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2006 ATMI National Conference “Optimizing the PDA for Music Instruction and Production” Presenter: V. Keith Mason Coordinator of Music Technology Belmont University. Nashville, TN PDA “Personal Digital Assistant”

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2006 ATMI National Conference

“Optimizing the PDA for Music Instruction and Production”

Presenter: V. Keith Mason

Coordinator of Music Technology

Belmont University. Nashville, TN


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PDA“Personal Digital Assistant”

  • Term coined by John Sculley at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 7, 1992 as he referred to Apple’s “Newton” device

  • Earlier devices were available in mid-1970’s (advance calculators, and electronic organizers)

  • PDAs are often referred to as “Palms” or “Palm Pilots” after an early device created by Palm, Inc.

  • Originally designed as PIM Devices (Date Book, Address Book, Task List, Memo Pad, calculator, and etc.)

From: Wikipedia.org


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PDA Brands

Palm T|X

Dell Axim

OS: Palm v5.4

OS: Windows Mobile v5.0


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PDA Brands

Garmin iQue 3600

Toshiba e830 Pocket PC

OS: Windows Mobile v5.0

OS: Palm v5.4


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PDA/Cell Phone Brands

Palm Treo 700p/700w

HP iPAQ hw6500

OS: 700p/Palm v5.4

OS: 700w/WM v5.0

OS: Windows Mobile v5.0


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PDA/Cell Phone Brands

Sony VAIO UX Micro PC

Nokia N93

OS: Windows XP

OS: Symbian


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OSOperating System

  • Palm OS for Palm

  • Windows Mobile (WM) for Microsoft’s Pocket PC

  • RIM/Blackberry for Blackberry PDAs (produced by Research in Motion)

  • Symbian OS (Nokia- Smart Phones)

  • Linux


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PDA Functions

  • Instant Boot-Up

  • Synchronize with computer

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

  • Email and Faxing

  • External Memory Cards

  • Audio recording

  • Digital Camera

  • GPS

  • Various Software Programs


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Personal Information Management

Calendars, Appointments, To Do List, memo pads, audio recording, address book, etc. PIM data can be synchronized with a computer.


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Productivity for the PDA

Database for Files

Spreadsheet

Word Processing

Documents to Go by DataViz

Charting

PDF Reader

PowerPoint


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Productivity for the PDA

Documents to Go by DataViz

All Documents can be synchronized with a computer

http://www.dataviz.com/


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Multimedia for the PDA

PocketTunes by Normsoft

  • Digital Audio Player

  • Plays MP3, WAV,WMA

  • Plays streaming audio via the internet

  • Deluxe $34.95 and Basic $14.95

  • http://www.normsoft.com


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Multimedia for the PDA

SplashPhoto by Normsoft

  • Photo Viewer

  • Desktop Computer software included

  • Thumbnail, individual, and slide show views

  • Slide Show can sync with PocketTunes

  • $29.95

  • http://www.normsoft.com


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Multimedia for the PDA

MMPlayer by mmplayer.com

  • Video Player

  • Capable of playing various audio and video files

  • 2 hour movie can be compressed to a 128 Mb Memory card

  • Must re-encode video to a suitable size

  • $17.95

  • http://www.mmplayer.com/


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Multimedia for the PDA

Pocket DVD Studio by PQDVD.COM

  • Video Player

  • Convert DVDs to play on PDA

  • $34.95

  • http://www.pqdvd.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Free Music Dictionary by Eric Mosterd

  • Music Dictionary was compiled, with permission, from Dr. Brian Blood’s Music Dictionary Online

  • Contains over 4000 terms in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Hebrew, and Latin

  • Requires “AW RoadLingua” which is also a free program

  • $0.00

  • http://www.palmsource.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Musical Terms Dictionary by Beiks LLC

  • Musical Terms Dictionary

  • Over a 1000 various cross referenced musical terms and forms

  • Requires “Bdicty Dictionary Reader for Palm OS” which is also a free program

  • $0.00

  • http://www.palmsource.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Music Gadgets by janasoftware

  • Multi-Program software

  • 12 tools bundled in one program

  • Metronome, Tuner, Stopwatch, Transposer, Piano keyboard, Time Calculator, Delay Calculator, Pitch-MIDI-Frequency, Key Signatures, Diatonic Chords, Chord reference

  • $14.95

  • http://www.janasoftware.com


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Music Gadgets by janasoftware


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Guitar Power by janasoftware

