Moments in Mobile Music: 2 – Griff and Windows Mobile

Griff was (is) an app (not that we called them apps in those days) that was a complete revelation to me. Up to that point I’d only used Palm OS stuff (see previous post on miniMusic) and hadn’t ventured into the world of Windows Mobile (as it was called in those days). But Griff was a big enough excuse to go there. When I found out about Griff and what it could do I decided to get myself a Windows Mobile device second hand and try Griff out. I got an old Jornada 568 which was up to the task and I bought Griff.

Compared to now Griff was an expensive buy. To get the base app and all of the then available plug ins was going to cost you over $100 so I did it in bits, but it was worth every penny. Griff worked as a host to a series of plug ins not dissimilar to how AU is starting to work for iOS. The people behind Griff made a bunch of their own but some were 3rd party as well. It had an excellent range of synths and effects but it’s real strength was the huge amount of automation that was possible for every parameter. Griff was an incredible feat of software engineering in its day and I think it is still very impressive now.

Here’s a taste of it from the tutorial video:

Back in 2007 I wrote this review of Griff, and I think it’s still a good introduction to the app. For me it was a turning point in my own journey in mobile music, and, very occasionally I still go back to it. Of course, writing this now makes me think I should do the same again and revisit Griff and some of the work I never finished with it. I still think it’s amazing.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Griff and reading a little more of my ramblings on the subject then you might want to first read the review mentioned above. I also wrote about the mda filter and leslie, PocketKick, a drum synth, the pSyn synth, PocketHat, which probably needs no explanation, Goldfish, which was a great bass synth and PocketSnare, which again needs little explaining.┬áThere’s also a taster post from 2014 where I featured Griff in my 24 apps for Christmas and that has links that’ll be useful if you wanted to get going with Griff for yourself.

If you’re interested in everything to do with Griff then click here which will take you to a full search of the site for everything Griff based.

The more I think about it the more I feel I should dust off my old Dell Axim and get Griff going once more. If you were a Griff user and decide to do the same then I’d love to hear from you!

Upgrade time

All my Pocket PC apps have been running on a Jornada 568 for a very long time now. Finally I’ve decided to upgrade and get some more power behind them, especially the more recent apps that need the power.

So, I’ve ordered a Dell Axim 51. I’m hoping that the 500mhz will be more than enough power to keep all these apps going, we’ll wait and see.

Just so as you know, here’s what I run on Pocket PC / Windows Mobile:

  • Griff
  • Syntrax
  • MilkyTracker
  • Phoenix Studio
  • Pocket Jam
  • miniMIXA
  • Audio Box
  • Stomp Box

In addition, I’m running StyleTap with Bhajis Loops and Microbe, so it should be interesting to see how all these fit together with the Axim.

Matrixsynth: Z4 Music and Griff – Pocket Samplers

Matrixsynth: Z4 Music and Griff – Pocket Samplers

I have to take out some time to do a decent review of Griff, but this is a good start. I never got Z4 Music. Perhaps I’ll get it soon?