Posts Tagged ‘Sequencer’
No, this isn’t a recycled news item from the 1980s — it’s 2011, and MJ Mahon and 8 Bit Weapon have just announced the release of the Apple II DMS Drummer, a wavetable-based drum sequencer for Apple II-era machines. The monophonic synth reproduces eight drum sounds like bass, snare, rim shot, hand clap, tom, hat open, hat closed and “lazer,” along with a sequencer that lets you plug in up to 16 drum patterns across 256 slots. Seems like just the thing for chiptune composers hankering for a way to make authentic eight-bit drum tracks using vintage Apple hardware. System requirements call for an Apple IIe, IIc, IIc+ or IIgs with 80-column capability and a 5.25-inch floppy drive — you know, pretty modern stuff. A limited demo version is available, but if that doesn’t satisfy, you can either buy it on a floppy for $ 14.95 or download a .dsk disk image for $ 9.95. Oh, and neither require a time-traveling DeLorean to go back to 1985.
We’re still struggling to find the speakers on this thing, but Life Technologies’ new Ion Personal Genome Machine does at least have one big advantage over most other iPod docks: it’s… a personal genome machine. Curiously, the company itself isn’t doesn’t seem to be talking up the iPod dock at all, but MedGadget reports that it can be used to explore a genome and check on the status of given sequencing run with either an iPhone or iPod touch. As for the device itself, while it’s still only designed for research use and “not intended for animal or human therapeutic or diagnostic use,” the company does have some pretty grand designs for the future. According to Ion Torrent founder Dr. Jonathan M. Rothberg, the company hopes to eventually do nothing short of doing for DNA sequencing what digital cameras did for photography. Head on past the break for the complete press release.
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This is pretty amazing. The device you see there is a home genome sequencer. Like, for sequencing your genome. And it’s about the size of a big microwave.
What exactly will you do with it? You will sequence your genome. At home.
Whether that information is useful to your or not, I can’t say, but do you remember when it took the combined powers of like ten universities and a hundred researchers to sequence the human genome? And now you can get a complete genetic profile of yourself (or anyone you can get a tissue sample of) without leaving the den.
Just had to post this. Watch an interview with the CEO of Life Technologies over at MedGadget if you want to know more.