I’ve played with BoomChic for a bit now, and it is fun although really a very limited music application. Of course, being freeware means that you can’t complain really.
It is fun though to play with and if that’s what you’re after then that’s fine.
I found another PocketPC Drum Machine. This one has a bit of a twist. Here’s the product’s details:
Drum Kit Ace is a brilliant music & memory game and also an easy to program drum machine!
In the two game modes Memory Master and Rhythm Master use your touch screen stylus to hit the drums and follow the computers lead. Practice drumming in Freestyle mode, complete with metronome to help improve your timing.
The Drum Machine enables you to create up to 99 drum tracks. The interface is simple and intuitive. If you play an instrument (e.g. guitar, bass, keyboard) then why not create a drum track to play along to…for fun, for practice, for real.
Ok, this is a toy application more than anything, but fun none the less. The more musical toys you have the better I say, and as it is also freeware who can argue.
Click the title for the link to Palmgear to download.
Here’s the right up about it.
Play your sequence with this pretty Drum Kit Studio. Drums, Cymbals,
Hihat.. briefly drum-kit instruments you need are there. May be you
need double styluses.
I like the look of PocketBeat. it has a nice feel to it and I like the idea. But I never play live enough for it to be worth buying. I like the idea of a palm based drum machine, but again, I don’t need another one as I already have three that’ll do the job.
Having said all of that I like the functionality of PocketBeat, I can imagine it in action and it being really useful. I just wish I had a use for it.
BeatPad was one of the first pieces of musical software I purchased for the palm platform. I used it on my first palm, a IIIx which I personally upgraded to 8mb, but that’s another story. At the time, I thought it was totally amazing, which in fact it is still, it has just got better and better. In many ways it hasn’t changed very much, but from a different perspective it has changed vastly.
Essentially BeatPad is a simple sequencer for the palm. It has a single monophonic music sequence and a drum pattern editor. It arranges patterns into four banks, A through D, and each bank has 8 patterns in it.
In version 1.1 you can tell the app to move from one pattern to the next, but you can’t give it specific instructions like “A1 four times, then A2 etc”. I’m sure that this sort of thing will come in a later version. For now you can tell it to play the patterns in order, and that’s fine. You can copy patterns too.
Within each pattern you can adjust parameters for each note in the pattern, such as velocity, duration, pitch etc, and you can choose instruments for your tracks too.
It isn’t going to make you a pop star, but it is good fun with a very interesting interface, and combined with SoundPad it is a powerful combination.