MidiBlob For The Waldorf Rocket

midiblobDeveloper Maurizio De Cecco has released MidiBlob for the Waldorf Rocket – a performance-oriented multi touch controller for the iPad for the Waldorf Rocket synthesizer.

Using a set of intuitive interactions, you can modify and control your synth sounds. Graphical feedback is designed to keep you in touch with what you are doing and where you are in your sound space.

MidiBlob works with any Core MIDI compatible interface or with a network based Core MIDI connection. Continue reading

The ‘Finest MIDI Controller Ever’ Is About To Get Affordable

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Austin, TX-based controller manufacturer Infinite Response created what some consider to be the finest MIDI controller ever produced – the VAX 77, above.

When Keyboard Magazine reviewed it, they called it ” the renaissance of the true high-end master MIDI keyboard.”

The VAX 77 featured polyphonic aftertouch, hi-res velocity, release velocity and build quality that made it the Cadillac of keyboard controllers. Unfortunately, the VAX 77 was very expensive to manufacture, with a $3,000 price – putting it out of the range of most musicians. It was discontinued in 2013.

Now the company has announced plans for a new, affordable version of the VAX keyboard. They’ve updated the design to make improvements, while also reducing the cost. To make the new VAX as affordable as possible, a DIY build option will be available.

And they plan on making the keyboard open hardware. The source code, schematics, drawings and STP files will be on their website for anyone to download and build upon.

The new VAX MIDI Keyboard Controller is being developed as a Kickstarter project. Here’s designer Van Chandler introducing the project: Continue reading

Launch Buttons For Android & iOS App Like A Virtual Launchpad

launch-buttonsDeveloper Alexander Nowak has introduced Launch Buttons for Android & iOS, a MIDI control app for Ableton Live that’s like a virtual Launchpad.

Launch Buttons works with Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 and lets you use your mobile device as a Live controller.

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading