Recollections of PalmSounds: Mark from Moo Cow Music

Mark from Moo Cow was one of if not the first to put together a music app on iOS, not just before it was called iOS, but before there were even apps on the iPhone. So it’s really fitting to end this month of celebrations for PalmSounds turning 10 years old with a comment from him:

“Well done on reaching such an impressive milestone, which is scary as now I realise I’ve been reading your blog daily for eight of those years! It’s been my place to go for industry news and has kept me somewhat sane through the development of Pianist Pro and Looptical. I hope you keep the site around even when you inevitably move on to bigger things as it has become a great history of mobile music development. For my own little bit of that history, I found your blog entry on the 2008 WWDC:

Although now we have huge corporations developing branded app versions of their synths and sequencers, back at the start there were just a few solo developers tinkering with undocumented APIs and giving our apps away for free. Even the users of our apps were just random unknowns, equally excited by the promise of a new way of making music. This video from 2008 by iBand ( has to date 7 million views, and 16,000 comments, with most of the early comments were declaring it a fake because people simply could not believe you could play live music on phones. It was videos such as this that drove me to create ever more complex musical instruments for pioneers such as iBand to use. Making virtual instruments has also driven me as an amateur musician to push my own boundaries, as you can see by comparing a couple of demo videos i recorded over the years:-

Feb 2008: Coldplay Clocks on iAno (early version of Pianist)
Sep 2013: Nessum Dorma on Looptical

I’ve had a lot of amazing musicians use my apps, but by far my favourite has to be the SoftBank Dog ( Only the Japanese would advertise a mobile provider with a dog playing a tiny piano on a phone.

Good luck for the future and keep up the great work!”

ICYMI … This is going to be really big


Recollections of PalmSounds: Music Studio

I can remember when Music Studio first arrived on the app store. It was a massive step forward, and so it’s great to get this from Alex:

“Back in 2009 when we released Music Studio for iPhone (iPad was not born yet and Android was unknown), PalmSounds was one of the first blogs to review Music Studio. It helped people to discover that DAWs are a reality on mobile devices and it helped us to gain traction with Music Studio. Congratulations and a big thank you to PalmSounds from Xewton!”

Video: Beat + MIDI VIBES → Sound Prism

Video description:

“A beat building example + demo of VIBES → SoundPrism via MIDI.

The v2.1.0 release of has a minor fix for the MIDI signals sent out by the VIBES. Previously they sent MIDI.NoteOff immediately after MIDI.NoteOn. MIDI receiving devices with slow attacks like Sound Prism would never even play the note. This release fixes that.”

Video published by Amidio. on the app store:

Video: Making stuff with patchblocks – part 1 James Chip

Video description:

“A series of videos i am going to do on making stuff with patchblocks,

Patchblocks are little programmable DSP modules that let you create your own synth modules and audio effects. In this video we make a simple pitch and volume control for a sine wave generator.”

Video published by James Chip.

Recollections of PalmSounds: Aaron Higgins

I’ve known Aaron for some time and some of you will remember some of the apps her was responsible for, the most memorable (in my view) being Looptastic! He’s still doing some pretty interesting things in music and gave a demo of his Blam for Minecraft at Music Tech Fest last weekend. So it’s great to get this comment from him:

“I am writing to wish you and Palm Sounds a very Happy Birthday.

It is amazing how far mobile music making has come in 10 years, and Palm Sounds led the way. You were way ahead of the curve. You saw the opportunity and the promise before any of us iOS developers even got started. Your enthusiasm inspired us and your support enabled us to build successful businesses.

Thank you for the dedication to music on mobile. The industry would not have been the same without you. Have a Happy Birthday and many more to come. I look forward to reading all about it.”

Video: Molecules (iOS live improvisation – Mogees, Audiobus, Fugue Machine, Patterning, Loopy)

Video description:

“Here’s a whole new electronic track, improvised live on iOS.
Gear used:

► iPad with the following apps:
Audiobus (to connect everything)
Fugue Machine
Loopy (to record the iPhone input)
Cubasis (to record the outputs from Audiobus)

► iPhone with Mogees, plugged to an acoustic ukulele
► Rolad Duo Capture Ex soundbord
► Alesis Q25 usb keyboard controller


Video published by Andrea Baroni.

Recollections of PalmSounds: Gary from MicSwap

I was really impressed when I first saw MicSwap on the app store, and when I used it I was truly amazed by the results! It was great to get this comment from Gary:

“Happy 10th birthday and anniversary to Palm Sounds! Ashley has been on the forefront of this growth in mobile music creation not only benefitting us as music app developers, but music creators in general.

We truly appreciate all Palm Sounds has done to spread the word of MicSwap and mobile music creation apps in general. Cheers to 10 more years!”

Recollections of PalmSounds: The Korg App Dev Team

Korg have been one of the most amazing supporters of making music on iOS and before with the DS platform, so it was great to get this comment from their developer team:

“Congratulations to PalmSounds for their 10th anniversary!
Thank you for your continued introduction of KORG apps.
We hope to continue to evolve by creating apps that surprise everyone.
We are looking forward to future developments!

KORG app dev team”

Recollections of PalmSounds: Hamilton (MultiTrack DAW)

I’ve been a MultiTrack DAW user since it first arrived on iOS and it’s just got better and better so it was great to receive this from Hamilton:

“PalmSounds was the first to blog about the app, back when iPhone music was just beginning around 2009. So I owe a lot to you for starting the ball rolling not just for us but all music app developers on iPhone. Seems like only yesterday, good times man, good times. I’ve been following you ever since, if there is anything happening on the iOS music scene, PalmSounds is there, telling me about it. Thanks for all the good information and hope it continues”

If you don’t know MultiTrack DAW then you should check it out. It has an amazing UI and is one of the best multitrack apps I know of.

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