Turn your iPhone into a motion-controlled instrument – AUUG Motion Synth

November 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new project, AUUG Motion Synth, explores the possibilities the iPhone and iPod touch, converting the devices into wearable motion-controlled instruments. Using it, you can control iOS synths, desktop music apps and even hardware.

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The platform is made up of three components:

The AUUG grip positions the screen of an iPhone or iPod touch to be played by the fingers and secures the device to the user’s hand during motion: The AUUG app converts your iOS device’s motion sensor data into signals for shaping sound, and transfers these signals to other iOS sound apps or external devices. The AUUG app does not produce its own sounds, but instead acts to control other iOS audio apps running on the same device (as well as external devices). The AUUG app can be installed on iPhones (4S and up) and iPod touch devices (5th generation and up). The AUUG cloud is online service at that allows AUUG app presets to be shared with other users, via your iPhone or iPod touch (no laptop or desktop needed).

Background video information:

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facebook.com/auug.motion.synth

VIDEO MUSICIANS AND CONTENT:

Introduction soundtrack: The second half of the video (2.12 to 4.17 mins) includes looped sections of ‘Silver Wheel’ (from the ‘Solar Driftwood’ album) by Australian band Cracked Actor crackedactor.com.au.

Samuel David Graeme [holyeucharistline.com]: (0.16 to 0.21 mins) ‘Animoog’ synth app running on same device.

Sonia Vaikyl: (0.22 to 0.33 mins) ‘Magellan Jnr’ synth app running on same device.

Video sample: The ‘video scrub’ demonstration (0.34 to 1.01 mins) by Joshua Young uses a 2 second clip of Evalena Marie [evalenamarie.com] from the independent feature film ‘Visionary’ [facebook.com/visionarymovie] directed by Ben Proulx.

Eesha Hunjon [youtube.com/channel/UCzatgvFHc7_coVeH2Tq1Klw]: (1.02 to 1.15 mins) ‘Audiobus’ app (hosting Harmony Voice and Garageband apps) running on same device, with mic input via iRig Pre.

Becki Whitton [facebook.com/aphirism]: (1.16 to 1.31 mins) ‘Audiobus’ app (hosting Magellan Jnr app) running on same device, with mic input via iRig Pre.

Adam Cook [adamjamescook.com]: (1.46 to 2.03 mins) Nord Stage 2 keyboard, with MIDI input via iRig MIDI.

Joshua Young [auug.com]: (0.00 to 0.15 mins) ‘Animoog’ synth app running on same device; (0.34 to 1.01 mins) AUUG ‘video scrub’ software running on laptop; (1.32 to 1.45 mins) Voice Live Touch 2, with MIDI input via iRig MIDI. The backing track (0.00 to 2.03 mins) each musician composed and performed their parts to and the motion-reactive visuals were also created by Joshua Young.

Process: The video musicians used the backing track as a basis to compose their own parts and performed them live during filming, while simultaneously controlling the motion-reactive visuals behind them (via Wi-Fi MIDI messages sent from the AUUG Motion Synth to laptop software and back-projected onto the screen behind them). Their estimated practice times can be found at auug.com/musician-composition-and-practice-time.

Become a “real” conductor with Cubase iC Air gestures control

November 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Put your mouse and keyboard aside, or any other controller at hand. Yes, it’s all about the hands and gestures. Together with Leap Motion’s controller or depth cameras developed using the Intel perceptual technology SDK 2013, Cubase iC Air gives you the ability to control Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 with the sole movement of your hands: adjust faders and EQ, navigate through arrangements, use transport controls and tweak virtually any control through gestures. Cubase iC Air lets you experience Cubase in an entirely new way.

Want to know more about the Axiom Air 61 – Review

November 9, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

M-Audio’s top of the range MIDI controllers to replace the Axiom Pro. Quite a change in concept – see what we make of it.

