Posts Tagged ‘ipod’


Wireless MIDI on your iPhone: Open Source Motion Control Talks to Nintendo DS & any Computer

February 25, 2009

The Cupertino-Mushroom Kingdom gap has been closed: you can now mix and match DS and iPhone/iPod touch for wireless control of music and visuals. DSMI, the homebrew library that has enabled wireless and serial MIDI connections from the Nintendo DS, has come to iPod touch and iPhone. That means anyone building instruments and controllers on the iThing can now add wireless MIDI controllers that talk to computers – or other mobile devices, including the DS. It also means that DSMI’s acronym standing for “Nintendo DS Music Interface” has only one word that describes all the things it does.

If you’re a developer, you can grab the open source (LGPL-licensed) code. If you’re a user, apps are already supporting the new wireless features. There’s MIDI Motion Machine, which provides tilt and 16 triggers, and iXY, a 99-cent app for KAOSS Pad-style X/Y touch control. The MIDI Motion Machine author, TheRain, takes an interesting approach: there’s both a free and pay version, and the free version has source code.

iXY has one of the cleverest interfaces I’ve seen yet for something as simple as the trusted X/Y pad controller. Who says there isn’t still some room to refine interfaces?

Tobias Weyand, DSMI’s original co-creator along with TheRain, writes:

My friend TheRain has ported DSMI to the iPhone! This enables iPhone deveopers to easily integrate wireless MIDI in their applications, making it possible to control any MIDI application on the PC with the iPhone. The Wifi-to-MIDI bridge is the same DSMI server application that is also used for the DS, thus it works with Windows, OSX and Linux.
Also, like on the DS, both OSC and MIDI are supported!

DSMI for iPhone is available from our Google Code site ( together with an open source example application called MIDI Motion Machine that is a tilt-based xy-controller.

The cool thing is that this library takes away all the hassle of communicating MIDI messages to the PC and makes development of MIDI controllers very very simple. So, we hope that people will use the DSMI to create a lot of innovative iPhone MIDI controller apps.

Pretty cool, isn’t it? 🙂

By the way, if you’re a loyal Nintendo DS developer and think this whole iNonense thing is useless, the main library for DS also got a lot of improvements, cleaner coding, and collaboration on Google Code.

What about using OpenSoundControl instead of MIDI? On the iPhone/iPod, it’s a non-issue: OSC is a networking protocol, so it’s already wireless-ready. On the DS, DSMI’s source includes an OSC example, and unlike the MIDI in DSMI, you don’t need a piece of software receiving on the computer end.

Now, any suggestions for how to broaden the acronym DSMI so it’s more accurate? Digital Signal Multimodal Interface? Digital Sound and Music Interface? Damned Sweet Machine Instrument?

Or, to go recursive: DSMI Sure Means Ideas.

DSMI Official Site
CM Software Designs (home of iXY, MIDI Motion Machine, more apps and tutorials – must-visit)
DSMI at Google Code

By Peter Kirn


Steinberg Cubase RC application for the Apple iPod Touch / iPhone!!!

February 6, 2009


Available as a free iPod application from the iTunes store (starting sometime during the second-quarter, 2009) Steinberg Cubase RC, or Remote Control, will provide wireless control over many basic functions of the new Cubase 5.

The most obviously useful of these is the comprehensive transport controls. You’ll be able to use your iPhone / iPod Touch’s touch screen to remotely record, stop and playback your track — very useful if you’re recording yourself in the live room and your studio intern has called in sick again (a call you fielded with your iPhone; neat!). There are even controls for marker placement, metronome settings and toggling cycle mode on/off.

For live performance, Cubase RC provides complete access over the Cubase Arranger function in Cubase 5. Trigger playback stems, assemble playlists, jump between sections of a project and text all at the same time!

Cubase RC is compatible with both Mac OS X and Windows initialized iPods and iPhones, giving you remote control over Cubase 5 regardless of what operating system it’s running on.


Stay Gripped to Your Music with the iBikeConsole!

January 7, 2009

• Tempted to bring along your iPod Nano when going out for a bike ride because your favorite tunes can add so much fun to your trip and boost your performance?

• But changing songs or adjusting volume on your Nano while tackling corners on a bumpy trail is such a hassle, especially with gloves on.

• What about wirelessly controlling your Nano without moving your hands away from the grips?

• What if you can securely attach your Nano to a visible position on your bike so that rain and shock won’t do any harm to it?

• What about a remote control unit with glove-friendly keys?

• And how much more fun it would be to be able to check your speed, trip distance, and more** on the high quality Nano screen?

If that’s what you’re looking for, the iBikeConsole is designed for you!

• It provides a weather proof housing for your Nano.

• Shock-absorbing lining helps to minimize impact from road conditions.

• CrossLoc Universal tool-free mounting bracket attaches the Nano securely either on the handlebar or the stem of any sizes.

• Compatible with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation iPod Nano.

• You don’t have to move your hands away from the grips to control your Nano.

• Main functions can be remote-controlled with a pair of grip-mounted Wireless Key Pads (Patented) made of silicon.

• Simply wrap the Key Pads around the grips/handlebar and you are ready to play and pause, change tracks and adjust volume while on the go.

• Large buttons can be easily operated even with gloves on.

• Use iPod Nano’s own battery.

• Convert your Nano screen into a Cycle Computer display by push of a button on the Key Pads.

• Memory chip stores Cycle Computer data after disconnecting Nano.

