Monome.org has introduced a grid kit, based on the electronics in their latest 128 controller. They say “It’ll be perfect for our (monome-controlled) Eurorack modules”.
The kit includes a milled faceplate and bottom plate, ready to play after some assembly. Continue reading
Alesis has announced that their new V and VI series keyboard controllers are now available.
Both lines offer two, four, and five octave keyboards, but the VI series offers semi-weighted keys, aftertouch, and additional controllers.
Here are the key features and differences of the two controller lines: Continue reading
Native Instruments has announced that their “flagship, all-in-one” DJ controller, Traktor Kontrol S8. is now available.
- Full color displays
- Touch-sensitive hardware controls
- Enhanced track decks
- 4-channel standalone mixer
The Expressiv MIDI Guitar is a new MIDI guitar controller, being produced by Rob O’Reilly via a Kickstarter project.
Expressiv uses a smart fretboard scanner to know which notes you are pressing, the same way that keyboardists get a note when they press a key. This leaves your strumming hand free to control any parameters such as pitch bend, modulation and octave shift using the onboard touchpad, joystick and buttons.
Also, with the flick of a switch, you can change from synthesizer control to standard guitar functionality.
The Plug and Play functionality means you only have to plug a standard USB cable directly into your computer with no hardware, driver or power supply required.
Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading
Saitara Software has introduced AC-X, a 16 channel wireless control surface for Apple’s Logic Pro X and other recording/mixing systems.
The app uses the industry standard MCU protocol, so should work with most recording/mixing software out there (but not Pro Tools yet). For the initial release, the control panel button layout is set up for Logic Pro X, but the developer says that the main mixing screen should work with most other systems. Continue reading
Modulares Interface B.A. is a physical interface for iPad, created by Interaction Designer Florian Born, that uses knobs, buttons and sliders to provide precision and haptic feedback when operating a digital interface.
The project is a design concept meant to explore ways to bring more haptic feedback to iPad controllers.
Here’s a video demo of the Modulares Interface in action: Continue reading
ZAQ Audio has announced that the Zaquencer – custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 that turns it into a multi-channel step sequencer – is now available.
The Zaquencer is not a preset, but a new operating system for your BCR2000, effectively turning it into a whole different device. In a nutshell, it’s a brain transplant that transforms the BCR2000 from a MIDI controller into a step sequencer.
“We wanted to give everybody access to an inexpensive but powerful hardware MIDI step sequencer,” says ZAQ Audio’s Christian Stöcklmeier. “The Behringer BCR2000 is the optimal hardware platform for a step sequencer. It is very affordable, widely available and has the perfect controls and layout.” Continue reading
The IK Multimedia iRig Pads USB Pad Controller is featured on the latest episode of Sweetwater’s iOS Update. Continue reading