Developer Tyler Freeman has introduced DrumPants – an inexpensive wearable MIDI controller that you can put in your pants.
We featured a lot of creative MIDI controllers on Synthtopia recently, but DrumPants spank the competition in the ‘wear it in your pants’ department.
DrumPants have the advantage of being both inexpensive (pricing starts at $89) and being wearable (in your pants). DrumPants comes with 100+ built-in sounds, including drums, percussion, synthesizers, guitars and pianos. And it can also be used to send MIDI or OSC, turning your body into a mobile MIDI controller.
While DrumPants were designed to be an ‘industrial quality wearable musical instrument’, fun is also a top priority.
“It’s a wearable music kit, so you can make sounds – in your pants!” notes Freeman.
And, if you’re worried about unsightly MIDI bulge, DrumPants don’t even have to be worn in your pants. They’re flexible and can can attach to your body or clothes in a variety of ways:
DrumPants are being developed as a Kickstarter project. Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading
IK Multimedia has introduced two new iRig Keys controllers for mobile musicians: iRig Keys Pro and iRig Keys with Lightning Connector.
Both devices are compact MIDI keyboard controllers with 37 velocity-sensitive keys.
iRig Keys Pro, above, is a true ‘plug and play’ programmable MIDI controller, designed specifically for making music on the go with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. iRig Keys Pro is 30% smaller than other full-size key MIDI controllers, but still offers mod and pitch wheels, illuminated octave and program buttons, 4 programmable ‘sets’ for storing complete setups, and a programmable continuous-controller volume knob, Continue reading
Miselu, which last year introduced the Android-based Neiro mobile music computer, has announced that it is ditching Android for iOS and introducing an iPad keyboard/case, the C.24.
The C.24 is a two-octave wireless music keyboard designed for iPad. The C.24 transforms from a protective cover into a piano-style keyboard at the touch of a spring-loaded latch.
The C.24 employs technology that has never been used in the music instrument space before. The semi-weighted feel of the keyboard is created by the use of anti-polarity magnets. Additionally each key incorporates an infrared emitter detector pair, providing real time analog position data to track the performance. This optical key tracking technology delivers velocity and monophonic aftertouch more accurately than traditional switches.
The C.24 also provides additional tactile controls in a capacitive ribbon controller that extends across the width of the keyboard. The bar is divided into two regions, each with 32 embedded LEDs for visual feedback. One region is configured to function as eight assignable buttons while the other is designed for analog expression such as pitch bend.
Here’s a video introduction: Continue reading
This video captures a discussion by Peter Brinkmann at droidcon 2013 on Music on Mobile Devices, focusing on MIDI and libpd.
Here’s what Brinkmann has to say about his presentation: Continue reading
This video is a profile of the DigiEnsemble Berlin – a group of musicians that are dedicated to exploring the potential of mobile devices for music.
The group meets regularly and arranges music, both classical and popular, for various mobile devices running music applications.
At the core of what they do is a provocative question:
Can we use mass-produced mobile devices to ‘convey the actual emotion and meaning that we feel in our bodies and which we wish to express? Or is this app music….for the players themselves?”
This question – whether mass-produced mobile devices can really be instruments – has been the source of much debate, here and elsewhere. What makes the work of the DigEnsemble Berlin interesting, though, is that they are trying to answer this question, not by debating – but by playing.
This video, via imageline, demos FL Studio Mobile for Android in its current state.
Items ported from the iOS version included:
- Drum pads
- Track editor
- Step editor
- Playback & Recording
- Instrument screen (categories to do)
- Project screen (.flm files from the iOS version can be loaded)
- Loading screen