Author David Battino shared this video, The Power Of MIDI, that explores how he’s used the power put out by MIDI controllers to run his DIY ‘monster synths’ and MIDI signal detectors:
At the 2016 NAMM Show, Tribal Tools introduced the Kadabra, a unique new wireless musical instrument. The instrument is made of hardwood and combines electronics, software algorithms and ergonomic design. There are 24 capacitive copper pipe keys carved into the lower part of the body, flanked by multicolored LED lighting. The upper section is home to 12… Read More Tribal Tools Kadabra Wireless Musical Instrument (Sneak Preview)
Berlin-based reader Daniel Mueller let us know about his LEGO Eurorack modular synth cases designs. “I am building cases for my music gear for a while now and just finished my second Lego Technic Eurorac Case,” says Mueller. “It is very stable and lightweight…and because of the fact that is build of Lego it is modular…that… Read More LEGO Eurorack Synthesizer Cases
2016 NAMM Show: At the Winter NAMM Show, Elektron was showing the latest version of Overbridge. And featuring Elektron Octapong, above – a version of Pong for the Octatrack.
This set of videos takes a look at LA composer & instrument builder Chas Smith, who translated his experience with construction welding construction into making unique instruments. It’s a little off topic, but will be of interest to anyone fascinated by unique instruments and sound design. Along the way, Smith shares his story of getting burned out on his construction… Read More The Amazing Instruments Of Chas Smith
Softmachines let us know that their Synth Nazis Must Die shirts are back, after 3 years of unavailability. The shirt is inspired by the Troma Entertainment film, Surf Nazis Must Die. The film tells the story of a mother’s quest, in a post-apocalyptic future, to hunt down and kill the neo-Nazi surf punks that killed her son.… Read More ‘Synth Nazis Must Die’ Shirts Return
UK-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… Read More Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As A Musical Instrument
Writer/producer Francis Prève has shared a free Ableton Live soundscape set – created entirely using FM synthesis with Operator. Prève’s goal was to create a realistic Halloween-inspired soundscape as accurately as possible using synthesis – in this case, Ableton’s Operator soft synth – so that the result is a virtual environment that sounds real, but was created entirely… Read More Free Ableton Live Halloween Download From Francis Preve