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.

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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 >>

REAKTOR’s Vectory vs. MIDI + Random Reaktor Stuff

October 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

REAKTOR’s Vectory can make your beat slicing dreams come true—provided you can control the chaos. Here’s how.

Another small Reaktor jam using some unfinished instruments.

The “Drone-Osc” uses a weird combination of phase modulation (like in the DX-7 and other FM synths) and phase distortion (Like the Casio CZ-1000). It can easily go from warm tones to harsh noise!

Retronyms explore iOS 7 Inter-app audio: virtual midi control

September 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

CA based Retronyms and highly respected iOS music creation app developers takes a closer look at iOS7 and inter-app audio capabilities

“Playing around with the new inter-app audio features in iOS7. I’m using Yamaha Tenori-on to control the Arturia iMini synth. Neat :)”

Another example:

Here’s a little preview of what’s coming in Auria 1.13. Inter-app audio allows you to route audio from another app into Auria without needing any additional software. It’s fast, easy and sample accurate.

Introduction to the RN-9090

August 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

RN9090 is a 16 step TR style sequencer with 12 rows (looks like it can display 1 octave or 12 instruments) 12×16 matrix. made for the 909 clone DIY project (drums) hence the name.

http://www.rninstruments.com

A short demo of my Arduino based MIDI sequencer the RN-9090.

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.

What is MIDI and how does it sound?

August 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

One of the greatest misconceptions in Music history, finally explained! What is MIDI? How does it sound? What is MIDI used for? If you are unsure about this, then you might want to watch this free video presentation. You are also invited to post questions and comments.

MIDI stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” and describes a protocol for music devices to communicate with each other. This is done with so-called “Event Messages”, which include data about Key Pitch, Key Velocity, Aftertouch, etc. When a musical instrument receives MIDI Events from a MIDI keyboard or sequencer, it interprets them and creates its sound accordingly. That sound might be anything and depends on the instrument and your settings. A MIDI sequence might play a piano sound or a phat dubstep wobble-bass on a synthesizer. So MIDI doesn’t transmit any audible sound, but just control data.

 

GenoQs Machines Octopus Meets Ableton Live 8

August 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just a quick little demo to show the Mother of ALL Sequencers controlling four virtual instruments in Abelton Live 8. The plugins where: Arturia MiniV, Artutia ModularV, 2 instances of Alchemy and drum Impulse

While sequencers are machines to control synthesizers, Octopus stands out for a broad user base as a musical instrument. The merit lies in the directness, intuitiveness and creativity that gets unleashed by interacting with Octopus.

User experience and musical creation are the centerpieces of the Octopus design: a no-compromise machine built from metal, wood, and modern real-time software technology. The thorougly structured user interface, its stunning looks, the materials and our care going into hand-assembling every unit make each Octopus a unique piece to stand the test of time.

Octopus’ tactile and visual feedback is a physical experience so typical for traditional musical instruments. Music is being felt, heard and played with Octopus. And the numbers behind it all.. no display? Well, do you really care? Yes, computers love them. We love light, color, and most of all music!

The family of Octopi has three members which differ in the enclosure they come in: Octopus New Classic for the piano lacquered wood look, comes with white painted panels and a red-green-yellow LED matrix. Octopus Lion Head carries on the nature wood look legacy that our original (and now discontinued) model has set, and which many users still long for. And finally Octopus The Shell- thisone you will never have to leave again! Built in an industrial strength road case, it features black anodized panels, and sparkles with red-green-yellow LEDs.

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).

MIDImorphosis – an audio-to-MIDI app for iOS

July 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Audio MIDI Connect has transformed into MIDImorphosis – an audio-to-MIDI app for iOS.

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Here’s what’s new in MIDImorphosis:

  • In this version, the speed and accuracy of pitch detection has been greatly improved.
  • MIDI output now supports multiple destinations, both CoreMIDI and Virtual MIDI, as well as DSMIDI Wifi.
  • Audiobus support has been added, for both input and output slots.
  • Audio can be imported or exported using audio copy and paste. The app supports off-line conversion of audio to MIDI, with MIDI files being available using the “open in” method, or through iTunes file sharing.
  • Pitch detection now supports polyphonic playing. A toggle button selected between monophonic, small intervals, and chords.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audio…
Introductory pricing — ends July 28th

MIDImorphosis captures the pitch of incoming audio, and converts it into MIDI notes that can be used to control iOS synthesizers or external equipment. With support for CoreMIDI, Virtual MIDI, DSMIDI Wifi, Audiobus, and background audio, connecting MIDImorphosis is a snap. Connections to laptop and desktop computers can be made using WiFi or with MIDI adapter cables.

The app performs both monophonic and polyphonic pitch conversion, and is designed to work best with a guitar or bass. We recommend dock-based instrument adapters; connections through the headphone jack frequently have crosstalk and poor frequency response. We also recommend running MIDImorphosis on an iPhone4s or better, or an iPad2 or better (this is especially true when using Audiobus).

Complex sounds can be created by combining a typical guitar effects app along with MIDImorphosis and a synthesizer app. The guitar effects app can provide tone control and immediate response, while the synthesizer can augment this with a deep, evolving sound.

With any conversion system, there is latency between a note played on an instrument, and when the note can be correctly identified; the slight delay motivates the combination of guitar effects and synthesizers. MIDImorphosis should be fast enough to work well for playing at moderate speeds. For guitarists in need of a system that can handle “shredding,” we would recommend hardware converters by companies such as Roland or Fishman.

A number of videos are available on the app web page, to illustrate typical performance, and playing techniques to get the most out of the app. For guitarists, a light palm mute should be used to prevent unwanted notes from ringing. Pitch detection is typically best with the bridge pickup, and with a clean tone.

In addition to live conversion, MIDImorphosis can also convert recordings into MIDI (avoiding latency issues). The app can record audio; audio can also be imported using either Audio Copy or iTunes File sharing. Audio can be exported with Audio Paste. MIDI can be exported to other apps using the “open in” feature, or through iTunes. The app also allows scanning through audio files, to see the detected pitch at any given moment; this feature should be particularly useful to musicians interested in transcribing a recording. Recorded audio and converted MIDI can be played back through the app. The app is compatible with the Audiobus input and output slots.

For polyphonic pitch detection, the app supports both intervals and chords. Many guitarists play small intervals on adjacent strings; pitch detection has been optimized for this case. When set to chord detection, the app can find additional notes, but is less accurate.

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