The BeatStep is much more than a pad controller–it’s a groove sequencer that features analog CV-gate as well as MIDI out. We saw one driving a vintage Oberheim SEM and grooving hard!
Korg is debuting the RK-100S synth/controller for the 30th anniversary of the original RK-100. Korg’s latest keytar offering provides an alternative to traditional keyboards by allowing players to step out from behind a keyboard and into the spotlight.
Housed in a stylish, solid wood body, the battery-powered RK100S offers a number of additional updates from the original model. Equipped with a full palate of keyboard sounds from the built-in microKORG XL+ engine, it enables users to perform in a wide variety of music genres wherever inspiration may strike. It also functions as a USB/MIDI controller, as well as a vocoder.
There are 200 programs available in the onboard MMT sound generation system, including a broad range of oscillator algorithms such as the characteristic sawtooth and square waves found in analog synthesizers, plus formant waveforms, noise, and classic PCM/DWGS waveforms.
In addition to the 37-note slim keyboard (as featured on the Korg MS-20 Mini), a short ribbon controller on the neck and a long ribbon controller in front of the key bed are included for controlling parameters such as pitch and filter. The long ribbon runs the entire length of the key bed and can also be used to play scales over three octaves. Also included is a built-in arpeggiator, with six arpeggios available. Notes in the arpeggiator can be individually switched on/off, for even more rhythmic variation.
The RK-100S comes equipped with a vocoder function that lets players use their voice, via the optional headset mic, to process the sound of the oscillator.
The Korg RK-100S synth/controller runs on six AA batteries or the optional AD adaptor and is available in a choice of three colors: red, white and black. It will be available June 2014, with U.S. pricing to be announced shortly. For more information, please visit www.korg.com .
Appearing in 1984, the RK-100 remote keyboard broke the chains of keyboardists, setting them free to perform as they liked. It allowed the keyboard player to challenge the vocalist or guitarist for the main role on stage. Now, thirty years later, the RK has been resurrected. Although beautiful curved surfaces have been added, the essence of the original and very popular design is unchanged. What had been a somewhat large and heavy body has been made more compact and lightweight thanks to modern components such as a slim keyboard. While the original required an external sound module, the new RK-100S contains a built-in analog modeling sound generator. New features and functions include two ribbon controllers, an arpeggiator, and a vocoder, and there are also “favorite” buttons that allow you to register frequently-used sounds for one-touch selection. The RK-100S is your choice for smarter, more active, and more enjoyable performance. Enjoy play anywhere performance utilizing AA batteries. The RK-100S Remote Keyboard is available in White, Black & Red.
For more information on the KORG RK-100S, head over to http://www.Korg.com
Arturia’s Beatstep offers a new degree of functionality and performance for a portable pad controller. BeatStep is highly versatile, capable of triggering clips in such applications as Ableton Live, playing drums in conjunction with such applications as BFD or EZDrummer.
But BeatStep is also a 16-step analog sequencer for creating all kinds of musical phrases to be sent to analog synthesizers, MIDI drum machines, MIDI keyboard devices, or computer programs.
Its vast connectivity allows you to connect the BeatStep to a computer or iPAD using USB, a drum module using MIDI or an analog synthesizer equipped with CV/GATE.
FM get a video demo of a new USB hardware step sequencer with CV and MIDI. Plus, see an update to the Spark software.
Alesis has introduced the new V Series and VI Series of full-size keyboard/pad controllers:
- The new Alesis V Series (V61, V49, V25) combine velocity-sensitive keys with eight drum/trigger pads. Blue LEDs illuminate the pads, as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons. Assignments may be made quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. A single USB cable provides both a power and data connection to nearly any computer.
- The Alesis VI Series (VI61, VI49, VI25) add semi-weighted keys and aftertouch. The pad count has been increased to 16, with multi-color illumination. This layout provides intensive command over the clip trigger workflow of top DAW and compositional software. The internal clock offers drum roll, tempo, and sync capabilities. An optional power supply and a standard MIDI output allow for stand-alone use.
Alesis V Series Highlights:
- Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61)
- Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
- 8 Pads with blue LED illumination
- 4 Assignable knobs and buttons
- Sustain pedal input
- USB MIDI
Alesis VI Series Highlights:
- Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61)
- Semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch
- Pitch Bend & Modulation Wheels
- 16 Pads with Multi-color LED illumination
- VI25: 8 knobs, 24 buttons
- VI49: 12 knobs, 36 buttons
- VI61: 16 knobs, 48 buttons
- Transport and Present up/down buttons
- Sustain pedal input
- USD MIDI, MIDI Out
- Internal Clock for sync, tempo, rolls, etc.
The V and VI Series will have the following respective estimated street prices, V25 ($79.99 USD), V49 ($99.99 USD), V61 ($149.99 USD), VI25 ($169.99 USD), VI49 ($199.99 USD), and VI61 ($249.99 USD).
M-Audio’s Trigger Finger was one of the first MPC pad style controller only devices. Its been a while since M-Audio revisited that particular model. At the NAMM 2014 show, they are introducing the Trigger Finger Pro.
Its a nice looking machine with a large, three line LCD monitor, 16 pads and MIDI and USN connections while still being bus-powered.
Available in the Spring 2014 at $399
M-Audio unexpectedly brings out something that looks like NI Maschine but with 16-Step Sequencer Line – this is basically Drum Pads and a jam-type of sequencer like the Akai MAX49 has, so – this is still a controller not a groovebox or host or even a drummachine. that sequencer can not be reprogrammed but could be a cool tool if one could access it – it has built in midi as well to send the sequences somewhere. since M-Audio belongs to the Akai/Numark/Alesis Group (inMusic) this might be the same concept as the MAX Keyboards but as a pad controller. 4 memory banks – so really just for jamming.
Acoustica has released AeroMIDI 3D MIDI controller software for Mac & WIndows.
AeroMIDI uses 3D input devices, like the Leap Motion, to track your hand in space, allowing you to control any MIDI software or MIDI hardware. AeroMIDI lets you use your hands in 3D space to trigger notes and MIDI continuous controller messages.
AeroMIDI works with any MIDI software or hardware, and lets you control synthesizers, lighting rigs, DAWs, effects, virtual instruments, and any other MIDI-capable hardware or software.
We’ve added gestures and the new action cards that allow you much more flexibility. Control your music in 3D style today. Move or rotate your hands in 3D space to control parameters. Downloads are limited so download while you can. Download a copy at http://www.aeromidi.net/ . Note that this currently requires a Leap Motion Controller. (Other 3D controllers will be supported soon.)
James Bernard introduces the Alias8 CV Controller Rack Extension, a virtual control surface for the Reason rack. https://shop.propellerheads.se/produc…
The Rack Extension features 16 knobs, 9 faders, 8 toggle buttons, and 8 momentary buttons, each with dedicated CV output sockets that allow you to directly modulate other devices populated in your Reason Rack. For complex rack systems that require dynamic real-time changes, the Alias8 CV controller provides a central performance hub controlling the synthesizers, samplers, and effects modules.
The Alias8 Rack Extension is modeled after the Livid Instruments Alias8 control surface, and is designed to integrate seamlessly when the controller is mapped to Reason. We have gone to great lengths to simplify the user experience in an intelligent manner that integrates control when used in conjunction with the Livid Instruments hardware.
Inevitable Crafts shared this design for a Minimoog-style iPad MIDI controller.
It’s in the proof-of-concept stage, and the plan is to base it on inexpensive, readily available components, including an Akai LPK8, a Behringer 202 sounccard and various plugs and connectors and birch wood from Home Depot.
complete IO for the ipad
__symmetric audio IN/OUT
__MS20 filter, patchable IN or OUT
as this is a proof of concept, i will take the cheapest parts available
__birch instead of mahagoni at homedepot for around
__akai lpk8 instead of anything decent, so no wheels, but the only alternative would be the line6 and thats too big
__behringer 202 soundcard, unsymmetric and generally crappy and RCA …. but small and cheap
__cheap usb hub
__female MIDI plugs and around 12 mono plugs (thats expensive ^^)
__korg monotron for the filter
the controls left and right the ipad are mounted on dedicated panels to make it easier to expand and change layout.
Just a quick rundown of some MIDI controllers ‘otemrellik’ has built recently for ios music making fun.
Here are some helpful links:
I use the 2.0 Teensy board for all my projects:
umidi – a new MIDI controller that’s completely customizable.
Using a web-based interface, you can change the types of knobs, lights, switches and sliders on the controller, customize the colors and add designs. The components are high-end, and the case is CNC’d from a solid block of aluminum, which is then bead blasted and anodized. You can even customize the shapes and colors of the lighting around your controls.
Our goal is not to compete with mass produced products, We designed the umidi with no compromises on quality, structure of materials and components. That’s why each controller is made from a single block of aluminum, less than 1 inch thick and uses only the best components. Each controller is unique, and hand built/tested by us.
Each umidi can have the up to 36 components, which include:
- Jog Wheels
- Aluminum Push Buttons
- Drum Pads
- Silicon Buttons
At the heart of umidi are 288 RGB LED’s, which can be controlled to do whatever you want. This allows for music-driven lighting, button effects, visualizing mixing, millions of colors and other lighting effects.
When you’ve created your ideal layout, you can get your custom controller built to order.