- Soldering onto the legs of a chip is a nightmare!
- My soldering iron is rubbish.
- My soldering skills are non-existent.
- I don't think my circuit skills are up to scratch! I thought I could hook "ground" up to the 8-way switch instead of 3.3v but something seems to be creating a short-circuit I think. I don't really know what I'm doing :o)
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
- Configurable scrollable split keyboards
- Key click
- Fantastic presets
- Rotary speaker
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
In addition to the limited number of categories in the Appstore making it very bothersome to find the music apps you are looking for amongst a thousand "official band" and radio station apps, the biggest thorn in the side seems to be pricing. Not just as in, "that app is too expensive," but also in terms of the volatility of app pricing. I've sometimes benefitted quite nicely from waiting a bit until an app dropped in price (Rectools 08 for example) but also been stung heavily by jumping in straight away.
Monday, 10 August 2009
- Pocket Stompbox
- DS10 (heh heh)
Saturday, 4 July 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Whilst I'd need rather large pockets to carry everything, here is what my "sitting in bed studio" currently looks like. I'm rather pleased with the board I created to put everything on, as I was getting fed up with balancing things on my knee and noticing they gradually disappeared or rotated to unusable angles!! It's a piece of what I think Americans call "foam core" with some black microfibre glued on using spray mount. I then chopped up some neoprene strips and stuck velcro to the back of them so they can be positioned anywhere on the board to keep the devices in place. It's very comfortable and seems to do a great job.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Yay: Better battery life
Yay: External hardware through the dock port (midi and USB devices please!)
Yay: Autofocus camera
Erm: Voice control (hello last century)
D'oh: Only 3mp still images
D'oh: Only VGA video
D'oh: No camera flash
D'oh: No removable storage
Bit of a mixed bag. Still a seriously tempting device, but not quite the no-brainer I was hoping for. Will wait to see examples of photos and videos before taking the leap away from my WM phone.
Friday, 29 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Monday, 4 May 2009
- Configurable key width
- Configurable split/single key row
- Pianofly's scroll lock
- Optional note names (Grand Pro and makes a brief appearance on Wavesynth)
- Initial vertical position configurable to a parameter (would generally choose pressure, but options are nice)
- Vertical slide configurable to a parameter (Nlog)
- On screen pitch wheel with configurable range (Wavesynth and Vocoder SV5)
- On screen mod area (Noise.IO)
- Optional "virtual wide" black keys (Wavesynth and iSyn)
- Optional smooth slide portamento (I don't know what to call this as it doesn't exist on a real keyboard, but on a fretless bass or trombone! - iSyn and Bebot). It is different to normal keyboard portamento as it is controlled by the player, not a predefined time.
- Configurable Legato (iSyn)
- Configurable scales (iSyn and Bebot!)
- Optional mono/poly (Wavesynth)
- Configurable portamento (Wavesynth)
Sunday, 3 May 2009
For ages now I've been following the netbook trend. I've stood, credit card at the ready, drooling over Asus 8.9" EEEPC netbooks. I stopped just short of buying because I had a nagging feeling I was looking at old tech. Then all the glowing reviews of the Samsung NC10 had me cruising the local electronics shops trying to convince myself that 10" was better, even though it was getting to be almost as big as a laptop. So I decided to wait. Was a higher resolution screen on the way? Faster processor? Cheaper price?
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
So my Macally iVoicePro arrived, enabling my 1st gen iPod Touch to join in the microphone enabled apps fun. So far pretty good:
- Speaker is useful, although volume control seems a bit hit and miss (some apps simply don't change the volume despite using the slider!)
- Mic quality seems very good, but haven't tried line-in yet (it's stereo, which is a bonus) or using it with an external mic (as-in external to the iVoicePro)
- When they are installed, microphone-aware apps work perfectly
- Plugging in headphones doesn't always seem to mute the speakers, which can lead to some almighty feedback. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, like plugging in the headphones too soon?
- Most appstore apps refuse to install because they assume the iPod Touch 1st gen can't possibly have a microphone. Grr. (Aside: some apps that don't even use iPhone/2nd gen features refuse to install, presumably due to laziness/error on the programmer's part). Anyway, buying them through iTunes and then modifying the PLIST soon sorts that out and the installation proceeds as normal. Apple should really sort this out and just whack a disclaimer on there ("If you don't have a microphone, don't even try to install this").
So, bring on some iPxxx versions of Pocket Stompbox and MeTeoR! Actually, if Frontier Designs are reading this, how about making iShred accept audio in to its awesome effects? Now there's an idea...
Friday, 20 February 2009
- Passive 3 input stereo mixer that was oh so nearly free
- Split input cable for PDA to allow line in (mono) and stereo out (works with Loox 720 and Glofiish X500 using 4-pole 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter). I needed this for the awesome Pocket StompBox software I bought as well as being useful for the fabulous 12 track pocket DAW MeTeoR.
- Using Saitek P8000 with Virtual DJ.
- Multi-touch input device for the PC using a cardboard box, some paper and a webcam (infintely better than it sounds and dead simple if you follow the instructions on the website I found!)
Now all I need is some time. Who came up with the crazy idea of working for a living?
Thursday, 19 February 2009
So for now I'll be writing about my new sound creating toys, many of which are mobile applications running on one of the following:
- iPOD touch
- WM6 mobile phone PDA thing
- Fujitsu Siemens Loox720 PDA
- Nintendo DS Lite
- Boss Micro BR
I also like to hack together controllers for my PC based musical efforts. Too many to list right now but I'll get there.
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