Midiflow 2.2.8 arrives

Midiflow gets an update with some nice new features. Here’s what’s new:

  • Send MIDI based on device motion (needs Controller Remapping)
  • Send MIDI data when a preset is loaded (in-app purchase)
  • MIDI learn for almost all values (split points, channels etc.)
  • Tap clock tempo
  • Control clock tempo via MIDI (controller assignment)
  • Improved responsiveness of the UI

24 books for Christmas: 3 – Basic MIDI

Basic Midi is a great starting point for anyone who has heard of MIDI and yet feels completely confounded as to what it is, what it does and how to make best use of it. It has plenty of background and useful explanations. However, it is good for beginners. If you’re an experienced MIDI user then this isn’t going to be nearly as much use to you. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

You can find it here on Apple iBooks.

ittyMIDI SysEx Manager


ittyMIDI SysEx Manager is a universal SysEx dump utility for the Palm OS.

SysEx Manager can do the following:

Record Bulk SysEx into the MIDI books used by the ittyMIDI Player. With the latest release of Player, you can incorporate these SysEx files into normal playlists. Send Bulk Sysex with the ability to set a time delay between each message to give slower devices the time to process it. The latest version of Songloader, available with the installation for Player, you can load .syx files directly into books for use with SysEx Manager or Player. Send All SysEx Messages located in any standard MIDI file.

Whilst not something that I am going to find that useful I am sure that others would value this application.

MIDI day on Palm Sounds : Roland PMA-5

Ok, this isn’t really a MIDI software review for the palm OS. However, someone asked me this evening if I was interested in buying one of these so I did a little research. Very interesting indeed. I might have to say yes and have a play.

I’d never heard of this device before, but I have to say I am very interested indeed.

MIDI day on Palm Sounds : Music Studio 1.0

I was quite excited when this came out and I bought it too, but I have to say it was a bit of a let down. It arrived in July 2003 and there doesn’t seem to have been an update since.

In effect it was a simple sequencer using GM sounds where available. I used it on my Sony Clie NX73V, which was fine as it had a GM chip in it already.

Here’s the blurb anyway. Sorry, no screen shots.

Music Studio is a unique polyphonic music composer that allows you to create beautiful melodies for your Alarms, Mobile phone ringtones, and Midi files for your PC.

With enhanced sound (Sony Clies), Music Studio utilises the 100s of instruments and multitrack features to create awesome original compositions on your device. These can be imported to your PC or even beamed to your Nokia/Siemens mobile phone.

Devices without enhanced sound can still enjoy the rich features and great graphics of this Music composer, listening to their polyphonic creations through their mobile phones or PC!

Music Studio has a great special introductory price of $12.95!

Features include:

  • Create & edit polyphonic melodies!
  • Compose upto 8 different tracks per melody!
  • Over 100 instruments to utilise!
  • Save & manage alarms on your alarm database!
  • Import melodies as Midis to your PC!
  • Beam melodies as ringtones to your mobile!
  • Convert each track to standard RTTTL format!
  • Great graphics
  • Easy to use, for beginners, amateurs and professionals

MIDI day on Palm Sounds : ittyMIDI

I had a brief play with ittyMIDI a long time ago when I had a Sony clie. The nice thing about the clie was that it had an on board midi chip so you instant access to GM sounds. The down side was that Sony had not implemented the Palm Sound API and so you needed a third party hack to run things like Bhajis Loops.

Anyway, this is what the ittyMIDI site has to say about the software.

ittyMIDI Player converts your Palm OS® compatible hand held into a full featured MIDI player and will transform the way you practice or perform. To see for yourself, download the free demo today. ittyMIDI Player works on many Palm OS devices. Please check the compatibility list to see whether your model applies.

Most handhelds require an external synthesizer to generate polyphonic MIDI, although a few models have built-in synthesizers. Again, please see the compatibility list for details.

  • Sony Internal Synthesizer Support
  • BeatPlus Support
  • Palm OS 5 Support
  • Color Support
  • MIDI OUT to External Synth
  • MIDI THRU from External Controller
  • Works with Swivel SG20 and Tsunamidi synths
  • Works with Handiclip
  • Count In Option
  • Disable Alarms Option
  • Practice Loops
  • Program (instrument) Mapping
  • Channel Mapping
  • GM to non-GM Mapping

 


MIDI day on Palm Sounds : MixPad from MiniMusic

I can’t wait for this product to come out. It really interests me, especially the pro-version. I love the idea that I will be able to play and remix MIDI tracks on my palm.

That is not to say that there aren’t already MIDI player apps available, there are. But none that allow you the control that MixPad offers.

You can use Bhajis Loops to import MIDI files that’s true, and it works very well with them, but I look forward to the simplicity of an application built for working with MIDI on the Palm OS, and also that can integrate with the other minimusic applications.

Here’s what MiniMusic say about it:

MixPad is a full featured MIDI file player/recorder/editor. It will let you take any raw MIDI file with you on your Palm and play on any connected MIDI hardware. MixPad differs from any other Palm MIDI file applications with powerful graphic support for simple viewing and quick editing.
Ideal for real performance situations, MixPad uses the Palm hardware buttons for playback control, allows you to lock songs to prevent unintended changes, and gives you a powerful real-time mixer interface to control channel volumes, panning, and solos and mutes for every track during playback. The main display gives smooth scrolling of all MIDI data (including velocities and controller data in the lower window) and full zooming functionality. We are also building in a full range piano controller to play along with the current file or to add a new track to an existing file, and some slider controllers as well that can be assigned to any MIDI controller value (pitch bend, volume, vibrato, etc.).

Here’s a nice screen shot.

And another

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