Dave Smith On The History Of Synths, From Analog To Digital And Back

This video captures a talk by electronic instrument designer Dave Smith on the history of synths, moving from analog to digital to software and now back to analog.

Smith gave the talk last night at Stanford’s CCRMA (The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). Continue reading

Future Retro Swynx MIDI Sync Box Now Available

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Future Retro has released the Swynx – a sync box that converts incoming MIDI messages to MIDI clock, DIN sync, CR-78 clock, and Analog clock; and provides a variety of clock-management functions.

The Swynx provides the ability to swing the timing of all these clock outputs and select different time signatures, in real-time, with the front panel controls. It can also act as a CR-78 pattern programmer.

Here’s what they have to say about Swynx: Continue reading

Audiowerkstatt Intros MIDI Clock shifter

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Audiowerkstatt has introduced MIDI Clock Shifter – a hardware controller that lets you move your MIDI-slave as many MIDI-clock-ticks as you want forward or backward, relative to the MIDI-master. A 7-segment-display shows the direction and number of MIDI-clock-ticks, the MIDI-slave has been moved.

Here’s what they have to say about it: Continue reading

$35 Gadget Adds Bluetooth Wireless MIDI To Your Electronic Music Gear

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Developer Sebastian Dittmann (Audiobus) lets us know about a new gadget that adds Bluetooth Wireless MIDI support to your electronic music gear, the mi.1.

In other words, attach these onto the back of your new or vintage MIDI gear, and you’ve added Wireless MIDI capabilities.

“The guys from Quicco Sound just posted the first public screenshot thingy of their new Bluetooth Low Energy to MIDI adapter,” notes Dittman. The mi.1 “connects to your synth’s MIDI in and out ports and transmits it via Bluetooth Low Energy. This little gadget could be a really great tool, bringing together mobile devices and synth hardware.”

Dittmann adds that he’s not involved with the project, but thought it’s cool.

The developers,  Quicco Sound, have launched an IndieGoGo project to fund the mi.1 Bluetooth Wireless MDI connector. Here’s the official intro video:
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