Paracosm has released Polymer – a ‘Polyphonic Voice Distributor’ for OS X that lets you use a group of monosynths as a polyphonic synthesizer.
Polymer lets you play your monophonic synths together polyphonically, as if they’re one giant mutant polysynth. You can also alternate notes between different synths in monophonic sequences, layer pads and leads to create songs without leaving the keyboard, or experiment with the outer limits of modular paraphony.
Because it works via MIDI, Polymer is compatible with almost any modern electronic instrument — modulars, samplers, polysynths, even virtual instruments through the OS X IAC Bus. Continue reading
The latest episode of Sonic State’s Sonic Lab is a review of the M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro, an MPC-style MIDI controller.
Host Nick Batt takes a look at the new MPC-style MIDI controller, introduced at this year’s NAMM Show. Continue reading
ElecFreaks has put together a DIY tutorial on how to build a laser piano.
Their laser piano is pretty MacGyver’d – housed in a cardboard box. But you could use their same approach to build the instrument in a sturdier case or even to make a laser harp.
Here’s a demo of the DIY laser piano in action: Continue reading
Patchworks has released a new version of Conductr, its Ableton Live control app for the iPad. Conductr 1.1 is now a free download, with additional features that can be unlocked via in-app purchases.
Here’s what the developers have to say about Conductr: Continue reading
Ever wish your touchscreen music apps had real knobs?
Tuna DJ Gear hopes so. They’re working on Tuna Knobs – tangible knobs that attach with suction cups to multitouch tablet screens. Continue reading
Klevgränd Produktion AB has introduced SyncMix – a tool that bridges three generations of sync:
- MIDI is handled through the connector port, together with Apple Camera Connection Kit or Lightning Pin, depending on your Apple device.
- CV sync goes through a mini stereo audio cord connected to the headphones output.
- Wireless sync runs through any music application using WIST running on another device.
Here are the details: Continue reading
Instrument designer Roger Linn today released a couple of videos that demo the LinnStrument – a new multitouch musical instrument. Both demos highlight the instruments ability to let you independently articulate each individual note.
The first video, above, demos the LinnStrument being used with a pedal steel guitar sound. The second, below, explores more of a blues harmonica sound. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via tehn, captures a jam with an application called monome sum – a collection of grid instruments including flin, step, gome, corners, mlr and beams.