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Novation updates Automap to v3.7, includes improved integration Logic mixer

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Novation Automap with Logic Pro 9

Novation has released version 3.7 of Automap, a piece of software designed to make the job of assigning your hardware controls to various software parameters quick and easy.

Automap enables knobs, faders and buttons to instantly control plug-in instruments and effects, as well as your sequencer’s mixer and transport controls. Its software interface shows you exactly what each control on your hardware is assigned to and, in combination with Novation’s controllers, is the clearest way of getting hands-on control of your DAW and plug-ins.

Automap technology has evolved since it emerged in 2006, with the latest incarnation promising even tighter integration with Logic 9′s mixer, giving you greater control over your Logic mix than ever before.

Changes in Automap v3.7

  • Improved integration with Logic SDK mixer (this will support Logic 9.01 or later).
  • Updated firmware for SL MkII and Zero SL MkII to version 1.2.09.
  • Updated Mac Novation USB driver to 2.3 release version.
  • Updated Windows Novation USB driver to 2.0 release version.
  • Updated DAW Setup Guide.
  • Added and improved further default mappings.
  • UltraNova support.
  • Added Nocturn, Nocturn Keyboard and UltraNova Ableton devices support.

Automap v3.7 is available as a free download from the Support pages of the Novation website.

More information: Novation / Automap

Twisted Tools Buffeater, granular multi-effect for Reaktor updated to v1.1

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Twisted Tools Buffeater

Twisted Tools has released version 1.1 of Buffeater, a granular multi-fx for Native Instruments Reaktor.

Buffeater is a real-time, dynamically ordered, granular multi-effect for all versions of Reaktor 5. The effect works by capturing live audio and storing it in a temporary buffer, which allows for real-time processing of the incoming audio using granular synthesis and other methods. With Buffeater, you can easily achieve stutters, glitch, beat repeat/juggling and/or chopped and screwed effects.

Changes in Buffeater v1.1

  • Multi-Output Support.
  • Major CPU Optimizations.
  • Added Templates for Novation Automap and Logic Multi-Outs.
  • Toggle Option for FX Triggers.

Buffeater for Reaktor is available to purchase for $49 USD. The update is free for registered users.

More information: Twisted Tools / Buffeater

Short links for May 12th, 2010

Create Digital Music

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Myth of Falling Fidelity, and Audio History Unburdened by Fact

Peter Kirn has a lengthy post on the matter:

With the regularity of clockwork, stories about how digital audio consumption is degrading the quality of music are published and then re-published. Nearly a decade after the introduction of Apple’s iPod, this still apparently qualifies as news. The content of the articles is so identical, you could believe the bylines are a ruse, a nom-de-plume for the same author re-publishing the same story.

Whatever the reason for their supposed newsworthiness, the problem with these stories isn’t their claims about the variable quality of music listening. I think it’d be hard to overstate just how sub-optimal real-world listening by real-world consumers can get. The problem is that these journalists, inexperienced in the actual history of the technology they’re covering, falsely identify a technological trend.

In the process, they miss the real story of how listeners listen.

All I can say is +1.

# Novation Nocturn Keyboard + Automap standard Review

Jon at Audio Geek Zine shares his experience with the Nocturn Keyboard:

It’s been about a month since I bought the Novation Nocturn 49 keyboard. I haven’t fully mastered how to use it yet, digging into the features to write the review has made me know it a lot better. Overall I’m really happy with it. It’s been a good investment, it works well, and looks cool (besides the pink lights). I haven’t had any stability issues with it. With any new piece of equipment there is a learning curve, not being able to find instructions doesn’t make it any easier. I did have some trouble with some functions at first, but it was because of glitch with the installation and reinstalling took care of that. If you’re in the market for a new MIDI controller with great feel and advanced features, definitely check this one out.

# Color a Sound

A demo/walkthrough of my installation entitled 'Color a Sound' which was set up at RPI's West Hall Gallery 111 for the month of April 2010.

The interaction is meant to be very simple and playful, hence the major scale. It would be much more difficult for someone to walk up and have fun with a chromatic scale. Like any instrument, one would have to spend a lot of time to make a composition worth listening to and this is just a demo of the sonic abilities/responsiveness.

