Concretedog: Edge of Sleep


Concretedog's new track made using only a GBA. Not bad at all. Listen to it here.

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Star6 contest


Star6 are running a contest to find the best video of someone using Star6. Check out the contest details here.

Check out Star6 at the app store:
Star6

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Another (modified VL-1 on eBay


I usually post these when they turn up so I thought I'd include this one. The description of the mods sounds quite interesting.

Modified VL-1 on eBay

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Well, it isn't an iPhone app ...

So what could it be? Read what Olivier says about his new project:
A couple of days ago, I could make 80% of the functionality work. I spent the whole night playing with it and I had a very good time - I just love it!

I am now working on the remaining 20% of the functionality, which is much harder and requires a totally different set of skills.

After that... don't know... I hesitate between releasing as is, as an open project, and restarting something more ambitious from scratch (now that I have a better understanding of what I am doing) ; or push this thing, no matter how imperfect, to the end.

If this was, say, an iphone app, this would have taken 2 or 3 months. This is obviously not an iphone app, so the development process is totally different.

Is there anything developing an iphone app would have taught me that I hadn't learned while developing Bhajis Loops? I don't think so. Plenty of CPU power, uber-cool development libs like nui... No wonder why everybody is doing it. I love projects that make me feel ignorant and give me a urge to learn - and that is precisely why I do what I am doing...

So, what platform is it then?

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A dual OS Smartphone!


Impressive new smartphone. Chinese shanzhaiji make Sunno presents the S880, a smartphone that runs dual OS, Android and Windows Mobile. The S880 has borrowed some design element from Sony Ericsson’s Idou. The dual OS phone is equipped with a 806MHz processor, 256MB RAM.

Sunno S880 packs a 3.6-inch touchscreen, GPS receiver and WiFi connectivity. You can also find a 8 Megapixel camera. The phone is expected to come on 15 October.

If I didn't have an iPhone I think that something like this would be quite tempting

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Four Tiny Drum Machines (via Matrixsynth)

four tiny drum machines from ALH84001 on Vimeo.


Four tiny drum machines with analog sound, IR wireless network, and photocell control.

One drum is running through a DigiTech Synth Wah pedal. The other three are mixed dry. The mix is playing through a guitar amp.

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New RJDJ app in review for a month!

Is that normal? For an app to be in review for a month? It sounds like way to long in my book.

RJDJ apps at the app store:
Reality Jockey Ltd.

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Wouldn't this be brilliant on the iPhone?

I think that this would be great if it was on an iPhone. I'm still a bit surprised that no one has integrated AudioBoo into their app directly. Is that something that ioLibrary could do?

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MultiVid for iPhone


This app looks amazing, like you could do so much with it, I can't wait to see it in the app store and try it out. Of course, I've got to figure out how to get my hands on a big bunch of iPod Touches now!

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Home of the KORG DS-10: Track 21

Another good DS-10 track from Home of the DS-10.

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InstantDrummer price going up tomorrow


Just so you know Instant Drummer is going up in price from $0.99 to $2.99 as of tomorrow 31/8. No idea what time tomorrow as Apple are in charge of that bit, but if you want to get Instant Drummer cheaper then click the button below.

InstantDrummer at the app store:
InstantDrummer: Heartbreaker

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iSequence codes are gone now

Thanks to everyone who emailed in and apologies to those who didn't get a code. I have no more left now.

If you want to know more about the app check out iSequence on the app store:
iSequence

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Handheld Music

Sonomute-sonoscape.1 by kuyanov

Sonomute-sonoscape.2 by kuyanov

A couple of interesting tracks. The first was made with a Chimera BC8 and and iPod Touch although I don't know what application(s). Via Matrixsynth.


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Spending time with DopplerPad


I've been using DopplerPad for a while and I love it, that's true. But why? Well, one of the but upsides for DopplerPad is how immediate it is. You can be up and running in DopplerPad in just a few minutes, and I think that is probably an absolute essential for all mobile music apps. DopplerPad can be used by anyone irrespective of their level of ability simply because you can access it's features to make music in the way you want and it doesn't force your workflow.

I've been waiting patiently for the update to 1.05 for this app for a while now, and I hope that some of the features I'd like to see will be in that update, but I thought I'd list out my wish list anyway:
  • Save and load tracks / songs (a must)
  • Start A & B simultaneously
  • Effects
  • Remove last instrument layer
If I could get those it would be brilliant. Of course I'm really looking forward to the integration with FourTrack and maybe even ioLibrary too.

