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Tao turns mobile into DJ desk

miniMixa app for smartphones
Thu Aug 12 2004, 08:26
IT MIGHT SOUND a daft idea, but the Tao Group is serious about turning a mobile phone into a professional DJ mixing tool with its miniMixa application. The big disappointment is that this app currently only runs on Windows Mobile based smartphones and wireless PDAs.

To prove miniMixa's versatility, the guys @ Tao have pursuaded an 'established DJ', Drew Hemment, to showcase the software running on a Windows smartphone at ISEA2004. Apparently that's some kind of future music festival held on a ship cruising in the Baltic Sea.

The INQ has played with similar apps on regular handsets - such as facility is common on Motorola handsets, for example - but miniMixa really does seem both comprehensive and easy to use.

The catch is that mobile network operators will be charging you a download fee so that you can have a package of themed sound samples to mix together. Conversely you can surreptitiously sample a 'live' musician and turn that into your own sample.

All you need now is a set of decent speakers in your handset. Tao's Doug Goodwin reckons he's seen handsets in Japan that have speakers which fold out like wings. Neat idea. µ

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