Moments in Mobile Music: 2 – Griff and Windows Mobile

Griff was (is) an app (not that we called them apps in those days) that was a complete revelation to me. Up to that point I’d only used Palm OS stuff (see previous post on miniMusic) and hadn’t ventured into the world of Windows Mobile (as it was called in those days). But Griff was a big enough excuse to go there. When I found out about Griff and what it could do I decided to get myself a Windows Mobile device second hand and try Griff out. I got an old Jornada 568 which was up to the task and I bought Griff.

Compared to now Griff was an expensive buy. To get the base app and all of the then available plug ins was going to cost you over $100 so I did it in bits, but it was worth every penny. Griff worked as a host to a series of plug ins not dissimilar to how AU is starting to work for iOS. The people behind Griff made a bunch of their own but some were 3rd party as well. It had an excellent range of synths and effects but it’s real strength was the huge amount of automation that was possible for every parameter. Griff was an incredible feat of software engineering in its day and I think it is still very impressive now.

Here’s a taste of it from the tutorial video:

Back in 2007 I wrote this review of Griff, and I think it’s still a good introduction to the app. For me it was a turning point in my own journey in mobile music, and, very occasionally I still go back to it. Of course, writing this now makes me think I should do the same again and revisit Griff and some of the work I never finished with it. I still think it’s amazing.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Griff and reading a little more of my ramblings on the subject then you might want to first read the review mentioned above. I also wrote about the mda filter and leslie, PocketKick, a drum synth, the pSyn synth, PocketHat, which probably needs no explanation, Goldfish, which was a great bass synth and PocketSnare, which again needs little explaining. There’s also a taster post from 2014 where I featured Griff in my 24 apps for Christmas and that has links that’ll be useful if you wanted to get going with Griff for yourself.

If you’re interested in everything to do with Griff then click here which will take you to a full search of the site for everything Griff based.

The more I think about it the more I feel I should dust off my old Dell Axim and get Griff going once more. If you were a Griff user and decide to do the same then I’d love to hear from you!

Video: Moog Model 15 Synthesizer – Factory Sounds Demo

Video description:

“This is the new Moog Synthesizer App Model 15 based on the Model 15 Analog Modular Synthesizer. “

Video published by

Moog Model 15 on the app store ($29.99 / £22.99):

Synthtopia videos from SuperBooth 16 … Musik App Manufaktur alliance

Apps in the Musik App Manufaktur alliance:

zMors Modular
Elastic Drums

Video: PlayGround – DFLN – Mango Mango

Video description:

“Playground is a new way to experience the music of artists from around the globe. Swipe and tap on the unique template objects and discover your path to musical expression. Fun and easy to use for beginners, become a real performer by growing your skills. Record and share your favourite sessions with your friends.
Playground – Music At Your Fingertips.”

Video published by Herrmutt Lobby.

Playground on the app store:

Video: No link sync Pocket Prism – haQ VLog 84

Video description:

“I’ve been getting questions about the Pocket Prism live jam session I published few days ago. And so I made this VLog in where I am breaking it down for you! :)”

Video published by Jakob Haq.

Video: FM3 Buddha Machine 1 LFO mod by A.S.M.O.

Video description:

“FM3 Buddha Machine 1 LFO mod by A.S.M.O.
Pitch modulation and loop trigger.
Wave shape, speed, depth.”

Video published by A.S.M.O.

Video: FM3 Buddha Machine 5 LFO mod by A.S.M.O.

Video description:

“FM3 Buddha Machine 5 LFO mod by A.S.M.O.
Pitch modulation and loop trigger.
Wave shape, speed, depth.”

Video published by A.S.M.O.

If you missed this from yesterday then you don’t want to miss this

Yesterday Moog announced the Moog Model 15 for iOS. This is amazing, and completely cool. I’ve only just started playing with it and it’s awesome. But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself.

Video description:

“Suzanne Ciani, one of the first and most influential female electronic music composers and synthesists, creates a short sonic sketch using the Moog Model 15 modular synthesizer app. Ciani explores the custom-programmed sounds she designed in the app alongside Moog technicians as they hand-build the app’s hardware modular namesake at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC.

Listen to Suzanne’s full composition here:

Ciani’s unique patches are available as a free expansion pack in the Model 15’s in-app store.

The Moog Model 15 App is an iOS version of the iconic 1970’s instrument. It is designed to evoke the joyous experimentation and sonic bliss of it’s predecessor’s vintage hardware, the Moog Model 15 App meticulously recreates the look, feel, and sound of its highly expressive analog namesake.”

Video published by Moog Music Inc.

Model 15 on the app store ($29.99 / £22.99):

Back in 2011: The first look at Caustic on Android

Amazing to think that Caustic goes back this far. I can remember having a play around with it when I started doing Android stuff, but here you can see it first appearing on Palm Sounds.

Back in 2010: The mobile music alphabet – D

Another mobile music alphabet today. Now on the letter D. So, what would you entries for the letter D be now? How much have they changed since 2010?

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