  • Guitar Chord, scale, and arpeggio dictionary

  • 3000+ chord voicings, 500+ scales, 550+arpeggios, triads in any inversion, notes on the fretboard

  • Interactive learning system

  • $14.95

  • http://www.janasoftware.com


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Music Bundle 4.7 by RoGame Software

  • Bundle includes 3 popular music applications

  • Almond, DaCapo, and Mozart

  • $39.95

  • http://www.palmgear.com


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Music Bundle 4.7 by RoGame Software

  • Almond

  • Musical terms database and reader

  • Music phrases plus Italian and German terminology

  • Definitions can be copied to clipboard to use in other applications

  • http://www.palmgear.com


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Music Bundle 4.7 by RoGame Software

  • DaCapo

  • Metronome functions

  • Italian speed names plus bpm, display, adjustable tuning pitch and visual indicator

  • Accents can be set at different intervals for varied meter forms

  • Measure groupings can be created

  • http://www.palmgear.com


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Music Bundle 4.7 by RoGame Software

  • Mozart

  • Game for musicians

  • Confronted with a stream of notes that you have to input correctly.

  • Must know the name of the notes before you tap the buttons/Notes, Keyboard, and Fretboard

  • Difficulty level keeps increasing

  • Different clefs

  • http://www.palmgear.com


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Perfect Beat by Fifty Cycle, Inc.

  • Digital Metronome

  • Read display of tempo, signature, and beat

  • Assign up to 4 presets

  • Enter beat by tapping on the screen

  • Available for both Palm OS and Windows Mobile

  • $6.50

  • http://www.fiftycycle.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Perfect Pitch by Fifty Cycle, Inc.

  • Chromatic Tuner

  • Display of note played, Flat and Sharp, and note frequency

  • PDA must have Built-In Microphone/Recording capabilities

  • Available for both Palm OS and Windows Mobile

  • $9.00

  • http://www.fiftycycle.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Tuners by Display Research Laboratory

  • High-Tech Tuners

  • Support for various PDA Operating Systems

  • PDA must have Built-In Microphone/Recording capabilities

  • $23.50

  • http://www.phonature.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Spectrum Analyzer by Display Research Laboratory

  • Real-Time Audio Spectrum Analyzer

  • Color graphics

  • Waveform, fundamental frequency readout, plus either spectrum analyzer or 1/3 octave ISO bar display

  • Support for various PDA Operating Systems

  • PDA must have Built-In Microphone/Recording capabilities

  • $38.00

  • http://www.phonature.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

McChords by Mike McCollister

  • Four octave keyboard

  • Displays notes of chords and scales

  • Key and Chord are selectable

  • Play individual notes of a chord or scale

  • Built Pitch Pipe

  • $15.00 (Shareware)

  • http://www.mikemccollister.com/palm/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Ear Trainer 1.0 by Sam Trenholme

  • Ear Training software

  • Learn to hear and recognize pitchs and intervals

  • $0.00 (Freeware)

  • http://www.palmgear.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

Jazzier Pitch 2.0 by Palm Generation X

  • Ear Training software

  • Interval recognition with 12 keys

  • Interval comparison over two octaves

  • Generates a Progress Report

  • $7.00

  • http://www.palmgear.com/


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Music Instruction for the PDA

MusicEar by Wilson Cheng

  • Ear Training software

  • 5 Practice exercises with 10 levels of difficulty

  • Built-in test

  • $9.90

  • http://www.palmgear.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

Handheld Music Suite/Pro Music Suite by MiniMusic

  • Bundled music software programs

  • Note Pad / Beat Pad on both

  • Handheld Suite contains BugBand and EarTrain

  • Pro Suite contains SoundPad

  • Programs can be purchased individualy

  • MiniMusic also has other music related programs

  • $69.95 each

  • http://www.minimusic.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

Note Pad by MiniMusic

  • Music notation

  • Sketchbook for composers

  • 4 ways to view music

  • Midi Export

  • Built-In Audio/Synth Engine (KriKit Synth) which is polyphonic and multi-timbral

  • Also supports PDA models with built-in sound cards

  • Free library of sample songs

  • $29.95

  • http://www.minimusic.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

BeatPad by MiniMusic

  • Pattern based sequencer

  • Sequence musical patterns of various instruments or drum kits

  • Create layered patterns

  • Save multiple banks of patterns, swap patterns, chain patterns, change patterns and Midi instruments and channels

