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.

Heads up: Bounce Back in MIDI Designer

June 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Bounce Back is a new feature for MIDI Designer 1.5.3 (coming in early July 2013). Bounce Back allows the user to define the 2nd Action Press for Button Groups.

Dream, create and play your perfect MIDI controller with award winning MIDI Designer: reviewed in Sound on Sound (June 2013), featured in Keyboard (May 2013), awarded Sonic Touch Gold Award for Best App (Episode 11 and featured in 23), loved by musicians, DJs, VJs, sound engineers, lighting and robotics experts the world over. If you can dream it, you can create it in MIDI Designer. Now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Find out more at http://midiDesigner.com.

iTRIGGER – new MIDI controller app for iPad

June 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

iTRIGGER is a midi controller app for iPad. It allows you to control Ableton Live and other DJ software using your iPad over a wireless or usb connection. It allows you to launch clips and scenes and control many other features of Ableton.

POJ Studios enter the app world with iTRIGGER, a grid-based MIDI controller for iPad. It is designed specifically for use with Ableton Live but also works with other music software. iTRIGGER allows bi-directional communication to mix music, launch clips, change parameters like levels and panning, and provides feedback to the user through the multi-coloured grid display.

When the user first connects iTRIGGER to their computer either by WIFI or a compatible iPad midi accessory iTRIGGER becomes a standard x-y midi controller allowing the user to assign the buttons as they wish. Once iTRIGGER is correctly synced with Ableton Live all of the buttons are automatically assigned and lit up by the software in 4 separate modes, selectable within the app:

  • ‘CLIPS’ mode: The 8×8 grid is assigned to an 8×8 area of clips from Live’s ‘Session View’ with the buttons lighting up to signify whether a clip is loaded, playing or empty. The user can navigate their way around Live’s ‘Session View’ using the directional buttons in the top corner of iTRIGGER and press the corresponding button to play clips or scenes using the scene play buttons at the end of each row.
  • MISC’ mode: A miscellaneous set of controls including track levels, panning, effect levels, enable/disable track, cue track and track record.
  • ‘D.RACK’ mode: For playing instruments using the 4×4 drum rack layout.
  • ‘X-Y’ mode: For custom assignment using an X-Y layout.

iTRIGGER supports AirPlay to stream video performances live to compatible devices via WiFi. The app’s background and button colours can be changed and the button images can be completely hidden against a black background for light shows.

iTRIGGER will be available in all regions from JUNE 22, 2013 exclusively on the iPad App Store. iTRIGGER will have a special week long launch price of $2.99 USD (priced accordingly in other regions) returning to the standard price of $7.99 USD on June 29.

Introducing AeroMIDI 3D MIDI software for Leap Motion – Coming Soon!

June 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

AeroMIDI uses the Leap Motion controller to track your fingers in 3-dimensional space, allowing you to trigger notes and MIDI continuous controller messages. Works with any MIDI software or hardware! Control synthesizers, lighting rigs, DAWs, effects, virtual instruments, and any other MIDI-capable hardware or software with AeroMIDI!

AeroMIDI is the virtual 3D glue between your synths and your fingers. Prepare to create music in a whole new way.

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Welcome to AeroMIDI – New Dimensions in MIDI Control!

**AeroMIDI and the Leap Motion are expected to be released in late July 2013.**

To learn more, go to:
http://aeromidi.net

Mac OS/X 10.6+, Windows 7+

LE STRUM – MIDI Strummed Chord Controller Kit

June 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

If you could breed an Omnichord with a Stylophone you might end up with some of these babies….

Use combinations of the buttons to select a chord type (maj, min, 7, maj7, min7, dim, aug) and root note. The chord is then mapped across the pads, which you play with a wired stylus, sending output by MIDI.

This is an old idea of mine that I’ve now turned into an open hardware kit, so anyone can make one. The updated firmware has some new goodies like guitar open chord fingerings, chord variations (sus4, add6, add9), two channel lead + chord drone and control over velocity.

Kit is available for purchase on Tindie at https://www.tindie.com/products/hotch… and the firmware/hardware source code is on GitHub at https://github.com/hotchk155/Voici-Le…

Livid all in: Base Polyphonic Aftertouch & Colors

June 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This video demonstrates some of the wild possibilities with aftertouch and the Livid Base MIDI controller, including a novel way to integrate the iPhone with the Base. The 32 touch sensitive pads can output polyphonic aftertouch, so if your synth is great enough to use that (such as the Madrona Labs Aalto plugin), you’ve got some fantastic possibilities at your fingertips. Stay tuned: after the audio weirdness, there’s a short explanation on how to quickly configure the Base using the online Editor.
Links:
lividinstruments.com/hardware_base.php
madronalabs.com/products/aalto
lividserver.com/editor

There are LEDs everywhere on the Livid Base. With the online editor, you can change the color of every LED, and save your setup to the Base so it always boots up with the colors you want. This tutorial shows you how to use the editor with the Base to change the colors on the drum pads.

Livid Artist Interviews Presents Alluxe (aka Laura Escudé). Alluxe stopped by our studio to perform a track from her new EP and with the BASE, her custom Ohm RGB, Ableton Live, Wii remote, and violin. She discusses her live performance setup with Livid founder Jay Smith, and explains the integration of her controllers. Check out part two of this video where she performs a track.

Livid Instruments: Brain Jr Shields

June 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just a preview of the Brain Jr shields we will be releasing for the Brain jr. These shields will have one for a breakout, expanding the IO of the Brain jr. A Shield for connecting an omni board, and one for direct solder connections. Coming soon to lividinstruments.com

The Brain Jr. is a MIDI micro controller that lets you create your own custom MIDI controller. The three new shields are designed to make connecting other electronics to the Brain Jr. easier.

Koushion MIDI Step Sequencer – NEW FEATURES

June 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Koushion was just updated, adding a host of new features that make it an even more powerful music composition and production tool. It now has eight independent layers, each with its own MIDI Channel, Scale, Octave, Clock Divider and more. Each layer can have a different number of scenes (up to eight), making long, evolving patterns possible.

It works great with external hardware synths and softsynths, as well as other iPad music apps. Use this link to download Koushion: http://appstore.com/koushion

Some extra footage from a video that ‘Experimentalsynth’ created for the Koushion Step Sequencer app.

Roland MIDI system from the 80′s

June 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Movie demonstrating the Roland MIDI system, with MKB-300, MKS-80, MKS-30, TR-707, MSQ100 and MPU-401 and IBM PC with Personal Composer.

Video by Tom Gjertsen, Gustring Studio, Music by Brynjulf Blix. Narration by Kjell Kjær.

Logic Tutorial: Programming Trap Beat Patterns Using a MIDI Controller

May 31, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info: http://blog.dubspot.com/logic-trap-3/
Matt Shadetek returns with another episode of Secret Knowledge, our video tutorial series of production tips, techniques and advice for Logic users. In this concluding chapter tutorial on trap drum programming, Shadetek explains how to put all the ingredients together in a mapped MIDI instrument so you can easily trigger kick, snare, hi-hats, and snare rolls. In case you missed the previous tutorials within this series, check out parts one and two.

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