Korg Taktile MIDI controllers at NAMM 2014

January 30, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Korg’s new Taktile controllers include lots of, well, tactile control such as a KAOSS touchpad. There’s even a model with built-in sounds from the classic Triton workstations.

Korg Electribe ER-1 Drum Machine as a MIDI Sequencer

January 21, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This machine, normally associated with beats, can transmit MIDI notes from each of the drum triggers. I tuned the first seven triggers to the Eb scale, with the further three notes on the lower octave.

The accent control functions in the same way, allowing you to vary it`s relative level.

Second half of the video has the synth output going into the ER-1, allowing the use of `Motion Sequence` and `Tempo Delay` effects.

AeroMIDI – track your hand in space controller

January 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.)

AeroMIDI – A little taste test between 3D control and normal expression

January 10, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This short video shows the difference between normal synthesis and expression control using AeroMIDI, our 3D MIDI controller.

DIY MIDI CONTROLLERS

December 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just a quick rundown of some MIDI controllers ‘otemrellik’ has built recently for ios music making fun.

Here are some helpful links:
https://github.com/unsymbol/teensy-mi…

http://little-scale.blogspot.com/2012…

I use the 2.0 Teensy board for all my projects:
http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/

umidi – a new fully customizable MIDI controller

December 6, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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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:

  • Knobs
  • Faders
  • Encoders
  • 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.

More info here >>

Apollo – MIDI over Bluetooth for iOS and OSX

November 23, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth provides MIDI connections for controllers, synthesizers, and sequencers, connecting a pair of iOS devices, or an iOS device and a Mac.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apoll…
http://www.secretbasedesign.com/apps/…
The Mac version of Apollo should be available shortly.

We are waiting for approval from Apple for the OSX version (which will be free). In the mean time, you can download this version. Once the OSX version is released, we would encourage you to download the one from the Mac app store (this will make updating the app much easier).

Connecting synthesizers and sequencers across multiple iOS devices has been challenging, and there have been few options. For wired connections, you need multiple MIDI adapters (either dedicated iOS devices, or a Camera Connection Kit and generic USB MIDI). WiFi MIDI can have too much latency and jitter, making it unusable for music applications.

With Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth, you can easily connect a pair of iOS devices, or an iOS device and a Mac, using Bluetooth LE. Bluetooth LE is designed for low latency — ideal for music applications.

Simply start the app on each device, select an “A” endpoint for one, and a “B” endpoint for the other, and then press search on both devices. They should detect each other, and connect quickly. Once they are connected, MIDI from one device will be sent to the other — the connection is bi-directional. On each device, you can select the MIDI destinations that you wish to forward messages to.

When connecting to a Mac, select the “A” endpoint for the iOS device; the Mac will be a “B” endpoint. Just as with the iOS set-up, press search on both devices, and they should connect quickly. With MIDI routing on a Mac, there is a danger of creating a loop in the routing (where MIDI messages get sent and relayed repeatedly). To avoid this problem, Apollo on the Mac either sends MIDI from iOS to the Mac, or vice versa — make sure that you toggle on the direction you need.

The apps require Bluetooth LE — this is available on the iPad3, iPad4, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. iPhones starting with the iPhone4S support Bluetooth LE. Newer Macs also support Bluetooth LE; older Macs may require a USB Bluetooth LE adapter (we have had good luck with the adapters from IO Gear and Ciraco).

Apollo has been designed to be simple to install and configure, and it should expand your MIDI capabilities easily.

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 >>

The Bleep Drum – now with MIDI

October 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Bleep Drum has been upgraded with full MIDI control.
Now you can trigger the four samples, toggle noise and reverse modes, as well as change the pitch of all four samples with any device that can send MIDI.
Retrofit kits available to upgrade any previous Bleep or Dam Drum.

Order now at bleeplabs.com

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The Bleep Drum is an Arduino based lo-fi rad-fi drum machine designed by Dr. Bleep.

- Four sounds, two with pitch control
- Four selectable sequences
- Record patterns just by playing them
- Tap tempo
- Reverse mode
- Hypernoise 30XX mode
- Stereo 1/8″ output

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 >>

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