CV Toolkit Updated With User-Requested Features

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Spektro Audio’s Ícaro Ferre let us know a major update to CV Toolkit – a set of software modules that you can use to control, modulate and sequence your synthesizers via control voltage (CV).

“The new 2.2 update is quite significant,” says Ferre, “because it adds many user-requested features, such as the ability to save and restore calibration files (which speeds up the workflow quite a lot), save and delete custom scales, adjustable MIDI Pitch Bend range, re-designed Layouts and many others.”

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Alternative Controllers For Electronic Music

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The MIDI Association has published a series of articles by author Mark Vail on alternative MIDI controllers.

The series offers an overview of a wide variety of electronic music controllers, including MIDI controllers and analog controllers for modular synthesis, and offers a look at many unusual and rare instruments.  Continue reading

Free Max For Live Kit Connects Ableton Live to Arduino, Mindstorms, littleBits and More

Today, Ableton announced their new Connection Kit, a free toolkit for music makers who want to use Live with technologies such as Arduino, LeapMotion, littleBits, Lego Mindstorms EV3 and OSC.

Connection Kit developers pose the question:

“Ever thought about using your webcam to control a synthesizer? Imagine creating a soundscape using weather data from the web or stock market fluctuations, or even turning musical elements into physical actions through motors and servos.”

The new connection kit enables users to connect, control and monitor Live using various interfaces and communication protocols.

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Erica Synths Intros Black Hole DSP Eurorack Effects Module

erica-synths-black-hole-dsp-eurorack-moduleErica Synths has introduced the Black Hole DSP – a Euro-format module that offers 16 audio effects.

Each effect has 4 adjustable and CV controllable parameters, along with CV-controlled effect select.

In addition, external effect boards (sold separately), containing new sets of effects, can be added to customize the Erica Black Hole DSP to your way of creating music.’

The Erica Synths Black CV Expander is also available, to allow more precise CV control over parameters.

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New Module Bridges Android & Analog Synthesizers

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Pmfoundations has introduced Midi-Seq-8, a Eurorack Android to analog synth interface; and a companion Android app, MIDI Sequencer.

The Interface is sold as a full kit, consisting of a set of 2 high quality PCBs, front panel, all basic and precision components and a pre-programmed PIC processor.

The developer says that “The Midi-Seq-8 delivers the convenience of a smartphone or tablet-driven sequencer that directly controls your analog monophonic synthesizer from your Android device.” Continue reading

Ann Arbor’s Synth Lending Library Lets You Check Out Synths, Drum Machines, A Theremin & More

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We recently featured the Lawrence, Kansas Public Library, which has a recording studio you can check out and is getting a large-format monster synth.

Another library that is innovating by letting you check out creative tools is the Ann Arbor District Library. The library features the usual books, DVDs & CDs – but they also have a comprehensive Music Tools collection.
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