Reloop introduces Keyfadr and Keypad optimized DAW controllers for Ableton Live 9

September 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Reloop Keyfadr

Reloop will disclose new studio products at the BPM Show. Reloop Keyfadr and Keypad are especially designed and optimized DAW controllers for Ableton Live 9. The Reloop Studio Keyfadr combines some of the most useful control functions for music production into a compact and versatile DAW controller for producers and performers using Ableton.

Aside from its extremely compact dimensions, which make the controller fit comfortably into almost any laptop bag, the Keyfadr offers users a variety of intuitive possibilities; from being a control station for studio projects through to being a creative tool for a live gig.

The Keyfadr is made up of 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 8 faders, 16 rotary knobs and 8 endless encoders with push function, making this USB MIDI controller an indispensable creative tool. A unique highlight of the Keyfadr is its ability to help create complex compositions on the fly. The internal arpeggiator can build vivid sequences with flexible quantization possibilities that give subtle nuance to your sound, whilst the chord mode can punch out different combinations at the strike of a single key. Scale mode helps you hit the right key every time by playing the correct tones matched to the chosen scale.

Ableton Live Lite 9 comes included with Keyfadr, and the controller is ready to plug-and-play once the software is installed; getting you set-up and running in seconds, without having to make your own complicated mappings. Creating a live performance is easy with Keyfadr, as Ableton’s live clip view can be set to control all major clip and navigation commands using only the Keyfadr surface. Pressing ‘shift’ at any time allows you to set up a second scene, making it easy to switch between performance modes.

Reloop Keypad

The Keypad is made up of 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 8 faders, 16 rotary knobs and 8 endless encoders with push function, making this USB MIDI controller an indispensable creative tool.

Features

– Combines the most useful functions for music production into one device
– Keyboard: 25 mini keys with 9 playable octaves
– Control section: 8 Channel faders with endless encoders (pan), including 2 control
– knobs, (send/return) and three backlit function buttons (mute, solo, rec)
– Full integration and easy plug and play for Ableton Live 9
– DAW transport controls (play, stop, rec, scene up/down, play/ stop clips, overdub, set marker, marker left/right, cycle, tap, metronome)
– On board appregiator with multiple modes and internal/external midi clock
– Chord feature: Easily play the most common chords in this versatile mode
– Scale mode: Choose from four different scales and always hit the right key
– Shift button for second layer control and choose between two performance scenes
– Fully USB powered controller requires no external power source
– Other midi mappings available as download
– Ableton Live 9 Lite included (value upgrade opportunity)

KEYPAD additional

– Drum pads: 16 velocity sensitive trigger pads with backlit LEDs

Nektar Panorma P1 Overview

September 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Impressions of the Nektar Panorama P1 USB MIDI Controller. The P1 works great with Reason or Cubase for a completely integrated experience.

The enormous controlling power of Panorama P1 is contained in a compact case about the size of a 17″ laptop. An unrivalled amount of assignable controls makes Panorama the most comprehensive and fully featured MIDI controller around. 16 encoders, 9 45mm faders, 10 LED buttons, 28 buttons and a foot switch jack gives you immediate control of up to 61 parameters at any one time. Settings can be stored in 20 presets with individually save and loadable F-keys maps for more than 1200 combinations. The numbers may not matter but being in control does.

More info here >>

Novation Launchkey Mini – Overview

September 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Launchkey Mini is an exciting new compact mini-key instrument/controller featuring 16 velocity sensitive, three colour illuminated launch pads – use them to launch loops, sounds, effects, transport controls, and more.

Launchkey Mini also features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls, seven function buttons, and a further two performance buttons. Compact and portable, Launchkey Mini is great for producing and performing at home or on stage.


Launchkey Mini key features:

‘Go anywhere, play anywhere’
– Ultra-lightweight and easy to carry
– Fully powered by iPad® or USB

• 25-note mini-keyboard
• 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads
• Knobs and buttons for total control
• Fully-integrated with Novation apps for iPad
• Hands-on control of included synths and music software on Mac and PC

For more details, check out the product page here:
http://global.novationmusic.com/midi-…

Performance courtesy of Peter Lyons -

Teaser: TouchAble 2 – COMING SOON – Control Ableton Live with your iPad

August 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Here’s a sneak peek at the new TouchAble 2, details below:

touchAble – THE Ableton live controller app for iPad – available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store: http://www.itunes.com/app/touchable

touchAble 2 will be a free update for all touchAble users

touchAble 2 introduces:

– Complete rebuild of the app
– New and faster Engine
– New Graphic interface
– New server
– New Template editor module : build your own controllers pages
– New Midi editor/ step sequencer
– New Isomorphic keyboard
– New Step Sequencer with Chord & Drum modes
– New Browser lets access to your library
– Complete rebuild of XY pad module
– Hundreds of new features, change and improvements

Full compatibility with Live 8 and Live 9, Intro, Standard & Suite.

touchAble provides a powerful, intuitive and reliable multitouch control solution for professional use.

touchAble includes templates for lives plugins and is fully compatible with vsts, audiounits and instruments.

touchAble is supported by many professional musicians, performers, djs and composers around the world, who use touchAble on stage or in studio.

http://www.touch-able.com

Track by Le K http://www.le-k.org

MIDI Designer for iPad

August 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Dream, create and play your perfect MIDI controller with MIDI Designer.

“We’re adored by Recording Magazine, loved by Sound on Sound, raved about by enthusiastic users, and winner of the Sonic Touch Gold Award for Best App. Trusted on stage by touring acts like Todd Rundgren, POSTYR and Electroband. Used in studios, theaters, VJ and DJ booths all around the world, MIDI Designer is also the platform for community- and professionally-sourced layouts for top-flight gear, including synths by Korg, Roland and Casio. If you can dream it, you can create it in MIDI Designer.

