PSP Rhythm 7.0

I haven’t had a look at this for a long time now, mainly due to the fact that I don’t own a PSP. However, it looks like PSP Rhythm has really moved on in a big way.

PSP Rhythm 7.0 is a complete music workstation in the palm of your hand. PSP Rhythm features include sample playback, sample manipulation, audio effects, grid sequencer, and song arranger. PSP Rhythm enables you to take audio samples, arrange them, effect them, and record your songs to CD quality audio files.

Major Improvements for version 7.0:

  • Wave Table Synthesizer (with user defined oscillator)
  • Sample Volume Envelope
  • Improved Audio Engine
  • Song files have replaced bank files
  • Improved file user interface

Inspired by classic drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and modern audio software, PSP Rhythm is a portable music studio which fuses old and new ideas.

The heart of PSP Rhythm is its sample based playback engine. The playback engine enables you to chop and pitch-shift any sound. Every sampled sound also runs through an individual volume envelope which enables you to alter the attack or decay of the sound. Samples can then be modified with effects such as distortion, slicer, delay, time-stretch, high/low pass filter, and monophonic sample mode.

The on board Bass-line synth in PSP Rhythm is similar to the classic Roland TB-303. TB-303 style features such as Accent and Slide are available. The real-time control of the cutoff and resonance give you that authentic “Acid” sound that made the TB-303 Bass-line synth so famous.

The newest audio tool introduced in PSP Rhythm version 7.0 is the Wave Synth. The Wave Synth uses the basic building blocks of subtractive synthesis with the ability to use any sampled audio source as a digital oscillator.

PSP Rhythm can simultaneously sequence 15 samples or 15 wave synths and 1 Bass-line synth. Sounds are grouped into patterns, patterns can be expanded into songs, and songs can be recorded to CD quality PCM wave format and exported to general midi. Songs can now be loaded and saved per song file which enables you to save and back-up your data as much as you wish.

Z4 Music: Mini Review


Whilst this is a good little app for mucking about with sequencing, the issue I have with it is just that. It is a good app for mucking about with. I can see it being fun if you are not big into music, or just want to play around. However, if you are more serious about handheld music making this won’t get you far.

BoomChic mini review

I’ve played with BoomChic for a bit now, and it is fun although really a very limited music application. Of course, being freeware means that you can’t complain really.

It is fun though to play with and if that’s what you’re after then that’s fine.

Another Pocket PC Drum Machine

I found another PocketPC Drum Machine. This one has a bit of a twist. Here’s the product’s details:

Drum Kit Ace is a brilliant music & memory game and also an easy to program drum machine!

In the two game modes Memory Master and Rhythm Master use your touch screen stylus to hit the drums and follow the computers lead. Practice drumming in Freestyle mode, complete with metronome to help improve your timing.

The Drum Machine enables you to create up to 99 drum tracks. The interface is simple and intuitive. If you play an instrument (e.g. guitar, bass, keyboard) then why not create a drum track to play along to…for fun, for practice, for real.

Features:

  • Stylish Photo Realistic VGA Graphics
  • Excellent Animation
  • Portrait and Landscape View supported on ALL devices
  • Multi-Language Support (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
  • Memory Master
  • Rhythm Master
  • Freestyle
  • Drum Machine

BoomChick

I found this by chance, it is a little drum machine for PocketPC. I haven’t tried it out as yet, but it looks fun.

DS Lite: Drum Machine

Yet another reason to have a look at the DS as a viable platform. Ok, only a drum machine at the moment, but some possibilities of getting a softsynth too?

PocketBeat

I like the look of PocketBeat. it has a nice feel to it and I like the idea. But I never play live enough for it to be worth buying. I like the idea of a palm based drum machine, but again, I don’t need another one as I already have three that’ll do the job.

Having said all of that I like the functionality of PocketBeat, I can imagine it in action and it being really useful. I just wish I had a use for it.

Music thing: PSPKick: Homebrew drum machine for PSP

Music thing: PSPKick: Homebrew drum machine for PSP

Now that is cool. I like the look of the PSP, but I couldn’t buy one on account I have no real use for it. Perhaps I will do at some point?

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