Palm and MIDI?


Could these cables be used to connect a palm to a MIDI device? I found these on a post at Create Digital Music I know that the T series aren’t supposed to work with MIDI, but could they? I’d love to know.

Unused elements in Bhajis Loops




One of the issues I always have with any piece of software is that there are always loads of functions and capabilities that I never use or even think I will ever need to use.

Well, with Bhajis Loops there are bits and pieces that I often think I will never use. But as time goes on I find myself experimenting more and more.

Having said all of that, I can’t imagine myself ever using the “live” mode in Bhajis Loops. Why? Well, largely because I never play live, and without that outlet I can’t imagine how you’d want to use that kind of functionality. Having said that whenever I start to play with software I often find that you can do things that you weren’t perhaps meant to by using a function for a purpose other than the one it was intended for.

I think I have to spend some more time playing with Bhajis Loops rather than being serious. I don’t have as much fun being serious, so I’m going to do more just playing. Let’s see where it gets me?

Audacity on Palm OS – Not going to happen

Well, at least I got an answer. Doesn’t look like it will happen on the Palm OS. There are reasons why it can work on Linux. This is what I got back from the Audacity team.

“The processor isn’t important, what matters is having the right
libraries available to run audacity. This is easy for the Trinity device
because it runs Linux, and we can use wxGTK to build audacity, which
depends on the wxwidgets application toolkit:
http://www.wxwidgets.org/

This isn’t available for PalmOS currently, so this would need to become
available for running audacity on PalmOS to be viable. You would also
need a machine with enough disc space to do anything useful – 500MB of
free hard drive space is a bare minimum, and significant CPU power do do
processing of audio.”

Thanks for responding. I appreciate it if a little disappointed. Never mind.

Palm OS4 Music

Here’s a collection of links to posts about Palm OS4 Music.

Harmonic Square

Piezo Power

OS4

Capers

My Jornada 568

I was going to sell my old HP Jornada 568, but after much soul searching I’ve decided that I am going to keep it. I’ve fitted a new battery to it (which was so much easier than the T3 battery), and I plan to load up a big bunch of new software very soon. I plan to add:

  • StyleTap (PalmOS environment for PocketPC)
    • Bhajis Loops (running inside StyleTap)
    • Microbe (running inside StyleTap)
  • SSEYO MiniMixa (which I really want to try out again and see if I can get it to work)
  • MilkyTracker (see previous post)

It is already running:

  • Griff (including all synths etc)
  • Syntrax
  • PocketJam
  • Phoenix Studio

That’s the plan. Once done I aim to make it part of my mobile studio again. We’ll see how I get on with it.

Bhajis Scales and the .tun format

Whilst I was on holiday I started to play with these scales downloaded from the Bhajis Garden site. What an eye opener. I really enjoyed finding new scales, it completely changes how you think about forming music.

If you are a Bhajis user and you haven’t played with these as yet, you really should try it out.

SpinPad: Interfaces to make you think

I’m looking forward to spinpad from MiniMusic. I like the idea of a completely different interface for making music. I hope it will make me think differently. I hope SpinPad will have a MIDI export facility when it is released.

A Four-Track for the PalmOS?


I love the idea of a 4-track (or more) on a palm. The idea is brilliant.

So, could SynthPad (or WavePad) from miniMusic be just such a thing? Well, I do hope so. I don’t expect it will be around soon, but I live in hope that it does come about.

MiniMusic are fairly good at delivering what they say they will (although perhaps a bit late), and so I take comfort that it won’t be just vapourware.

But what will it mean? Will it work in the same way as a traditional multi-track? Who knows. Would you even want it to, as the quality of mics on palm devices can’t be the best in the world.

So what will it be good for? The short answer is I don’t know, but one thing is almost certain. Whatever it does it will be interesting and useful.

I for one am looking forward to it.

SoundPad thoughts …

I hoping for a new version of SoundPad soon. Here’s what I’d like:

  • Square wave
  • Sawtooth
  • Copy and paste of sounds between bank
  • Lock sound
  • Lock bank
  • Export sound as wav (not hopeful for this one)

If I get one or two I’ll be pleased.

Category: Capers

Here I’ll try to keep all the posts about Capers and related projects. So far we have:

Capers and the mobile studio (Palm OS4 project)

Capers Apps

Taking the Capers code further?

Capers applets and demos now available

Capers background information

As more capers stuff gets added I’ll try and remember to put it in here as well.

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