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About the Axiom Air 61 (marketing pitch):

Take command of your studio while achieving higher levels of musical expression with Axiom® AIR 61 from M-Audio®. Offering unprecedented control, Axiom® AIR 61 brings together unmatched ease-of-use plus empowering software to form the ultimate studio centerpiece. Stretch out and play your best on 61 semi-weighted piano-style keys—with aftertouch. The illuminated pads are velocity sensitive and even respond to pressure. Experience total hands-on control of your sessions using assignable LED lit buttons and rotary encoder knobs, long-throw faders, plus an array of dedicated transport and software navigation buttons. HyperControl® interactive controller mapping unites your hardware and software so you can start working faster. Completing this powerful package are two complementary software selections: Avid® Pro Tools® Express and Ignite by AIR music creation software. Together, they deliver a comprehensive path for transforming the ideas in your head into a finished piece of music.

More info here >>

Midi Fighter Twister: Traktor Deck Drum Sequencer Demo

November 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sign up and learn more here: http://www.djtechtools.com/2013/11/03…

On the surface, each Midi Fighter Twister is equipped with 16 endless encoders, each with a push state, plus a full ring of LEDs. Capped off with 2 full-color LEDs at the bottom, each encoder can transform into a wide range of displays and functions depending on the mapping, configuration, or page. This provides infinite levels of control with clear visual feedback similar to a touch screen, while maintaining the tactile feel of a real knob.

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The possibilities – from Ableton control to Traktor effects – are endless, but to really showcase the potential of this dynamic work surface we decided to go a little nuts and create something totally next level.

More info here >>

Starr Labs releases the Clipper – Wireless Ableton LightBoard controller

October 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Clipper is a compact, portable and programmable LED-lit fingerboard that can remotely run an Ableton Live session. With 144 touch-sensitive buttons you can record and play a Live set in one area and perform guitar, bass, drums, add Live beat-repeats, whatever, in another area of the Lightboard. You can now record and play clips into the Live Session View interface and control Live at the tips of your fingers while you’re moving across the stage or interacting with your audience. The Clipper’s Lightboard offers 32,000 colors and can match the colors from the Live session running in your computer, and completely wirelessly when the AirPower option is installed.

This full-color LED fingerboard controller is also very versatile and can easily be programmed to display text messages, JPEGs, and animations. In addition to that, you can set up separate colored zones on the fingerboard to play bass, drums, piano, or any sounds using Live while connecting to hardware synths via MIDI.

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Gaining more popularity in the electronic music genre, Ztar fingerboard controllers are a welcome alternative for Electronic Music performers who want to interact with their audience. Noteworthy clientele include Pendulum and Excision as well as the Chemical Brothers, Linkin Park, Maroon5, Vernon Reid, Bob Weir, Lou Reed and many others. Electronic musicians and DJs can now better express themselves and interact with the audience with this advancement in MIDI controllers.

In addition to portability and convenience, the Clipper’s LED fingerboard can be programmed to display text messages, JPEG images, animations and lighting FX in response to your touch or streamed in from an external computer. The fingerboard offers 32,000 colors that can be matched to your computer’s Ableton Live session. Separate colored zones can also be set up on the fingerboard to play clips, bass, drums, piano, or any other sounds by using Live or connecting to hardware synths with MIDI. With 144 touch-sensitive keys, a live set can be recorded in one zone while solo performances can be played in another.

Ableton Live Portable Control Surface

At the core of the Clipper’s lighting control is a library of lighting commands that can be programmed on the Clipper and performed directly by playing the Clipper’s fretboard, drumpads, ribbon, knobs, joystick, and pedals. By connecting the Clipper’s USB port to a computer, you can stream live lighting FX from Max-for-Live, any sequencer, or create your own software.

Now you can control all your sounds with animated colors at the tips of your fingers, and all while moving across the stage. This Ztar Clipper LightBoard Controller is unlike any other and offers an entirely new experience to electronic musicians everywhere.

