MiniStepper – free MIDI Step Sequencer Plug-in for Windows

September 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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WOK has released MiniStepper, a free MIDI Step Sequencer Plug-in for Windows. Ministepper is designed to be easy to use.

There are 8 steps, each with velocity, gate length and mute. Several play directions, start- and end-step selectable on the fly. Sequence can be transposed by incoming MIDI notes (polyphonic). Host sync with dottet and triplet speed selection, swing, run on key press, MIDI-channels selectable for combined use, clear layout, free.

Price: Free.

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Time machine: The Open Door – Macintosh, Midi, and Music (1988)

August 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Apple promo video for the Macintosh’s midi capabilities featuring Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, and some of the funkiest digital basslines you’ve ever heard!

Grassi Box – Analysis

July 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Grassi Box is a MIDI-to-relay piece of hardware (built by Dan Wilson of Circitfied) based on an Arduino teensy and some accompanying software tools built in Max. The idea is to be able to control a variety of my ciat-lonbarde instruments from a computer.

In this video the audio from the guitar is being analyzed (in real-time) to find the nearest preset/combination/permutation from a set of 6884 pre-analyzed presets.

Filmed by Angela Guyton

For more information visit:
rodrigoconstanzo.com/grassi-box
angelaguyton.com

Launch Control XL – Novation’s ‘ new “ultimate controller for Ableton Live”

July 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Novation has introduced the Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.

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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.

Features:

  • 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

MIDIFlow – new iOS app for MIDI routing control

June 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Johannes Doerr has introduced MIDIFlow, a new iOS app that lets you send MIDI from app to app in a similar way to what you already do with audio.

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That way, you can sync apps with each other or send MIDI parts from a sequencer app to different synth apps.

You can also route the MIDI from your keyboard to apps and assign different key zones to them.

In addition, all MIDI transfer can be monitored in order to find problems or just to learn what MIDI is doing (normally) behind the scenes.

MIDIFlow is available for US $4.99 in the App Store.

Zillion MIDI sequencer and Swynx sync box

May 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Future Retro has announced the release of two new products, the Zillion and Swynx.

The Zillion is a single track algorithmic MIDI sequencer based on the principles of the Triadex Muse. While the Muse used counters and a shift register to generate more than a million musical melodies, the Zillion expands on these ideas to add more features and functionality, providing a zillion possibilities for you to discover.

There are 16 operating modes including: Playback, Tempo, Swing, Direction, Loop, Transpose, Scale, Scale Program, Melody, Rhythm, Velocity, Theme, Shift Register, MIDI OUT, MIDI IN, and Sync.

Many unique features not found in other sequencers.

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The Zillion provides the ability to store all parameter settings of where you last were. You can also reset parameters to typical Triadex Muse settings as a quick way of starting new adventures.

This product comes with a universal power supply and can be used anywhere in the world.

Each product is hand made in the USA, has a list price of $300, and is currently shipping.

For more information on the Zillion please visit:
http://www.future-retro.com/zillionoverview.html

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The Swynx is a sync box that converts incoming MIDI messages to MIDI clock, DIN sync, CR-78 clock, and Analog clocks. In addition, the Swynx provides the ability to swing the timing of all these clock outputs and select different time signatures in real-time with the front panel controls, and can also act as a programmer for the Roland CR-78.

Once you try it in your setup, you will realize just what you’ve been missing. For instance, many DIN sync devices do not provide a built-in swing function. And many MIDI sequencers and drum machines suffer from poor implementation of swing, preventing changes to be made live, or only providing swing for 4/4 patterns. Quite a few MIDI sequencers don’t offer any swing function, including our own 777 and Mobius products. Now you can apply swing to any MIDI sequencer, and select new time signatures as well.

Need to sync your analog sequencer or arpeggiator with MIDI gear? No problem! Not only can you do so, but now you can swing the timing of those devices as well. You can even use the analog clock output to Gate the envelopes in a synthesizer. The clock duty cycle is 50% of a note duration.

If you are a Roland CR-78 owner, you may have realized finding a WS-1 or TS-1 to program the CR-78 is next to impossible. The Swynx can replicate the programming capabilities of these units, plus provide sync to MIDI, and realtime swing adjustment. The ability to add swing to the CR-78’s preset patterns alone will breathe new life into this old friend.

The Swing value is accurate to 0.5% providing much more control resolution than is typically found in sequencers and drum machines.

The Swynx provides 12 different time signatures to choose from. Some time signatures are duplicate, but provide different shuffle patterns for that time signature. Time signatures include 9/8, 7/8, 6/8, 5/8, 2/4, 4/4, 8/4, 3/4, and 6/4. A universal power supply is provided with each unit, allowing the Swynx to be used anywhere in the world. The Swynx is all about making the gear you have sound better!

This product comes with a universal power supply and can be used anywhere in the world.

Each product is hand made in the USA, has a list price of $180, and is currently shipping.

For more information on the Swynx please visit:
http://www.future-retro.com/swynxoverview.html” 

Experimental: MIDI Controlled Necktie with Pinoccio, Ableton and Max/MSP

May 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A MIDI controlled Necktie. This is accomplished by leveraging the Pinoccio Mesh Networking features and a Max4Live patch running on Ableton Live. More details in here:
http://mrbook.org/blog/2014/05/25/pin…

CME Xkey Demo – All you need to know

May 16, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a demo video for the CME X-key USB MIDI controller keyboard.

The MIDI controller works natively on Windows, OSX and iOS and doesn’t require external power. It features pitch bend, modulation, sustain and octave up & down keys as well as 25 velocity sensitive full-size keys, which transmit polyphonic aftertouch. You can configure it via a free software application for Win, Mac OS and iPad.

CME Xkey Website:
http://www.cme-pro.com/xkey.html

MidiBlop for Blofeld Arp

March 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Maurizio De Cecco has released MidiBlob i- a performance oriented multi touch controller for the Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer.

This video is a demo of the MidiBlob for the Blofeld App on a nice arpeggiator based Blofeld patch. Right hand play the keyboard, not visible in the video, left hand use MidiBlob on the iPad to “play” the sound.

MidiBlob is a plug and play performance oriented multi touch controller for your Blofeld synthesizer. By manipulating a 3D scene (the Blob) with a set of very intuitive interaction MidiBlob can modify and control your synth sound to a depth that cannot be reached with traditional controllers. Filters, envelopes, modulations, wave characteristics are under direct control of your fingers, the iPad become an extension of your instrument. No configuration needed.

This video is a demo of the MidiBlob for the Blofeld App, used on a nice Blofeld Lead.
Right hand play the keyboard, not visible in the video, left hand use MidiBlob on the iPad to “play” the sound.

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The Bleep Drum + Electribe

February 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Bleep Drum + MIDI controlled by an Electribe EMX-1
Get your own MIDI controllable rad-fi drum machine at bleeplabs.com
Available fully built or as a kit.

Video by Thomas Fang and Cordey Lopez

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