Stray Technologies has announced pre-orders for the final run of its Bliptronome conversion kit for the Bliptronic 5000.
The ThinkGeek Bliptronome 5000 is a fun 8×8 matrix synthesizer. The Bliptronome kit includes everything you need to convert a Bliptronic 5000 to a fully working Arduinome style open-source Monome clone controller.
Free Music Software: WOK has introduced Blip1000, a free matrix step sequencer instrument for Windows.
Blip1000 is inspired by matrix synths for the iPad and hardware like the Bliptronic 5000, which were derived from software like ToneMatrix, which was inspired by devices like the monome and the Tenori On….
Here’s what the developer has to say about Blip1000:
Got a windows touchscreen computer and miss these cool apps like on the iPad?
Now you can generate MIDI sequences with a touch of your finger. Also great for controllers like Novations launchpad (together with Automap).
Blip1000 is a MIDI sequencer VST plugin. It plays mono- or polyphonic sequences depending on the selected notes and the enabled trigger buttons. Host sync with different speeds, swing, several play direction modes and MIDI controller learn – try it for free and start making music now!
VJFranzK uses WidiSoft’s WIDI Audio to MIDI plugin, a realtime Audio to MIDI conversion plugin, to convert the audio output of the Bliptronic 5000 to MIDI that can be used in Ableton Live.
It’s a bit convoluted, but it doesn’t require modification of the Bliptronic 5000, and a free demo of WikiSoft is available, so you can try it out and see if latency for this is acceptable on your system.
If you give it a try, leave a comment with your thoughts on using the Bliptronic 5000 like this.
If you’ve been interested by the Bliptronic 5000 or the Tenori On but haven’t dived into matrix synthesizers or matrix sequencers yet, you may want to check out Wok’s Blip2000 – a free (donationware) matrix sequencer plug-in for Windows.
Here’s how it works:
Every column corresponds to one step, each line represents a note. Just click the buttons to enable the notes to be played. The orange line runs thru while playing. Select the number of steps to play (2-16), the speed in relation to the host clock, the direction (forward, backward, random etc.). Blip2000 outputs MIDI notes, so you can use your favourite synth (-plugin) as the sound source. MIDI channel, note length and velocity can be set.
With the fields on the left side you can adjust any scale to be played – or use Blip2000 as a drum sequencer!