# The Most Warped Drummer Contest

SABIAN’s Most Warped Drummer Contest gives aspiring musicians the chance to upload a video to showcase their talents and be judged by SABIAN artists on the Warped Tour. One grand prize winner will receive airfare and accommodations for one to Boston, two all-access passes to the Boston Warped Tour stop, a meet and greet with top SABIAN artists, their choice of a SABIAN Performance Pack of cymbals and a SABIAN Bacpac Cymbal Bag set.

Gijs Gieskes YouTube MIDI interface

# Youtube MIDI interface

Gijs Gieskes is back with something new:

A arduino usb hid keyboard emulator is used to convert midi note messages to keypresses. This can be usefull to controle online videos with midi, in combination with the youtube mixer (uses the youtube javascript api).

The midi part is from this script. And the keyboard emulator is from the arduino USB keyboard library.

# free plastic bottle samples

Here are 2 sets of original home cooked samples of an empty plastic bottle (24/44.1) wav + sfz (dry/ambient).

Some of them have been slightly tweaked (eq/dyn).
They might sound completely useless but I thought it would do no harm to share

Scroll down the post a little to find jpumphandle’s download with 8 additional samples.

Novation updates Automap to v3.4.1

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Novation Automap

Novation has released version 3.4.1 of Automap, a software system for Novation’s MIDI controllers.

Automap 3 is the latest incarnation of Novation’s intelligent software system. Automap is unique to Novation’s MIDI controllers, and has now been enhanced with a wealth of eagerly anticipated features. Until now Automap had focused on plug-in control, but exciting developments bring a new level of DAW control…

Changes in Automap v3.4.1

  • Improved MIDI data efficiency into Live.
  • Updated Novation USB driver to version 1.7, Windows only.
  • Updated Ableton Live DAW Setup Guide.
  • Updated SL MkII firmware to version 1.2.05.
  • Updated Zero SL MkII firmware to version 1.2.04.
  • Touch sense, encoder and button LED feedback in Live template (requires Ableton Live 8.1.3).

More information: Novation / Automap

Novation updates AutoMap to v3.4

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Novation Automap

Novation has released version 3.4 of AutoMap, a MIDI control application for PC and Mac.

Automap v3.4 brings with it dozens of new mappings for plug-ins and instruments, and also carries firmware updates for Novation keyboards and controllers.

When developing Automap v3.4, Novation focussed on expanding Automap’s on-board library of mappings (collections of assignments that tie knobs, faders and buttons of Novation hardware to software parameters) for Logic, Reason and Pro Tools. To achieve this, the mappings system was fully rebuild to allow thousands of new mappings across the Novation product range.

Now, Logic, Reason and Pro Tools are fully mapped (although Logic’s Sculpture and Ultrabeat have inherent limitations). This means all plug-ins and software instruments that ship with the applications now have bespoke Automap mappings, so you can get immediate, hands-on access to the most sensible parameters in your plug-ins and music software. Your music-creation workflow just got much more efficient!

Another big part of the v3.4 revision is the inclusion of firmware updates for Novation’s Remote SL, Zero SL, SL Compact, SL MkII and Nocturn Keyboard. These updates transfer through the Automap user interface, with helpful on-screen directions guiding users through the updating process.

Changes in AutoMap v3.4

  • Updated firmware and global for Remote SL, Remote Zero SL, SL Compact, SL MkII, Zero SL MkII and Nocturn Keyboard.
  • Improved default mappings for Reason/Record.
  • Improved default mappings for Pro Tools.
  • Improved default mappings for Logic 9.
  • Added default for Novation and Focusrite’s plug-ins.
  • Updated DAW Setup Guide.
  • Added options to restore ‘OS, Global and Automap template’, ‘Automap template only’ and ‘All Templates’ separately in the Devices menu for SL MkII and Zero MkII.

More information: Novation / Automap

Short links for November 23rd, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

# MidiFighter Kit

Ean Golden at djtechtools writes:

I am pleased to announce that in 2 weeks time we will be selling DIY MidiFighter kits in the web-store. This kit will be the first incarnation of our brand new controller line that allows several different levels of customization. Everything from creating original color combos to adding more analog interfaces and customizing the open-source firmware is possible with this exciting new tool.

MidiFighter Kit

MidiFighter kit details

  • Release Date: November 30th.
  • Price: Aprox $125 for the Kit + Arcade Buttons ($2.50 each) optional wood case- $40.
  • Plug and Play-compatible device, compliant MIDI controller.
  • USB powered.
  • Must be assembled (no expertise required).
  • 16 programmable buttons.
  • 16 programmable LEDs.
  • Expandable to 20 programmable buttons and 4 analog controls.
  • Limited-edition 200-piece run in this configuration (black PCB with blue LEDs).