• Sturdy housing made of extra strong plastics.

• Easy installation. No need to download or install any software.

• Optional

NanoSpeaker delivers high quality stereo music without shutting your ears from ambient noise (highly recommended).


Destructive reign of digital music

January 6, 2009


Happy new year. Let’s start with a prediction:

2009 could be the year the compact disc finally dies. It could be the year lots of other things die as well — polar bears, the high street — but CDs will be the big one. Don’t believe me? Sales are estimated to have slumped 27% in the last quarter compared with 2007, a year in which they’d already nosedived, and anyone who sells them has gone or is going out of business. The writing is on the wall.

How are we to feel about this? If you ask me, absolutely delighted, because CDs have always been, well, a bit rubbish.
What with their instantly crackable spines, tiny little inlay cards and infuriating frequency responce! Bah! [ed]

Consider, if you will, what we have lost because of the CD. First, it pretty much killed off vinyl, but it also murdered tape. What is childhood without tape? No wonder your modern teenager spends all day stabbing and binge drinking: it’s because he’s not at home struggling to record pop songs off the chart show when Bruno Brookes isn’t speaking. And how are boys supposed to express their unrequited love for girls without the compilation tape (complete with handwritten inlay card)?

So good riddance to the CD. With any luck it will help all those ageing, hysterical Take That fans who rushed out to make ‘The Circus’ the fastest-selling CD of the millennium get over their addiction.
This brings us on to the future, and, even though it won’t include Take That, it is bleak. Things are going to get worse before they get better. The death of the CD has not been brought about by a nostalgic return to tapes and 78s. No, the thing that killed the CD is the iPod. And the iPod is worse than the CD. Yes, it’s very nicely designed and pocket-sized. But clicking down a list of virtual albums is not the same as rummaging through an actual shelf of albums.

And there’s iPod-associated anxiety, a dangerous condition caused by the sheer inability to choose which track you want to listen to from the eight billion available. And why is it that the moment I set fire to my irritatingly scratchy CD collection, I know that the iPod will break? Or the computer will have a fatal error? And I’ll lose my virtual music collection because, well, it was virtual. And I didn’t back it up

What do you prefare to look at ?  This??


Or this??


Source: Matt Rudd

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A Great Christmas Gadget: The Singmaxx 520!

December 17, 2008
Singmaxx Karaoke & mp3 player
Singmaxx Karaoke & mp3 player

Aah, Gadgets. We all love them, don’t we? And there’s no better time than xmas to pamper yourself or you beloved one with a nice little gadget.

The best one we discovered this year is the Singmaxx 520 Portable karaoke player, which not an awful lot of people in the UK know of, but which is really good. It’s already quite popular in Japan, it seems.
It’s basically just like any other video karaoke which you can connected to the TV, and comes with two microphones.
But it’s much more…a bit like a “super iPod”! It’s a MP3 player; you can store photographs; it’s a voice recorder AND also cool for gaming (built in GBC, NES emulators, supports ni games)

Small, stylish and very versatile!

The SingMaxx Karaoke (about the size of an iPhone) can be taken to office parties, camping adventures, anywhere!

It’s a great present for kids…or for your girlfriend who loves singing! If you’re looking for a karaoke player or an mp3 player this Christmas…you might as well get the SingMaxx – which is both things…and more!

If you want to find out more about this amazing gadget, check the product page!


Blue USB Microphones Spotlight-Easy Podcasting

December 10, 2008


Finally, a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball; the world’s first professional USB mic.

Whether you’re recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic.


The Snowball is a direct plug n’ play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC — no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band” and it’s ideal for podcasting. Check it out and you’ll see why it’s the coolest mic in town.

Frequency Response

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional or Cardioid
Frequency Response: Position 1-3: 40-18kHz
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Weight: 460g
Dimensions: 325mm (circumference)


Say hello to the Snowflake, the first professional totally portable USB mic.

Whether you’re recording your newest podcast, talking business on the web, or just narrating your latest great family movie, the Snowflake can capture it with amazing clarity and depth that’s head and shoulders above any comparable portable USB on the market!

The Snowflake works on both Mac and PC with no complicated drivers to install: just connect it to your computer’s USB port, follow the prompts and you’ll have high-fidelity sound in no time. It’s perfect for podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, and VoIP software such as Skype and Vonage. Or use it for dictation, field recording, lecture recording, and narration for slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. The sky’s the limit. It’s even great for recording music via GarageBand and other multitrack recording software.

Designed with the traveler in mind, the Snowflake’s unique design allows you to place it on a desk or flat surface near your computer, or mount it to the screen of most laptops. Because it simply connects to your USB port, it offers a wide range of applications coupled with an ease of use never before offered in a professional-quality microphone. In the tradition of Blue’s line of renowned studio microphones, the Snowflake features Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design, optimized to make sure that you always get the best sound possible into your computer, and sets a new standard for digital recording on the go!


  • Professional recording quality — on the go!
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Plug ’n play — no complicated drivers required
  • Unique design fits on your desktop or laptop
  • Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design
  • Includes USB cable

Suggested Applications

  • Podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, VoIP software (such as Skypeand Vonage), dictation, field recording, lecture recording, narration, presentations
  • Music recording

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz



The Icicle is Blue’s new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphonedirectly into your computer via USB! The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation. Setup is a snap! The Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC. Whether you’re using amicrophone for digital recording, podcasting, voice messaging, or voice recognition applications, the Icicle is the quick andeasy way to get connected.