The State Of 21st-Century Synthesis

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 Intros Modular VST Environment, Rack Performer 1.0


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

Experimental Plugin, Mood, Turns Your Music’s Emotions Into MIDI

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

Digital Warrior – An Open-Source Compact MIDI Controller


The Digital Warrior is an open-source compact MIDI controller, with built in step-sequencer and more.

Key Feature:

  • Built in 16 voice 32-step sequencer. 64 uneque patterns permanently stored on the device
  • Traktor Remix decks mapping for on the fly dynamic loops. optimized for ableton live drum racks
  • 4 smooth potentiometers, 16 banked RGB button pads and 2 endless tri-color encoders
  • 164 uniquely mapable elements for total control. customizable MIDI behavior
  • Aluminum enclosure

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iConnectMIDI 2+ An Actual Game Changer

In the latest episode of Sonic Touch, Gaz Williams and Nick Batt take a look at the new iConnectivity iConnectMIDI 2+.

The iConnectMIDI 2+ may be a little awkwardly named, but it offers some very interesting features – including Audio PassThrough, which lets you digitally send the audio from your iPad directly into your computer DAW.

And, at least according to Batt & Williams, the iConnectMIDI 2+ is an actual ‘game changer’. Continue reading

MIDI Editor Now Universal

midi-editorDeveloper Nikolozi Meladze has released a v1.1 update for MIDI Editor for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

MIDI Editor turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a music sketchpad. You can use it to compose melodies, chord progressions and drum patterns. It works with music apps that support MIDI input.

Here’s what’s new in version 1.1:

  • Adds iPhone & iPod touch support.
  • Supports landscape and portrait modes on all devices.
  • Adds 64-bit support.
  • Adds MIDI output channel selection.

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