Arturia has introduced the BeatStep Pro — a flagship controller and dynamic performance step sequencer that they call ‘a sequencing powerhouse’.
BeatStep Pro has been designed from the ground up to provide a hands-on hardware sequencing experience. It offers 16 touch-sensitive knobs, for entering of pitch, gate, velocity amounts, and timing shifts per step.
It includes two independent (colour-coded) monophonic step sequencers, each with dedicated displays to show the current playback position and bank length of the currently selected sequence. SEQUENCER 1 and SEQUENCER 2 have been greatly expanded with up to 64 steps per sequence, 16 sequences per project, and 16 projects, making BeatStep Pro one of the more powerful step sequencers ever made. each sequencer has its own 1V/Oct CV (Control Voltage) and (10V) GATE outputs to connect to suitably-equipped analogue synthesizers, together with a separate VELO (Velocity) output to allow for even more possibilities when working with a modular synth system setup.
An additional DRUM sequencer allows for 16 separate tracks of sequencing. Record in quantised realtime via the 16 pressure sensitive pads or use the 16 step buttons for a classic drum machine workflow. when working in SEQ1 and SEQ2 mode, the pads can control pitch transposition as well as accessing various musical scales — such as Chromatic, Major, Minor, Dorian, Mixolydian, Harm Minor, Blues, and also a User setting — while the DRUM sequencer itself also has eight DRUM GATES at its disposal (to send gate outputs from the corresponding pads for triggering external devices).
BeatStep Pro is also a controller. Switching from PROJECT to CONTROL MODE means users can trigger clips in their favourite DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), play drum sounds from an external module, or adjust parameters in their favourite plug-in. Possibilities are (almost) endless, limited only by (lack of) imagination.
Beatstep Pro also offers performance effects, including a realtime ROLLER/LOOPER touch strip; PROBABILITY, RANDOMNESS, and SWING settings.
- 2 monophonic step sequencers
- Up to 64 steps per sequence
- Note, velocity and gate time settings per step
- Note tie
- 16-track drum sequencer (one track per pad)
- MIDI controller mode
- Fully customizable for knobs, step buttons and velocity and pressure sensitive pads
- Send MIDI CC, note data, program changes
- 16 Projects, each with 16×2 sequences, 16 drum sequences and a controller map.
- Performance controls
- Randomizer with Amount and Probability settings
- Real-time looper/roller touch strip
- Independent swing amount per sequence
- Touch sensitive knobs
- Tap Tempo
- CV/GATE outputs (1 volt per octave CV, 10 volt gates)
- 8 drum gate outputs
- Clock sync with multiple standards
- MIDI In/Out with supplied MIDI adaptors
- USB class compliant
- Kensington lock
BeatStep Pro will be shipping in Spring 2015 and available for €249.00 EUR/$299.00 USD. See the Arturia site for details.
Casio has introduced two new Trackformer DJ products, the XW-DJ1 DJ Controller and XW-PD1 Groove Center.
XW–PD1 Groove Center
The XW-PD1 Groove Center, above, is equipped with the sound engine from Casio’s XW series of synthesizers The XW-PD1 design includes 16 velocity-sensitive pads and 4 knobs for fast real-time music production.
The XW-PD1 features an outer ring containing 16 buttons, which let you visualize the current rhythm pattern at a glance. Users can create rhythms and phrases with the pads as well as apply DSP effects such as roll, filter, bit crusher, break, and pitch shifter.
The XW-PD1 includes drum sounds for a variety of electronic styles, including Hip Hop, Trap, and House. It also features a synthesizer engine, a variety of effects and can sample sounds.
XW–DJ1 DJ Controller
Casio’s XW-DJ1 DJ Controller, above, features a 7-inch platter that provides the feel of an analog turntable, filter controls and cross fader. The XW-DJ1 is compatible with Algoriddim’s djay2 apps.
The XW-DJ1 integration with djay2 provides direct controls for cue points, tempo sync, effects and looping. Additionally, the XW-DJ1 is portable because it is battery-powered and offers a built-in-speaker.
The two Trackformer controllers can also be used in tandem. The audio output of the XW-DJ1 can be connected to the audio input of the XW-PD1. This lets users do remix performances, using the unique capabilities of each product.
Pricing and Availability
The XW-DJ1 DJ Controller will be available, beginning January 2015, for an MSRP of $299.00.
The XW-PD1 Groove Center will be available beginning March 2015 for an MSRP of $399.00.
Gaz Williams takes a look at the new Ableton Live controller which comes with a software bundle that actually is more expensive to buy than the APC!
The APC Mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII into a compact design. It offers an expanded 8×8 multicolor clip-launching grid, 8 channel faders, and a diminutive but tough chassis for hands-on control over Ableton Live with a small footprint.
The APC Mini is also USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.
The Akai APC Mini has a street price of about US $100.
GSi introduces the new DMC-122 Dual Midi Console.
This powerful and innovative Midi controller combines the layout of a classic two manual drawbar organ with the functions and the look of a modern keyboard offering total programmability and unprecedented ease of use.
- 20 Drawbars, 6 Potentiometers.
- 1 Encoder, 22 buttons.
- 1 multiple button.
- Pitch bender and modulation wheel.
- Two 61-key “waterfall” keybeds with Channel aftertouch.
- 4 individual MIDI outputs.
- 1 USB-MIDI connection.
- 2 inputs for continuous pedals.
