Updated PSP Slim at E3 – Now with video output support

This could be an very interesting option for VJ’s. Sony has updated the PSP line with some nice additions, slimmer (thus the PSP Slim moniker), longer battery life and decreased load times. But, we dont really care about those. What we care about is video output support: Adding a video-out port(*1) enables new PSP users to experience high quality UMD(TM) (Universal Media Disc) Video, pictures and movies from Memory Stick Duo and game software titles(*2) on their TVs at home. The current news is that the video output cable is sold separately, but will include composite, s-video and component. Thats …

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PSPSeq 1.0: Homebrew Music Tracker/Synth on PSP; Why Won’t Sony Go Homebrew?

Sony PSP users: turned off by new-fangled graphical drum machines and wireless Ableton Live controllers? Want to kick it oldskool with a tracker? Check out PSPSeq, which has now matured to version 1.0 (from 0.2). Here’s what’s new: editable parameters on instruments customizable instrument groupings multiple loops/song sequence tap tempo multiple audio presets, new generators/fx improvements and optimizations to many of the generators and fx configurable step length proper swing handling I have to say, those are some pretty luxurious features for a portable game system tracker, all while maintaining the feel of similar homebrew trackers on systems like the …

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Songs in the Key of PSP: PSP Rhythm 6.1, Song Contest

Make your PSP into a beatbox and turn it into a Speak & Spell — cool! PSP Rhythm, the homebrew drum machine for the PSP, just keeps on rolling. The song contest I covered in July is now complete. Ah, but what kind of music can you create with a lowly PSP homebrew app? Something like this: Tobias K: Nearly Flying Tobias K: Nearly Flying Isti: Summer Breeze, Summer Freeze Isti: Summer Breeze, Summer Freeze Horace: Plasma Horace: Plasma Has a sort of retro-90s game music feel to it, especially in comparison to the glitchy 80s-vintage of Game Boy musicians. …

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Control Ableton Live Wirelessly with a Sony PSP: Now Available for Download, Free

We saw wireless MIDI and mouse control via the Sony PSP, the creation of media artist and hacker Rob King. Now Rob writes to say he’s finished the first release of his software for controlling Ableton Live directly from PSP, and it’s available as a free download. PLAYLIVE IS HERE [Rob King’s E-mu.org] The Ableton Live interface is neatly recreated in miniature right on the PSP screen. Features: Wireless control — MIDI sans wires 8 tracks 12 clips per track for clip triggering 4 X/Y pads for joystick-style control (though for touch-X/Y, it’s still all about the Nintendo DS) Mackie …

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PSP Rhythm 6: Samples, Skins, Solo, Stretch, More; Song Writing Contest

Louie Iturzaeta writes to say PSP Rhythm has now hit version 6.0 with lots of new features. It’s pretty incredible to watch this application grow. I know we have some readers using this, so here’s what’s new: New user interface with programming grid, graphical knobs for parameters, oscilloscope. Sample Loading from Pattern Mode with up to 1000 sample folders with 1000 samples each. New skin format and support for up to 1000 skins. Mute/Solo function. Export Pattern and load it back as a sample. Bass Line synth reprogrammed. Time Stretch Effect. High Pass Filter Effect. Lots of bug fixes and …

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More from Cybersonica: Shredded Paper Music Boxes, PSPs, and Shadow Puppets

Since I couldn’t be at Cybersonica in London, some of the fabulously imaginative sound art slipped through the cracks. Here’s a brief look at the remaining pieces: Schizoporotica is a music box that plays torn scraps of paper. The object itself is quite gorgeously decorated, and it looks like people had great fun tearing up the tickets that fed the installation: Schizoporotica on Pixelsumo “The melody shredder” on We Make Money Not Art Project page from the Troika Design Studio that created it, complete with MIDI file samples (it’s been a long time since I saw a project documented with …

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PSP Sequencer in Development; 2.60 Firmware Hacked

Okay, Sony PSP owners: get ready to make still more noise. We’ve just seen another major release for the superb PSP Rhythm 3 drum machine. Now, get ready for a PSP sequencer: PSP Seq Ver 0.00 has begun development with basic sequencing functionality all in place. Features are bare-bones — song and sound design functionality is yet to come, among other things — but given the rapid maturation of other PSP creations, this could be good news. We’ll be watching. Thanks to CDM’s redesigner and logo creator Nathanael Jeanneret, who has further thoughts on his blog. PSP Seq 0.00, as …

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Your Sony PSP on PSP Rhythm 3: A Serious Portable Drum Machine

And they say the PSP doesn’t have a killer app. PSP Rhythm, the homebrew drum machine software for Sony’s portable game console, is getting updated at an astounding rate. New in version 3.0: start/end points for drum samples (a critical feature), warped drum sounds with a reverse feature, and wave file output. Audio output is particularly cool, because you can create drum loops on your PSP, then come back to your computer and dump them onto Ableton Live, Sony ACID (hello, Sony, you listening to this?), or another program. I hope the execs at Sony who said they wanted to …

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