Sometimes you need a professional MIDI controller, but with just a few controls. MIDI Designer 12 provides the same rock-solid platform, ease of use and awesome playability with just 12 controls. Embrace the simplicity.

MIDI Designer is the top choice for controlling ANYTHING via MIDI—from hardware synths to DAWs, lighting rigs to other iOS apps:

  • Design your perfect controller using customizable knobs, sliders, XY pads, labels, panels and more
  • Choose background color, texture and LED color for up to 8 banks of 6 pages
  • Save, load and share your layouts and pages with other users
  • Send and receive all MIDI message types, including sysex, NRPN and 14-bit CC.
  • Connect any way CoreMIDI can: use Wi-Fi or hardware such as the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer II, iRig, iConnect, and others
  • Use supercontrols and subcontrols to create simple and complex relationships between controls
  • Full support for external hardware via the “Pedalboards Feature”
  • Presets and other features make a mature, reliable platform for your future development

MIDI Designer is easy to use, infinitely flexible and customizable, and battle-tested in performance. It’s the most-respected MIDI controller for iOS.

The app is only $0.99 at the moment.

TouchKeys: polyphonic aftertouch and the CS-80

August 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Polyphonic aftertouch is a rare feature on modern keyboards, but the TouchKeys can map any sensor dimension (X or Y position, contact area) to polyphonic aftertouch. This makes the TouchKeys great for controlling classic synth sounds like the CS-80 (emulated here by Arturia). But the possibilities also go beyond the capabilities of the original CS-80 to include full polyphonic control of the pitch and timbre of each note.

Traktor Kontrol Z1 Overview + Demo

August 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

We go over the controls and demo the features of the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z1.

Traktor Remix Decks Mapping Overview

August 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is an overview of the Electrix Tweaker mapping for Traktor’s Remix Decks. NI just released Traktor Pro 2.6.2 which enables the remix decks to be mapped to any MIDI controller. The mapping is available at http://www.electrixpro.com/downloads

The Remix Deck mapping was designed to allow the user to directly access Remix Decks C/D. The Tweaker’s layout assists in more easily controlling the remix decks, with its 32 button grid giving direct access to the 16 sample cells on each deck. The Tweaker’s grid section also provides direct access to sample settings like Punch, Monitor, FX, and Keylock functions.

Additionally, the Tweaker?s pads allow the user to Mute sample slots, switch Trigger Type, as well as Play Mode (e.g. Loop or One-Shot). The mapping also allows the user to switch back and forth between Mixer Mode and Deck Mode. In Mixer Mode the knobs and faders act as EQs and Channel Faders. In Deck Mode, the knobs and faders are used to control the pitch, loops, sample pages, and more. This allows users to quickly switch between the mixer functions and deck functions.

The Remix Deck mapping can be used in a variety of situations. Two sample use cases include:

  • 1 x Tweaker (Decks A/B), 1 x Tweaker (Decks C/D)
    For users who want to make full use of Traktor?s Track Decks and Remix Decks, a two-Tweaker setup is the perfect fit. Performers can utilize the Tweaker?s native Track Deck mapping for Decks A/B and the newly released Remix Deck mapping for Decks C/D. Utilizing two Tweakers in this setup allows the user to perform entirely in Traktor?s internal mixing mode and thus take full advantage of Traktor?s FX, looping, and sampling features.
  • 1 x MIDI Controller (Decks A/B), 1 x Tweaker (Remix Decks B/C)
    For users looking for additional MIDI control over the remix decks, the Tweaker is the perfect addition to an existing digital DJ setup.Plug the Tweaker into an extra USB port and load the Remix Deck mapping. This effectively allows the user to continue using Decks A/B as usual, while expanding the user’s ability to remix on the fly by adding samples via the Decks C/D (Remix Decks).

Ableton Live Push Sunday Jam

July 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

Last week I finally got the Ableton Push, so this sunday I’ve tried to recreate a song on the push only to find out what you can do on the push itself and as a learning experiment. I’ve recreated a very old trance classic called Alphabet Blue – Cybertrance.

DJ Controller: Numark Orbit Overview and Demo

July 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Going over the features and demonstrates the controls of the Numark Orbit wireless DJ controller.

The Numark Orbit has the standard DJ controls you can come to expect from other popular DJ controllers. There are some obvious differences but you have everything you need to get mixing and performing, right out of the box. While many DJ controllers tout the “plug and play” functionality but require a few extra steps to get going, the Numark Orbit and it’s companion Orbit DJ software synched as soon as I got connected. So if you are someone who is just starting out with audio and DJ software, you can rest assured that the Numark Orbit will not put up a fight when it comes to getting started right out of the box.

The pads, the bank buttons, the bumpers, and the endless rotary, all have a great feel and the controller itself is built very well. Using the rotary wheel in the middle is certainly a different way to DJ. It can be used to control volume, EQ levels, and act as a crossfader depending on what function you have it assigned to control. The wheel itself responds well to the touch and has a nice LED indicator for your level control.

Next to the wireless capabilities, the built in accelerometer is sort of what the Numark Orbit is all about. You can control all the parameters of your effects by tapping the bumpers and manipulating the controller in the proper fashion. Each bumper can control a parameter of a selected effect on its own, or you can hold down both bumpers and open the full function of the accelerometer control. You can lock the Numark Orbit’s accelerometer by double tapping the bumper, which eliminates the need to hold the bumper down when controlling effects.

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