  • Sequences can be exported

  • Uses the “Krikit Synth”

  • $29.95

  • http://www.minimusic.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

SoundPad by MiniMusic

  • Sound Designer for the Krikit Audio Engine

  • Polyphonic, multitimbral synthesizer

  • $19.95

  • http://www.minimusic.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

SynthPad by MiniMusic

  • Simple Audio Sampler

  • Records a single short sample

  • Simple synthesis allows playback on any key of a one octave keyboard

  • Still in developmental stage

  • Future versions will allow for multi samples and sample editing

  • Preview Stage

  • http://www.minimusic.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

MixPad and Axis Pad by MiniMusic

  • Beta versions only

  • MixPad: a Midi File player/recorder/editor

  • Play raw Midi Files on PDA and on any connected Midi Hardware

  • AxisPad: PDA based music instrument.

  • Use touch screen to create sound gestures

  • Each axis can be assigned to change different parameters of the sound

  • http://www.minimusic.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

Wave Edit Pro 1.2 by NewBornGames

  • Wave sound editor and recorder/player

  • Load/Record/Save compressed and uncompressed WAV files

  • Supports Mono/Stereo, 8-bit-16-bit/various sample rates

  • Copy, Cut, Paste, Delete, Undo, Reverse, Amplify, Fade, Noise Reduction

  • Zoom in from 2x to 128x

  • Wave Edit Pro $19.95

  • Enterprise Edition $29.95

  • http://www.newborngames.se/


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Music Production for the PDA

Microbe by Chocopoolp

  • Electronic Music Studio

  • 8 Tracks Drum Machine, 2 monophonic synthesizers, and 18 effect plug-ins.

  • Produces techno, trance, and electro compositions

  • Pattern based sequencing using both “Step Programming” and “Piano Roll/Grid”

  • Patterns can be chained or sequenced into a complete composition

  • $15.99

  • http://www.chocopoolp.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • Comprehensive DAW designed for the PDA

  • Palm OS

  • $26.99

  • http://www.chocopoolp.com/


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • SAMPLE EDITOR

  • Samples loaded from “SamplePacks”, WAV Files, or sf2 SoundFonts

  • Sample Editing functions

  • Effects: Cross Fade, gain, distortion, reverse, and numerous buily-in effect plug-ins

  • Draw waveforms with stylus

  • Modified samples can be saved as WAV files


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • Synthesis Section

  • Use up to 64 instruments

  • Wavetable synthesis

  • Filters, envelopes

  • LFO

  • Instrument layering/Keyboard mapping

  • Mono, Legato, Polyphonic

  • Transposition

  • Micro-Tuning


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • Pattern Editor/Sequencer

  • 8ppq / 32 steps per 4/4 bar/shuffle

  • Piano-Roll/Grid/note editor to set velocity, panning for each note

  • Full editing features

  • Pattern recorder for realtime or step recording using on-screen keyboard or buttons on PDA

  • Pattern library

  • Random note generator and humanization function

  • Input chords in standard notation (Bmin7, Asus4, etc.)


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • SONG EDITOR/ARRANGEMENT

  • 8 Tracks on which patterns can be mixed

  • Editing features and undo

  • 3 zoom levels

  • Looping and markers

  • Midi File Import and Export

  • WAV file rendering of composition


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • MIXER

  • Faders, Pans, Effect Sends, Mute/ Solo

  • 4 Independent effect buses + one global send

  • Open plug-in architecture- new effects are added with each update and create your own

  • Delay, Reverb,Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Vocoder, Pitch-shifting, EQ, and more

  • XY Pad: Control two synthesis parameters in realtime with a stylus or finger on screen


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • AUTOMATION

  • Volume, Pan, and most synthesis parameters can be automated

  • Effect plug-ins

  • Full editing features

  • Stylus movements in the XY Pad


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Music Production for the PDA

Bhajis Loops by Chocopoolp

  • LIVE MODE

  • Composed song can be structured by defining sections and bridges

  • Chain these sections in realtime and even jump between them/similar to Ableton’s LIVE program

  • Assignable controllers via the buttons and keys on the PDA


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The PDA and Music

  • PDA is more than a PIM device

  • Excellent Reference and Productivity tool

  • Multifunctional

    - Audio/Video Player, Metronome, Tuner, Audio Editing, Midi and Audio Production


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Closing Comments and Questions

V. Keith Mason

Coordinator of Music Technology

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Email:masonk@mail.belmont.edu

Thank you.