Percussa has introduced three videos on its updated wireless AudioCubes, the light-emitting “tangible user interface”, used by artists around the world for sound design, composition, live performance, music education, interactive installations, music therapy, and many other projects.
Video 2: Demo with wireless AudioCubes
In a series of 3 videos, Bert Schiettecatte, designer of the AudioCubes, explains and shows how the wireless AudioCubes are different from the first generation AudioCubes. Watch this video as well as the 2 other videos.
The first video in the series explains why wireless AudioCubes are different from old AudioCubes, the third video is on how wireless AudioCubes are built.
First published in 2011, Sound On Sound editor-in-chief Paul White’s Producer’s Manual became an instant best-seller. Now the team behind the book present this all-new and expanded iPad edition featuring all of the original content across 320+ immersive pages alongside over an hour’s worth of video walkthroughs direct from Paul’s studio, fully enlargeable photos, diagrams and an expansive glossary.
Every paragraph from the original book has been ported into this beautiful looking, easy to use app, a scrollable reference manual that covers all aspects of recording and production music, including:
all you need to get great recordings, from vocals and drums to guitars and bands,
in-depth guides to dynamics, reverb, studio acoustics, monitoring and more,
taking your mix to the next level. Essential jargon-free theory backed by practical insights on everything from EQ through mixdown approaches to classic hardware, and
how to master your own material when the budget doesn’t stretch to professional mastering.
The Producer’s Manual iPad Edition is available to download for £14.90 GBP from Apple Store.
Audible Genius has announced the debut of Syntorial, synthesizer training software designed to teach musicians how to program synths and design sound.
Pairing video demonstrations with interactive challenges, Syntorial builds the user’s ability to program patches by ear. The built-in synthesizer includes 64 common synth parameters that are gradually introduced, one-by-one, to create a challenging yet enjoyable learning experience from start to finish.
Available for download on August 27th, Syntorial is the creation of Joe Hanley, a synth-loving musician determined to build a tutorial that would eliminate all of the science-speak and instead teach users the way in which each control affects sound—information they can immediately apply to real-life sound design situations. “In my early efforts to become a better synth programmer, I read a lot of books and articles and watched a lot of videos,” says Hanley. “And while I felt more knowledgeable, I was still unable to translate the sounds I was hearing into actual synth patches. Syntorial is intended to bridge that gap.”
Gone are the days of relying on presets. Syntorial advances the skill set of its users by teaching them to program the sounds they hear and gain a deep and intuitive understanding of the most common synth parameters, all at their own pace.
129 Interactive Challenges.
64 Synth Parameters.
33 “On Your Own” Tasks.
Syntorial for Windows and Mac is available to download for the introductory price of $99.99 USD through September 6th, 2013 (regular $129.99 USD).
Concepts of space (re-)defined and shifted for modular synthesis
Reflections are positional essentials in creating space. How space can be thought of as an indispensable element of music, and with the kinds of approaches that emerge when space is dealt with from the start producing a sound work.
Interactive Html/PDF e-Book. The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included.
Keith McMillen Instruments has announced the shipping of its QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller to customers around the world.
The QuNexus is a playable, portable, and powerful keyboard controller.
Featuring huge performance capabilities in a tiny footprint, QuNexus gives unprecedented expressive control with KMI’s patented Smart Sensor technology that transmits pressure, tilt, polyphonic aftertouch, and velocity. QuNexus unites four generations of synthesis–CV, MIDI, USB, and OSC–for maximum flexibility.
“QuNexus is the most important evolution in keyboards since the Erard Escapement was introduced to pianos in 1821,” said KMI founder, Keith McMillen. “QuNexus gives keyboardists forms of expression that were only available to string and horn players. Although playful in appearance, it performs and feels like a serious instrument.”
QuNexus re-imagines the portable MIDI keyboard with 25 vividly illuminated, Smart Sensor keys that are uniquely interactive and fun to play. QuNexus is designed to talk to analog synthesizers with Control Voltage (CV), USB, 5-pin MIDI hardware, and networked OSC applications.
