Skin has launched its protective covers for the Native Instruments MASCHINE controllers.
Skin is a thin layer of tough silicone specifically designed to protect your Maschine. It completely covers Machine, under the knobs and over the pads, so it is impossible for liquids or dirt to spill in the cracks.
There are other Maschine covers out there. There are hard cases that prevent any live jamming. There are covers with holes for the pads, buttons and knobs. They come in cool colors, but stuff can still spill in the cracks.
Skin is a better idea. Whether at home or in the club, your Maschine is exposed to dust and dirt and can get all kinds of stuff spilled on it.
Skin is made of thin silicone that is extremely durable, yet incredibly pliable, and covers the whole surface. It even goes under the knobs for a tight seal. It keeps any dust, dirt and liquids from getting down inside, and prevent nasty scratches from marring the outside. Don’t worry – Skin is so thin that your pads are still velocity sensitive.
You spent some decent coin to get your Maschine. Skin protects your investment.
Skin is available for Maschine Mk1/Mk2 for $29.99 USD, the Maschine Mikro MK1/MK2 cover is $17.99 USD.
More information: Skin – Protect Maschine
, IK Multimedia
Posted in news
on Oct 11, 2013
IK Multimedia has announced the release of iRig BlueBoard, a Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.
iRig BlueBoard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iOS and Mac that uses Bluetooth technology to transmit MIDI messages, allowing a user to control the functions of their favorite music-making apps. Any MIDI compatible app – such as IK’s AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iLectric Piano, iGrand Piano — or any other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple GarageBand, can be controlled wirelessly.
This opens up a whole new world of live performance possibilities. The user can switch between presets, change patches, and turn effects on and off from up to 10 meters away. The user can even connect pedals (not included) for further control of continuously variable parameters such as volume and wah, without being tied by cables to a mobile device.
iRig BlueBoard is small enough to fit into a laptop bag and works with any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad supporting Bluetooth 4.0. It also works with any Mac that supports Bluetooth 4.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy. The iRig BlueBoard app runs in the background on a mobile device or Mac, translating Bluetooth signals into MIDI signals.
iRig BlueBoard features
- Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard (10m/32.8′ range).
- 4 backlit assignable foot switches.
- 2 1/4″ inputs for assignable expression pedals or switches.
- Can send Bank Change, MIDI Program Changes and MIDI Control Changes.
- BlueBoard iOS app runs in background on mobile device or Mac, and translates Bluetooth messages to MIDI.
- Runs on standard AAA batteries.
- Small enough to fit in a laptop bag.
The iRig BlueBoard is now available to purchase for $99.99 USD / 79.99 EUR.
More information: IK Multimedia / iRig BlueBoard
Keith McMillen Instruments has announced it is now offering native compatibility with iPhone and iPad through iOS 7, unlocking MIDI functionality and enabling simple connection with the QuNexus portable keyboard.
Keith McMillen Instruments, developer of the most expressive instruments for making music with mobile devices and computers, today confirmed that QuNexus now works natively with iOS 7, and can be powered by your iPhone or iPad without any additional software drivers. So, artists are free to create on their favorite mobile devices.
Get the most expression and control out of your mobile apps by plugging in the QuNexus, one of the most playable, portable and durable keyboard midi controllers available on the market. QuNexus is class compliant and works natively with any system that supports MIDI.
More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNexus
Mystery Islands has released version 1.1.8 of its JP-80×0 Editor Plugin for the Roland JP-8000 & JP-8080 synthesizers.
First of all, thanks to everyone who’s been patient with our Windows VST development. It’s time to announce the Windows VST version of our JP-80×0 plugin and it is available right now!
We have also included Alan Marcero’s great trance bank to go with our plugin and anyone who’s registered with the JP-80×0 plugin, will have access to them with the latest MAC or PC release.
The plug-in is now available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 49.95 EUR.
More information: Mystery Islands / JP-80×0 Editor Plugin
Audiofront has announced MIDI Expression, a USB pedal interface.
MIDI Expression is a very compact class compliant USB MIDI device that allows different types of pedals to interface with your computer. Pedal sensing technolgy built into the device detects the type of pedal plugged in and automatically adjusts its settings to support that device.
MIDI Expression has four built-in configurations or presets–one for expression pedals, one for sustain pedals, one for hihat controllers, and one for footswitches. When you plug-in a pedal, the MIDI Expression detects its type and automatically loads the corresponding configuration. A software configuration application can be used to change a number of settings for each of the configurations including, Chan, CC, and response curve and more. All settings are stored in the device itself for portability.
MIDI Expression features
- Pedal Sensing Technology detects the type of pedal plugged in and reconfigures the device to ensure optimal performance and compatibility.
- Graphical preset editor.
- Editable expression curves.
- Compact portable design.
- Class Compliant (no driver required).
MIDI Expression is available to purchase for $49 USD.
More information: AudioFront / MIDI Expression