I thought I’d write about Microbe today. Microbe was the first piece of software I bought from Chocopoolp, and I think the first thing that was released from there. It is a fantastic application for jotting down ideas quickly. It is really about making electronic music, but it can be adapted to do interesting things…
What’s in Microbe?
- 2 Mono synths
- Drum machine
- X-Y Pad
- Export to Bhajis Loops (for when you want to expand your ideas)
- Render to WAV!
How do I use Microbe?
Usually I use microbe when I want to play around for a minute or two with ideas and not get hung up on being technical and having to worry about settings and the like. That’s a nice thing about Microbe. Things are simple and straightforward. I like that. When something is done in Microbe it can then be moved out into Bhajis Loops, or if that’s really it it can stay there and be rendered to a wav file right on your device.
If it needs to get more attention then it can be exported to Bhajis and from there you can do almost anything with it.
NotePad 1.4 is finally released. Excellent! Really worth checking out. What will they do next???
NotePad 1.4 is due to come out next week. Fantastic …
The chaps over at MiniMusic are cooking up another update to their excellent NotePad application. The new version includes:
- Scrolling Playback – Music will now scroll with playback.
- Page View – tap on new page icon or write/type the letter “z” to “zoom out” to a page view showing twenty measures of the song. The current measure is highlighted. Tap on a measure to zoom in on that bar (see lower screen shot to the left).
- Tempo Changes – Use the Change menu to set tempo changes anywhere in a song. Select a note and choose “Tempo Change” to change the tempo when that note is played. Select the same note and use the “Clear Change” menu item to remove a temo change (a change to 122bpm is shown in the top screenshot to the left).
- Instrument Change – Use the Change menu to set instrument changes anywhere in a song. Select a note and choose “Instrument Change” to change the instrument that will be used for this note and all following notes in this voice. Select the same note and use the “Clear Change” menu item to remove a temo change (a change to “Reed Organ” is shown in voice 4 in the top screenshot to the left).
- Keyboard support – Consult the graphic below to see the functions you can access from the keyboard or by using Graffiti hand writing. You can now exit the song, add rests, or change duration tools from the keyboard or Graffiti.
- Follow note entry – Song will scroll to keep up with notes being entered on the piano, entered using graffiti or entered on a keyboard (like the on Treo).
- Card Launch – NotePad can now be installed on a memory card (like an SD card in most current models). Both NotePad and its database (mMusicDB.pdb) should be installed into the “/Palm/Launcher” directory on the card (this is the default for all applications).
- Grid Screen Fix – No longer fills measures with rests; only adds needed rests as you draw.
- Song Scroll Bar – Quickly navigate to any measure in the song (shown in both screen shots to the left).
- Directional Pad – Use the left/right controls on your handheld/phone to scroll through a song (up/down still transposes notes).
- Select Color – On handhelds/phones with color screens, selected notes will be colored red (shown in top screenshot to the left, first three notes in voice 1 are selected).
- Library Scroll Bar – Quickly find a song anywhere in the category.
Should be fantastic when it is done, and hopefully that’ll be soon.
Years ago I had a palm iiix (my first palm PDA). I really loved that device. When I found out that there were possibilities to make music with a device that small, I was astounded. My first departure into handheld music was buying MiniMusic software and an SG20 module for my palm IIIx.
Wow, that was fantastic. A full MIDI sequencer in the palm on my hand. For some time I thought that was the best that there could be.