Opho – the developers behind the gTar iPhone guitar – have announced a modular USB MIDI controller, Keys.
Keys is a USB keyboard controller, designed to be modular, so it can be used as a beginning controller or scaled up for more advanced purposes.
- Keys is fully USB-MIDI compliant. Use Keys with hundreds of music applications including Garageband, Ableton, ProTools, Logic and Cubase. Create music your way using your favorite tools.
- Each of the 24 keys are equipped with LED lights that can each illuminate 192 different colors.
- Weighted keys allow you to modify the sound output based on pressure and resistance for “piano like” expressions.
- Keys is equipped with gesture recognition technology so you can control various parameters by just waving your hand above the keyboard.
- You can magnetically link Keys devices together to create a larger keyboard or to other modules like Knobs and Pads to create custom music surfaces.
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Sound Fighter is a unique installation that uses traditional pianos as PlayStation 2 controllers, letting you play Street Fighter using pianos.
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NuDesine has announced an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the production of its new AlphaSphere me MIDI controller.
Like the company’s earlier AlphaSphere nexus and AphaSphere elite MIDI controllers, the AlphaSphere me features pressure-sensitive control pads, placed in a hexagonal arrangement on a sphere.
The AlphaShere is designed to be much more affordable, though, with prices starting at US $166 to backers. The lower cost is achieved by making it smaller, simpler to manufacture and using 32 pads, vs the original’s 48 pads.
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Here’s an example of the Android platform getting put to great use: a giant Android-based Lemur MIDI controller. Continue reading
Music software and hardware company Arturia announced today that their KeyLab 88 MIDI keyboard controller is now shipping. It was first announced at Musikmesse last spring.
KeyLab 88, the largest in the KeyLab series, comes with Arturia’s Analog Lab, a software synthesizer solution with over 6,000 presets derived from Arturia’s range of Analog Classics. These include the TAE (True Analog Emulation) synthesis-powered Mini V (Minimoog monosynth emulation), Wurlitzer V (virtually bringing back to life the well-known ‘Wurly’ electric piano), among others.
The first 3,000 units shipped come with two virtual instruments: Grand Piano Model D from fellow French developer UVI, and Pianoteq 5 Stage, a physical modelling-based virtual instrument that provides acoustic and electric piano recreations as well as chromatic instruments.
Sophia Brueckner’s Touch Sensitive Musical Painting is part painting and part MIDI controller, an interactive artwork that lets you create music.
Brueckner looks beyond traditional MIDI controllers to create a musical interface that’s artistic and completely original.
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Vitaliy Tarasyuk has updated Pro MIDI – a MIDI sequencer for the iPad.
New features in Pro MIDI include:
- Inter-app audio with multichannel Audio Recorder.
- Endless play (something like Song mode. After the end of the clip, next clip begins to play)
- Export wav, midi through “Open in…”.
- Improved access for clip “add/copy/paste/duplication, etc” actions
- Quick link to create clip.
Developer Denis Kutuzov has released an update to Navichord – an instrument and MIDI controller for the iPad – adding Audiobus and Inter-App Audio support and more.
Navichord also has added Roman numeral chord names on its harmonic grid, which lets you learn or leverage traditional music theory.
Here’s what’s new in Navichord v1.2: Continue reading