SoundLab Play Space: The Amazing AlphaSphere

One of my favourite instruments from the SoundLab has been the AlphaSphere. Apart from being a truly beautiful piece of hardware it is also an amazing device for getting people to try out making a sound. It really is astoundingly good at getting people who have never played any kind of musical instrument ever, to try out making music.

For musicians it is a joy to use. It is amazingly configurable and really straightforward. But of course there’s more coming. You knew I was going to say that right? I can’t say what, but there are good things coming to AlphaSphere soon and I’m excited about them. As soon as I can tell you about what’s coming, of course I will, but for now I’ll say that it’ll fit well with the kinds of things that get covered on Palm Sounds.

More soon …

And now we have a date for Audulus 3

So it isn’t too long to wait now is it, just a few more days, next Tuesday it’ll be here and the wait will finally be over!

24 devices for Christmas: 2 (plus 3 and 4 too)

So this is really a bit cheeky. I didn’t feel I could really separate out the PO series although I do appreciate that a lot of people won’t have the full set. So I’m calling this devices 2, 3 and 4 in one go, and let’s face it. They’re pretty cool.

So, to celebrate them, here are some videos on them in action.

Sync is difficult though, I’ve heard quite a few people struggle with all three, although fitting two together seems to be more common.

You could even try picking them up cheap on eBay …

PO Series on eBay

24 apps for Christmas: 2 – A solid workhorse … MultiTrack DAW

So for day 2 of my 24 apps for Christ comes MultiTrack DAW. This is one of the apps that has been an almost constant presence in my mobile music for years now. I keep coming back to it time after time, and with every update it gets better and better.

Even though the time between updates seems to get longer and longer, I’m glad it’s still supported, and I’m glad it’s still around. Of course, there’s a bunch of things I’d like to see in there, but I’ll save that for another day I think.

For now, MultiTrack DAW is a great app, a truly great app, if you don’t know, you should know it.

24 books for Christmas: 2 – Drone, Glitch and Noise: Making Experimental Music on iPads and iPhones

This is the first in a series (well, at least there’s 2 of them anyway) of books from Apptronica. I was really pleased to see Apptronica publish this. There’s not enough books about making music on iOS, so everyone counts.

Maybe check this one out if you can.


Auria Pro has arrived

At long last, and after a very long wait Auria Pro has finally arrived, and it is a beast. Here’s the full details of the Pro version …

Auria Pro – Mobile Music Production. Redefined.

“This is the first mobile mixing (AND recording AND post production) app that I’ve ever used that is truly professional. Just Wow !” – David Kahne (Grammy winning producer/engineer for Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Stevie Nicks, Sublime, The Bangles, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor)

  • TEC Awards 2012 Nominee
  • Computer Music Innovation Award
  • Computer Music Performance Award
  • Sound on Sound 2013 Awards Nominee
  • Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award

Introducing Auria Pro. The first Digital Audio Workstation designed from the ground up for iPad. With professional-level features like comprehensive MIDI support, built-in sampler player and analog synths, real-time audio warping, AAF import/export, powerful busing, and optional third-party plug-in support from names like PSP, FabFilter, Overloud and Drumagog, Auria Pro clearly sets a new standard for mobile music production.

“Prepare to be amazed.” – Computer Music Magazine

“…I was immediately convinced that this is the hottest musical app to make it to the iPad so far…” – Recording Magazine


  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks
  • Lyra multi-format sample player with a free downloadable 4GB sample library. Lyra is a true disk streaming sampler, capable of playing multi-GB sample instruments. Supports SFZ, EXS and SF2
  • FabFilter Twin2 and One analog synthesizers included
  • Up to 24 tracks of simultaneous recording when used with compatible audio interfaces (Lightning to USB Camera adapter required)
  • Real-time audio warping using élastique Pro v3, allows audio tracks to be stretched in real time.
  • Powerful audio busing system allows flexible routing of audio between tracks, subgroups and Auxes.
  • Piano roll editor
  • Tempo and Time-signature Tracks
  • Real-time MIDI parameters allow immediate control over MIDI tracks
  • Comprehensive MIDI processing functions
  • Groove quantizing, includes a free set of DNA grooves from Numerical Sound (additional grooves available for purchase).
  • User groove extraction from MIDI and audio tracks
  • Audio quantizing
  • Audio transient to MIDI conversion
  • Transient slicing
  • Project templates
  • Support for external iOS-compatible Hard Drives for project backup
  • 24-bit recording
  • Vintage-inspired ChannelStrip on every channel by PSPAudioware includes expander, multiband EQ and compressor
  • MasterStrip on all subgroup and master channels featuring PSPAudioware BussPressor, EQ and mastering limiter
  • 64 bit double-precision floating point mixing engine
  • Third party plug-in support available via in-app purchase
  • MIDI Sync support with MTC Chase, MIDI Clock and MMC
  • MIDI Remote Control (Mackie MCU and HUI protocol)
  • Supports sample rates of 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz
  • AAF import and export allows transferring complete sessions between popular DAWs like Logic, Pro Tools, Nuendo, Samplitude and others
  • StereoDelay, StereoChorus, ClassicVerb and Convolution Reverb plugins included
  • 8 Assignable subgroups and 6 aux sends
  • Time Stretching using ZTX technology and élastique Pro v3
  • Real-time audio scrubbing
  • Flexible snapping tools allow snapping to events, cursor, bars, beats and more
  • DropBox, Audiobus, IAA, SoundCloud and Audio Copy/Paste support
  • Track freeze for minimizing CPU usage
  • Full automation support
  • True 100mm faders when used in Portrait Mode
  • Adjustable pan law
  • Auto-punch mode
  • Full delay compensation on all tracks, subgroups, busses and aux sends
  • Adjustable metering modes, including pre or post fader, RMS and peak
  • Sample accurate looping
  • Automatic sample rate conversion


  • iPad 4 or later
  • iOS 6.0 or later
  • USB audio interfaces require Apple Lightning to USB Camera adapter

Auria Pro costs $49.99 on the app store:

Back in 2007: Interview with 4Pockets

Back before 4Pockets were in the iOS world I got this interview with them about their Windows mobile offerings. Interesting. Here’s the original post.

Back in 2006: Thoughts on mobile music making

A first round up of what had been happening in mobile music making from 2006. Of course, not a huge amount was happening back then, but as you know, it changed. Read the original post here.

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