There are a number of audio recording solutions available. I’ve only really used Bhajis Loops and Wave Edit Pro Enterprise edition, which is really good, and my preferred application for field recording and other audio.
However, there are loads of other applications out there which could be used, I’d be interested in any opinions?
ittyMIDI SysEx Manager is a universal SysEx dump utility for the Palm OS.
SysEx Manager can do the following:
Record Bulk SysEx into the MIDI books used by the ittyMIDI Player. With the latest release of Player, you can incorporate these SysEx files into normal playlists. Send Bulk Sysex with the ability to set a time delay between each message to give slower devices the time to process it. The latest version of Songloader, available with the installation for Player, you can load .syx files directly into books for use with SysEx Manager or Player. Send All SysEx Messages located in any standard MIDI file.
Whilst not something that I am going to find that useful I am sure that others would value this application.
For me the two main platforms for mobile music making are:
But I have to admit that I know very little about other platforms and how they shape up. I know that there was a tracker for Symbian which I did write about ages ago, but I don’t know of very much else.
Also, I think that as Styletap takes off and allows more and more Palm applications to run under Window Mobile it will become easier to run everything in one place as it were rather than keeping and maintaining multiple platforms.
Windows is still developing and moving forward, although, not in leaps exactly, but Palm don’t seem to be doing too much of anything right now.
Sure ALP is coming along, but what will that do for existing applications? Will it bring in more developers? Will it bring new possibilities in terms of hardware from palm or ease of development from ACCESS? Will it mean that Linux music applications are easier to port over to ALP?
The other possibility is that Palm will kick off their own OS separate from ACCESS and ALP altogether.
Could we see the multi-track audio editor from miniMusic in 2007? The current miniMusic development calendar says Summer 2007. Who knows? There isn’t much to go on at the site to tell you more about what is going on and what the application will do exactly, but perhaps there will be an update in the coming months.
I liked the Handspring Visor PDAs, and I especially like the idea of the springboard expansion slot. I know it was entirely proprietory and useless with everything else, but then again it was, at least for it’s day, very innovative indeed.
One of my favourite spring board modules was the beatplus. The sounds from it weren’t nearly as polished as those that came from the Swivel Systems SG20, but for that reason I liked the edge it had on the sounds it made.
I sold mine a long time ago, and I kind of wish that I hadn’t so I could have a museum of sorts of these old devices.
As educational software goes EarTrain is very cool. I think it is fair to say that it is aimed at children, but I have found myself playing with it for an hour at a time.
EarTrain includes 10 levels and a Practice level to freely explore and hear different intervals at your own pace. Instructions are built into the software and various playback preferences are available. Fully compatible with Palm OS 5 and includes full support for enhanced sound (either using the Beat Plus Springboard module or the sound card built into all Sony T, NR, NX, NZ and TG-series Clies) and MIDI output.
MUSIC GADGETS for Palm OS – 12 essential tools for musicians, in one handy package! Metronome — Tuner — Stopwatch — Transposer — Piano Keyboard — Time Calculator — Song Duration Calculator — Delay Calculator — Pitch-MIDI-Frequency — Key Signatures — Diatonic Chords — Chord Symbols. Twelve tools for the price of one. With so much information in the palm of your hand this is a must for every musician.
I posted recently on the possibility that SpinPad would become available in 2007. If you haven’t already you should give the current beta a try (albeit that it is an OS4 app and I’m not sure if it works under OS5).
Here’s what it looks like in practice:
The final version is going to support the Krikit Audio Engine, and I expect it will have the same zero latency as MixPad does today.
What I am most looking forward to is the unique interface, and the new approach to sequencing that will come with SpinPad.