ROLI Seaboard RISE 49 Controller Now Shipping


ROLI has announced it is now shipping the Seaboard RISE 49, a four-octave version of its expressive Seaboard RISE MIDI controller.

Pliable, pressure-sensitive keywaves take the place of keys on a traditional keyboard. The sensor-embedded keywave surface lets you shape sound through touch. Three faders let you fine-tune the responsiveness of the surface to touch.

The RISE offers what ROLI calls ‘5D touch’ – you can get different types of expression by:

  • striking the keywaves
  • pressing into them
  • gliding sideways along them
  • sliding up and down the keywaves, and
  • lifting off.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Livid Minim Mobile MIDI Controller Now Available For Pre-Order


Livid Instruments has has announced that the Minim – a wireless, pocket-sized MIDI controller – is now available for pre-order.

The Minim was initially funded via a Kickstarter project. Now it’s available for anyone to order via Livid’s site.

Here’s a video overview of three core technologies of the Minim: Continue reading

KordBot MIDI Chord Controller, Arpeggiator & Step Sequencer Now Available Via Kickstarter Project

Developer Isla Instruments has introduced a Kickstarter project to fund the production of the KordBot MIDI controller.

KordBot is described as a ‘music production assistant that combines a chord generator, arpeggiator and step sequencer In one unit.’ It has 32 built-in chord types including inversions for each, with another eight user-banks for storing custom chord types. Continue reading

VAXMIDI Is Like The IKEA Of High End, Open-Source MIDI Keyboards


Infinite Response has announced that it is now taking orders on a the first-run of its new VAXMIDI keyboard controller.

The VAXMIDI is the successor to the VAX77, considered by some to be the finest MIDI controller ever. It featured polyphonic aftertouch, hi-res velocity, release velocity and a host of other capabilities. Unfortunately, it was very expensive to manufacture and its $2450 price tag limited its audience.

With the VAXMIDI, Infinite Response is trying to take the key performance features of the VAX77 – semi-weighted hammer action keys, hi-res velocity sensing, polyphonic after touch and release velocity – and make them available in an affordable MIDI controller.

The VAXMIDI is about 1/3rd the cost of the VAX77, a result of Infinite Response focusing on the most important features and leaving the final assembly to the customer. They say that the only tool required is a screwdriver, but assembly can take a few hours.

The new VAX MIDI Keyboard Controller is being developed via a Kickstarter project, which completed funding last year. Here’s designer Van Chandler introducing the project: Continue reading

Stereoping Controller For Roland Alpha JUNO synthesizers

The Stereoping Synth Controller is a custom hardware MIDI controller, designed to bring knob editing to synths with cryptic menu-heavy interfaces.

This video demos the Stereoping Synth Controller Alphaj edition, for the Roland Alpha Juno series. Models for many other synths are also available.  Continue reading