Back then I was experimenting with emulation on mobile platforms. You couldn’t really do it on the Palm OS but Windows Mobile did the job quite well. I never really got anything finished with it though, it was never really robust enough, but fun to experiment with.
I don’t think that this is ever going to make a real difference. I can’t imagine that running iOS music apps on an Android is ever going to be a roaring success, but nevertheless, it is an interesting idea.
Having tried the reverse, running Android on a jailbroken 3G, it was far from useful, and that project is all but abandoned now.
Still, I think it’s good to see people trying out stuff like this and seeing where it leads.
Via Musical Android.
A Tour and Demo of this amazing simulation of the classic synth from EMS, the VCS 3.
Here it is, we’ve waited a long time for this and all thought it was vapourware, but it isn’t. Here’s all the details …
The VCS3 was created in 1969 by Peter Zinovieff’s EMS company. The electronics were largely designed by David Cockerell and the machine’s distinctive visual appearance was the work of electronic composer Tristram Cary. The VCS3 was more or less the first portable commercially available synthesizer—portable in the sense that the VCS 3 was housed entirely in a small, wooden case.
The VCS3 was quite popular among progressive rock bands and was used on recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Jean Michel Jarre, Hawkwind, Brian Eno (with Roxy Music), King Crimson, The Who, Gong, and Pink Floyd, among many others. Well-known examples of its use are on The Who track “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (as an external sound processor, in this case with Pete Townshend running the signal of a Lowrey Organ through the VCS3’s filter and low frequency oscillators) on Who’s Next. Pink Floyd’s “On the Run” (from The Dark Side of the Moon) made use of its oscillators, filter and noise generator, as well as the sequencer. Their song Welcome to the Machine also used the VCS3. The bassy throb at the beginning of the recording formed the foundation of the song, with the other parts being recorded in response. The VCS3 was also a staple at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, and was a regular (and most frightening) sound generator for the Dr Who TV series. Many fo the monsters and atmoshere;s created for the show came directly from the VCS3.
The VCS3 has three oscillators (in reality, the first 2 oscillators are normal oscillators and the 3rd an LFO or Low Frequency Oscillator), a noise generator, two input amplifiers, a ring modulator, a 18dB/octave (pre-1974) or 24dB/octave (after 1974) voltage controlled low pass filter (VCF), a trapezoid envelope generator, joy-stick controller, voltage controlled spring reverb unit and 2 stereo output amplifiers. Unlike most modular synthesizer systems which use cables to link components together, the VCS3 uses a distinctive patch board matrix into which pins are inserted in order to connect its components together.
DK1 keyboard controller
Although the VCS3 is often used for generating sound effects due to lack of built-in keyboard, there were external keyboard controllers for melodic play. The DK1 in 1969 was an early velocity sensitive monophonic keyboard for VCS3 with an extra VCO and VCA. Later it was extended for duophonic play, as DK2, in 1972. Also in 1972, Synthi AKS was released, and its digital sequencer with a touch-sensitive flat keyboard, KS sequencer, and its mechanical keyboard version, DKS, were also released.
iVCS3 is priced at $14.99.
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So if you didn’t like StyleTap or thought it was too expensive you might want to take a look at PHEM. It’s a lot cheaper and has some pretty amazing features too. Here’s what you can expect …
- Supports black and white, grayscale, 8-bit, and 16-bit color. It even supports the Handera 330’s “High Res” grayscale screen!
- Supports sound and (for versions of the Palm OS that support it) vibration.
- Supports multiple different “sessions” emulating different Palms – multiple models, multiple versions of a single model, or both.
- Allows you to use your device’s storage as a virtual expansion card.
- Emulated Palms can communicate using your device’s network connection (wifi or cellular).
- Supports cutting and pasting text between the emulated Palm and your device.
- Supports hardware keyboards if present on your device.
- Supports “skin” files that precisely mimic the appearance of particular Palm devices.
- Supports most Palm “Hacks”.
- Like MAME (which emulates arcade machines like Space Invaders or Defender) or NESoid (which emulates a NES game console), PHEM emulates Palm hardware only – a Palm OS ROM image is required to run.
- PHEM does not emulate Palm models with ARM CPUs (any Palm running OS 5.x). (If you require this, do check out the StyleTap emulator.)
- PHEM does not support IRDA or serial hardware.
- Some games and hacks that rely on undocumented hardware features may fail.
- Multi-touch is not supported on Android versions below Android 3.0 (Gingerbread).
Good to see this emulator for the DS getting constant updates. Here are the details of release 16, and 17 has arrived as well it seems!
I asked StyleTap if this would be possible, to allow a Palm OS app in their iOS jailbroken emulator to send MIDI out of the dock connector into an adapter. I knew it would be a long shot, but I thought that I’d ask.
The answer? No, they’ve no plans to support it. It was always going to be a real long shot wasn’t it. Still, never mind.
The good news is that there are optimizations for the Nexus 7. However, apparently there were some issues that have now been addressed in release 15.
You can find it on the Google Play Store.
A little video of me running The old DS homebrew sequencer GrooveStep app under nds4Droid on a Nexus 7. It runs surprisingly well.