Poll: Which Mobile Music Platforms Do You Care About?

With all this talk of mobile music creation, it’s time to get a little scientific. Which mobile digital platforms do you actually own? Which do you want to read about on CDM? We have, of course, lots of interesting stuff happening with actual mobile computers – think UMPC, Eee, and OLPC – but then, those fit nicely with other computing platforms since that’s what they are. Other handheld game systems, PDAs, and phones require real, specific attention for musicians. And naturally, this is about making music on mobile systems, not necessarily playing Mario Kart. We need to know what you …

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iPhone News: iDrum, BtBx In; Mixtikl Out Citing Apple Rules

Some good news, some bad news for iPhone/iPod Touch owners. (For everyone who doesn’t care, we’ll be consolidating iPhone news from here on out so you can safely ignore it.) Good news: iZotope’s mobile version of iDrum is here (seen above). It’s a nifty $5 toy, though some restrictions, including the lack of audio export, may keep it from being more than that.I Correction: you can exchange both samples and project files with the desktop iDrum, and use ringtone bounce (including, apparently, on iPod touch) to export audio. That could make this very useful as a mobile addition to your …

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Mobile Apps: MeTeoR, Micro-DAW for Windows Mobile PDAs, Phones

Don’t toss that Windows Mobile gadget yet. In fact, you might want to keep glued to Craig’s List for a used unit, if you like the idea of road warrior music production on the cheap, sans laptop. Amidst all the hype around the iPhone and iPod Touch, Windows Mobile devices could actually win on power apps for on-the-go music making. Maybe that’s because of the similarity to developing Windows desktop apps, maybe it’s because of fewer restrictions compared to Apple’s SDK, or maybe some combination of that and fortune. Nonetheless, during this Summer of iPhone, the makers of powerful Windows …

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iTunes App Store is Here, But Early Music Entries May Disappoint

Hmmm. This looks like just hours of fun. Assuming you’ve survived hours of waiting on line or weathered various technical problems, Apple’s app store is online. Anyone with iTunes can have a look; it’s right inside the iTunes Store (formerly the iTunes Music Store). But while Apple’s development platform is impressive, early in the game a lot of the actual music apps seem to me to be, frankly, underwhelming. (Some of the non-musical apps look far better, like the lovely free client for awesome note-taking service Evernote.) Click through to App Store > Music, and you may feel like you’ve …

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Generative iPod? Deep Modular, Generative Music System Bound for iPhone, Phones, Windows, Mac

Northwest Reef from Umcorps on Vimeo. Aside from being toy-like mini-computers, could mobile devices take on a musical usefulness all their own? At the Electronic Music Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Symposium in 2004, Morton Subotnik and fellow panelists imagined an iPod that, instead of playing canned music from your music library, would actually generate music for you on the spot. Believe it or not, commercial demand aside, that might soon be reality. We saw Intermorphic’s fascinating generative music engine noatikl at the end of last year. It’s the “spritual successor” to the Koan generative system used by Brian Eno in 1996. …

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More Windows Mobile Musician Software

If you liked the news that the powerful synth-sampler-sequencer-pocket music studio software Syntrax was free, here’s even more software for your Windows Mobile device. Download Squad’s Brad Linder has done a terrific round-up, complete with sound samples and screen grabs: Making music with Windows Mobile – Mobile Minute Some, like Pocket Stompbox and a Theremin, are more of a novelty. But the free Frequency Tuner looks handy. (Of course, Brad will also tempt you with productivity-killing Windows Mobile apps.) For more of this kind of tiny music gear, don’t miss the Palm Sounds (that’s palm as in your hand, not …

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Make Music on Mobile/PDA: Syntrax Now Free for Windows Mobile, Symbian

Being on the go is a terrible reason to have to give up your music creation tools. Syntrax is a popular solution, with a sequencer, a synth, and a sample editor in one software package for Windows Mobile (PocketPC) devices and Symbian smartphones from Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola. Now, this popular package is free. I just discovered the other day that Syntrax one of the PocketPC/Smartphone sequencers has now been released as free. It only has a monophonic synth, but its quite customizable, and you can do pretty long and reasonable quality compositions on it… Moreover it’s free.. …

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