Helen’s Music: Desert Stuff (aka Pocket PC Recording test, Take 1)

Helen’s Music: Desert Stuff (aka Pocket PC Recording test, Take 1)

Interesting use of Griff. Nice.

Recording Gear News: Zoom PS04 Digital Palm Top Recorder

Recording Gear News: Zoom PS04 Digital Palm Top Recorder

A good brief summary of the Zoom PS04. I’m still thinking about that new Boss Micro-BR, but my friend Paul tells me that the Zoom is better and has more features.

Matrixsynth: Z4 Music and Griff – Pocket Samplers

Matrixsynth: Z4 Music and Griff – Pocket Samplers

I have to take out some time to do a decent review of Griff, but this is a good start. I never got Z4 Music. Perhaps I’ll get it soon?

Ditch Digger Digs Ditches: Make Palm a portable sequencer and sampler

Ditch Digger Digs Ditches: Make Palm a portable sequencer and sampler

Another little review of Bhajis Loops. I’m amazed at how many people have raved about Bhajis Loops and taken the time to review it.

Tungsten|E Guy’s Blog: Music Creation on the Palm Platform

Tungsten|E Guy’s Blog: Music Creation on the Palm Platform

Good reviews of Bhajis Loops / Microbe and other music software like Psytexx. Definitely worth checking out this blog.

art and new media studies

art and new media studies

Interesting stuff on Leonardo Electronic Alamanac…

Matrixsynth: miniMusic BeatPad driving a Voyager and 909

Matrixsynth: miniMusic BeatPad driving a Voyager and 909

Good post on the use of BeatPad and external MIDI hardware. Nice shot of a Palm M515 running it all. Interesting blog too.

Music thing: PSPKick: Homebrew drum machine for PSP

Music thing: PSPKick: Homebrew drum machine for PSP

Now that is cool. I like the look of the PSP, but I couldn’t buy one on account I have no real use for it. Perhaps I will do at some point?

SG20

The SG20 was the very first module I got. It fitten onto the base of my palm IIIx and was slightly smaller than a packet of cigarettes. It was a GM module that had a midi in/out box that you could attach to it, although I never used this.

The quality of the sounds was excellent, and I always enjoyed using it, but as with all these things you get to a point where you say, actually it is too big / cumbersome / too many bits of kit to lug about, and that’s what happened. In a way I wish I’d kept it, but I know I wouldn’t use it at all.

MIDI Modules

When I started with music on PDAs I had to use a MIDI modules for anything like decent sounds. One of my favourite modules was for the Visor PDA which had proprietory modules called springboards. The module was about the size of a book of matches, it had 128 midi sounds on board, and a headphone jack. It powered itself from the visor PDA. Nice.

The sound wasn’t bad at all really. The module responded to MiniMusic NotePad and BeatPad software.

The visor was a cool device and the modules were fun too. Shame they didn’t stick around.

More on modules soon…

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