# PyMT

PyMT is a python module for developing multi-touch enabled media rich applications. Currently the aim is to allow for quick and easy interaction design and rapid prototype development. PyMT is written in Python, based on pyglet toolkit. We are about 10 contributors and ~40000 lines of code (version 0.3).

Speak & Math

# Audio Geek Zine Free Sound Of The Week 04

Jon at Audio Geek Zine offers some free samples from his circuit bent Speak & Math in his weekly series of free sounds.

This time I’m digging into the archives. What I’ve got this week is sounds from my circuit bent Speak & Math, from a few years ago. These are taken straight from my Toys Breaking library, if you like glitchy weird samples check that out.

There are 89 wave files, mono, 16 bit, 44.1kHz.

# James’ Circuit Bent Library

James at Illuminated Sounds also shares some free samples from circuit bent toys.

Here is a Collection of samples from a few of my own circuit bent toys. I’ve made a quick couple of videos that will show you the method of how I captured these samples. I edited them in Protools at 16bit 441khz as mono WAV files. Feel free to comment or request any more. Enjoy.

Hardware Random7

# Hardware version of Random7

More from Illuminated Sounds. Miketron's random MIDI note generation software (MAC/PC) goes hardware:

A couple of months I took my MAX/MSP code for Random7 and rewrote so I could embed it into a hardware version. Random7 Hardware Version 1 (R7H) is a very basic version of the Random7 software. The core element of R7H is still the same, the program pick from 7 different midi notes randomly. As of now the key R7H is preset to the key of A Major, and the only control is a potentiometer that controls the speed of R7H. Output for R7H is a midi port, an on/off switch, and there is also a red led the flashes everytime a note is sent. The some of the next additions I plan to the hardware are a midi input to provide midi sync options, a small lcd to provide useful information such as tempo and key, and allow user to pick from any diatonic major key. The microcontroller I am using for this is the arduino built into a d.i. box housing.

# Ohm Force studio pic contest, powered by Sample Magic !!!

All you need to do is post a picture of you in your studio for a chance to win some Sample Magic libraries.

The only two requirements are: the computer screen must show some Ohm plugins interfaces and you must be in an “audio magician” pose. Each of the three winners will be able to pick three Sample Magic libraries of choice, for free, worldwide shipping or instant download through The pictures will be judged by the Sample Magicians themselves in their London HQ. Make-up and dressing up allowed. Rabbits and all domestic animals not allowed. The picture (or the link to it) must be posted on the comments section of this blog post, until November 30th 2009.

Tenori-On @ Modulate This!

# Hands-On with the Tenori-On: First Impressions + Integration with Ableton Live

Mark Mosher shares his first impressions of the Tenori-On.

Now that REBOOT has released, I’m gearing up to perform these songs live. One of my goals it to make the performances more visually interesting, help the audience connect with what I’m doing musically, and not spend an entire set hunched over a laptop.

I just added a Tenori-On White to my rig to help achieve this goal and to use as a controller and sequencer for composition. In this post I’ll offer some first impressions and notes on use.

# Little Gem Guitar Amp

garagemonkeysan's take on the famous Little Gem mini guitar amp.

All details on the electronics can be found at
The case came from Jameco p/n 11886. The speaker bezel is the rim of a tin can that was epoxied to the case. The disk in the rear serves as a cord reel.

Audiomulch (with Metasurface), Novation Remote Zero SL and the Launchpad

# Launchpad, No Live: Novation Launchpad Review

John Fisher reviews the Launchpad.

I recently picked up a Novation Launchpad because I wanted the control options of a grid controller, even though I don’t use Ableton live. I plan on using the Launchpad with Reaktor, Audiomulch, and possibly Processing. The price wasn’t hard to swallow either. I’ve seen very little info thus far on people using the Launchpad with anything besides Ableton Live, except for people who are using the “nonome” max/msp patch that allows you to load up other monome applications via the Launchpad. So, I thought I would do a write-up on my thoughts. The way I prefer to work is making my own custom midi mappings with my controllers. Novation’s Automap system might be interesting for others, but I always prefer to have my own configurations because I’m picky about those sorts of things. So I’ll be detailing how I went about that.

