J74 ISO Controllers Turn The LaunchPad Into A Multi-Template Isomorphic Instrument

This video, via Fabrizio Poce, demonstrates the J74 ISO Controllers package, which turns the Novation Launchpad controllers into multi-template isomorphic controllers.

By re-assigning notes to the pads and using colors to give information about the harmonic characteristics, the layouts turn both controllers tino easy-to-play instruments, for harmony and melody. Continue reading

Stompwatch Turns iPhone, iPad + Apple Watch Into MIDI Controllers

stompwatchSecret Base Design has released Stompwatch – a new app for iOS that turns your mobile device into a virtual MIDI pedal board.

You won’t want to step on it – but you can use it to control both apps and MIDI hardware, using the screen, a Bluetooth keyboard, the Audiobus Remote app, or the Apple Watch. It is easy to configure and versatile.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Roger Linn Demos 3-Dimensional Synth Control With The LinnStrument

Instrument designer Roger Linn (LinnDrum, the MPC) shared this video, which captures him exploring 3-dimensional synth control, using his LinnStrument and the Madrona Labs Aalto software synth. Continue reading

Arturia Intros KeyLab Black Edition Controllers

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Arturia has introduced new versions of its KeyLab controller/software bundles, the KeyLab 49 Black Edition and the KeyLab 61 Black Edition.

The new versions offer updated styling and an expanded software package, including:

  • Solina V string machine;
  • Prophet V synthesizer; and
  • UVI Grand Piano Model D.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Arturia BeatStep Pro In-Depth Hands-On Demos

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Arturia has released a series of videos, embedded below, that offer a hands-on look at getting started with their new BeatStep Pro step sequencer and MIDI controller.

In the video below, Glen Darcey, Arturia VP Product Management, takes you through the drum sequencer of the BeatStep Pro: Continue reading