It’s Sunday and it’s the weekly Round up

Sorry it’s a bit late today, but here it is:

Monday the 25th:

Tuesday the 26th:

  • The already excellent Blocs Wave got better with version 3.0 and new export features

Wednesday the 27th:

  • Not much posting on Wednesday either, just a great selection of videos from Jakob Haq on the amazing modstep. They’re really worth a look whether you’re thinking about getting modstep, you’re getting to grips with it or you’re a seasoned user, you’re sure to find something useful in there.

So that was a shorter week, or at least a week with fewer posts anyway. However, there’ll be lots more in May, and I’ll be telling you why very soon …

It’s that time again, it’s the weekly round up

Yep, it’s that time again for a look at what’s happened over the last week in mobile music. Apologies it’s a bit late in the day, but it’s been busy. So here are the highlights, day by day.

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • Art of Bots, if you don’t know about bots, you should read my previous post about bots and how they could be good for music apps

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

 

So that was the week! Once again, apologies for this being so late in the day!

 

It’s Sunday, here’s the round up of news from the last week

Welcome to this week’s round up of news from the 11th of April to today.

11th of April:

12th of April:

13th of April:

  • My piece of why you should take a look at Skram (original post)

14th of April:

15th of April:

16th of April:

 

I hope that was helpful in case you missed anything throughout the week. Remember that previous round ups are available here where you can also sign up for these posts to be sent to your inbox.

It’s Sunday so it’s time for the weekly round up

Whilst it wasn’t an amazing week this week there were some interesting things and some good news. Here’s the highlights of the week that was day by day.

Monday 4th:

  • Whilst not news, this OP-1 video is well worth a watch, and shows just what you can do with an OP-1.
  • scriptSONIC launched a free version so you can check out the appĀ before you pay (original post / app store link)
  • Arduino set up their instagram account

Tuesday 5th:

Wednesday 6th:

Thursday 7th:

  • A bit of news about what Sugar Bytes are up to in this post.
  • A useful video tutorial from Jakob Haq on using a PO series device and iKaossiliator

Saturday 9th:

 

So, a quiet week really, but some good stuff to talk about even so.

Mobile Music in 2007…

After my post yesterday about 2006 I thought I’d write something about 2007 and what I’m hoping for.

Palm Applications: MiniMusic

One the things I’m most looking forward to in 2007 is new applications from minimusic. If you look at their development calendar you’ll see what they’ve got planned for next year, and it looks really appealing.

1st off there’s MixPad an application for mixing MIDI files. MixPad is the next application that they plan to release, and, like the others so far it will use the Krikit sound engine. Once MixPad arrives you’ll be able to create sounds in SoundPad use them in NotePad or BeatPad and then export them to MIDI to mix them in MixPad. The suite of apps will really take on a new dimension I think with the addition of MixPad.

Next I hope that there will be a new version of NotePad. In version 1.5 I’m hoping for the ability to export a song file as a .wav file onto memory card. Things will become very interesting if that comes about. In theory you’ll be able to create a .wav file in NotePad export it, and import it into Bhajis Loops. That would in effect give you the ability to have sounds created in SoundPad used in Bhajis Loops. Now that would be interesting. Or indeed, if you made percussion sounds in SoundPad you could use them (as .wavs) in Microbe and then export from Microbe to Bhajis Loops. I do like the thought of being about to move sounds and files around between all these apps, and I think that is really on the horizon now.

After NotePad I’m waiting for SpinPad. I have played with the demo of SpinPad for ages, since the day it was actually released in fact, and I find it so interesting. It is a completely unique interface for making music. I don’t know where they got the idea from, but it is great. Again, if this uses the Krikit sound engine and has the ability to export to MIDI so you can then pick up your work in MixPad, that is going to be amazing. MiniMusic will have done an amazing job.

Of course it doesn’t end there… I’d also like to see updates to SoundPad to include other wave forms, and features like locking banks of sounds. I’d like to see updates to AxisPad to allow recording of performances.

Finally, I’m holding my breath for WavePad the Palm OS multi-track digital audio editor. I don’t know how it will work, but the idea is a really exciting one.

Palm Applications: ChocoPoolp

I would love to see some new developments of Bhajis Loops or Microbe, but I doubt that this will happen in 2007 which is a shame although understandable. There was some discussion of a mini synth application on the Bhajis Garden forum, but nothing has happened as yet.

Pocket PC Applications: SSEYO

I hope that SSEYO will continue to develop their miniMIXA application, and possibly even port it to the Palm platform? Again, apps like Griff and Syntrax don’t seem to be being actively updated, so miniMixa is sort of the only thing left. It would be nice to see more developers joining in.

Hardware:

It is difficult to say what will happen hardware-wise in 2007? Will Apple bring in a smartphone or newton update? Will it have a micro version of Garageband that you can use?

Mixing / DJ’ing

There seem to be more applications on mobile phones that allow you to do things like remix tracks and make ringtones from mp3 files and the like, maybe we’ll see more of this kind of application come to the surface? Who knows, it could be interesting.

Other stuff:

In 2007 I’d like to get along to the Mobile Music Workshop. The one in 2006 was in Brighton and I’d wished I’d gone along.

… so, lots to look forward to, lots to comment on, lots to enjoy making music with. Here’s to 2007.

Thoughts on Mobile Music Making in 2006

I thought I’d jot down some thoughts about the state of mobile music making, and also about the blog and where I see things going. As the year comes to a close I think it is worthwhile looking at what good stuff came about and what is coming up.

2006: A Good year for mobile music making?

Well, in some ways yes and in some ways no. Bhajis Loops is no longer being developed, and that is sad, but understandable. But this year we’ve seen a new version of NotePad from MiniMusic which has been an excellent move forward for notation on the palm.

We’ve also had a new version of BeatPad which again has extended the use of the the little palm sequencer.

These two applications have tied into the miniMusic SoundPad application for sound design. The three of them together form the basis of the minimusic pro-suite, and I think that it really does feel like a suite of apps now.

Add to this the latest application from miniMusic, AxisPad only delivered in November this year, and you have a really rounded suite of music applications.

Of course, minmusic aren’t going to stop their, if you look at their development calendar you’ll see what they’ve got planned for next year, and it looks really appealing.

But it is a such a shame that there are so few developers of palm music software. Perhaps we’ll see a few more in 2007?

2006 was a good year for PocketPC music. We saw miniMIXA open up in a big way. We saw PocketPC’s become able to use Palm software, and in particular Bhajis Loops by the use of the new StyleTap Palm emulator.

So, on the whole not bad. And maybe more things to come in 2007, who knows? I think that should be for another post.

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