C-Thru Music Shutting Down, Offering Unique Harmonic Table Controllers At Up To 50% Off

c-thru-music-axis-harmonic-controllerC-Thru Music, creator of a line of innovative MIDI controllers based on a hexagonal grid and harmonic principals, has announced that it is shutting down its store at the end of January 2015.

The velocity-sensitive MIDI controllers use a unique key arrangement that means that chords and scales have the same fingering in all keys. For some musicians, this makes it easier to explore new chord progressions and performance, because every chord has a corresponding consistent geometric shape.  Continue reading

Ondes Update Adds ‘Swarm’ Oscillators, MIDI Out

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Olympia Noise Company has released a major update to Ondes, its Ondes Martenot inspired musical instrument app for iPad.

The update adds swarm oscillators to its synth engine, new modulation parameters, microtonal tuning and and a new MIDI mode.

Here’s a video demo of Ondes being used as a duophonic continuous controller for a modular synthesizer: Continue reading

What’s The Point Of Imitating Traditional Hardware? Conductr’s Oriol Rosell On Live Controller Design

oriol-rosell-conductrPatchworks today released Conductr 1.3, the latest version of their iPad Ableton Live controller app.

With the new version, Patchworks is trying to develop Conductr into tool not just for Live performance, but also music production.

In this interview, we talk with Patchworks co-founder Oriol Rosell, right, about what’s new in the latest version of Conductr, their vision for the role of MIDI control apps and more: Continue reading

Conductr Controller For Ableton Live Gets New Production Features

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Developer Patchworks has released a major update to Conductr, their Ableton Live controller app. The update adds a ‘smart’ MIDI keyboard controller and more.

Conductr was previously focused on live performance control of Live. With this update, Conductr is introducing more production-orient features, with the addition of the Claydr keyboard module. Continue reading

Skoogmusic Intros Skoog-Controlled Mogo Synth

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Scottish based SkoogMusic has introduced Mogo – a new software synth that’s tailored to being played with the company’s Skoog accessible wireless MIDI controller.

Mogo is Skoogmusic’s latest software-synth creation, designed to give musicians the opportunity to explore sound using the tactile sensing capabilities of Skoog 2.0. It has fully assignable filters, envelopes, stereo multi-effects, a multi-stage arpeggiator, a built-in loop station; and can be used to manipulate any audio input for on-the-fly filtering and effects processing.

Here’s a video preview: Continue reading

iThereal For Mac OS X

itherealZero Crossing has introduced iThereal for Mac OS X – a multi-touch trackpad controlled virtual Theremin.

You can play iThereal using any Mac compatible multi-touch trackpad, including the Apple MagicPad.

“This is an instrument in the true sense of the word and like any musical discipline it takes some practice to master its subtleties,” says Keith Connelly, hardware designer at Zero Crossing.

Here’s a video demo of iThereal in action: Continue reading

Moldover + Livid Instruments’ Guitar Wing = ‘Not Your Mirror’

Livid Instruments has released a new video demonstrating their Guitar Wing controller:

“Controllerism Godfather Molder performing “Not Your Mirror” using Livid Instruments’ Guitar Wing. Moldover is using the Guitar Wing to control Native Instruments Guitar Rig and Ableton Live for real-time guitar effects, vocal effects, and tracking.”

The Guitar Wing is an expressive MIDI control surface designed for guitar and bass players. The device attaches to an electric guitar or bass and communicates wirelessly to the user’s computer or USB-MIDI host.

More information about the Guitar Wing is at the Livid Instruments website.