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.

How to: Melodyne Plugin Creating a Snare Drum with Audio to MIDI

July 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this video tutorial one converts a snare drum recording to MIDI data through Melodyne’s Editor Plugin. With this new MIDI file one can now replace the original Snare drum sound, re-enforce it, or completely change it all together.

Kenton Retrofit for MacBeth M5N

July 20, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kenton Retrofit kit adds MIDI to the MacBeth M5N synthesiser

Sonic Logic Version 1.2 sneak preview – MIDI Broadcast mapping to Ableton Live.

July 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sneak preview from Sonic Logic version 1.2
The MIDI broadcast button allows you to map controls in your DAW easier and faster.

Download Sonic Logic for iPad here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sonic…

App description below:

Sonic Logic is a modular MIDI controller allowing you to edit and control MIDI controller setups from your iPad.

Control Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Protools, Traktor, and other popular DAWs right from your iPad.

Sonic Logic uses CoreMIDI to send MIDI signals so you can even hook it up to hardware synths using and iPad to MIDI cable.

Edit on your iPad! Super easy interface to create, edit, control, manipulate, assign MIDI controllers and notes live, using touch gestures. (No external editor needed).

Add Buttons, switches, toggle buttons, XY pads, sliders and text objects.
Their look and feel is meant to emulate real life controls, with real feedback.

* Create your MIDI controller easily from your iPad.
* Edit component’s color, size, MIDI channel and controller number.
* Time advancing gestures for buttons, create a timed MIDI transition from 0 to 127 with just a press of a button.
* Control everything with multi touch.
* Snap to middle feature on sliders.
* Built in, editable templates.
* iCloud support, always stay synced with all your setups on any device.
* Low latency.

Nord Drum 2 vs Nord Beat 2 step sequencer

July 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Improvised live performance by Jon-Eirik Boska.

The Nord Drum 2 is sequenced from the Nord Beat 2 MIDI step sequencer for iPad (connected via an iRig MIDI interface).

Thanks to Petra, Roman and Jon-Eirik for making this video!

Direction, camera and editing: Petra Hermanová and Roman Přikryl
Music and performance: Jon-Eirik Boska

Read more about the new Nord Drum 2 modeling percussion synthesizer here:
http://www.nordkeyboards.com/main.asp…

Get the free Nord Beat app for iPad here:
http://www.nordkeyboards.com/main.asp…

The Nord Pad is available as an optional accessory for the Nord Drum 2.

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