Intermorphic is 10 today

I’ve known about the work that Intermorphic have been doing for longer than 10 years, but today they celebrate their decade. That’s an impressive achievement. Ten years is a long time in the mobile world and not many people can lay claim to the same.

They’ve made some amazing apps, Mixtikl, Noatikl, Wotja, and liptikl. But I go back longer than that and remember where they started with miniMIXA for Windows Mobile.

I hope that Intermorphic have a long and positive future ahead. They already have big plans for 2017, and if you want to know more about what’s coming and also what’s gone before then you should read the interview I did with them at the very end of 2016.

Well done chaps, and all the best for 2017 and beyond!

miniMIXA on WM6 – New Video

This is a great bit of video of minMIXA in action.

SYPC Mobile Mashup course launch with miniMIXA

Here’s a good post of Tim Cole’s blog about the launch of a course on miniMIXA at Slough Young People’s Centre. I think it is fantastic that stuff like this is springing up.

The launch was covered by BBC Radio 1Extra which means it has got really wide coverage. Let’s hope it is just the start of something big.

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.

Lots of things happening over at miniMIXA

There have been a few notes out from Tim Cole about the site consolidation at Tao. It seems that miniMixa is evolving into a platform which will comprise a variety of new applications:

miniMIXA Application Suite

The intent miniMIXA suite of modular, commercial quality applications, provide powerful and easy-to-use music and media mixing software applications (including the BAFTA award winning mobile music mixer) for smartphones, Pocket PC / PDA and XP desktop, comprising:

  • miniMIXA RingtoneDJ
  • miniMIXA MusicDJ
  • miniMIXA MoBlogger

Here’s a little bit more about each.

miniMIXA™ RingtoneDJ

miniMIXA™ RingtoneDJ provides an easy to use, personalised ringtone mixer.

  • Easy to use interface lets users mix, save and perform their own great sounding audio or MIDI ringtone
  • Range of over 20 different global, high quality live sound FX including reverb, chorus, filter, compressor, EQ, delay
  • Up to 12 independent audio channels: each with volume control, track FX, loop on/off
  • Key presses or Navkey are used to create and control mixes simply, quickly and easily
  • User configurable key press and navkey operation for maximum flexibility, e.g. loop on/off, select content, track fx
  • Content formats include audio, MIDI and modular synthesizer, depending on configuration
  • Auto pitch-shift & time-stretch allow mixing and matching of content “on the fly” from different MIXApaks
  • High quality user selectable output in mono or stereo, and up to CD quality (device dependent)
  • Audio & MIDI recordings can be emailed, depending on configuration & content
  • Recordings include audio, MIDI, key strokes and microphone (users can make and mix in their own per-track mic recordings)

miniMIXA™ MusicDJ (this one is most like the current miniMixa as far as I can tell)

miniMIXA™ MusicDJ turns a mobile phone into a portable recording studio, enabling the delivery of advanced personalised interactive music services and live ‘DJ’ performances.

  • Powerful, yet easy to use UI lets prosumers and DJs create, mix, sequence & perform 12 track music on a mobile
  • 4 cells can be sequenced, locked and triggered for each of the audio channels
  • Each track features a volume control, track FX and track rules including spot cell, randomise and shuffle
  • Columns of cells can be looped / soloed, and allow up to 48 samples to be loaded simultaneously (memory dependent)
  • Range of over 20 different global, high quality live sound FX including reverb, chorus, filter, compressor, EQ, delay
  • Content formats include audio, MIDI and modular synthesizer, depending on configuration
  • Manual and auto pitch-shift & time-stretch allow mixing and matching of content “on the fly” from different MIXApaks
  • High quality user selectable output in mono or stereo, and up to CD quality (device dependent)
  • Real time Sound FX and Synth sound editor tool
  • Recordings include Audio, MIDI and microphone (users can make and mix in their own mic recordings)

miniMIXA™ MoBlogger

miniMIXA™ MoBlogger turns a mobile phone into a powerful, easy to use mobile blogger enabling users to create stunning, high quality video blogs on their phone from a range of multimedia elements. Order selected images and video clips and choose transitions, perhaps record some accompanying personal voice commentary, maybe add in a backing music track to create a mood and even apply some “spot” sound FX for fun. Then export the resulting multimedia production to a video clip.

  • Lets a user easily create and preview stunning, high quality video blogs on their phone
  • User can select and time order images and video clips, record multiple independent voice commentaries, add backing music and apply multiple “spot” sound FX, depending on product configuration
  • Includes over 20 user selectable image transitions including fades, wipes, checkerboard, cross fades
  • “Ducking” compressor makes for “pro” voice overs, through attenuating backing track level according to mic recording level
  • User adjustable volume levels, global transitions etc. and range of user configurable options
  • Resulting multimedia production is exported to a video clip, format depending on miniMIXA configuration
  • Supports add on theme packs (MIXApaks) including sound FX, animations, backing tracks, images, video clips and picture frames
  • Exported video clip can be uploaded to UGC site, depending on product configuration/integration
  • FX and backing track audio formats can include audio, MIDI and synth; user backing music tracks could be made with MusicDJ or RingtoneDJ

Although I could find no way to access any of these applications as yet, they sound very impressive indeeed. If you try going to the store on the site it doesn’t seem to be there, so there is no current way to even buy the previous version of miniMIXA, I am hoping that these new apps will be available to download and buy rather than just be available to hardware vendors. It would be a shame if they weren’t made available to purchase.

I’ll see what else I can find out…

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.

BeatPad 1.1 Review

BeatPad was one of the first pieces of musical software I purchased for the palm platform. I used it on my first palm, a IIIx which I personally upgraded to 8mb, but that’s another story. At the time, I thought it was totally amazing, which in fact it is still, it has just got better and better. In many ways it hasn’t changed very much, but from a different perspective it has changed vastly.

Essentially BeatPad is a simple sequencer for the palm. It has a single monophonic music sequence and a drum pattern editor. It arranges patterns into four banks, A through D, and each bank has 8 patterns in it.

In version 1.1 you can tell the app to move from one pattern to the next, but you can’t give it specific instructions like “A1 four times, then A2 etc”. I’m sure that this sort of thing will come in a later version. For now you can tell it to play the patterns in order, and that’s fine. You can copy patterns too.

Within each pattern you can adjust parameters for each note in the pattern, such as velocity, duration, pitch etc, and you can choose instruments for your tracks too.

It isn’t going to make you a pop star, but it is good fun with a very interesting interface, and combined with SoundPad it is a powerful combination.

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