The AlphaSphere has 48 pressure-sensitive pads in a spherical arrangement. The controller responds to taps, but also to pressure.
On of the more interesting introductions from the 2012 Summer NAMM Show is the Kinektron Digital Synth Cube, a small self-contained synthesizer & sequencer.
Newly-formed company Kinektron is introducing its first piece of synth gear, the K-DSC-1 ?Digital Synth Cube?. Featuring a self-contained general MIDI synthesizer engine and 16-step step sequencer, the device is, according to its developers “a unique entry level music making machine.”
- Self-Contained general MIDI synthesizer engine and 16-step step sequencer
- Similar in programming workflow to classic step sequencer based equipment such as x0x boxes and similar analog or early digital step sequencers
- Gestural controls enabled by built in accelerometer
- Unique, Infrared programmability – program your K-DSK-1 from any web enabled computer or mobile device which supports java and a minimum refresh rate*
- 8 Patterns at a time
- 32 Voice Polyphony
- Pattern Save\Recall
- Several Programmable Parameters for each step
- MIDI sync and other MIDI features will be available via planned expansion module
- No menu items deeper than 2 button presses.
- Easy color-coded interface is intuitive to learn with little study
- Web based pattern sharing and creation with our unique ‘light based’ pattern programming protocol, K-IRP.
- Hidden game will become playable as more modules are collected (and firmware updates are distributed)
- 48 pressure sensitive pads
- Tap to trigger, or apply pressure to manipulate sound
- Responsive LED lighting
- USB connectivity
- Robust and ergonomic shape
The AlphaSphere is available for pre-order for £1000.
Ignite is described as ‘music ideation and creation software’, designed to let you build songs in an organic fashion. Ignite 1.0 is focused specifically on the keyboardist’s workflow.
Beginning in Q3 of 2012, all M-Audio keyboard controllers will ship with Ignite included, and other brands in the inMusic family will include Ignite with select products. This initial product release will be followed by a number of scheduled releases designed to address the complete music creation process.
?MIDIConnect offers musicians a compact and portable solution to create and edit music on the go, at a fraction of the cost of a recording studio,? said Ethan Opelt, Line Manager of Griffin?s Audio category. ?We are excited to be showcasing MIDIConnect… at Summer NAMM in Nashville, our home town.?
MIDIConnect adds a MIDI input and output to iOS devices, and allows the user to plug MIDI keyboards and other MIDI-capable devices into an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. The user can play MIDI instruments straight into MIDI-capable applications like GarageBand. MIDIConnect users can also download MIDI controller apps to make use of the MIDI out port and the iOS devices’ touchscreens as a MIDI controller.
Both MIDI in and out ports are industry-standard 5-pin DIN connectors, compatible with most commonly available MIDI cables and connectors.
MIDIConnect is now available for purchase (MSRP $79.99) at www.GriffinTechnology.com.