Alternative Controllers For Electronic Music

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The MIDI Association has published a series of articles by author Mark Vail on alternative MIDI controllers.

The series offers an overview of a wide variety of electronic music controllers, including MIDI controllers and analog controllers for modular synthesis, and offers a look at many unusual and rare instruments.  Continue reading

30 Years Later, Could The DT-7 Programmer Finally Make The Yamaha DX7 Easy To Use?

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The Yamaha DX-7 is one of the most successful synthesizers of all time – but it also has a reputation as being one of the most cumbersome synths to program.

DTronics has introduced a new hardware controller, the DTronics DT7, designed to provide hands-on control of the synthesis options of Yamaha DX series synths. Continue reading

XotoPad Adds Expression Mode, Isomorphic Layouts

xotopad2_shadow_437FeelYourSound has released version 2.2.0 of its MIDI multi-touch MIDI control app for Windows, XotoPad.’

Two new additions make it easier to control and play other synths:

  • The new expression mode can be activated with one tap. Now each note can be
    pitched with the slide of a finger. It’s also possible to send mod wheel data
    (or other CCs) to play even more expressive melodies. A “MIDI channel round
    robin” setting can be used to play the notes on different MIDI channels. This
    will allow polyphonic playing on compatible DAWs and synths.
  • Secondly, a new isomorphic layout wizard has been introduced. The pads of
    isomorphic layouts are organized in such a way that the interval from one pad to
    the next one always remains the same. This means that chord shapes will always
    look identical no matter which root note is used.

Here’s an overview of XotoPad’s Expression Mode: Continue reading

Eowave Ribbon Mk2 Now Available

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Eowave has announced that their Ribbon 2 synthesizer & controller is now shipping.

The Ribbon 2 is a one-oscillator synth, played by placing your finger along the 4-octave ribbon. The Ribbon is pressure sensitive, translating pressure into volume.

The Ribbon can also be used as a USB controller with any MIDI software, and as a CV/gate controller. Continue reading