I’ve been writing this blog since 2006 and in that time I think it’s fair to say that the main focus of it has been around software (or apps as we now seem to refer to it). Hardware has played a part but a smaller one on the whole.
However, increasingly I seem to find that I’m drawn to hardware these days. A friend recently bought a Kaossilator 2, which is a device I’ve been considering for some time now, and I’ve been on the verge of buying an OP-1 on countless occasions.
So what is it that draws me (us?) to hardware more than software? Is it simply the pull of a physical object that can be unboxed, held, connected with? Is it a reaction to apps being centre stage for such a sustained period?
Personally I’m not sure, I seem to move between liking the physical object to preferring the ability to have everything in a single device. In fact, I’m not sure that there is an answer, perhaps it is just a cyclical thing.
Anyway, I thought I’d share this and see if anyone else had any thoughts on it.
A simple little sample player app. Here’s what to expect:
Add audio effects to the soundtrack of your life.
SAMPL allows you to play your own sounds from a customizable button interface. Sound files can be easily added to the app via iTunes file sharing.
- Easy to use, hardware-like user interface
- Customizable button assignment
- Switchable button labels
- Wooden side panels
Supported audio file formats/extensions:
- AAC (.m4a)
- MP3 (.mp3, obviously)
- AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .aifc)
- WAVE (.wav, .bwf)
- Core Audio Format (.caf)
SAMPL is free at the app store.
Some people make amazing stuff using Sunvox.
What a totally awesome little drum machine.
A load of fixes come up for Lemur:
- Fix ephemeral MultiBalls label display
- Improve object labels horizontal offset
- Improve resolution menu alignment in Editor
- Improve text alignment in Editor property pane
- Improve Editor tree display
- Fix Mac MIDI input
- Fix Lemur MIDI input
- Fix tabbification of Containers containing Containers
- Change gamma on small fonts
- Improve font gamma
- Improve font alignments
- Revert Knob object to thicker lines
- Improve fonts dpi and use same fonts in all apps
- Invert page button colors
- Rewrite CoreMIDI wrappers
- Fix variables corruption when passing invalid parameters to
MIDI script functions
- Fix skipping of certain Daemon packets
PalmSprak from the Tinker Team has gone free as well. So if you love noise, and you want to check out the only app ever to celebrate Palm Sounds then this is your moment to download the awesome PalmSprak for free.
If you like noise then you need to get this app, and now it is free there is really no excuse not to get it.