From the beginning … PalmSounds on video, back in 2007: Two OS’s together?

“I had thought about doing this a while ago. This is a short video showing AxisPad (using sounds from SoundPad) being played through Pocket StompBox (a multi-effects processor) into a pair of portable speakers. Made me think of Dr Who soundtracks from the 70’s!”

Now I’m getting into the whole Windows Mobile thing and running StompBox on the Dell Axim.



Audio input on Dell Axim X51v

I sort of knew that my Axim could take a mic in using the 4-pole 3.5mm adapter. Then I happened to be looking at the Manual for StompBox and I on the first page is a picture of this audio adapter that allows you to connect headphones and a mic simultaneously. In fact you can even make one yourself so it seems.

So, once I’ve got that sorted out I can have more fun with StompBox, and also see what other possibilities open up.

First impressions: StompBox for Windows Mobile

I had a first play with StompBox today, and I have to say it is fantastic. The quality of the effects is brilliant, and the interface is very slick and easy to work with.

I managed to chain a few effects together and then create a simple loop, but nothing more. Next time I plan to have a go at doing more with chains and saving them.

Stompbox is good fun, but I think it will be more than just fun, although I’m just starting to work with it.

Developer Focus: 4Pockets

4Pockets are the makers of two of the latest applications that I’ve added to my collection of mobile music making software:


and, Audio Box Micro Composer:

The applications are quite different in terms of use and intended market, and it makes me wonder where they’ll go next, if indeed they will, as you never know if a developer will leave the market.

I hope they stay, and I hope that they make more applications for mobile music, even if they don’t, here’s to a couple of good solid applications.

StompBox for PocketPC

I stumbled on this at PocketGear the other day and realised that I had found something new. Stompbox was released on the 14th of Feb and is quite different from the normal kind of music software you see for Pocket PC (or Palm OS for that matter). It seems to revolve around live performances using multiple effects that can be chained and adapted, then be saved using a “loop recorder”. Although I have to admit that I couldn’t tell you if that means you can export to a .wav file at the end of the process (which would seem obvious at least to me).

Anyway, once I’ve had a chance to play with this I shall review it in a bit more detail, that’s assuming I can get it to run on my aging Jornada 568.

Here’s what the write up in PocketGear says about it:

StompBox is the ideal companion for acoustic guitar players who want to get more creative with their sound. StompBox turns your Pocket PC into a personal practice amp and effects unit.

StompBox can be used to enhance any accoustic instrument and isn’t limited to guitar users. StompBox allows you to create chains of up to 9 effects, which can be placed in any order. Once you have perfected your sound, you can save the entire chain as a preset which can be recalled quickly and easily.

The built in loop recorder allows you to capture a few bars or even a whole song (memory permitting) which can be used as a backing track for you to play along with. For example, a guitarist may want to record a few bars of rhythm over which he can practice playing lead parts.

Effects Include: Overdrive / Distortion, Parametric EQ, Pitch Shifter, Phaser, Tremolo, Chorus / Flanger, Digital Delay, Digital Reverb and 7 Band Graphic Equalizer.

  • 9 different effects pedals
  • User definable effects chains
  • 9 Simultanious effects
  • Metronome (40-200bpm)
  • 440Hz test tone
  • Loop Recorder
  • Supports 11,22 and 44Khz modes
  • Manual Latency Settings
  • Load and Save Patches