miniMusic has released an extensive upgrade to its BeatPad software for Palm-platform devices, which will be included in the new Pro Music Suite. The Krikit Audio Engine has been added, bringing BeatPad up to date with the other professional applications from miniMusic. The new software bundle includes BeatPad, SoundPad, and NotePad.
BeatPad is a pattern-based music sequencer. Looping patterns can be edited as they play. Patterns can include both melodic and drum tracks, and they can be chained together for up to 128-step loops. This new version also adds a new Library screen to store and organize multiple banks of patterns, and it can now export patterns as standard MIDI files.
The Pro Music Suite also includes NotePad and SoundPad. NotePad, music notation software for the Palm Platform, lets you enter notes onto musical staff with an on-screen piano or by drawing onto a piano-roll graphical interface. SoundPad is a sound design workshop for the Krikit Audio Engine, featuring multiple oscillators, ADSR envelopes for every oscillator, and simple sound-bank management and instrument mapping.
The Krikit Synth requires an OS 5 (Cobalt) handheld, such as the palmOne Treo 600 and 650; the Tungsten T, T2, T3, T5, and TX; the Tungsten C, E, and E2; The Zire 31, 71, and 72; Tapwave Zodiac 1 and 2; or Sony Clie UX40, UX50, TJ35 or similar models. All miniMusic software will work on older handhelds, but some features will not be available.
BeatPad 1.1 is available for $29.95 from the miniMusic Web site or other online retailers. The Pro Music Suite (including BeatPad, NotePad and SoundPad) is available for $69.95 from miniMusic and will be available in some stores. BeatPad is also available in the Handheld Music Suite (includes NotePad, BeatPad, EarTrain, and BugBand) for $69.95. For more information, visit the miniMusic Web site.