Yamaha premiered its revamped DTX-502 electronic drums at Musikmesse, in Frankfurt, Germany. Based on the DTX-PAD, the kits feature including newly designed tom pads, a lighter-weight steel rack and a new drum trigger module.
With almost twice the wave ROM and more than 250 additional sounds than the previous model, the new DTX502 drum trigger module is the first to incorporate drum and cymbal samples that have been optimized for DTX by Yamaha’s sound engineers. The system lets users import audio samples and MIDI files for further expandability. Continue reading →
In this video review, Nick Batt takes a look a the Nord Drum – a new virtual analog drum synth that was introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show:
“The Nord Drum is certainly a usable little unit, with the range of sounds on board even with the limited number of Tone waves, it will find a home in many a drummers arsenal as a way to enhance an acoustic setup or perhaps as a drum aspect to an electronic music setup. Its a shame that it was not possible to extend the wave palette more and give it a stereo output.”
See Nick’s full review of the Nord Drum analog drum synth at the Sonic State site.
Developer Nikolozi Meladze has updated Easy MIDI – an app that turns your Mac keyboard, trackpad and mouse into a MIDI keyboard controller.
Easy MIDI (App Store link) sends MIDI notes and control messages to any soft synth or DAW, including as GarageBand, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Cubase and Digital Performer. It also lets you control iPad apps that support CoreMIDI or hardware synth via MIDI interface.
Here’s what’s new in version 1.2:
Added MPC style drum pads layout
Use left/right arrow keys to change keyboard starting note.
Caps Lock key toggles Easy MIDI Window.
App Preferences added.
You can choose app type: Dock or Status Menu (useful for fullscreen DAWs).
App appearance options added.
Switch between Keyboard/Drum Pads with cmd-1 and cmd-2 shortcuts
Easy MIDI is $29.99 in the App Store. See Meladze’s site for more information.
Akai Pro has released this intro video for the MPC Fly music production center case fo the iPad 2:
MPC Fly merges unmatched Akai Professional technology with the power of your iPad 2, embodying legendary capabilities that have made the MPC an industry standard like real MPC pads, MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing.
Its multifunctional, double-hinged design gives you the flexibility to produce tracks anywhere, while also acting as a protective case between sessions and giving you total access to your iPad 2 for normal uses.
MPC Fly transforms your iPad 2 into a professional beat-making powerhouse.
We’ll have full specs once Akai has officially released them at the 2012 NAMM Show.
Thinking about getting a MIDI drum pad controller?
DJ Tech Tools has a great smackdown between the Korg PadKontrol, the M-Audio Trigger Finger and the Akai MPD 24
They compared the MIDI drum pad controller 8 ways:
what’s in the box
ease of MIDI configuration
The bottom line:
“The Akai MPD24 kicked ass in every round that mattered in this smack down (6 our of 8). OK, it’s a bit more pricey than the Trigger Finger and it doesn’t have as much software as either of the other two but it’s built like a tank and really has a pro feel to it.”