PreSonus QMix Lets You Control Your Mix With An iPhone, Lets Everybody Have ‘More Me’

At the 2012 NAMM ShowPreSonus introduced a new iPhone (and iPod Touch) app for remotely controlling monitor mixes for up to 10 musicians, using the PreSonus StudioLive products.

QMix works by networking one or more iPhones wirelessly with a Mac or PC, enabling QMix to remotely access Virtual StudioLive to control one or more FireWire-connected StudioLive mixers.

As each iPhone connects to the network, its copy of QMix will “discover” all StudioLive mixers on the network, letting each musician create their own aux mix that includes all mixer channels. QMix also gives the StudioLive engineer the capability to set permissions, so that each iPhone on the network only controls a specified mix.

Enough with the blah, blah, blah, though. It’s all about you, isn’t it? Check out the rather awesome PreSonus Qmix intro video, which explains how the free app lets you have ‘more me’.

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The Missing Link Build Time Lapse

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Here’s a time-lapse video of building The Missing Link, a $150 Wireless MIDI interface that’s hand built in Portland, Oregon.

The soundtrack was performed/recorded live by Minh Tran wirelessly using an iPod Touch via the Missing Link to simultaneously control a Korg MicroKorg, Yamaha Motif ES8, Roland Juno 60 (with Kenton Pro DCB mkiii) and Korg Triton-Rack.

See WIFIMIDI for details.

Ableton Live 8 + APC40 + Remote SL Controllerism

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This is another very nice Ableton Live tutorial from Mark Mosher, this time looking at Ableton Live 8 + APC40 + Remote SL controllerism:

This video is a step-by-step tutorial describing Ableton Live 8’s new custom parameter mapping methodology. The video illustrates how to map select parameters from VST plug-ins into devices and then control these parameters via the Novation Remote SL and the new Akai APC40.

The video also discusses how to add and access more than 8 parameters. Lastly, the video covers use of instrument racks and macro controls to map parameters from multiple devices to an 8 knob group.

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Novation Expands ReMOTE SL Control Keyboard Line

Novation ControllersNovation has expanded its line of Remote MIDI controllers.

The ReMOTE SL25 was the first controller keyboard that detects the software you are using in your virtual studio and logically ‘automaps’ that software’s controllers to the keyboard’s own front panel knobs and sliders. The SL25 also featured two bright LCDs which can show 16 different parameter names to match with the fascia controls, so that the user knows exactly what all the knob and sliders are assigned to.

Now Novation is introducing two new, larger SL keyboards that bring all of that functionality to the pro playing market. The new models – a 3-octave (37-key) and 5-octave (61-key) version – retain all of the features, ease of use and layout of the original. Continue reading

Novation Intros Remote 25 SL Controller

AES Update: Novation has introduced the ReMOTE 25 SL USB MIDI controller keyboard. It features featuring conventiently-placed pots, encoders, sliders and buttons, along with two brightly backlit LCDs to display 16 different parameter names and values at any one time.

The keyboard controller has several interesting new features. The first improvement shines a new light on the world of MIDI control, as well as giving the SL its name. Two large brightly-backlit 144-character LCD screens reside at the top of the front panel, which can display 16 parameter names and values simultaneously.

This means that Template overlays or having to rely on the user’s memory are a thing of the past and music creation and performance is as simple and pleasurable as possible. Furthermore, Menu navigation is significantly quicker as each Menu page is now displayed side by side along the large screens for immediate access and modification. Of course, a stylish Template Editor software package is also available free of charge.

39 of the 40 onboard Template Memories are factory preset (and also user programmable) so that the SL will work with all popular software applications, virtual instruments and external MIDI equipment straight out of the box. However, the remaining onboard Template is used for a new and special purpose, which is actually an infinitely expanding amount of Templates rolled into one. This cutting edge feature, we call Automap, is set to change the way music is made forever. When an Automap-supported application (currently Reason 3 and Cubase SX3, more to follow very soon) is booted up, the SL automatically loads this intelligent Template and maps all active components within the session to itself. Then, all the user needs to do is click once with the mouse or press one button to switch between controlling different instruments or sections of the session. Throughout the process, all information is displayed clearly on the screens to make everything crystal clear.

As well as boasting the X/Y Touchpad, joystick, a total of 56 assignable pots, encoders, sliders and buttons and the “best-feeling keys on the market”, the SL also offers highly responsive trigger pads. These allow the user to create even more dynamic performance effects, playing drums or chord stabs through a software sampler for example.

Novation says that full product details and pricing will soon be available.

More information is available at the Novation Music site.

Griffin Releases AirClick USB Remote for Mac, PC, iPods

griffin airclickGriffin Technology has announced that they are now shipping the AirClickUSB Remote, a unique wireless remote control for Mac and PC computers.

The AirClickUSB Remote uses RF technology that allows users to control their computers from up to 60 ft. away. Users do not have to be in line of sight, making AirClick ideal for controlling applications remotely. RF signals pass through walls, so users do not even have to be the same room. The AirClickUSB remote is compatible with all Macs and PCs with a USB port, running OS X or XP. Each AirClickUSB package ships with a remote, a USB receiver, a software CD and a USB extension cable for maximum flexibility in receiver placement.

The AirClickUSB ships with the ability to control a number of popular applications, including: iTunes (Mac/PC), Windows Media Player (PC), PowerPoint (Mac/PC), Keynote (Mac), QuickTime (Mac/PC) and DVD Player (Mac). Future software updates will include additional applications. Continue reading

Griffin Ships AirClick Remote for iPod and iPod mini.

Griffin AirClickGriffin Technology has announced that they are now shipping the AirClick Remote, a unique wireless remote control for the iPod and the iPod mini.

The AirClick Remote uses RF technology that allows users to control their iPod from up to 60 ft. away. Users will not have to be in the line of sight for it to work, making it a perfect solution for using your iPod while in your car, hiking or exercising. RF signals also pass through walls, so you can control your iPod throughout your home. The AirClick remote is compatible with all iPods that have a dock connector, including the iPod mini and the iPod photo. It also will enable the iPod photo to advance pictures while in photo mode. Each AirClick package ships with a remote, a receiver that mounts to the iPod or iPod mini, and a convenient remote cradle and straps for attaching it to an automobile steering wheel, bicycle, or anything that’s handy.

The remote control features five buttons: play/pause, next track, previous track, volume up, and volume down. It also has a hold switch, mimicking that of the iPod. A handy clip on the back provides instant access while jogging, cycling or chilling on the couch.

Each AirClick receiver has the ability to be paired to any remote unit. One AirClick remote can control multiple iPods, or if two AirClick remotes are being used in close proximity, they could be paired to individual units, allowing maximum flexibility.