KMI Debuts Enhanced Note Mode for QuNeo

Keith McMillen Instruments announced today its Enhanced Note Mode for their QuNeo 3D Multi-touch Pad Controller.

The Enhanced Note Mode maps QuNeo’s pads to the notes of nine types of musical scales, while setting the tonic to any of 12 notes. The scales included in Enhanced Note Mode are Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian, as well as Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic.

(If you missed the discussion of different kinds of scales in Intro to Music Theory, you can find an explanation at this link. If you missed our earlier articles about the QuNeo, you can find those at this link.)

Enhanced Note Mode for QuNeo features a built-in harmonizer, pitch-adding capability, timed harmonic offset, independent vibrato and pitch-bending, octave-jumping, and colored LED light feedback. More detailed explanations below the fold: Continue reading

Nick Francis vs The Who – ‘Re: Generation’

Sunday Synth JamNick Francis stakes out new territory for controllerism, with his live remix/mashup of My Generation, by The Who.

Francis performs with his DIY MIDI controller, The Choppertone, mixing in iconic sounds of the 60s, including Allen Ginsberg, Mose Allison, Sonny Rollins and others.

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Novation Debuts ‘Brighter, Faster, Universal’ Launchpad S, Now Compatible With The iPad

Novation-Launchpad-SToday Novation announced its new Launchpad S, an update to its popular grid controller for Ableton Live.

Simon Halstead, Novation’s Marcom Manager tells us, “The Launchpad S has “vastly brighter” LEDs, a significantly faster refresh rate and is now class compliant – meaning it will now work with other software (e.g FL Studio 11) and critically, with the iPad – so it integrates with our new Novation Launchpad app for iPad. It’s also powered by the iPad.”

Launchpad S Key Features:

  • 64-button music software controller: Launch loops/clips, trigger drums and samples, and control effects and volumes.
  • Brighter, faster and works with more software.
  • Comes with Ableton Live Launchpad Edition.
  • Plug and play with FL Studio and other software: Now including custom software control overlays.
  • Now supports iPad: Launchpad S connects to iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit – drivers no longer required.

Here are some video demos of the Novation Launchpad S in action: Continue reading

New Akai Max25 MIDI Controller Offers CV/Gate, Aftertouch & A Built-In Step Sequencer


At the 2013 NAMM Show, Akai Pro introduced the MAX25 – a new MIDI controller that offers CV/Gate output, semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, a built-in step sequencer, expanded arpeggiator, and LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes. Continue reading