IK Multimedia has announced the release of the iRing motion-tracking controller for iDevices.
Originally presented at CES 2014, iRing is a wearable and affordable controller for iOS music apps and more. It allows touch-less parameter control via state-of-the-art motion-tracking technology.
iRing utilizes a wearable ring with identifiable markers, the mobile device’s front-facing camera, and advanced computer vision with highly-optimized recognition algorithms to determine the precise positioning of the ring markers. The device camera picks up the positioning of the ring patterns and the apps convert that information into music commands for dedicated app or MIDI information, which any compatible music app can read. This means that a user can operate up to six controllable music parameters in their preferred music apps with one or two hands gestures.
Also included are two free apps for music applications, which are intended for everyone from music lovers to DJs to seasoned musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.
iRing Music Maker is a free app designed to give music lovers and DJs a fun new way to create
music and grooves using hand gestures, no matter what their skill level. iRing Music Maker
utilizes music “loops” that always sound good together and can be remixed in virtually limitless
combinations by simply waving the hands with the iRing controllers in front of the device’s
camera. To learn more about iRing Music Maker, watch this video playlist.
iRing FX/Controller is the app for musicians and DJs that is both a real-time audio
effects processor and a MIDI controller with fully assignable parameters. It can be used as a
touch-less outboard audio effects processor, or can be fully configured to send multiple
simultaneous MIDI parameters such as control changes, notes, or any other MIDI messages.
To learn more about iRing Music Maker, watch this video playlist.
There is an SDK and a free licensing program available upon request for developers who want to integrate motion control into their apps.
The iRing is available for purchase in three colors (white, green and grey) for $24.99 USD / 19.99 EUR (ex. taxes). iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps will be available as free downloads from the App Store.
More information: IK Multimedia / iRing
Native Instruments has launched A Giant Beat for Mankind, a limited-time sales special to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Maschine.
Until May 31, MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO will each be available at a significant discount from their regular prices, both at retailers and at the NI Online Shop.
Launched in 2009, MASCHINE significantly changed computer based beat production by merging the playability and feel of hardware with the innovations and flexibility of software. In five years, MASCHINE has established itself as the premium groove production tool for producers across all genres. MASCHINE STUDIO, the latest addition to the product range, is NI’s new flagship groove production studio. It provides hardware controls for all key features in the latest MASCHINE 2 software, and these generous control options offer a particularly quick and intuitive workflow. Features include large, high-res color screens for viewing waveforms, patterns, scenes, and NI product visuals, plus a dedicated section for monitoring mixer and meter levels.
MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO are now in their second hardware generation. MASCHINE features dedicated group buttons and a master push encoder. Most software functions are accessible directly from the hardware without any button shortcuts, offering users a fast way to capture ideas. Eight display knobs automatically map to key instrument parameters for on-the-fly tweaking and sound shaping. MASCHINE MIKRO is highly compact for use anywhere. MIKRO features the same responsive pads as MASCHINE STUDIO and MASCHINE. Intelligent keypad shortcuts mean users get full software access despite its small footprint.
All three hardware versions feature the same powerful software. Among the new features in MASCHINE 2 software are sidechaining, unlimited groups, a new library, and a set of sonically-outstanding drum synths that allow producers to quickly design their own drum sounds.
Until May 31st 2014 at 24:00 (CET), Maschine Studio is available for purchase for 799 USD/EUR (regular 999 USD/EUR), Maschine is 499 USD/EUR (regular 599 USD/EUR), and the Maschine Mikro is 299 USD/EUR (regular 349 USD/EUR).
More information: Native Instruments / A Giant Beat for Mankind
PreSonus has announced it is shipping the new Monitor Station V2, a major redesign of its popular desktop studio-monitor control center.
Monitor Station V2 enables easy desktop management of multiple audio sources and up to three sets of monitor speakers.
The new monitor controller provides a S/PDIF digital input and has a more ergonomic, intuitive layout than the original Monitor Station. Features include four stereo inputs-two pairs of balanced ¼” TRS and one pair of unbalanced RCA Aux inputs with gain control-managed with a source-select switch. A 1/8″ TRS unbalanced input is summed with the RCA Aux inputs. The S/PDIF stereo input supports 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz digital audio; a button switches between the Aux and S/PDIF inputs.
Three left/right pairs of balanced, ¼” TRS speaker outputs and a Speaker Select switch enable you to A/B compare your audio through up to three sets of reference monitors. A variable, rear-panel control enables fine-tuned calibration of speaker-output levels.