Novation updates Automap to v3.3

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Novation Automap

Novation has released version 3.3. of Automap, a digital audio workstation control application for PC and Mac.

Changes in Automap v3.3

  • New Features:
    • Logic 9.01 improvement.
    • Revised RTAS wrapper to allow plug-in updates.
    • Nocturn Keyboard enhancements.
    • Updated DAW set-up guides improvements.
  • Fixes:
    • Fixed issue with keyboard settings with SL MkII and Nocturn Keyboard.
    • Fixed display issue with dynamic port menu with SL MkII and Nocturn Keyboard.
    • Fixed issue with quitting Automap while using Logic 9.01.
    • Fixed issue with updating RTAS plug-ins with new wrapper system.
    • Fixed issue with dual mono RTAS plug-ins on Pro Tools HD.
    • Fixed problems with updating Automap template when memory protect is set to on.
    • Fixed issue with encoder 2 and mod wheel clash with Nocturn Keyboard.
    • Updated Novation Automap Control.remotemap for Reason/Record.
    • Added iPhone HUI mapping as default.
    • Added mappings for Pro Tools native plug-ins and Logic 9.01 native effects.

More information: Novation / Automap

Novation updates Automap Pro & Standard to v3.2

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Novation Automap (in Propellerhead Record)

Novation has released version 3.2 of Automap Pro & Standard, digital audio workstation control applications for PC and Mac.

The world’s best DAW-control software gains full compatibility with Propellerhead Reason and Record, and much more!

Both versions of the longest established, most powerful and best implemented DAW-control application, Automap from Novation, have been updated to bring full integration with Propellerhead’s brand new Record software. On top of this, the v3.2 revisions of Automap Pro and Automap Standard feature enhanced support for Reason, plus other workflow optimisations, for unrivalled MIDI control.

Automap Pro & Standard v3.2 features

  • Full support for Novation’s Automap product range with Propellerhead’s Reason & Record — For the first time, users of Propellerhead Reason and Record can have full Automap control of their software. Now, unlike before, parameter names and values are reported back to Novation hardware controllers, and the mapping of hardware controls changes when the user switches between, say, the mixer and a Combinator rack. Previously, mappings using Reason’s ‘Remote Override’ function were static. Now, individual Reason Rack and Mixer parameters can be learned to any hardware control, wherever the user desires.
  • Control-range editing — The range of the controls in Automap can now be edited. This means that instead of covering an arbitrary range of between 0 and 1, Automap knobs and sliders can be programmed to operate over a restricted range that doesn’t include the whole of the parameter’s available values. In practice, this can be applied to a soft synth’s filter cutoff parameter, where the user only wants to vary the frequency over a limited range, not its full span.
  • New Button & Control types — There’s a number of new, easy-to-use Button types: Normal, Momentary, Toggle and Step, which help the user quickly set up the way they want to command their software without having to manually configure complex button characteristics. There are also new features to invert a controller’s behavior, reversing the direction of control in a simple click.
  • Support for Automap for iPhone & iPod Touch — Automap v3.2 is the first to support the Automap for iPhone/iPod Touch App (available now from Apple’s Appstore), which gives users of the handheld devices complete control over their music software.
  • Enhanced Plug-in Manager — Automap’s plug-in manager is where users can select and deselect the plug-ins that they wish to control. In version 3.2, this has been streamlined to allow multiple plug-in selection and deselection, and there’s a search tool to help track down specific software instruments and audio effects.
  • Cursor-driven Navigation — Users can use the cursor keys on their computer keyboard to scroll through the settings in the Automap Edit window, making it quicker and easier to navigate than ever before.
  • Improved Factory Restore function — An embedded function for restoring the factory settings of Automap-compatible hardware is now included. Just in case users get really carried away with the finer parameter tweaks in Automap and want to return their controller to its box-fresh state!
  • Home Page Icon — There’s now a ‘Home’ button in the Edit window to return the user to the Startup view.
  • QWERTY Keyboard Control [Pro only] — Users can now send ASCII (QWERTY) keyboard shortcuts from their Automap-comptible Novation hardware, for ultimate control over their music software.

Automap Pro & Standard v3.2 are available to download from the Novation website. The Pro version costs £19.99 GBP / $29.99 USD / €25 EUR.

More information: Novation / Automap