GSI Intros DMC-122 Dual MIDI Console ‘Dream Controller’

dual-manual-midi-controller

GSI has introduced the DMC-122 Dual-Manual MIDI Controller – a high end dual-manual MIDI controller with an organ-style interface.

It combines dual manual organ/keyboard control, MIDI mixing and control surface features, and offers an expansion slot that lets also run as a stand-alone keyboard.  Continue reading

Novation Launch Control XL Review

novation-launchcontrol-xl

Novation recently introduced the Launch Control XL – a new MIDI controller that they call ‘the ultimate controller for Ableton Live’.

Novation now offers a wide variety of controller options for Live:

Novation-Launch-Range

It’s great to have so many options – but where does the new Launch Control XL fit in?

Nlaunch-controlovation released the original Launch Control, right, last year. It’s a smaller MIDI controller, designed as a companion for the Launchpad S.

The Launchpad S is primarily an 8×8 grid controller. The original Launch Control is designed to be an add-on that brings 16 knobs and 8 pads to your system.

The new Launch Control XL is still designed to be a companion to the Launchpad S, but the XL version takes everything about the original up a notch.

How does this fit into your Live workflows? Let’s take a look… Continue reading

touchAble Live Controller Updated To Version 3

touchableDeveloper AppBC has released an update to touchAble, its iOS Ableton Live control app.

touchAble, available for both iPad and iPhone, that offers advanced control of clips, mixer, devices and more in Ableton Live.

touchAble 3 is designed to be easier to connect and set up, offers access to devices in racks and more.

Here’s the official intro video to touchAble 3: Continue reading

Fiddlewax Pro 2.0 More Intuitive, Expressive & Capable

fiddlewax-proFiddlewax Pro – a music sketchpad for iPad and MIDI controller – has been updated to be more intuitive for players, more expressive for songwriters and more capable for experts.

Here’s what’s new in Fiddlewax Pro 2.0:

  • Directly record audio to create custom instruments.
  • Import SoundFont files (.sf2) to use with instruments.
  • Import audio files (.m4a, .wav, .mp3, etc.) as samples.
  • Adjust sample parameters (gain, offset, attack, & release).
  • Updated Audiobus and added remote play/pause.
  • Improved circular loop indication.
  • Updated user interface and simplified info overlay.
  • Expert MIDI mode (adjust volume of each channel).
  • Muted chord automation for advanced users.

Here’s the official video intro to version 2.0: Continue reading

C-Thru Music Shutting Down, Offering Unique Harmonic Table Controllers At Up To 50% Off

c-thru-music-axis-harmonic-controllerC-Thru Music, creator of a line of innovative MIDI controllers based on a hexagonal grid and harmonic principals, has announced that it is shutting down its store at the end of January 2015.

The velocity-sensitive MIDI controllers use a unique key arrangement that means that chords and scales have the same fingering in all keys. For some musicians, this makes it easier to explore new chord progressions and performance, because every chord has a corresponding consistent geometric shape.  Continue reading

iThereal For Mac OS X

itherealZero Crossing has introduced iThereal for Mac OS X – a multi-touch trackpad controlled virtual Theremin.

You can play iThereal using any Mac compatible multi-touch trackpad, including the Apple MagicPad.

“This is an instrument in the true sense of the word and like any musical discipline it takes some practice to master its subtleties,” says Keith Connelly, hardware designer at Zero Crossing.

Here’s a video demo of iThereal in action: Continue reading