Merry Christmas from Palm Sounds

Have a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy new year from Palm Sounds. I'll be taking a longer break this year so the blog will be quiet for a while now, but I'll see you all in the new year. Enjoy your break and make lots of music wherever you are!

All the best!

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GuitarJack 2, pictures, thoughts, amazement ...







I thought I'd post up some more shots of the GuitarJack 2 and how it works with FourTrack. I have to say that the software / hardware integration is very slick indeed and a big improvement on the first version.

But what really strikes you is the quality of the GuitarJack 2. Not just the external build quality, but the sound quality through the device. I can't remember where I read it, but I remember that someone had written that they thought that there was something wrong with the guitarjack when they plugged in their guitar because there was no noise, but it wasn't broken, just noiseless. Well I found that too. The line in is great too, it works very well to have a stereo in for the iPhone or iPad.

My main planned use of this is recording iDevice to iDevice, but perhaps more of that another day. You could plug anything into the GuitarJack 2 and get great sound out of it I'm sure. The quality is amazing and completely configurable within FourTrack too, which is very handy.

I'll admit that I wanted to be impressed with the GuitarJack 2, but it has exceeded my expectations quite easily. Very nice job Sonoma, excellent job.

What I would have liked to see come inside the box was a case for the device itself, or perhaps a case for it and an iPhone to make it even more secure. Perhaps that will come in the future.

You can find out more about the GuitarJack 2 including where to buy it via the Sonoma site.

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SampleTank 1.1 Tutorial PART 2 - KEYS, PADS, Recorder



SampleTank - IK Multimedia

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Korg Monotribe: How to silence oscillator when filtering external audio



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Intermorphic get Mixtikl running on a Kindle Fire!

Amazing stuff, Intermorphic have managed to get Mixtikl for Android to run on the Kindle Fire! Good news for all those Fire owners. Anyone know when or if the Fire is coming to the UK?

Read more at Pete's blog.

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where the ferns grow by orlandosound



Here's the description of the song from SoundCloud:

I'll try again...) new years resolution #1 learn logic!


This is unfinished and not the song I had in mind to share today, but in a week where we have lost christopher hitchens, vaclav havel and cesaria evora, it just seemed, well, right...


As usual, there are living room artefacts we need to fix in a studio on the voice and acoustics. Helped along with many iphone apps; soundprism, thumbjam, geosynth and alchemy.


Hope you like it. I think of it as pop music for a wake.

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A Merry Christmas from Moonbuz


Nice picture from Moonbuz. Very festive!

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Developer of the year poll? No, I don't think so.

As you may have guessed I haven't done a developer poll in the end. So many people said that they'd like to do things differently or weren't sure about a poll that selected a single developer as a winner. I can understand and agree to a degree.

So I decided to not do it at all again this year. In a sense, picking who is best out of so many excellent apps and their developers is almost a negative process, so instead I'd like take the opportunity to say a massive thank you to all the developers out there who've made or updated such amazing apps in 2011.

It has been, without a doubt an amazing year for mobile music and probably the most exciting year to date.

So thanks again for all the amazing apps and for everyone involved. Here's to 2012.

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Magic Guitar Tutorial #4 [Silent Night]



Magic Guitar - Smule

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Magic Guitar Tutorial Series #2 [Angels We Have Heard on High]



Magic Guitar - Smule

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Review: TC-11



TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesizer - Bit Shape

iPads at the Apple Store

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SampleTank 1.1 for iPhone/iPad. Tutorial PART 1 - SOUNDS



SampleTank - IK Multimedia

iPads at the Apple Store

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MORE Electric Pianos in Action with SampleTank for iPhone / iPod touch and iRig MIDI



SampleTank - IK Multimedia

iPads at the Apple Store

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SampleTank 1.1 released - The first professional sound and groove workstation goes universal!



SampleTank - IK Multimedia

iPads at the Apple Store

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A December wait list

The wait list seems really small now, but I guess that's to be expected as the year's almost done. If I've missed anything just let me know. I just thought it would be good to get one more in before the end of the year.

iOS Apps:
  • Cascadr v3
  • Jasuto Studio
  • iSequence 3
  • loopseque extra
  • Scattr (new app from Michael Aldridge)
  • Tympanum from miniMusic
  • iSample update
  • Mint io
  • Cream io
  • Noise.IO XT
  • Toro Mini for the iPad
  • GlitchBeats
Android:
  • FL Studio Mobile - Android 
  • Mixtikl for Android
Hardware:
  • Akai Synthstation 49
    Did I miss anything else?

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    IPad Music App: NodeBeat HD



    AffinityBlue

    iPads at the Apple Store

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    Grain Science — Tutorial 1: Brass



    Grain Science - Wooji Juice Ltd

    iPads at the Apple Store

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    robu + guitar half improv



    robu - Erik Sigth

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    Oramics: Atlantis Anew, a film about the Oramics Machine


    Oramics: Atlantis Anew from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo.

    I'm thinking of visiting the Science museum again over the Christmas break, so I think I'll pop into this exhibit while I'm there and try and find out a bit more about this film.

    Via the Wire

    If you remember there's also an app of Daphne Oram's machine too. You can find it here.

    Oramics - Strangeloop Limited

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    Jazzy mood by valavar made with KORG iMS-20



    KORG iMS-20 - KORG INC.

    iPads at the Apple Store

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    Actual Retronyms contest site

    Apologies, the actual site for the retronyms contest is here and not via their blog.

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    Tabletop 1.3 SoundCloud contest

    I don't think I mentioned this when the new version of Tabletop came out. Retronyms are running a contest for 30 with a great prize of a SoundCloud Pro membership.

    More at the retronyms blog.

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    Reminder: Bhajis & Microbe free

    And as I'm about it, another reminder that you can now get the awesome Bhajis Loops and Microbe for free!

    If you don't know these applications, they're for the now long abandoned Palm operating system, but if you're interested you should get yourself a Pam Tungsten T3 from eBay or a Palm Tungsten TX for that matter and try these applications out. They're certainly worth the cost of a second hand device.

    In fact, even if you don't plan to get the hardware anytime soon I'd advise you to get the software just in case it vanishes at some point.

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    Griff post

    Ok, a final reminder about Griff for this year, as you can go grab Griff as it and all it's plug ins are now free.

    If you don't have an WinMo device I can recommend a Dell Axim X51 which has always done really well for me.

    Dell Axim at eBay

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    Creative Applications best iPhone and iPad projects of 2011

    There were some great ones in this batch, and some that I really didn't know anything about. Well worth a look although it isn't all music or sound apps.

    Via CreativeApplications.

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    PixiTracker song from starpause



    Via the Sunvox blog.

    PixiTracker - Alexander Zolotov

    iPads at the Apple Store

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    iPad Lemur controller MIDI/VCF MFB Kraftwerg



    Lemur - Liine

    iPads at the Apple Store

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