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.

Reason 7 Tutorial – MIDI Output, ReCycle, Retro Effects +

May 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info: http://bit.ly/175awvf
In this video, Reason guru James Bernard takes a look at Propellerhead Reason 7’s new features including MIDI / CV output, the spectrum EQ analyzer, parallel processing, some new retro effects, and the addition of ReCycle to the already powerful music production and sound design software.

How about all your Animoog settings on one page?

May 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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This is not the final version, but in honor of the new 1.5.1 release, here is MIDIDESIGNER’s Animoog page, for running Animoog on two iPads so you can play the keys on one hand and adjust knobs with the other hand.

Here is the layout. It should open right in your iPad

http://mididesigner.com/qa/?qa=blob&qa_blobid=15252773772362233623

but you might have to long-press the download link to choose the correct app.

One of these days I’ll get to making a video demo… maybe.

MidiBridge: Splitting a midi controller between two apps

May 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In this tutorial Ryan Hemeon shows how to hook up an external midi controller and send the midi to two separate apps using MidiBridge. H uses Audiobus to keep the apps running in the background, iGrand and Magellan.

Getting started with mSequencer

May 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is a tutorial on how to get started with mSequencer (MIDI Pattern Sequencer). In this video I use mSequencer to control all 8 channels of Korg’s iPolySix via virtual midi. This video doesn’t even begin to touch what a great app this is. If there is interest in it, I will definitely be making more videos on some of the more advanced procedures you can use as well as a lot of other options I couldn’t get to in this video.

I highly recommend using an external midi controller with this app to build your sequences.

Conclusion: This is an excellent app for anyone wanting to program midi sequences and send them to apps via virtual midi. It gives you a larger range of control then any other sequencer app I have ever used. This app does not support Audiobus but it definitely should. Well worth it’s price.

Grab this app on the AppStore: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/midi-…

And be sure to visit http://www.iosmars.com for more great demos, reviews, and tutorial videos.

Using MIDI Hardware with Reason – Micro Tutorial

May 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info on Reason: https://www.propellerheads.se/product…

The Reason Rack offers nearly endless sonic capabilities. But what if you just want the sound of your favorite hardware synth? Or that weird little drum machine you got half-price. In this tutorial we take a look at the External MIDI Instrument and how it can help you expand your Reason rack with your hardware.

Meganome — DIY Arduino MIDI Controller

April 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Meganome is inspired by the monome controller and powered by an Arduino Mega. Like other grid controllers like the Launchpad and Push, it has performance modes for triggering drums, playings synths, and launching clips and effects. I like the feel of arcade buttons and look of exotic hardwoods, so mass-market products just weren’t right for me.

You can see how the grid-based layout makes octave jumps and glisses really easy in this video: http://youtu.be/Gsph_10sb64?t=2m18s

Watch the Meganome be used as a drum machine: http://youtu.be/rMrk-pZ4RBk

Patrick writes with more details:

I just uploaded a demo video for my custom grid-based controller, the Meganome. The design is obviously inspired by the monome, but it departs in a couple ways from the monome and its cousins. I wanted larger buttons with light but solid action for triggering drum hits and synth notes–buttons that are hard to miss and give you a nice “clack” sound when struck. The rectangular arrangement with 14 buttons per row lets me display the entire
chromatic scale plus two notes of overlap when the Meganome is in synth control mode. Like the Push controller in its chromatic mode, the notes of the scale I’m in light up, but unlike the Push, the Meganome lays octaves along its columns, which makes for easy traversal of octave space and wide chord voicings. Triads, on the other hand, are tricky.

I did a blog post on difficulties I encountered while building it and posted my Arduino code on my blog:
http://jazarimusic.com/finally-a-diy-midi-controller-with-purpleheart/

Caelestis with Virtual MIDI out

March 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Caelestis sends MIDI messages to two other apps, Arctic Keys and Magellan.

Caelestis is a unique, sample based generative music app that creates sounds with bouncing balls. Three shapes on the screen are used as ‘rooms’ that contain a sound. Different coloured balls can be thrown around inside these rooms, generating notes when one collides with a side. Using different combinations of balls and sounds, all kinds of beautiful performances can be achieved.

check it out on the app store:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id581…

Sequence – First Look of new MIDI sequencer app for iPhone

March 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Sequence is a new euclidean MIDI sequencer for iPhone // Launching 04 March 2013

sequence.nyquistresearch.com

The circular patterns of notes in Sequence are generated by an algorithm created by Eric Bjorklund. Originally developed for timing sequences on spallation neutron source accelerators, the musical potential of the algorithm was first recognized by Godfried Toussaint, a researcher interested in musical geometry at McGill University.

The algorithm finds the most ideal temporal distribution of pulses given a number of steps, giving a recognizable performance of western and African rhythms when input with odd and even pulses and steps. In summary, it makes great polyrhythmic techno.

Sequence 1.0 features a collection of about 30 samples for your techno pleasure. The app also sports MIDI output to pipe to your favorite iOS sampler, DAW, or hardware device.

On the roadmap for version 2.0, we’d like to introduce Audiobus support, functions for recording sessions, and the ability to import your own samples. We’ll also probably add OSC and support the iPhone 5 screen.

MCTRL – MIDI Controlled NES Gamepad

February 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A custom MIDI controlled NES Gamepad controller.

We tap into homebrew titles created by stellar NES developers by syncing them with MCTRL. From midi controlled lightshows to cool retro 8 bit sounds all can be used effectively in any music studio or live club setting.

More information is available at www.Ninstrument.com

Take MIDI control of your NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) with the MCTRL (pronounced M-CONTROL) .  There are many homebrew audio/video titles for the NES that can’t easily be synced with your traditional DAW or MIDI keyboard/device, until now.   MIDI ‘IN’, ‘OUT’ and ‘THRU’ allow you to seamlessly add this to your existing MIDI setup.  We have built the MCTRL out of durable ABS plastic, strong enough for the hard rigors of live shows. We use an original NES Gamepad that retains its full functionality and use.  We add a full feature MIDI pcb from HighlyLiquid.com that is fully powered from the Gamepad and requires no additional power interface.  We insure full NTSC and PAL compatability for all of our MCTRL’s including the free Cartridges we include with every MCTRL sale.  You can resell your MCTRL and cartridge to anyone in the world and not have to worry about compatibility problems or issues.  The cartridges feature the Ciclone chip from RetroUSB.com.

The LED’s light indicating what your MIDI device has triggered.  This makes it very easy to see exactly what is happening.  You can still use the Gamepad buttons simultaneously.

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