Robotic Drums (Universal) arrives and is just about as cool as you can get

So, apart from having the word ‘Robotic’ in the app’s name, and also having what is arguably one of the coolest icons for a music making app ever, what has this got going for it?

The answer = LOADS!

Read the app’s description then try and think of a reason for not having this app …

Robotic Drums is an analog modeled drum synth coupled with a probability sequencer. This special combination, makes the app suitable for live sound manipulation, sequence experimentation and regular beats. The main highlights for this app are:

  • A minimalist interface, with a high emphasis in flow.
  • 6 analog modeled synthesized voices.
  • A probability sequencer. You control how “random” a sequence is.
  • Quantized pattern switching.
  • Dropbox support for saving sessions and sharing across devices.
  • AudioBus support.
  • Midi clock sync support.

Some details:


There are 6 analog modeled synthesized voices, each with a noise and an oscillator section. This flexible configuration allows each voice to generate sounds that range from punchy bass drums, to snappy snares, to lo-fi tones, to sound effects and much else in between.


The sequencer for each voice is based on probabilities. A step on a sequence is not just a “switch” but a measure of “how likely is this step to be triggered”. This allows for highly dynamic sequences that maintain a certain base, but never sound the same from one pass to another.


Each session can hold 16 patterns. Switching patterns in a live situation is always controlled by a “pattern quantization” parameter, which determines when the pattern switch actually happens. This allows for pattern switches to occur exactly when expected, maintaining the musical flow of a piece.


Sessions can be saved to Dropbox, this allows to share sessions across devices or even to use as an easy method to share patches with the community.

And at just $4.99, why wouldn’t you buy this?

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PHEM is a new Palm OS emulator for Android

So if you didn’t like StyleTap or thought it was too expensive you might want to take a look at PHEM. It’s a lot cheaper and has some pretty amazing features too. Here’s what you can expect …

PHEM Features

  • Supports black and white, grayscale, 8-bit, and 16-bit color. It even supports the Handera 330’s “High Res” grayscale screen!
  • Supports sound and (for versions of the Palm OS that support it) vibration.
  • Supports multiple different “sessions” emulating different Palms – multiple models, multiple versions of a single model, or both.
  • Allows you to use your device’s storage as a virtual expansion card.
  • Emulated Palms can communicate using your device’s network connection (wifi or cellular).
  • Supports cutting and pasting text between the emulated Palm and your device.
  • Supports hardware keyboards if present on your device.
  • Supports “skin” files that precisely mimic the appearance of particular Palm devices.
  • Supports most Palm “Hacks”.

PHEM Limitations

  • Like MAME (which emulates arcade machines like Space Invaders or Defender) or NESoid (which emulates a NES game console), PHEM emulates Palm hardware only – a Palm OS ROM image is required to run.
  • PHEM does not emulate Palm models with ARM CPUs (any Palm running OS 5.x). (If you require this, do check out the StyleTap emulator.)
  • PHEM does not support IRDA or serial hardware.
  • Some games and hacks that rely on undocumented hardware features may fail.
  • Multi-touch is not supported on Android versions below Android 3.0 (Gingerbread).
You can find it on the play store, and you’ll notice it’s pretty cheap.

Ototo turns everyday objects into musical instruments

Dentaku – Ototo from Broadway on Vimeo.

Meet Ototo, an experimental printed circuit board (PCB), which, combining sensors, inputs and touchpads, allows you to easily create your own electronic musical instrument.

Designed by Dentaku, Ototo allows anyone to unpack a kit and make anything from drum sets out of saucepans to origami that sings when touched. Sign up for updates from Dentaku on Ototo

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