LINK to MIDI Delivers ‘Incredibly Stable’ MIDI Clock

Developerlink-to-midi Alexandernaut (Arpeggionome, Fugue Machiune) has released Link to MIDI – a free iOS app that lets you use Ableton Link to sync MIDI Clock on hardware MIDI devices.

Link to MIDI connects Ableton Link to musical devices that support MIDI Clock Sync. Simply join a Link session, connect your MIDI device, and that’s it. Your MIDI device is now Link-enabled.

Link to MIDI makes a connected MIDI device behave like a Link-enabled device.

More specifically, using Link to MIDI’s Play button, you can start and stop the connected device at any time, and the device will start playing, in phase, at the next quantization tick — set by the Launch Quantization parameter on the main interface.

Link to Midi features launch quantization, ‘incredibly stable clock output’, and a fine offset control (±250 ms) to line up the receiving MIDI device’s playback. Continue reading

Novation Circuit Updates Firmware, Releases Patch Editor, and MIDI CC Spec

Novation_Circuit_on_tableThis week, Novation announced three different items for Circuit owners: a beta update for the Circuit firmware, a software synth patch editor (via Isotonik Studios), and MIDI CC Specification for the instrument.

Here are the details: Continue reading

Erica Synths MIDI To Trigger Euro Module Now Available

erica-synths-midi-to-trigErica Synths let us know that they’ve released a new MIDI To Trigger Euro Module, which lets you use any MIDI sequencer as a Eurorack trigger sequence.

The MIDI To Trigger module translates MIDI notes to 10ms trigger signals, which are useful for triggering drum modules, envelope generators and any other event in your Eurorack modular system.

According to the developer, setup of the module is hassle-free and takes just few seconds to make it work with any MIDI sequencer or controller.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Free Web MIDI Synthesizer, Viktor NV-1, Now Available

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Developer Nikolay Tsenkov let us know about Viktor NV-1 – a free browser-based software MIDI synthesizer.

In Chrome, you can plug in a MIDI keyboard and play it. Tsenkov notes that, if you connect a MIDI keyboard, you need to restart your browser to ensure that the keyboard controller is recognized.  Continue reading

How To Use LinnStrument’s Channel Per Note Capabilities With Cubase

Developer Geert Bevin (Moog Music) shared this video tutorial, which looks at using LinnStrument’s ‘ChannelPerNote‘ feature works and how it can be used with Cubase to play VST 2 synths that support it. Continue reading

E-RM Erfindungsbüro Intros Precise, Swingable Multiclock Sync Box

multiclock-sync-boxE-RM Erfindungsbüro has introduced the Multiclock – a sync box that offers 4 precise, low-jitter output channels, derived from DAW Audio Clock, MIDI or DIN sync.

All channels are separately shiftable and swingable in realtime to compensate start lag and adjust groove. Continue reading

Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer Now Available Via Kickstarter

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The Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer is a minimalistic, microcontroller-based synth, designed to emulate the classic chiptune sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s APU (audio processing unit.)

The synthesizer’s MIDI input allows musicains create NES-video-game-style chiptune music using a MIDI keyboard or other MIDI device.

It’s being made available via a Kickstarter project, which is already fully funded. Here is the official intro video:

The Arcano is being made available prebuild and as a DIY project.

Each Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer includes a preprogrammed microcontroller; however, each synth also features a 6-pin AVR programming header, allowing programmers to flash the embedded ATmega328 microcontroller with their own custom software. The programming header enables hackers to create their own custom waveforms, envelopes, software low-frequency oscillators, and PCM samples.

Unlike many other microcontroller-based synthesizers which use internal PWM peripherals to generate weak, scratchy, low-quality audio signals, the Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer uses an auxiliary digital-to-analog converter chip to create a clear, high-quality audio signal.

Specifications:

  • 3-note polyphony
  • 1/8” (3.5mm) jack mono audio output
  • MIDI input through standard MIDI DIN connector
  • 7-segment LED waveform mode indicator
  • simple two-button interface
  • embedded ATmega328 microcontroller

The Arcano is available to Kickstarter backers, prebuilt or as a DIY kit, starting at US $65.

Aalto 1.7 Brings Support For Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression

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Madrona Labs has released version 1.7 of Aalto, bringing Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) support to the semi-modular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression is a proposed specification, designed to provided a standardized way for hardware and software manufacturers to send and receive the expressive musical performance data that multidimensional controllers, like the Haken Continuum, Roli Seaboard, Roger Linn Linnstrument and the Madrona Soundplane can capture. Continue reading