LATE UPDATE (28 Feb 2011)
The application is now available for FREE on the Android Market
I came into podcasting from live FM radio.
My first audio shows on the web (2001) were actual radio shows stored on a web page.
It was all audio-produced, even though I missed a lot the live environment of a radio studio. I just could not live-cast and save it into digital format at that time.
I saw radio DJs playing music and jingles by touching a screen at CD Radio in Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, in 1998.
While I never got to use any screentouch technology during my live sessions on the radio, I loved the fact that Robi Horvath (a guy I mentored in the 90s at Radio Galaxia in Transylvania) developed Jingle Palette – a screentouch-ready (although usable with a mouse or keyboard), freeware jingle player for Windows.
Remarkably, this happened in the late ’90s when broadcasting technology was extreeeeeemly expensive and unavailable to the masses.
I permanently had it on my computer after landing in Canada, 10 years ago.
Never had the chance to use it as a touchscreen app – I was still drooling.
Robert H. went on to follow his radio dream and is now a successful manager at the Hungarian Public Radio.
FFWD to 2011 – the smartphone era.
The good news by the end of 2009 were that another of my “Radio Galaxia mentored kids” – Sorin Michnea – setup his HQ in midtown Toronto, a mere 10 minute walk away from me.
And Soso (as we call Sorin) loved Android.
And he is a radio loving geek.
It all naturally fell into place while sipping coffee at the corner of Yonge/St.Clair: we need a Jingle Palette for smartphones!
I wrote the requirements on a Second Cup napkin, and – one week later – Soso called me back to test it.
INTRODUCING: JingleBox for Android!
(download the free ppt below)
= you can use your Android smartphone to play jingles / music in a noise-sensitive environment, such as a radio studio, podcasting studio.
(you can now live-podcast with a microphone and smartphone connected to a mixer – your computer made it impossible to live podcast because its fans coming-on while you were talking…)
= you are invited to a radio show and you want to play your music: set it up as a jingle palette with JingleBox; throw in some funky sound-effects on the bottom row and use them during the conversation
= jingle palettes can be saved on your android-phone: I do that with sounds I play for each edition of my show – intro, applause, bridges, outro etc.
This app is not yet available for sale on any Android store.
If you want to beta-test it, just holler. I’ll get a copy for you from Soso.
Or you can connect directly with him via Facebook, look for him as Sorin Michnea.
HAPPY LIVE PODCASTING!