McDonalds Intros DJ Controller Placemats, Because – Wait For It – You Deserve A Break Today


The Netherlands are known for a lot of things: tulips, windmills, canals, Old Masters, space cakes and, of course, wooden shoes.

Now, McDonalds in The Netherlands is adding something new to the list – DJ placemats:


The McTrax, above, looks like a regular placemat, but it’s also a DJ controller, printed with conductive ink.

You can connect to the placemat wirelessly, via Bluetooth, with your smartphone. And boom – before you can say “I got frites sauce on my MIDI controller!”, you’re using your placemat to make music.

Here’s a demo of the McTrax in action: Continue reading

Alpha Piano MPiano At Musikmesse 2016


At Musikmesse 2016, Alpha Piano introduced the MPiano – a futuristic touch-sensitive keyboard.

The “M” stands for ‘mechatronic’ piano. Beneath each key is an adjustable actuator that makes the resistance and thereby the perceived weight of the keys adjustable. This means it can have the ‘feel’ of a concert grand, an organ or synth keyboard, depending on your preference.

In addition, the surfaces of the individual keys are touch-sensitive and can be used for expressive MIDI control.

Here’s a video overview from the show floor: Continue reading

KordBot Kickstarter Project Raises More Than $175,000


The Kickstarter project for the KordBot Music Production Assistant raised $178,655, with 736 backers.

KordBot is described as a ‘music production assistant that combines a chord generator, arpeggiator and step sequencer In one unit.’ It has 32 built-in chord types including inversions for each, with another eight user-banks for storing custom chord types.

The project met and exceeded its funding goals, making it possible for the developers to add additional features, including a color screen and an SD card slot.  Continue reading