KissBox has introduced CM-MIDI - a low-cost compact MIDI transceiver that provides 2 RTP-MIDI endpoints, each of them supporting up to 16 sessions in parallel.
RTP-MIDI is a protocol for transmitting MIDI over Ethernet & WiFi networks.
The CM-MIDI can be used directly with Apple Macintosh computer (RTP-MIDI support is fully integrated in OS X). It can be used also on any Windows machine using a free driver. The CM-MIDI appears as two independent MIDI interfaces, which can be used with any MIDI software like Sequencers, Digital Audio Workstations, SYSEX Editor/librarian, etc, Continue reading
In this video, DJ Tech Tool’s Mad Zach shares his thoughts on three ways of working with a MIDI-conntected hardware synthesizer in an Ableton Live production environment.
“Experimenting on a synth leads to sounds that sometimes seem wildly unique,” says Mad Zach. “Recording yourself and the progression of playing around with the patches and manipulating the synth gives you a great palette to pull from. Having the session in audio format also allows for additional types of manipulation which are not possible with just MIDI.” Continue reading
This video captures a panel discussion on The State Of 21st-Century Synthesis, held at the 2014 NAMM Show.
Led by author Mark Vail (Vintage Synthesizers, Beauty In The B, The Synthesizer), the panel features industry leaders offering their take on the state of synthesis.
The panelists, from left to right, are:
- Composer/synthesist Drew Neumann (Aeon Flux, The Wild Thornberries)
- Composer/producer & Continuum expert Edmund Eagen
- Synth designer and MIDI creator Dave Smith
- Synth designer & sound designer Eric Persing (Roland, Spectrasonics)
- Gerry Bassermann (E-Mu, Opcode, Be, Propellerhead)
The video is close to 90 minutes long and offers some great perspectives from true gurus of synthesis. Continue reading
Abeem Live Technologies has released Rack Performer 1.0 - a modular environment hosting VST plugins and internal modules (over 100 and counting), with MIDI support, multi-channel audio I/O and internal processing, automatic patch-delay compensation, sample accurate sequencing, low jitter and latency.
Rack Performer lets you create custom patches using internal modules and VSTs that can be saved and recalled. Up to 32 inputs and outputs are supported for audio and up to 128 inputs and outputs are supported for MIDI. Continue reading
Eventide has released a trial version of Mood, a new plug-in that characterizes the emotional content of music, and translates it into MIDI signals.
Mood analyzes music including key, spectral content, tempo, dynamics and additional aspects to create a set of ‘descriptors’ which are then compared to a data base. The data base has been populated by people listening to and rating pop songs.
Mood displays, in real time, the relative intensity of four emotions – angry, calm, happy and sad. The idea is that the intensity of these emotions can be translated to MIDI and OSC values which could be used, for example, to control the brightness and color of lights on stage or in a dance club. Continue reading
Bitwig is back with another sneak preview of their upcoming Bitwig Studio.
Do we know when the **** Bitwig Studio is going to get released? No, but based on this sneak preview of Hybrid Tracks and other audio features, it looks like it’s going to be worth the wait! Continue reading