We get a demo of Sonar X2a – touch enabled running on the Lenovo Thinkpad Twist.
Oliver Davis from Roland UK dropped in to show us around.
Modular synthesis maestro Ken MacBeth, has revealed this yet-unnamed instrument on Facebook this weekend. Of the new design, MacBeth says that it has “four oscillators, two noise generators, one LFO, a dual stage variable filter, four envelope generators, two VCAs (Stereo) and a stereo tape delay”.
It seems that this synth is something that Ken has had in mind for a while, too: “It’s been a long term development over years,” he says. “The micromac series has been designed for those who wish for the vintage ‘Moog-like’ sound – this is a completely different design!”
No news on when we can expect the synth to come to market, but SBC will be monitoring its progress.
Yet another promising video with updates from MacBeth, details below:
Life’s not all grim! Touch keyboards are real fun and they make you think in a completely different way about keyboard playing- odd at first- but the technique starts to change and grow. Here is me playing the MacBeth micromac-r unit and the olde ‘vaporware’ protoype unit with the mere 1 octave prototype job. To your right the planned three octave controller- now with now stylus, earthing yourself to ground or anything like that-0 it’s now ‘touch capacitative’ and pure analogue!
Playing the Orphion iPad app through a Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator and MF-104Z Analog Delay. Moogerfooger parameters are controlled with the Moog Voyager Touch Surface CV outputs. Learn more at www.experimentalsynth.com
The final release candidate version of the TouchContinuum!
I’m playing my Nord Modular G2X synth over MIDI.
The two solos were improvised over self made jamtracks.
Thanks to the new rounding algorithm, the intonation isn’t that bad this time
HOW TO GET IT
There is NO DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE so far, but I’m working on it! The source code will be released on github.com under the GPLv3 licence.
For more Informations about the multitouch table hardware I refer to my other videos.
There have been lots of requests for showing the misa kitara connected to an external software synthesizer via MIDI:
“So in this video I have connected the kitara to my PC running my favourite open source synthesizer – zynaddsubfx (I recommend checking it out, it has some really interesting features). Also in this video, I show you how to sustain notes – you just drag upwards and any strings you have pressed down will not stop playing when you release them. Pressing another button on the string will set the sustained note to the newly designated one.
Also you can see “tap mode” in this video, where the screen is red. in this mode you can press the buttons on the neck and hear a sound, without pressing the touchpanel. it’s good for two handed tapping technique (although you can see how important using the touch panel is to re-attack the notes you are playing).
ps. use headphones if you want to hear the bass!! ”
This Sunday has been fun. I have thought about this idea a lot. I’ve played with various ideas on this for a few years. Last week- I got the parts in for the last thoughts I had on it- the great news is – it works! This is a purely analogue design and it opens the door for new touch controlled stuff! I’m using this 5 note test device to play my Mk1 Syetem- Barabus! I fully intend to have a fully functioning synth out of this guy- micromaccers watch out!
Midi Touch for iPhone – an Phone version of the popular iPad app Midi Touch – is now available. The app is designed to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a powerful wireless MIDI controller.
MIDI Touch for iPhone lets you create your own custom controllers by placing knobs, sliders and other controls onto the screen wherever you want, and then send MIDI over Wi-Fi with latency as low as 2-5ms.
- Design & save your own MIDI controllers by dragging and dropping sliders, buttons and more where you want them to create personalised control surfaces
- Excellent responsiveness & performance – measured latency over WiFi: 2-5ms.
- Support for CC, Note, Program Change, SYSEX, NRPN & RPN messages (SYSEX not supported by DSMIDIWiFi)
- Support for multiple messages per control
- Midi Feedback – keeps the controls synced to your incoming messages (SYSEX, NRPN messages not supported for feedback yet)
- Many different control types – Vertical sliders, horizontal sliders, knobs, buttons (momentary or latched), drum-pads, X-Y-Z controllers, transport controls and preset-jump buttons
- Easily change the settings of each control – CC number, note number, minimum & maximum range, channel, invert, size, label & more
- All new tab control – easily organise your controls
- Choose from 14 different theme colors
- Import/export & share controller setups via Email, Safari, Dropbox etc
- Multi touch – control multiple knobs/sliders etc at once
- Full screen mode to reduce distractions and maximize usable space
- Controls snap to each other to help create aligned layouts
- Invert values mode – perfect for drawbar organs
- Editor controls – copy, cut, paste, duplicate (between presets also)
- Multiple control selection – select multiple controls to move/cut/duplicate/edit
- Nudge controls to make pixel perfect controllers
- Intuitive gestures – great for fine tuning controls
- New SYSEX message editor allows entering custom SYSEX strings with the value of the control embedded into the message
- Robust RPN/NRPN support – simply select the MSB & LSB and the app does the rest
- Turn inputs/outputs on or off selectively
- Advanced control options to change how controls respond to incoming messages
Pricing and Availability
MIDI Touch for iPhone is available now for $$12.99.
A four minute documentary displaying the concept behind the invention of the reactable: an electronic instrument based on a touch-screen table-top interface
The Reactable is a revolutionary new electronic musical instrument designed to create and perform the music of today and tomorrow. It combines state of the art technologies with a simple and intuitive design, which enables musicians to experiment with sound, change its structure, control its parameters and be creative in a direct and refreshing way, unlike anything you have ever known before.
The Reactable uses a so called tangible interface, where the musician controls the system by manipulating tangible objects. The instrument is based on a translucent and luminous round table, and by putting these pucks on the Reactable surface, by turning them and connecting them to each other, performers can combine different elements like synthesizers, effects, sample loops or control elements in order to create a unique and flexible composition.
TouchOSC, the popular IOS OSC control application, has been ported to Android.
TouchOSC for Android is available now on the Android Market as donationware.
While it’s free, its features don’t match the iOS version. Current limitations are:
- No importing of custom layouts
- No ZeroConf/Bonjour publishing/browsing
- No multi-touch support
- No support for resolutions higher than 320×480
- Some other minor features missing
Here’s what the developer has to say about TouchOSC For Android:
This version basically represents the feature set that TouchOSC version 1.0 for the iPhone supported when it was first released. Minus the bugs of course. There’s a couple of reasons that led to the decision to release the application in this form. First of all, I didn’t want to make all of you wait any longer. Constructing a full port would have probably taken me another 12 months of trying to play catch-up with the original which is constantly improving. Secondly there seems to be an endless stream of new Android devices coming out every other moment, so testing the more advanced features on every possible configuration is basically impossible. Keeping it lean and simple will probably help in making it work for most of the available gadgets right now.
All that said, I also decided to make the application available for free. There don’t seem to be a lot of (successful) paid applications available on the Android Market right now and from my research the general user-base is also not exactly used to actually pay for apps. The ad-supported model that a lot of developers go with is also something that I wouldn’t even consider at my most delirious. Call me crazy.
via Palm Sounds