New Keystation Keyboards From M-Audio

M-Audio_Keystation88At Musikmesse 2014: M-Audio is introducing four new models in their Keystation keyboard series. The new Keystation keyboards, designed as simple solutions for sequencing music and playing virutal instruments, feature new functionality, a virtual piano instrument, music production software and new colors.

M-Audio_Keystation49Velocity-sensitive keyboard controller. The Keystation Mini 32 features synth-action mini-keys, octave shift, and sustain and modulation buttons. The Keystation 49 (pictured, right), 61 and 88 offer an extended physical octave range and full-size keys, for use both with a DAW in the studio or in a live performance setting. New for the Keystation 49, 61 and 88 are transport and directional controls, for simple DAW operation without a mouse or track pad. A 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain input jack is included on each.

Virtual piano instrument. Also included with the larger Keystation 49, 61 and 88 models is the Eighty-Eight Ensemble from SONiVOX. This virtual instrument is an authentic capture of a 9-foot CD327 Steinway. Ableton Live Lite music creation software is also included.
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Akai Announces Three New APC Controllers

Akai_Pro_APC40_MKIIAt Musikmesse 2014: Today, Akai Professional announced three new additions to its APC line of Ableton Live controllers: the re-imagined APC40 mkII, along with two compact controllers, APC Key 25, and the APC mini.

APC40 mkII: The APC40 mkII (pictured, above right) features a 5×8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B cross-fader, 8 rotary knobs, 8 channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses.

Included with the APC40 mkII is a suite of software, samples, and loops for out-of-the-box electronic music production: Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology, and SONiVOX Twist.

Akai_Pro_APC_miniAPC mini: APC mini (right) is the most portable all-in-one Ableton controller from Akai Pro, engineered for the mobile musician or producer. APC mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII into a compact design. It boasts an expanded 8×8 multicolor clip-launching grid, 8 channel faders, and a diminutive but tough chassis for hands-on control over Ableton Live with a small footprint. The APC mini is also USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.

APC Key 25: Akai’s APC Key 25 is the first controller designed for Ableton Live that is equipped with a “high-performance” keyboard, combining a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface. The APC Key 25 controller (right) includes 25 synth-action mini keys, a 5×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-color visual feedback, 8 control knobs, USB power, and plug-and-play connectivity. The APC Key 25 comes mapped to Ableton, but can also be used as an all-purpose MIDI controller.

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Novation Launchpad S Control Pack For Live Performance

This morning, Novation announced their new Launchpad S Control Pack, a kit containing all the gear a musician would need in order to create and perform electronic music with Ableton Live.

The Launchpad S Control Pack is made up of the Novation Launchpad S and Launch Control, two custom-made protective sleeves for the hardware, Ableton Live Lite 9, and a large 1 GB pack of Loopmasters samples. Continue reading

Music of the Forest (Literally): Wooden Tree-Ring LPs

In case you missed it: Live Science recently had a story about artist Bartholomäus Traubeck, who has created a “record player” of sorts that plays slices of tree trunks. That’s right: tree ring LPs.

Instead of a phonograph needle reading grooves on an album, Traubeck’s artpice “Years” is an audio recording of tree rings being read by a computer, using a PlayStation Eye Camera, and turned into music via Ableton Live. Each track is named for, and created from, wood from a different type of Austrian tree (spruce, ash, oak, alder, etc).

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Max For Live Oblique Strategies Puts A Little Eno Into Ableton Live

max-for-live-oblique-strategiesOblique is a Max For Live device that puts a little Eno into Ableton Live.

Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is originally a deck of printed cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers an aphorism intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking. Continue reading

Liquid Notes For Live Lets You Reconstruct Your Music On The Fly

Re-Compose has introduced Liquid Notes for Live – a MIDI effect that plugs directly into Ableton Live (using Max for Live) and lets you reconstruct your music on the fly:

Edit your clips by making adjustments to the vertical sliders (chord function) and rotary knobs (chords, tension) while playing your song in Live. The changes become audible immediately,

it’s like playing live and having an expert composer next to you doing all the magic on the harmonic level for you.

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