Archive for October, 2005

You are not ready for this. (part one)

stevecooley | October 25, 2005 in sonic limits | Comments (0)

Wobbly knows what it takes to drive the parent in the car to insanity. Aww yeah, try to engage some pattern recognition in your head… I dare you.

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midi control over bluetooth

stevecooley | October 24, 2005 in tools | Comments (0)

Olivier says:

Hi!

I am on my way learning Mac OS X programming. Here is my first project (it is still probably full of bugs)…

Download MidiBt

This application can be used to receive MIDI data through a Bluetooth connection, and to create a virtual MIDI-in device to route this data to any music software. What’s the use? Well… Your Palm has bluetooth too, so you can use it as a MIDI controller with a custom client application (hacked in a few hours on a borrowed laptop 😉 )

How to use it…
1/ Make sure that Bt is enabled on your Mac and that you are “discoverable”.
2/ Launch MidiBt.
3/ Click on “Start server”.
4/ Launch the MidiBtTinyController app on your Palm and tap on “connect”.
5/ Select your Mac in the list.
6/ Once the connection is established you can use your Palm as a MIDI controller.

There are 4 kind of controllers :
– 4 XY Pads (which can be set to individual channels / controllers settings).
– 1 4×4 buttons matrix (useful to trigger drum sounds or loops).
– [In 320×480 mode] 1 1×6 buttons matrix
– [In 320×480 mode] 5 knobs.

Modern music software should be able to “learn” from all these controllers, so there is no need for a lot of configuration…

If doing the same thing on a PC is easy (and I doubt it is…), and if you find it usable Bhajis Loops will be MIDIfied using this approach.

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itunes' "Just for you"

stevecooley | October 14, 2005 in reviews,tools | Comments (0)

Oh dear…  once I got past the first 6 screens of telling iTunes that it’s WAY off on it’s “Just for you” suggestions, it started to give me painfully good suggestions. :( Good bye freedom.. hello “spending allowance”.

Paradroid, (a)pendics.shuffle

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New iPods record in stereo!

stevecooley | October 13, 2005 in news,tools | Comments (0)

Woot!

New iPods record in stereo!:
Ib Ipod Box
Wow, this BIG! The new iPods record in stereo! Voice recording settings: Low (22.05 KHz, mono) High (44.1 KHz, stereo). At least that’s what the spec page says. This is _great_ news for anyone who has wanted to use their iPod as a recorder, but didn’t like the idea of installing Podzilla, or recording at the crippled rate the older iPods are set at. Link.

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Lots or room for improvement here, folks

stevecooley | October 3, 2005 in tools | Comments (0)

I downloaded about 40 tracks from the de:bug podcast in itunes, and dutifully put them into a playlist so I could listen to them back to back without having to go back to itunes and play each file like you have to with podcast files. (problem 1) Then I wanted to delete them from the podcast list because holy crap, that podcast is super active, and if I didn’t, I’d have a mile long list of files, quickly (problem 2). “Do you want me to throw these files in the trash, or keep them in the library?” Oh, well, keep them in the library, I added them to a playlist. That should be ok, right? I go back to the playlist, there’s no songs in the playlist now…(problem 3) nice. so, I have a couple hundred megs of files that I can’t locate easily, because they’re in the gordian knot that is my music library. You can’t search by origination point (problem 4) (podcasts.. ok, which podcast did this come from?), you can’t search by music label like “Show all ninjatune songs” (problem 5), you can’t search by “added on” date if they’re not in a playlist (problem 6). Man, I know we have to love itunes, but.. dang. Lots of room to improve here.

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