Free Knob Lab MIDI Controller

knob-lab-midi-controllerKnob Lab is a free MIDI controller for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Knob Lab is designed to let you control Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Protools, Traktor, and other popular DAWs right from your iPad.

Knob Lab can control devices over WiFi, Bluetooth, Virtual MIDI (inter app communication) or with a cable.

Knob Lab uses CoreMIDI to send MIDI signals so you can even hook it up to hardware synths using and iPad to MIDI cable. Continue reading

Last Chance On Imitone ‘Mind To MIDI’ Kickstarter Project

The Kickstarter fundraiser for Imitone – a ‘mind to MIDI’ app for Mac & Windows is down to its last 24 hours. It’s already fully funded, at close to 4 times the original funding goal.

The above video is a demo of Imitone in action. In the video, alpha tester Robin Lomax Bjerke explores using Imitone to control a Kontakt 4 cello virtual instrument, with control of expression and vibrato. Continue reading

Understanding The AlphaSphere

Why is it spherical? Why not just use a keyboard?

These are the first questions a lot of musicians have when they see the AlphaSphere MIDI controller. Nu Desine has released a series of videos that look at the these questions, exploring the design ideas underlying the AlphaSphere and how the new instrument works with DAWs and synths.

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Imogen Heap Demos Her MIDI Gloves

In this video interview, musician Imogen Heap demonstrates her MIDI gloves, which are being developed for production as a Kickstarter project. The interview was filmed at Heap’s home studio outside London.

“These beautiful gloves help me gesturally interact with my computer,” says Heap.

Pushing buttons and twiddling dials “is not very exciting for me or the audience,” she adds. “Now I can make music on the move, in the flow and more humanly, and more naturally engage with my computer software and technology.” Continue reading

New Three-Dimensional MIDI Controller Kit – The Kyub

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Designer Keith Baxter has introduced a new 3D MIDI controller, the Kyub.

The Kyub is a maker-friendly, open-source DIY MIDI controller. Capacitive sensing gives the Kyub extremely sensitive action and an internal accelerometer allows the volume of each note to be precisely controlled, for versatile musical expression.

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The internal circuitry monitors each of the keypads to immediately detect even the lightest finger touch reflected in a capacitive disturbance. Acceleration of the Kyub housing associated with a finger touch is converted to a note loudness which, together with a pitch determined by the keypad, is transmitted over a USB cable in standard MIDI format. The Kyub has low latency (on the order of 3 ms) providing a highly responsive musical experience.

You can attach multiple Kyubs to a computer synthesizer or digital audio workstation for solo play, jamming with friends, or composition. Continue reading

The AirHarp Ultrasonic Digital Autoharp Is Like The Theremin Of Harps

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Developer Peter DeSimone has announced a Kickstarter project to develop a production version of the AirHarp – an open-source ultrasonic digital autoharp MIDI controller that’s sort of like the theremin of harps.

The AirHarp responds to hand gestures and translates them into MIDI. You play the AirHarp by moving your hand through the air, ‘strumming’ virtual harp strings much like a theremin player controls pitch by the position of her hand. You can control which strings are playable using the fingers of the hand that holds the AirHarp.

The AirHarp is open source, based on Arduino, and DeSimone provides instructions for building a DIY version on his site. The Kickstarter project goal is to build production AirHarps in large enough volume to get the price of pre-assembled AirHarp instruments down to US $100 each.

Here’s DeSimone introducing the AirHarp and how to use it: Continue reading