Outputs include left/right pair of balanced ¼” TRS Main outs, left and right balanced ¼” TRS Cue outputs with level control, and four ¼” TRS stereo headphone outputs, each with a Main/Cue source selector and individual output-level control.
Monitor Station V2′s built-in talkback microphone offers variable input gain and is activated with a Talk button. An eight-segment, three-color LED meter indicates left and right levels. Other features include a Dim button with variable attenuation level, Mono and Mute buttons, and an external DC power supply and rocker power switch.
The Monitor Station V2 is available for U.S. MAP/street price of $299 USD.
More information: PreSonus / Monitor Station
Arturia has announced the availability of SPARK 2, bringing a new look, new feel, and new features to its premier soundsculpting and performance drum machine software for Mac and Windows.
With the timely introduction of SPARK 2, Arturia has given its beat creation software a new look, new feel, and a whole host of new features fit to make it the premier sound-sculpting and performance drum machine on the market — all the more so when perfectly paired up with the award-winning SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controllers. It’s a match made in hybrid heaven that’s more flexible than ever before!
Changes in SPARK 2
- All new graphics:
- Tabbed pages.
- Expanded Pattern edit screen.
- New mixer.
- Enhanced Library page for better data management.
- Extended REX support:
- REX file playback per pad.
- Manipulation of REX File slices.
- Modular Drum synth editor:
- Create your own patches.
- Edit existing patches.
- Create custom instrument macro controls modules including:
- Multimode filters and Karplus strong filter.
- ADR envelopes.
- Bode Frequency Shifter.
- Spring mass.
- CV processor.
- Song mode:
- NEW 16 song segments.
- Song segment triggering from hardware.
SPARK 2 is available for the introductory price of 129 EUR/$129 USD between May 1st and June 30th, 2014 (regular 169 EUR/$189 USD). The SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controller (including SPARK 2) will be 199 EUR/$199 USD during this period (regular 249 EUR/$299 USD).
More information: Arturia / SPARK 2
Arturia has announced the availability of its BeatStep portable pad controller.
Chameleon-like in its many control options, BeatStep is designed to work with DAWs, loop triggering software, VST instruments or effects, MIDI hardware, or even CV/Gate-equipped analogue instruments like Arturia’s own award-winning MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer or other manufacturers’ models — vintage classics or more modern contemporaries alike.
Try triggering audio clips within powerful, flexible software environments such as Ableton Live or playing drum parts in conjunction with the likes of FXpansion BFD or Toontrack EZdrummer… it’s as easy as exercising your trigger fingers!
- MIDI controller Mode – RED LED MODE.
- Step Sequencer mode – BLUE LED MODE.
- 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads.
- 16 encoders.
- 16 MIDI Controller presets.
- 16 Sequence presets.
- Works with MIDI Control Center Editor.
- Internal and External clocking.
- CV outputs.
- USB I/O.
- MIDI output.
- iPAD compatibility (using camera connection kit).
- Transports can send MIDI CC or MMC.
- Kensington Lock.
- Standalone MIDI or CV operation when powered via standard USB power adaptor.
- USB Class compliant (no drivers).
BeatStep is available to purchase for 99 EUR/$129 USD (MSRP).
More information: Arturia / BeatStep
audiowerkstatt has announced the release of midi-restarter, a device for controlling your MIDI-slave gear.
The midi-restarter helps you to start or stop your MIDI-slave independent of your MIDI-master, but always in perfect synchronisation.
You push the buttom and the audiowerkstatt midi-restarter sends a MIDI-start/stop-message at the beginning of the next bar to ensure that all following MIDI-devices run in the correct timing.
The midi-restarter is available for purchase for 139 EUR incl. VAT.
More information: audiowerkstatt
HyperSynth has launched XEditor, a freeware editor for advanced controlling over the Xenophone synthesizer in your DAW.
XEditor offers remote access to all synth engine parameters via MIDI messages (CC and NRPN). The GUI design is based on the hardware layout while keeping all the controls in a single-window system. Most of the knobs are equipped with helpful readout. Using this tool you can edit mod matrix and sequencer without any hassle.
- Full control of the sound engine (212 parameters).
- Support automation for all parameters.
- Rename program remotely via sysex.
- Select programs and banks remotely.
- True readout for envelope and LFO rates.
- Sync to host option for master tempo.
- 128 empty presets.
- 3 Wheels: Pitch, Mod and Aftertouch.
- Run as standalone or VST plugin.
XEditor for Windows is freeware. The Xenophone synthesizer is expected to begin shipping in May-June 2014. It can be pre-ordered now (at 11% discount).
More information: HyperSynth / XEditor