer (Mac/PC/Linux/…), or you can use the microphone(*). Then the combination of modules you compose, divided between audio sources and effects, will manipulate the sound in an unexpectedly great number or ways.
Oriented To Live Music Performances
Ricepad Lite allows you to create music that is immediately listenable to the audience: less editing and much more playing with the quick and simple interface. For example, if you like beat boxing, you can live record yourself through the mic, record a sequence and play it back as a loop, ready to be post processed or resampled, everything in sync with the bpm, e.g. quantized at 1/16. Nearly every interaction can be quantized, even the preview of audio clips when you want to set up a drum kit.
Inspirations On The Go With Your iPhone & iPod Touch
Ricepad Lite has an extensive set of modules and offers many different techniques to create music easily and quickly, leaving room to unleash your creativity. Ricepad Lite is suitable for casual and short plays, as well as for long and more structured live performances.
Check out the main features.
- simple and original workflow to connect modules – audio sources or effects
- 16 bit, 44100Hz quality
- very low latency
- low CPU consumption, allowing a smooth experience even on older devices
- built-in library of loops and sample kits
- constantly updating sound packs, downloadable for free
- optional temporal quantization of most interactions per module
- recoverable session (autosave)
- import/export functions for personal audio files and sessions, supported in three ways including iTunes File Sharing
File Player / Recorder
- support for a lot of audio formats (wav, aif, mp3, m4a…) with different sample rates
- loop with programmable parameters
- set/get cue points for seeking in real time
Sampler & Resampler
- loading single files or sample kits (groups of 4 files)
- live resampling of the currently executing audio
- live sampling from the mic line with the microphonic variation of the module
- programmable step sequencer, 1/16 resolution, up to 4 bars
- live playing/recording of a sequence
- clip specific parameters: volume, pan, loop mode (none, hold or toggle), reverse, choke group
- compressor, decimator, dub delay, lowpass and highpass filters, phaser, reverb, ring modulator and wave shaper
- all with the same XY pad controller interface
- microphone module (takes the mic line) with crossfader
- tempo control 60-200 bpm (not dynamically applicable with loops) + metronome
- peak indicators
- built-in tutorials
- built-in manual
- iPad compatibility in 2x mode
- plays along with iTunes music
- …and a lot of fun!
* if your device hasn’t an integrated microphone, you have to connect an external microphone for this function
A new vocoder for your iPad arrives today. Here are the details:
Voix is an 8-band vocoder for iPad that lets you play your voice like a synth. With Voix, your voice sounds like a singing robot. For best results, use with headphones.
- Simple to use: just speak into the iPad mic while playing the keyboard.
- Slide your finger across the ribbon controller for finer pitch control.
- Play up to 5 octaves with the Octave Up and Down buttons.
- Make speech more intelligible with the HF Emphasis button.
- Play the vocoder like a regular sawtooth synth with the Bypass Vocoder button.
- Record your performances, save them to your computer with iTunes or send them via e-mail.
The app is priced at $0.99
Some new features for StudioMini:
- new feature: software Input Monitoring adds the ability to listen to audio input in real time
- new feature: Status LEDs light up when tracks have recordings on them
- re-calibrated Faders, double tap to bring to 0dB
- screen auto-lock is now disabled improving recording experience
- UI improvements