The Immense Temptation of Hardware

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.


SAMPL for iOS arrives

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.

Main features;

  • 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.



RPG theme

Some people make amazing stuff using Sunvox.

SunVox - Alexander Zolotov


Finger Drumming Episode 01 – Apps for Music Production


LDB-1 Analog Drum Machine

What a totally awesome little drum machine.


Lemur update includes loads of fixes and improvements

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

Lemur - Liine


Nanostudio stuff on Instagram from nanoproducerftw

A Nanostudio photo from nanoproducerftw via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/N_rn_oPsri/