Yamaha announces their Wireless MIDI Adaptor MD-BT01 and UD-BT01

This looks like a nice solution from Yamaha, and what’s more they’ve updated their Mobile Music Sequencer, Synth Arp & Drum Pad, Performance Editor Essential, Faders, Voice Editor Essential, Multi Editor Essential, and reface capture apps to work with it too.

Nice move.

Palm Hardware: Tsunamidi

On a theme of old expansion modules, I couldn’t leave out this one. Famed as being the only module with true MIDI in capabilities. This tone module offered a full General MIDI sound set and wavetable synthesis. The Tsunamidi was about the same size as the Palm V Modem. It took two AA batteries and didn’t use any additional power from the handheld.

It had a built-in speaker and headphone jack and a port for an AC power adapter. There was also a special cable (included) that gave you full sized MIDI-in and MIDI-out ports to connect to any electronic music instruments or equipment.

The original box included the Tsunamidi Unit, storage bag, ear-bud earphones, 2 AA Batteries, MIDI-in/out cable, and a mini-CD containing free MIDI software (demo versions only).

Tsunamidi was made by Singapore Shinei Sangyo Pte. Ltd. Here are some nice quotes from the original launch of the device:

“The Tsunamidi product is a valuable and convenient add-on for musicians everywhere,” said T. Nakagaki, chairman, Shinei Group. “Its tools to create and edit music complement the Palm V handheld’s mobility and simplicity to allow musicians to practice their art wherever they are.” “Composing music has been traditionally limited to a studio,” said Byron
Connell, vice president, Consumer Markets Group, Palm, Inc. “The Tsunamidi frees musicians to compose music anywhere with just their Palm handheld and their imagination.”

I did like this unit, but I could never get the MIDI in to work right. However, the sound quality was very good indeed.

Palm and MIDI?


Could these cables be used to connect a palm to a MIDI device? I found these on a post at Create Digital Music I know that the T series aren’t supposed to work with MIDI, but could they? I’d love to know.

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