Dr. Kate Stone has a vision of comining art, design and science. An interesting example of her work is her printed paper DJ controller.
By combining conductive ink with bluetooth, Stone has created paper controllers that actually work. Continue reading
Today music software and hardware company Arturia revealed its new KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany.
KeyLab 25 (pictured, right) features 25 keys with velocity sensitivity for performance flexibility. The smallest, most lightweight, and simplest of these three professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers, the KeyLab 25 is ideally suited to travelling musicians, mobile music producers, and performance-orientated DJs alike.
Complimenting that full-size keyboard is a feature-packed panel with two clickable encoders; 12 encoders; nine sliders; pitch bend and modulation wheels; six backlit transport controls; 15 backlit buttons; octave up/down buttons; and an informative 32-digit LED screen to enrich the performance experience and aid speedy software navigation. This controller is compatible with any third-party software and hardware, and is bundled with MIDI Control Center software. The keyboard controller also has rear panel-mounted MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Expression Pedal, Sustain Pedal, Aux foot switch, Breath control, and USB connections.
KeyLab 49 and KeyLab 61
The larger KeyLab 49 (pictured, right) and KeyLab 61 MIDI keyboard controllers maximize performance and expression, with 49- and 61-note full-size keyboards which feature both aftertouch and velocity sensitivity. KeyLab 49 and KeyLab 61 feature a more extensive set of physical controls with an additional 16 back-lit pressure-sensitive pads for beat-making or triggering chords.
“With all-important parameters pre-mapped to the MIDI keyboard controllers themselves, users have hands-on, instant control over the huge library of 5,000 presets by internationally-renowned sound designers. These presets are taken from all eight of Arturia?s acclaimed TAE® (True Analog Emulation) synthesis-powered Mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet 5, Prophet VS, and Oberheim SEM V soft synths, as well as the Wurlitzer V software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano, providing the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer with the flexibility of a software-based solution. Moreover, Multi mode allows several sounds to be played simultaneously with the addition of effects, layer/split functions, and a Chord mode ? perfect for getting the most out of those TAE soft synths without having to delve deeper into sound design. And with 200 Multi patches conveniently organised by musical genre, inspiration and creativity are a given, thanks to Analog Lab!”
Pricing and Availability: KeyLab 25, KeyLab 49, and KeyLab 61 will soon be available to purchase from Arturia’s online store or any authorised Arturia dealer.
Musikmesse 2013: Nektar has introduced the Impact LX49, the first in a new range of Nektar USB controller keyboards, designed to be affordable but full-featured.
Based on the technology developed for the higher end Nektar Panorama series, Impact comes pre-mapped and configured. Just like Panorama, which features multiple modes for main control navigation, Impact LX49 allows the user to switch between Mixer, Instrument and Preset modes. Presets include 5 memory locations for users to store their own setups. Navigation options include track change, patch change and a Plug-in button that opens or closes the currently controlled plug-in window on the computer display.
Impact LX49 also features 8 velocity sensitive pads that also can be used as MIDI buttons. A pad learn function enables pad presets to be programmed quickly by just pressing the target note on the keyboard. Four pad memory locations store pad settings for later recall, completely independent of the preset settings.
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Here’s a sneak preview of Sonic Logic for Mac, being used in combination with Ableton Live and the Leap Motion Controller. Continue reading