Zaquencer Firmware Turns Behringer’s BCR2000 Into A Hardware MIDI Step Sequencer


Developer Christian Stöcklmeier contacted us to let us know about Zaquencer – a custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 (above) that turns the popular MIDI controller into a standalone hardware step sequencer.

Zaquencer does this by replacing Behringer’s firmware, which makes BCR2000 work as a MIDI controller, with a custom firmware that makes the BCR2000 work as a hardware step sequencer.

Here’s an overview of Zaquencer: Continue reading

Akai Pro Ships Four New MPK MIDI Keyboard Controllers


Akai Professional is now shipping four new MPK keyboard MIDI Controllers:

  • The 25 ­key MPK225 (above)
  • the 49 ­key MPK249
  • the 61 ­key MPK261, and
  • the ultra­portable MPK mini mkII.

According to Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill, “The new MPK series is huge leap forward–improving on the previous series, with more capability, more features, and industry ­leading software.” Continue reading

iRig Pads MIDI Controller For iOS, Mac & Windows Now Available


At this year’s Winter NAMM Show, we spied the unannounced iRig Pads at the IK Multimedia booth. Now, IK has officially announced that the iRig Pads – a MIDI pad controller for iOS, Mac & Windows – is now shipping.

The iRig Pads is a portable MIDI pad controller. IK says it’s the smallest ‘groove controller’ on the market – so it will fit anywhere you can store an iPad, in a backpack or a laptop bag.

iRig Pads is also low energy consumption device – it draws its power directly from its host device, so does not need a separate power source to be fully functional.

It can be used with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, via the included Lightning cable (30-pin connector sold separately), without the need of an adapter, as well as with Mac and PC via the included USB cable.*

Here’s the official intro video for the iRig Pads: Continue reading

Using Thalmic Labs’ Myo As a MIDI Controller

Modulus Music’s Liam Lacey was at the London 2014 Music Tech Fest hackathon recently, where he demonstrated this hack:

“For my hack I played around with Thalmic Labs Myo gesture armband device and developed software for it that turned it into a MIDI controller. I then mapped it’s MIDI messages to a set of audio loops, instruments and effects within Ableton Live to demonstrate how the device could be used as a music performance tool.”

Brian Crabtree (monome) On The Past, Present & Future Of Grid Controllers

brian-crabtree-monomeIf you’ve ever wondered why grid controllers have become one of the most popular tools for making electronic music, you’ll want to listen to the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Host Darwin Grosse talks with monome’s Brian Crabtree about the past, present and future of, the grid controller and more.

Here’s what host Grosse has to say about the interview: Continue reading

Reloop Neon A Powerful Pad Controller For Serato DJ


Reloop has introduced Neon – a powerful pad controller for Serato DJ.

The Neon features 8 low-latency and touch-sensitive RGB drum pads, with aftertouch, designed for triggering samples, cues, loops and effects. A new FLIP mode allows you to record and play back your own remixes or cue trigger sequences on the fly Continue reading