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.

A bhajis loops wishlist


I thought I’d put together a list of the things I’d love to see in Bhajis Loops. Stuff I think would be wonderful if it made it into a new version. I know that there’s little or no chance of that as development has mostly finished. Even so, it is worth stating these ideas.

– Audio support : I’d love to have support for maybe one or two audio channels alongside the sampled instruments. I’d even considere upgrading to a LifeDrive to support audio

  • Synth plugins : Having the ability to use FM synthesis plugins to create instruments
  • Pre-Fade send
  • More effect plugins
  • A desktop tool (for Mac OSX) for creating effect plugins and synth plugins (ambitious I know, but then it is a wishlist)

When I started writing this I thought I had loads of stuff and ideas, but what do you know, only a few. Anyway if you have other ideas then please comment them in.

OSX Sample Packer for Bhajis Loops

This is the coolest utility for Bhajis so far. Now you can edit and compile your own sample packs for Bhajis right in OSX. The sample packer has a fantastic GUI and options to optimise samples.

Another fantastic utility from Olivier.

SynchropoolpX is binary compatible

Excellent, at last the SynchropoolpX will work on Intel Macs as well.

Ditch Digger Digs Ditches: Make Palm a portable sequencer and sampler

Ditch Digger Digs Ditches: Make Palm a portable sequencer and sampler

Another little review of Bhajis Loops. I’m amazed at how many people have raved about Bhajis Loops and taken the time to review it.

Microbe 1.3: A Perfect Musical Sketch book

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
  • Effects
  • 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.

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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