Designer Keith Baxter has introduced a new 3D MIDI controller, the Kyub.
The Kyub is a maker-friendly, open-source DIY MIDI controller. Capacitive sensing gives the Kyub extremely sensitive action and an internal accelerometer allows the volume of each note to be precisely controlled, for versatile musical expression.
The internal circuitry monitors each of the keypads to immediately detect even the lightest finger touch reflected in a capacitive disturbance. Acceleration of the Kyub housing associated with a finger touch is converted to a note loudness which, together with a pitch determined by the keypad, is transmitted over a USB cable in standard MIDI format. The Kyub has low latency (on the order of 3 ms) providing a highly responsive musical experience.
You can attach multiple Kyubs to a computer synthesizer or digital audio workstation for solo play, jamming with friends, or composition. Continue reading →
Z Vector is a new visualization tool that lets you use depth sensors, like the Microsoft Kinect and PrimeSense Carmine, “to sample reality in real-time, visualize it the way you like and explore it in 3D with Full HD resolution.”
Designed to be a live performance tool, rather than a programming environment, Z Vector can animate nearly every variable within the software, using integrated sound analysis algorithms, synthetic rhythms or via externally triggered MIDI/OSC signals. Continue reading →
The soundtrack for Everardo Valerio Gout’s Spanish-language thriller Days Of Grace looks interesting – with contributions from Nick Cave, Atticus Ross (The Social Network) and Shigeru Umebayashi (House of Flying Daggers).
The CD isn’t due out until May 8th, but an unusual track from the soundtrack has already leaked out.
The track, a cover of George Gershwin’s Summertime, pairs Scarlett Johansson with 3D (Robert Del Naja) of Massive Attack.
Johansson’s vocal career hasn’t gotten a lot of traction yet and her albums have even been dismissed by some as vanity projects. But this collaboration actually works pretty well, taking both Johansson and Gershwin into new territory.
Check out Scarlett Johansson + 3D’s Summertime and let us know what you think:
DJ TechTools has introduced the MIDI Fighter 3D, a new arcade style MIDI controller that they describe as ‘the most expressive compact controller on the market’.
How do make a bank of 16 buttons into an expressive controller?
In addition to the bank of 16 arcade style buttons, the MIDI Fighter 3D controller offers full three dimensional tracking of the controller’s movement in space. While this would add some interesting options, by itself, the 3D tracking can be used in combination with the 16 buttons, multiplying your options.