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My 24 apps for Christmas: 24 – Bhajis Loops and Microbe

You may have been wondering what the final app was going to be, and then realised that it was almost certainly going to be Bhajis Loops after the post on miniMuisc. Well I could hardly leave these amazing and hugely influential apps out of any list of mine, could I?

I last mentioned both Bhajis Loops and Microbe on so many occasions, and I think as part of my 24 apps of 2012 as well, which is probably no surprise either. Of course both of these are still completely free to use should you have, or decide to acquire a Palm OS device running Palm OS 5, ideally an old Pam Tungsten T3 from eBay or a Palm Tungsten TX. You can’t use either of these on iOS, although there is an emulator for jailbroken devices if you’ve gone down that route, but it isn’t brilliant, and to be fair you need the native hardware to get a view on what Bhajis can do.

Of course I secretly (although not so secretly now as I’m about to tell you all) still hold out the tiniest of hopes that Bhajis will somehow come to iOS, or even Android! But of course this won’t happen. The developer has made that very clear indeed, and I understand his reasons. However, I still think (and I’m not alone in this) that Bhajis Loops was one of the most complete and innovative mobile music apps ever.

Finally, if you’re interested, I’ve put out a couple of unfinished collections of pieces which were both made using Bhajis which you can find on Bandcamp if you’re interested.  Also you might want to check out this old post about constructing a £50 mobile music studio, it’ll tell you a lot more about Bhajis and what it does.

So that’s my list for this year.  It’s been fun going through them. Some I thought I’d have on the list didn’t make it, and a couple of very new apps did.

If you’ve missed any, or just want to go back over the series, you can find all the entries by clicking on the ‘featured‘ tag.

Enjoy!

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And just a little bit more about MIDI Thing

Thanks to everyone who was interested in the hardware device I’ve been working on. The whole team has been really encouraged by the feedback we’ve had so far.

I thought I’d make a little video today just showing MIDI Thing working with some iOS apps. In this video you’ll see MIDI Thing controlling FM4, iSEM, NLog and Cassini. In addition it is sending MIDI clock to MoDrum as well.

Hopefully you’ll be able to see some creative possibilities from using it, and as always, I’d really like to hear your feedback.

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A very Merry Christmas to everyone

I thought I’d just write a quick note to wish you all a very happy Christmas and to say a big thank you to everyone who reads Palm Sounds or has contributed in any way. 2014 has been a busy year and I hope you can all take time for a well deserved rest.

There’ll probably be a couple more posts from me today, but then that’ll be it from Palm Sounds until the 27th or 28th and even then I expect there will be fairly reduced posting between now and the new year. Having said that it’ll all depend on whether or not I got anything music related that I want to show.

Have a great break, and remember, you can always check the “Apps on Sale” page if you’re looking for something new over the next few days.

Enjoy, and all the best!

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Tuna Knobs, Physical control knobs for your touchscreen (video)

Video description:

“Tuna Knobs are conductive control knobs that stick to your touchscreen allowing you to control music apps with real tactile feedback. Simply stick ’em to your screen and BOOM, it’s a controller. Tuna Knobs are produced by Tuna DJ Gear, funded by Kickstarter and can be bought online at http://www.tunadjgear.com”