The Clipper has a full complement of hardware and software features:

  • 144 velocity-sensitive RGB LED keys with over 32,000 colors
  • 6 programmable Knobs
  • 6 Programmable touchpads for Notes, Chords, Loops, MIDI CC’s, Lighting EFX
  • Embedded bi-directional MIDI Wireless capability as an option. Be completely cable-free!
  • Multi-purpose programmable Slider
  • 4 way programmable joystick
  • Sustain and Volume Pedal inputs
  • MIDI I/O and USB2.
  • Onboard Programming interface
  • Easy user command set for controlling the LED lighting with any external MIDI sequencer or computer. Display and scroll text, images, and lighting effects. Get creative with Max for Live.
  • Embedded step sequencer and arpeggiator
  • Clipper – Clip-based Live Interactive Performance Controller

Price for the basic Clipper: $1695 MSRP, $1995 MSRP for the Clipper with bi-directional MIDI Wireless and Battery Pack

More info here >>

Tutorial: How To Map VU Meters In Traktor to a DJ Controller

October 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

At popular request, Ean shares how he has the VU meters in Traktor mapped to four different channels on his Kontrol X1 controllers. Read more: http://www.djtechtools.com/2013/10/27…

Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller – Wave your sound

October 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller bypasses traditional knobs and faders, allowing users to manipulate software parameters with wireless motion-control. Hot Hand USB delivers an entirely new method of dynamic control to DAW (digital audio workstations) or live-performance software like Ableton Live, Traktor, Reason, Serato DJ, and Logic/MainStage.

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  • Wireless 3 axis motion sensor ring & USB receiver
  • Driverless USB MIDI operation for Windows/Mac
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery for 6 hour usage time.
  • Capable of transmitting over 100 feet.
  • Works with any MIDI compatible audio software (Ableton, Reason, Logic, Traktor, etc).

More info here >>

More goodies from Image-Line: Deckadance 2 | Numark N4 Demo

October 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MIDI script here: http://support.image-line.com/redirec…

Remixing using Deckadance 2 and the Numark N4 controller
Deckadance: http://www.image-line.com/documents/d…

Music Credits:

Deck A: Veela vocals – http://www.image-line.com/documents/p…
Deck C: Sacco – http://www.image-line.com/documents/p…
Deck D: Seamless – http://www.youtube.com/user/SeamlessR

Can’t get enough Reason?

October 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Propellerhead crew got a Hot Hand USB MIDI controller sent to the office. It’s a wireless motion sensor you put on like a ring that can then control parameters via MIDI. Of course Mattias had to give it a try! Here he’s controlling filter frequency, noise level and phase on a Subtractor.

And AskAudio has a new tutorial out:

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Reason 7: Creating REX Files

Oh, it’s hard to believe it. The reason to own Recycle, that *ahem* older once-miracle of modern sampling has now past. No longer do you need to encode audio files in another application, outside of Reason. Now, you can convert audio files within Reason, into Rex files. Which, of course, are the loop files that Dr. Octo Rex eats for breakfast.

So, why, with Reason’s amazing time stretching ability would this feature even be relevant? Well, if you’ve ever gone into the editor of Dr. Octo Rex, and have actually messed around with features like the Amp envelope, Filter envelope, or you’ve applied an LFO to a loop. Or, if you’ve ever modified the pan, pitch, or filter frequency of individual slices within a REX file… Well, you know you can take loops to a very different place.

In short, REX files are still amazing, relevant and because you can now easily create your own REX files life has gotten much better.

So, how do you do it?

Read it here >>

Crystall Ball teaser

September 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Designed to create and control sound, light and video, Crystall Ball gives all your computer-aided creative work a new dimension. More than a controller, it is an intuitive, interactive and infinitely customisable tool.
In a studio or live, let your senses speak and give free rein to your stage performance!

Small Footage of Yeahr7ght playing the Crystall Ball
More infos: http://www.crystall-ball.com
Music: Yeahr7ght – http://soundcloud.com/yeahr7ght
Film making: Charlie Mars

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