The HC-TT Human Controlled Tape Transport Is Like The Love Child Of Turntablism + Musique Concrète

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Developer Eric Pitra let us know about an interesting new instrument that he’s created for real-time performance with cassette tape.

The HC-TT Human Controlled Tape Transport is a compact cassette manipulation device that lets you play a cassette tape with your hand, similar to how you scratch a vinyl record.

Sound is only produced while your hand is turning the single black knob. By turning this knob you are rotating the cassette spindle moving the tape across the internal tape head.

It’s ike the love child of turntablism and musique concrète, letting you ‘scratch’ cassette audio recordings and more.  Continue reading

The Snyderphonics Birl Electronic Wind Instrument (Sneak Preview)

Jeff Snyder of Snyderphonics, developer of the Manta controller, shared this video preview of the upcoming Birl electronic wind instrument.

In the video, Pedro Eustache tries out the Snyderphonics Birl electronic wind instrument prototype.

The first part of the video shows him testing out more discrete playing and the ending shows him trying out fingered pitch bends, one of the advantages of the Birl’s “open-holed” design.  Continue reading

EMS Founder Peter Zinovieff On The New Expressive E Touché Controller

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2016 NAMM Show: French startup Expressive E will be introducing Touché, described as an ‘innovative controller with unmatched sensitivity’, at the Winter NAMM Show.

Today, they shared this teaser video for the Touché, which features EMS founder Peter Zinovieff sharing his impressions of the new controller and sharing his thoughts on why new types of electronic instruments are needed: Continue reading

Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As A Musical Instrument

mogees-vibration-sensorUK-based Mogees shared a new preview video for their Mogees Vibration Sensor kit, which lets you use just about anything as a musical instrument.

Mogees works by combining a vibration sensor with music software that translates the vibrations of objects into expressive synthesized sound.

It also can be used to generate MIDI, letting you turn just about anything into a MIDI controller.

Here’s the official video demo: Continue reading

The Best New MIDI Instruments & Controllers Of 2015

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Best of 2015: This year has seen the introduction of a huge number and a huge variety of MIDI controllers & instruments.

We asked readers to choose the best new MIDI instruments and controllers of 2015, and you chose the Seaboard RISE – a multidimensional polyphonic controller that lets you change the sound of each note in three dimensions, with left/right, up/down, and in/out movements of your finger.

Ableton’s Push 2 took the second place slot, with another multidimensional controller, the Roger Linn LinnStrument, following in third place.

Check out the picks below, and let us know what you think of the state of MIDI controllers in 2015! Continue reading