Alternative Controllers For Electronic Music

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The MIDI Association has published a series of articles by author Mark Vail on alternative MIDI controllers.

The series offers an overview of a wide variety of electronic music controllers, including MIDI controllers and analog controllers for modular synthesis, and offers a look at many unusual and rare instruments.  Continue reading

Erica Synths Intros Black Hole DSP Eurorack Effects Module

erica-synths-black-hole-dsp-eurorack-moduleErica Synths has introduced the Black Hole DSP – a Euro-format module that offers 16 audio effects.

Each effect has 4 adjustable and CV controllable parameters, along with CV-controlled effect select.

In addition, external effect boards (sold separately), containing new sets of effects, can be added to customize the Erica Black Hole DSP to your way of creating music.’

The Erica Synths Black CV Expander is also available, to allow more precise CV control over parameters.

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Suzanne Ciani’s Buchla Concerts 1975 – The Feminine Alternative To ‘Silver Apples Of The Moon’

suzanne-ciani-buchla-concertsFinders Keepers has announced a new album by pioneering synthesist Suzanne Ciani, Buchla Concerts 1975, that they describe as ‘a distinctive feminine alternative to Silver Apples Of The Moon‘.

Here’s what they have to say about the album:

This record is a triumphant yardstick in the synthesiser space race and the untold story of the first woman on the proverbial moon. While pondering the early accolades of this record it’s daunting to learn that this record was in fact not a record at all… It was a manifesto and a gateway to a new world, that somehow never quite opened. If the unfamiliar, modernistic, melodic, pulses, tones and harmonics found on this 1975 live presentation/grant application/educational demonstration had been placed in a phonographic context alongside the promoted work of Morton Subotnick, Walter Carlos or Tomita then the name Suzanne Ciani and her influence would have already radically changed the shape, sound and gender of our record collections. Hopefully there is still chance.

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New Module Bridges Android & Analog Synthesizers

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Pmfoundations has introduced Midi-Seq-8, a Eurorack Android to analog synth interface; and a companion Android app, MIDI Sequencer.

The Interface is sold as a full kit, consisting of a set of 2 high quality PCBs, front panel, all basic and precision components and a pre-programmed PIC processor.

The developer says that “The Midi-Seq-8 delivers the convenience of a smartphone or tablet-driven sequencer that directly controls your analog monophonic synthesizer from your Android device.” Continue reading

Ann Arbor’s Synth Lending Library Lets You Check Out Synths, Drum Machines, A Theremin & More

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We recently featured the Lawrence, Kansas Public Library, which has a recording studio you can check out and is getting a large-format monster synth.

Another library that is innovating by letting you check out creative tools is the Ann Arbor District Library. The library features the usual books, DVDs & CDs – but they also have a comprehensive Music Tools collection.
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