POJ Studios has announced Livepad – an MIDI controller app for iPad, inspired by the Novation LaunchPad.
Livepad is designed to let you control Ableton Live and other DJ programs with MIDI over WiFi or USB.
- Control Ableton Live with your iPad!
- MIDI over WiFi
- MIDI over USB with iPad camera kit and most iPad midi accessories (accessories not included)
- AirPlay Support
- Session, User 1, User 2 modes
- Mixer Mode
- Solo Track
- Mute Track
- Send Effects
- Stop Tracks
- Arm Tracks
- Rotating Display
- Highly Responsive
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s another live looping synth jam via Rheyne, Live Jam #77.
Rheyne combines live looping with analog keyboards, USB controllers, iOS devices, and Ableton Live. All loops were recorded live, nothing was pre-recorded.
Tecnical details below: Continue reading
Keith McMillen (right) has been exploring new ideas for electronic music instruments for nearly 35 years, starting in 1979 with his company Zeta Music and more recently with Keith McMillen Instruments. His most recent creations are the QuNeo and QuNexus controllers, both developed using a ‘crowdfunding’ approach.
Synthtopia’s Elisabeth Lewin talked with McMillen about new instrument design, new music and how they intersect.
Synthtopia: Over the last 35 years, you’ve designed new electronic stringed instruments, MIDI mixers, created high-tech violin bows, MIDI foot pedals, a pad controller and now the QuNexus keyboard controller. Why focus on new instruments?
Keith McMillen: Being able to transition from amplified acoustic instruments into a new era of music where the computer is an interactive participant in a performance is significant.
Pretty much everything is organized around the theme of being able to play live computer music in an ensemble. It’s a complicated request that requires many components. And I’ve been chipping away at it for 30+ years. The vision gets clearer as I get closer to the goal.
Synthtopia: It seems, with Moore’s law, that what is possible grows exponentially each passing year. Does your vision of an electronic music ensemble broaden or narrow as the technology gets better? Continue reading
Reader Max Milligan let us know about a new USB MIDI Breath Controller from TEControl
The MIDI Breath Controller has the same function as a combination of the Yamaha BC3A and the ‘MIDI solution’ converter box, but with a USB interface.
The MIDI Breath Controller uses a novel signal processing algorithm to transform the breath pressure signal to MIDI cc messages that let you add realistic expression to your performance. This is useful for live performance with synthesizers and DAWs, giving you control of volume, expression and other parameters of soft synths and sample libraries
It is fully configurable with min/max input and output ranges as well as sensitivity curve.
Here is a user demo, by Torley: Continue reading
Remember Patrick Flanagan & Jazari – his band of electroacoustic music robots?
This video takes a look at his DIY MIDI controller, the Meganome.
“I like the feel of arcade buttons and look of exotic hardwoods,” notes Flanagan, “so mass-market products just weren’t right for me.” Continue reading
Kirnu has announced version 1.0 of Cream, a powerful MIDI performer VST/AU plugin for Windows and Mac.
Here’s what they have to say about Cream: Continue reading