CV Toolkit Updated With User-Requested Features

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Spektro Audio’s Ícaro Ferre let us know a major update to CV Toolkit – a set of software modules that you can use to control, modulate and sequence your synthesizers via control voltage (CV).

“The new 2.2 update is quite significant,” says Ferre, “because it adds many user-requested features, such as the ability to save and restore calibration files (which speeds up the workflow quite a lot), save and delete custom scales, adjustable MIDI Pitch Bend range, re-designed Layouts and many others.”

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Free Update Lets MOTU Audio Interfaces Stream Up To 64 Audio Channels Over Ethernet

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MOTU has announced a free firmware update for the 1248, 16A, 8M and other current-generation audio interfaces that lets you stream up to 64 channels of audio, at sample rates up to 192 kHz with low latency, over Ethernet to your Mac.

Firmware update 1.2.5 supports AVB/TSN Ethernet, letting you connect your MOTU interface to the Mac using a standard CAT-5e or CAT-6 Ethernet cable up to 100 meters long and stream up to 64 audio channels to and from audio applications running on the Mac at sample rates up to 192 kHz with low latency. Any recent-generation Mac with a built-in Ethernet port running OS X 10.11 is supported. Continue reading

Alternative Controllers For Electronic Music

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The MIDI Association has published a series of articles by author Mark Vail on alternative MIDI controllers.

The series offers an overview of a wide variety of electronic music controllers, including MIDI controllers and analog controllers for modular synthesis, and offers a look at many unusual and rare instruments.  Continue reading

Shape Synth 4 Updated With Ableton Link, Expanded Synthesis Capabilities

Developer Erik Sigth has released Shape Synth 4, an updated version of his polyphonic synth for the iPad.

Shape is a 16-voice polyphonic synthesizer that lets you draw the shape of the oscillator waveform.

The update adds Ableton Link support, enhanced synthesis capabilities and more.

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Free Max For Live Kit Connects Ableton Live to Arduino, Mindstorms, littleBits and More

Today, Ableton announced their new Connection Kit, a free toolkit for music makers who want to use Live with technologies such as Arduino, LeapMotion, littleBits, Lego Mindstorms EV3 and OSC.

Connection Kit developers pose the question:

“Ever thought about using your webcam to control a synthesizer? Imagine creating a soundscape using weather data from the web or stock market fluctuations, or even turning musical elements into physical actions through motors and servos.”

The new connection kit enables users to connect, control and monitor Live using various interfaces and communication protocols.

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30 Years Later, Could The DT-7 Programmer Finally Make The Yamaha DX7 Easy To Use?

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The Yamaha DX-7 is one of the most successful synthesizers of all time – but it also has a reputation as being one of the most cumbersome synths to program.

DTronics has introduced a new hardware controller, the DTronics DT7, designed to provide hands-on control of the synthesis options of Yamaha DX series synths. Continue reading