Developer Tyler Freeman has introduced DrumPants – an inexpensive wearable MIDI controller that you can put in your pants.
We featured a lot of creative MIDI controllers on Synthtopia recently, but DrumPants spank the competition in the ‘wear it in your pants’ department.
DrumPants have the advantage of being both inexpensive (pricing starts at $89) and being wearable (in your pants). DrumPants comes with 100+ built-in sounds, including drums, percussion, synthesizers, guitars and pianos. And it can also be used to send MIDI or OSC, turning your body into a mobile MIDI controller.
While DrumPants were designed to be an ‘industrial quality wearable musical instrument’, fun is also a top priority.
“It’s a wearable music kit, so you can make sounds – in your pants!” notes Freeman.
And, if you’re worried about unsightly MIDI bulge, DrumPants don’t even have to be worn in your pants. They’re flexible and can can attach to your body or clothes in a variety of ways:
DrumPants are being developed as a Kickstarter project. Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading
Developers Bartosz Kowalski & Joseph Chehade have introduced umidi – a new MIDI controller that’s completely customizable.
Using a web-based interface, you can change the types of knobs, lights, switches and sliders on the controller, customize the colors and add designs. The components are high-end, and the case is CNC’d from a solid block of aluminum, which is then bead blasted and anodized. You can even customize the shapes and colors of the lighting around your controls.
“Our goal is not to compete with mass produced products,” developer Joseph Chehade told Synthtopia. “We designed the umidi with no compromises on quality, structure of materials and components. That’s why each controller is made from a single block of aluminum, less than 1 inch thick and uses only the best components.”
“Each controller is unique, and hand built/tested by us,” adds Chehade. Continue reading
This set of videos takes a look at using the new Ableton Push MIDI controller with hardware synths.
In the videos, Ableton Product Specialist Jesse Abayomi demonstrates calling up presets, polyphony, after-touch and a some other functions that Push can perform with a variety of synths. Continue reading
IK Multimedia has introduced two new iRig Keys controllers for mobile musicians: iRig Keys Pro and iRig Keys with Lightning Connector.
Both devices are compact MIDI keyboard controllers with 37 velocity-sensitive keys.
iRig Keys Pro, above, is a true ‘plug and play’ programmable MIDI controller, designed specifically for making music on the go with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. iRig Keys Pro is 30% smaller than other full-size key MIDI controllers, but still offers mod and pitch wheels, illuminated octave and program buttons, 4 programmable ‘sets’ for storing complete setups, and a programmable continuous-controller volume knob, Continue reading
Gestural motion control for musicians has gone from being ‘Minority Report’ fantasy to being an inexpensive reality in the last year.
The combination of the Leap Motion (about $80) and Geert Bevin’s Geco MIDI (about $10) creates a powerful gestural control system. But does gestural control, which looks cool in sci fi, deliver as a practical tool? Continue reading
This video offers an overview of the Naonext Crystall Ball music controller.
Details on the Crystall Ball are available at the Naonext site.