- Assignable sustain pedal input.
- Power for your USB device.
- Expansion slot lets you upgrade to stand-alone keyboard
Simmons has announced the release of the new Stryke6 drum controller.
The new Stryke6 is the first ever iPad® controller that delivers a full drum kit playing experience without the kit. Combining Simmons’ expertise in electronic drum kits with their unrivaled ergonomic design, the Stryke6 is the only product of its kind that works in concert with your iPad to deliver a real tactile playing experience in a compact, tabletop design.
Equipped with six velocity-sensitive pads plus two foot pedals for kick and hi-hat control, the laptop-sized Stryke6 is perfect for on-the-go playing, portable practice, and other times when a full kit is not a viable option.
Using the free Simmons Stryke Drums app, the Stryke6 easily connects to an iPad for an immediate, out of the box playing experience, including a wide range of sounds. Or connect via USB to any computer to trigger a variety of DAW applications and sample programs, including Garage Band, EZ Drummer, Logic, Ableton Live, and more.
For drummers and percussionists, Stryke6 is an ideal portable setup for small acoustic gigs, or as a compact practice kit for small spaces or mobile music making. For small project studios and songwriting setups, it makes a great tactile instrument for tracking drums into a DAW or sequencing program.
- Versatile, first-ever iPad-based drum controller.
- Can also be used with any USB/MIDI computer.
- Ultra-small footprint with 6 velocity-sensitive drum pads.
- Access to a wide range of sounds.
- Kick and hi-hat pedals provide a real drum playing experience.
- Works with most MIDI applications.
- Free and fun, downloadable Stryke Drums iPad app (from the Apple App Store).
- Learn to play drums in an engaging, interactive environment using app-based tutorials and the color-coded pads.
- Includes drum sticks and connections for Lighting and 30pin iPads and USB.
Stryke6 is available for purchase for $129.99 USD.
Trailer of the iSP3 Controller. Special designed for the iVS3 App. A complete demonstration of the function follows.
In this project we’re building a diy midi controller that works with ios devices and analog synths. Say hello to OONTZ, the open source button grid controller based on the adafruit trellis. The mini OONTZ is a 3d printed case housing one trellis and 4 potentiometers ideal for a 16 button drum pad. OONTZ works with any MIDI software and hardware. No more virtual midi or serial to MIDI stuff, oontz is legit USB MIDI.
DIY MIDI Controller
Say hello to OONTZ, the open source button grid controller based on the Adafruit Trellis button platform.
The mini OONTZ is a 3d printed case housing one trellis and 4 potentiometers ideal for a 16 button drum pad. In this project we’re building a diy midi controller that works with ios devices and analog synths.
OONTZ works with any MIDI software and hardware. No more virtual midi or serial to MIDI stuff, oontz is legit USB MIDI.”
This PCB is specially made to match the Adafruit 4×4 elastomer keypad. Each Trellis PCB has 4×4 pads and 4×4 matching spots for 3mm LEDs. The circuitry on-board handles the background key-presses and LED lighting for the 4×4 tile. However, it does not have any microcontroller or other ‘brains’ – an Arduino (or similar microcontroller) is required to control the Trellis to read the keypress data and let it know when to light up LEDs as desired.
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Novation has introduced the Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.
According to Novation, the Launch Control XL helps you focus more on your music and less on your laptop, by providing 16 buttons, 24 knobs and eight faders, all of which integrate seamlessly with Live.
- Hands-on control over Ableton Live
- Tweak your sound using 24 knobs with multicoloured indicators
- Precise control over levels with eight rugged faders
- Create your own control layouts, by freely assigning any control to any function in Ableton
- Plug straight into Mac, PC or iPad and start performing
- 16 multi-colour buttons for immediate track focus and key mixer controls
- Includes Ableton Live Lite software and Loopmasters sample collection
- Control MIDI-compatible iOS software via Camera Connection Kit
- Launch Control is powered via USB bus power
Tuna knobs are control knobs that stick to any touchscreen and let you control DJ and music making apps like you would with dedicated music hardware. Tuna Knobs are designed to give you the tactile precision you need when making music, while giving you the versatility of mobile applications.
Making music is the passion of millions of people and nowadays it’s possible to make music anywhere due to great apps and accessible tablets. However the downside of using a touchscreen is that you miss the authentic feel of twisting a knob on professional DJ gear. Tuna Knobs wants to bring back that feeling to the tablet so you can enjoy the mobility and versatility of your touchscreen with the precise and expressive experience of professional hardware. On top of that Tuna Knobs are small enough to take with you wherever you go so you can transform your tablet into a true DJ station anywhere.
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A Stylus in the shape of knob, with a small axis in the middle and a suction cup on the bottom. Made to control (music) apps with virtual knobs on every touchscreen device.
So Tuna Knobs stick to your touchscreen using a micro suction cup and translate a turning movement to a touch command. Simply stick them on your screen and you are ready to start twiddling away. Tuna Knobs use conductive rubber to translate turning a knobs into the right signal for your touchscreen, not dissimilar to how a stylus works.
The universal Controller. Special designed for the iPad. The iPad works as a Step Sequencer via Midi In to the Controller. The Controller is pre-labeled for the most important parameters.
With the Midi touch App for the iPad you have up to 127 Parameters.
The Front Panel has a size for a 3 Octave Keyboard with Pitch Joystick and Modulation Knob. I choosed Aluminium Knobs for a better look.