McDonalds Intros DJ Controller Placemats, Because – Wait For It – You Deserve A Break Today

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The Netherlands are known for a lot of things: tulips, windmills, canals, Old Masters, space cakes and, of course, wooden shoes.

Now, McDonalds in The Netherlands is adding something new to the list – DJ placemats:

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The McTrax, above, looks like a regular placemat, but it’s also a DJ controller, printed with conductive ink.

You can connect to the placemat wirelessly, via Bluetooth, with your smartphone. And boom – before you can say “I got frites sauce on my MIDI controller!”, you’re using your placemat to make music.

Here’s a demo of the McTrax in action: Continue reading

Reactable Mobile iOS Update Integrates Ableton Link

reactable_mobile_screenshotReactable has released a new version of their mobile iOS music app which integrates Ableton Link, a new technology that allows users to connect and synchronize between multiple Link-enabled apps over a wireless network.

Based on their Reactable Live! software, Reactable Mobile is a synthesiser that enables the user to play and process their own sound samples and audio input. Sessions can be loaded and stored, and shared

Reactable Mobile v2.4 also gives users the capability to add new objects to all of his/her tables. This affords the user greater power to create more complex and extensive tables.
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New Virtual Analog For Android, iOS, Mac & Windows, DRC

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Imaginando has released a multi-platform virtual analog synthesizer for Android, iOS, Mac & Windows, DRC.

In addition to multi-platform support, DRC offers cloud-based patch syncing. With this feature, you can start the creative process on one device and continue on another, seamlessly. Continue reading

The Best New Mobile Music Apps Of 2015

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Best of 2015
: We asked and you voted on the Best New Mobile Music Apps of 2015.

Synthtopia readers picked Olympia Noise Co’s Patterning Drum Machine as the best new mobile music app of 2015. Patterning could be the poster child using mobile devices for music, pairing polyrhythmic + polymetric power with a great UI and an surprisingly modest price tag (US $7.99).

The granular synth app Borderlands 2.0 took the second spot in our reader’s poll, followed by Ableton Link – which is not a conventional app, per se, but a new technology that makes it easier to jam with multiple mobile and desktop devices.

Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of the best new mobile music making apps of 2015!   Continue reading

Csound Now Available On Android

csound-androidCsound – an open source user-programmable software sound synthesizer  is now available on Android.

Csound contains a full complement of digital oscillators, samplers, filters, envelope generators, random number generators, physical models, sound granulators, phase vocoders, and other unit generators.

Users write instrument definitions in Csound’s orchestra language to render notes written in Csound’s score language, played on a MIDI controller, or generated within the orchestra or by some other programming language. Continue reading

RemoFinger Wireless Foot Controller Unboxing & Demo

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At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, one of the more unique introductions was the WiFo RemoFinger – a wireless controller that lets you use your foot as a ‘remote finger’ to control your touchscreen devices.

In this video, Secret Base Design takes a look at the RemoFinger: Continue reading

What’s The Best New Mobile Music App Of 2015?

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While 2015 has been a great year for new hardware synthesizers, its also been a big year for new mobile music software.

In fact, it’s starting to look like many developers are taking a ‘mobile first’ approach to developing music apps.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most important mobile music software introductions of 2015. We’ve focused primarily on apps for the Android & iOS platforms, because the combination of relatively inexpensive hardware and cheap software has made them the most popular mobile device platforms for music making.

What’s the best mobile music app of 2015? Here’s your chance to weigh in! Continue reading