iThereal For Mac OS X

itherealZero Crossing has introduced iThereal for Mac OS X – a multi-touch trackpad controlled virtual Theremin.

You can play iThereal using any Mac compatible multi-touch trackpad, including the Apple MagicPad.

“This is an instrument in the true sense of the word and like any musical discipline it takes some practice to master its subtleties,” says Keith Connelly, hardware designer at Zero Crossing.

Here’s a video demo of iThereal in action: Continue reading

An Interview With KMI’s Keith McMillen

keith-mcmillenThe latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast is an interview with electronic instrument designer Keith McMillen of Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI).

McMillen has been active as an instrument designer for nearly thirty years. In that time, he has managed music technology departments at Gibson, Harmon Kardon and other companies and created a variety of new instruments, ranging from advanced stringed instruments at Zeta Music to new types of music controllers at KMI.  Continue reading

Lemur Now Available For Android, Supported On Nexus 7

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Liine today released Lemur – it’s open-ended multi-touch music controller platform – for Android.

Lemur was originally a hardware controller – the JazzMutant Lemur. But, when Apple released the iPad, the dedicated hardware version was doomed. By 2011, the platform was reborn as a Lemur application.

Now Liine has introduced Lemur for Android. But, while it’s available for Android, it’s only officially supported on the Nexus 7. Liine explains why: Continue reading

LinnStrument – ‘The Ultimate Open-Source Hacker Instrument’

Developer Geert Bevin has been working with Roger Linn to developer the firmware for his new instrument, the LinnStrument.

The LinnStrument is a new electronic music control instrument that’s designed for users that want to be able to play more expressively with synthesized sounds. Unlike traditional keyboard controllers, it lets you independently control any parameter of individual sounds, while playing polyphonically.

In addition to be a powerful new controller, the LinnStrument is also ‘the ultimate open-source hacker instrument, according to Bevin. This video captures a discussion Bevin gave recently about hacking the LinnStrument, at Devoxx 2014 in Antwerp, Belgium. Continue reading

Skoog 2 – An Accessible Wireless MIDI Controller

The original Skoog is a MIDI controller that looks like a big squishy toy. It was designed to be accessible and bring physical modeling synthesis, sampling and MIDI to users that may not be able to use a standard controller.

Now Skoog Music has announced the Skoog 2.0, above, a new version that’s designed to be more affordable and more powerful. Continue reading

Alesis V & VI Series Controllers Now Available

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Alesis has announced that their new V and VI series keyboard controllers are now available.

Both lines offer two, four, and five octave keyboards, but the VI series offers semi-weighted keys, aftertouch, and additional controllers.

Here are the key features and differences of the two controller lines: Continue reading