Percussa Wireless AudioCubes PRO Now Available

wireless_audiocubes_pro_largePercussa has announced that they’ve released a new version of their wireless AudioCubes tangible MIDI controllers. the Percussa Wireless AudioCubes PRO.

The Percussa Wireless AudioCubes PRO have the same built in electronics as the Wireless AudioCubes, but come with a housing that has increased impact and wear resistance.

Software updates will continue to work on the previous version of the Wireless AudioCubes, and will work equally well on the new version, the Wireless AudioCubes PRO. Continue reading

New Modular USB MIDI Keyboard Controller – Keys

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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.

Features:

  • 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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AlphaSphere me MIDI Controller An Inexpensive Option For Polyphonic Aftertouch

alphasphere-me-closeupNuDesine 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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Arturia KeyLab 88 Now Shipping

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.
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