“We are very excited about the arrival of QuNexus,” said John Grabowski, Senior Director of Merchandising at Sweetwater Sound. “Its innovative design and unique capabilities have already translated into strong pre-order demand.”
25 Smart Sensor keys detect velocity, pressure, and tilt.
Polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch.
2 CV/Gate inputs; Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
Pitch bend pad.
Octave up/down buttons provide a 7 octave range.
USB powered, receives power directly from iOS device or Mac/PC.
Class compliant for iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows and Linux, no drivers required.
Portable: 3.3″ (84 mm) x 12.8″ (325 mm) x 0.43″ (11 mm), 0.76 lb (345 g).
The QuNexus is now available to purchase for $149 USD.
Roland has announced the release of V-Drums Friend Jam Kids, a free software application for children to build drumming skills and compare their progress with other V-Drums users around the world.
V-Drums Friend Jam Kids provides a fun way to practice & enjoy playing V-Drums.
As the industry leader in electronic percussion, Roland offers a wide-ranging lineup of V-Drums sets, from the flagship TD-30KV V-Pro Series to the home-friendly HD-3 V-Drums Lite. V-Drums Friend Jam Kids helps children and their families communicate with each other through practicing with any V-Drums set. By accessing a child’s “player page” with their computer or smart phone, family members can easily check practice time, scoring, and more to keep up with playing progress and encourage improvement.
Since its release two years ago, V-Drums Friend Jam has become an extremely popular social networking tool for drummers, with over 30,000 users to date in 175 countries and regions worldwide. The software allows players to share scores and interact with each other via their Twitter accounts while practicing the drums.
V-Drums Friend Jam Kids is a completely self-contained application that does not require Twitter to share scores. Its practice features and functions are similar to V-Drums Friend Jam, but are tailored more to children who are just starting to learn the drums. The software supports 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and more.
V-Drums Friend Jam Kids – Record Screen Available for both Windows and Mac OS X, V-Drums Friend Jam Kids helps young drummers improve their skills with enjoyable songs and fun practice evaluation features. It offers a friendly and inviting user interface, plus a continuously growing library of play-along songs that can be downloaded directly within the application from the web. Included are traditional children’s tunes like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” classic pieces such as “Air on the G String,” and a variety of musical grooves in popular styles, all specially arranged for playing along on the V-Drums. Users can also add MP3 files stored on their computer to jam with their favorite songs.
By connecting their V-Drums kit to their computer via USB or MIDI, players can capture and evaluate individual performance elements such as rhythm, technique, and variation, then see how their results compare with other V-Drums Friend Jam Kids users around the world via the Internet.
New Metronome and Beat Guide functions help developing players build their basic drumming skills in an interactive way. In addition, score rankings, achievement awards, and a calendar feature that tracks playing time motivate them to reach practice goals.
The V-Drums Friend Jam Kids software application is available as a free download for Windows and Mac.
QuNexus is the first keyboard controller to unite four generations of synthesis: MIDI, Control Voltage, OSC and USB.
QuNexus is a controller that everyone can have fun with. 25 vividly illuminated, touch-sensitive keys invite the beginner to explore, and provide valuable performance feedback for the professional.
Smart Sensor keys detect pressure, location, and velocity giving you unprecedented musical control.
Together with popular software apps, beginners can learn to play quickly and easily with QuNexus’ game-like blue and white glowing keys, creating a fun and interactive learning experience. Now anyone can play the piano.
25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity.
7 Octave range.
Pitch Bend Pad.
2 CV/Gate Inputs.
Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
Blue and White LED Illumination with 16 levels of brightness.
Portable: 14 oz, 3.5″ x 10″ x .5 “.
Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed.
MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux.
The QuNexus project will be funded if at least $20,000 USD is pledged by Tuesday December 18th, 2:59am EST. Starting at a $150 USD pledge for a first edition QuNexus, backers can expect the controller to be delivered in April, 2013.