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The Palm as a field recording platform

Last week I was away on holiday with my family. We went to the Isle of Wight, which is a family favourite. One thing that my family expect from me on holiday is doing slightly strange things.

Like what? Well, field recording with a mobile phone (Treo 650) for one thing. It isn’t easy to record sounds on a device that was built to be a mobile phone. But, it is possible, and this year I managed to get quite a good selection of recordings from our holiday.

However, recording software for the palm platform is not always easy to come by. This year I used Bhajis Loops, and whilst good it is not ideal for field work. I have also used Wave Edit Pro, and that too is good, but somehow not entirely satisfactory.

And so the search goes on.

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A tough decision to take

Whilst away on holiday last week I made the decision to get rid of my HP Jornda 568 PDA. It is a sad day for me, as I’ve had it for a few years, and in the first year or so it was really useful. Sadly now I find that I hardly ever use it at all. It feels sad because it is a bit like an old friend you don’t want to lose touch with, but you know you’ll never have anything in common any more.

Some of the software is still useful, but for the most part I am using Bhajis Loops and NotePad/SoundPad, so it is difficult to use other applications which arn’t quite as intuitive.

It is a shame, and I wish I had a real use for the device as it is very nice indeed. Still, when you have no use for something like that, it just has to go.

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Psytexx

One thing I’ve never been able to get my head around is how to use Psytexx. Perhaps it is because I never really grew up with software trackers in the early Spectrum / Atari days. Still, it is something I wish I could get to grips with.

In a world where this is precious little music software for the Palm platform it seems a shame to not use something like this.

Find Psytexx here:

http://www.warmplace.ru/

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Making music in very small packages

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.

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What’s this about then?

For many years I’ve been interested in using handheld devices to create music. Simple.