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12 MARCH 2012

ReBirth for iPad: the legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected

"ReBirth is back! Propellerhead Software's legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected and customized for the iPad. ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music's three backbone devices: The Roland TB–303 Bass synth and the Roland TR–808 and 909 drum machines. Combine these with FX units, fully featured pattern sequencers and a gorgeous–looking interface and you're ready to make killer tracks on your iPad. Share your music with friends on Facebook, Twitter and more using the built in sharing features."

(Apple Inc., 2011)

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2011app • AudioCopy • AudioPaste • computer musiccomputer simulationdance musicdrum machineelectronic instrumentsemulatorFX unitsinterface designiOS appsiPadiPad apps • iTunes App Store • killer tracks • legendarymusicmusic instrumentationmusic softwarepatternPropellerhead SoftwareReBirth (software) • ReBirth for iPad • ReBirth RB-338remediationretro • Roland 909 • Roland TB-303 Bass synth • Roland TR-808 • Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composersequencer • sharing features • simulationsoundsynthsynthesizerTB-303 • Techno Micro Composer • TR-808TR-909

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Simon Perkins
28 SEPTEMBER 2010

iPad Peek: virtual device

"iPad Peek is a nifty tool that lets you see how any website will be rendered on the iPad. Click on the top border to switch from landscape to portrait mode. The virtual keyboard and the buttons on the iPad browser are just for show, but the reload button works.

Previewing a website in iPad Peek doesn't offer the 'real' iPad experience, however; for example, Flash works (and it shouldn't). To get closer to the real deal, you should disable the Flash plugin in your browser and change the user agent string to that of the Apple iPad."

(Stan Schroeder 05 April 2010, Mashable)

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Adobe Flash • Apple iPad • brandbrowserdeviceemulatorexperienceICTiPad • iPad browser • iPad Peek • preview • product designrenderingrepresentationtechnologytoolusabilityvirtual • virtual device • visualisationweb applicationwebsite

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Simon Perkins
14 MARCH 2009

Retro Space: retro gaming console

"Martijn Koch makes a nod to the '70s while looking into the new millennium. With over 100 classic games (and emulators!) to choose from, one or two player will be the least of your problems. There's 2GHz Intel Core2Duo computer, 2Gb RAM, 120Gb HD, WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, DVI BT keyword for cordless typing and trackball for OS operation. The HD media jukebox is a nice touch – way to poop all over the old graphics. You can also get creative and tweak Retro Space to use as a video phone, as a terminal to control your house appliances, let it monitor and talk to unwanted visitors, or even use it as web or media server. Nolan Bushnell would be proud...you've come a long way, baby."
(via Brennan Woods, The Pursuit Aesthetic)

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coin operatedconsoledeviceemulatorgamesjukebox • Martijn Koch • Nolan Bushnell • product design • Retro Space • technologyvideo arcade

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Simon Perkins
11 SEPTEMBER 2005

ReBirth RB-338: legendary electronic music emulator discontinued

"Propellerhead Software's ReBirth RB–338 pioneered a new era of music instrumentation that merged the principles of 'virtual reality' with historic synthesizers and drum machines. This concept seemed impossible at the time, but has since become a common trend in music software.

Since its introduction in 1997, ReBirth has influenced numerous companies to take advantage of contemporary technology by incorporating computer simulation into the latest generation of products.

The world has come to embrace the sound of electronic music, thanks to a long tradition starting in the 1960s with the popularization of Moog Synthesizers. It deepened in the 70's and 80's, and the sound of drum machines was introduced in music as electronic instruments adopted microprocessor technology.

As technologies continued to evolve in the 90's, the subsequent role of computers in music ushered in a digital age of composition and recording. Early in the decade, trends in electronic music and their significant effect on popular culture converged with the rich heritage of synthesizers, drum machines, and computers in the software application known as ReBirth. ...

While there have been plans to resurrect the 338, far too much time has passed, and realistically, the economics of software development prompted the decision to terminate ReBirth. Even after a decade of operation, Propellerhead Software is a relatively small company, and must focus their efforts on future technologies. The company contemplated outsourcing ReBirth, but quickly determined that those plans would consume valuable time and energy best spent on priority projects. Finally, ReBirth was discontinued with the parting gesture of making it publicly available. Ernst Nathorst–Böös stated the following:

'We think we serve the community better by concentrating the small development efforts we have on creating new exciting stuff than keeping what we feel is essentially a stale concept alive. ReBirth was a great achievement in its day and we're very proud of it.'"

(Propellerhead Software)

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1997archetype • composition and recording • computer musiccomputer simulationcomputers in musicconvergencedance musicdigital agediscontinueddrum machineelectronic instrumentselectronic musicemulator • Ernst Nathorst-Boos • FX unitsinterface designinterface metaphoriPadiPad appslegendaryloop • Marcus Zetterquist • microprocessor technology • Moog • Moog Synthesizers • music instrumentationmusic softwarepattern • Pelle Jubel • Propellerhead SoftwarerebirthReBirth (software) • ReBirth Museum • ReBirth RB-338remediationretro • Roland • Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composersequencersimulationsoftware applicationsoundSwedensynthsynthesizerTB-303TR-808TR-909 • transistor rhythm • virtual reality

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Simon Perkins
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