Even so DopplerPad is a great app and I hope that Retronyms and Sonoma Wireworks keep putting out great new features and apps.

DopplerPad at the app store:
DopplerPad

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1 code left for iSequence

Only one code left for iSequence. Any takers? Email me if you want the code.


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iSequence giveaway!


Thanks to BeepStreet the developer behind iSequence I have 5 promo codes to give out for their iSequence app. I'll give them to the first 5 people who email me with a burning desire to get iSequence on their iPhone or iPod Touch. Don't forget that promo codes only work in the US.

If you want to know more about the app check out iSequence on the app store:
iSequence

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Stylophone / Theremin / Nightmare before Christmas?



Via Matrixsynth. Where can I get one of these?


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Don't forget to check out the new community site


Don't forget to check out the community site at: Here's. It has a forum and a wiki and lots more.

Obviously the only way it will work is if people sign up, add content, and make use of it. I'm hoping that you will.

New Palm Sounds community is here.

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Madplayer on eBay


These are so rare in coming up I had to post something on it. Worth taking a look at. When I got mine it cost almost £60 so if this one goes for £10 it will be a real bargain.

MadPlayer on eBay

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Ugo Capeto interviewed by michael nervous

All things Korg DS-10 interviews Ugo Capeto, creator of Home of the Korg DS-10.

Good interview, and some interesting stuff.

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Pocket Gamer on Beaterator for PSP

I don't own a PSP so I can't comment really on music making software for this platform. I know there have been a few notable homebrew synths and some games, but I'm not close enough to it really.

I heard about Beaterator a while back and read this hands on article from Pocket Gamer with interest. I don't think that it'll make me rush out and buy a PSP or the game, but it is good to hear that other platforms are still getting decent music making software too.

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DS-10 tracks on 8-bit collective

All Things Korg DS-10 reports on DS-10 tracks included in 8-bit collective

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My (current) top ten iPhone apps

Ok, I think I'm going to run through my top ten iPhone apps as at today as the list will change on a regular basis. In fact, how about this becomes a regular kind of feature? Any, here are my current top ten iPhone music apps:

BeatMaker
I still really like BeatMaker. I use the packaged loops and just enjoy making something quick sometimes. It is a great app for getting something going.
BeatMaker

BleepBox
The newest music app of the ten. A ten part synth app is a pretty amazing thing to fit into an iPhone. I've been really enjoying this app for several days now and I'm looking forward to even more Bleepbox goodness to come.
bleep!BOX

Hexatone
A truly amazing innovative and unique drum / percussion app from Amidio although that description doesn't do it justice. This is great for making beats to put into Beatmaker or upload to SoundCloud. The more I use it the better it gets.
JR Hexatone? Pro

DopplerPad
This is another great little music maker for getting a groove going. I am so looking forward to being able to move tracks into FourTrack and do more with them. DopplerPad is wonderful for making great sounding beats.
DopplerPad

PianoStudio
This is a bit different from the others. I really like PianoStudio because in a way it is self contained. I don't expect it to make different sounds or have a drum part because it is just about piano, and it does that really well. From a composition point of view it is excellent and I am really enjoying making some very different kinds of music with it.
PianoStudio

Sunvox
I loved Sunvox on the Palm and Windows Mobile and the iPhone is no different.
SunVox

NLog Synth
A brilliant synth, and I can't wait to get 2.0 as it sounds awesome.
NLog Synthesizer

Jasuto
This is one of the few apps I have that enables me to time travel. Whenever I stop using it I find that several hours have vanished in just a few seconds, or so it seems. It is great for experimenting, and I love experimenting.
Jasuto modular synthesizer

iShred
I've been through a few guitar apps and this is the one I keep coming back to. In the main just for messing about and tweaking effects, and I guess that's what I love most about iShred.
iShred: Guitar + Effects

FIRe
I use FIRe as my main recording app for field recordings. I love it because you can use the GPS to set the location of the recording, add a picture and upload to SoundCloud all in one place. Now if they could just include ioLibrary integration ...
FiRe - Field Recorder

So there you have it. My current top ten. It will change over time, and has done regularly as new apps come in and existing ones get new features.

I'd really like to have a few of you submit you're top ten apps. Please email them to me and maybe I could post one set a day? What do you think?

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