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Keith McMillen Instruments introduces QuNexus: Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller at Kickstarter

Keith McMillen Instruments has launched a Kickstarter project for QuNexus, a new smart sensor keyboard controller.

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus
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.

QuNexus features

  • 25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity.
  • Polyphonic Aftertouch.
  • 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.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNexus


Roland Kuit introduces the Laboratory of Patching—The Omnibus Version

Roland Kuit Laboratory of Patching

Roland Kuit has announced the availability of the Laboratory of Patching—The Omnibus Version, a bundle of interactive books on patching modular synthesizers.

Laboratory of Patching combines the upgraded and extended interactive eBooks SoundLab I and SoundLab II bundled as one Big Modular Knowledge Lab with over 1700 patches.

Equal parts tutorial, demonstration and resource in modular synthesis, sound design and composition.

Laboratory of Patching features

  • Learn how to use the modules and connections to quickly build robust patches, and get comfortable with high-level patching.
  • Learn through examples that illuminate today’s best modular styles and program design techniques.
  • Understand the “rationale behind the rules”: why modular synthesis works as it does.
  • Use the extensive cross-references to help you connect related concepts and insights.
  • Benefit from up-to-date learning aids that emphasize key points, help you to avoid pitfalls, promote good practices, and reinforce what you’ve learned.

Laboratory of Patching is available to purchase for 210 EUR. SoundLab I and/or SoundLab II users can get 15% discount; College & University students get 10% discount.

More information: Roland Kuit


Loopmasters intros Realstrings Online Loops Sequencer

Loopmasters has introduced the Realstrings Online Loops Sequencer, a web-based sequencer by Chris Savage, offering a new way to demo loops from Realstrings sample packs.

Realstrings Online Loops Sequencer
The sequencer allows you to play with some of the loops before you decide to buy, so you get a better idea of whether your music would benefit from these packs than you might get from the usual audio demos.

We are always looking at new ways to showcase loops packs; here’s an innovative tool from string loops producer Pete Whitfield at – an online loops sequencer.

For loops packs that are construction kits, what better way to try before you buy? Sequence and layer the loops to see how they work in an interactive, musical context.

An iPad version is coming soon, plus some more functionality, based on user feedback.

More information: LoopBlog


Samplephonics intros World Percussion Soundtrack 02 sample library for Kontakt + Angie Brown Vocals 20% off

Samplephonics World Percussion Soundtrack 02

Samplephonics has released World Percussion Soundtrack 02, an interactive sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt, featuring a diverse collection of expertly played and recorded percussion loops and samples by session percussionist Chris Wells.

The sample pack draws on various influences from around the world, combining contemporary music styles and instruments with more traditional ethnic percussion styles. This creates an extremely useable set of percussion samples, perfect for film, tv and popular music production alike.

The sample library contains a full on board mixer, allowing custom mixes to be created from the individual percussion samples to suit the composition. The various on board effects and dynamic processors allow for intuitive control and tonal changes, and the simple layout allows the percussion loops and samples to easily be played as full loops, or broken down into individual stems.

World Percussion Soundtrack 02 features

  • 35 full percussion grooves.
  • Individual percussion stems for each groove.
  • Custom Kontakt instrument with on board mixer, loop syncing and effects.
  • All the loops and samples have been meticulously recorded in 24 bit wav, and are 100% royalty free.

The sample library for Kontakt 5 is available to purchase for £34.70 GBP.

Samplephonics is also offering its iconic vocal sample pack Angie Brown Vocals at 20% off until September 1st, 2012.

Use discount code angie3721 at check out to take advantage of this offer.

More information: Samplephonics


SoundCloud introduces Next SoundCloud – simpler, faster & more social

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SoundCloud has introduced its Next SoundCloud, an update to the social sound platform.

A simpler, faster more social SoundCloud that helps music and audio creators like you share your sounds more easily than ever before.

Since 2008, we’ve been focused on building the best social sound platform on the web. Today, SoundCloud has grown to over 15 million with more interests and needs of SoundCloud. With Next, we are taking a first step to reflect this.

The Next SoundCloud
SoundCloud is gradually rolling out access to the simpler, faster & more social Next.

SoundCloud Next features

  • See more:
    • A more interactive waveform player.
    • A simpler and more attractive profile.
  • Share more:
    • New reposts let your friends, fans and followers repost your sounds and sets for others to hear.
    • Real-time notifications to keep you up-to-date the second something happens.
  • Hear more:
    • Play your sounds continuously: press play, explore and keep listening.
    • Forget playlists. Sets let you build collections of sounds you like in one Waveform.
  • Find more:
    • Easier and more intuitive navigation, including keyboard shortcuts.
    • New search with faster, better results and search suggestions.

The Next SoundCloud is available in a private beta immediately.

More information: Next SoundCloud


Fingerlab updates Rockmate to v1.1 – Complete Rock Studio for your iPad

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Fingerlab has updated its Rockmate music studio app for iPad to version 1.1.

Fingerlab is very proud to announce the new version of Rockmate V1.1 with the addition of new super cool features: microphone, Retina graphics, new sharing options, new drum kits and new keyboard kits, for an even better music experience with your iPad.

To introduce the new version 1.1 of Rockmate, we have invited My Jazzy Child (Clapping Music) to play with Rockmate.

My Jazzy Child plays Rockmate

This video have been fully recorded and produced with the new iPad using Rockmate (v1.1). No editing and no mastering have been added to the final result.

My Jazzy Child used some of the new kits included in Rockmate (v1.1): The Brush kit for drums, the Cello and the Wurlitzer kits for keyboard. An USB microphone was connected through the camera connection kit to the iPad and an headphone was used.

Rockmate for iPad is available to purchase for $0.99 USD until May 8th, 2012.

More information: Fingerlab / Rockmate


Borderlands audiovisual granular synth instrument by Chris Carlson

Chris Carlson is working on an iPad version of Borderlands, an interactive granular sampler instrument.

Demo video for the soon-to-be-released interactive granular sampler: Borderlands

This project is a mobile version of an audiovisual granular synthesis instrument that I built as my final project for Music 256a at CCRMA. The inspiration behind the original version along with early concept sketches and design details are presented here .

While the laptop version provides a large canvas and a great deal of RAM for audio files, the iPad’s multitouch capabilities offer a much richer interactive experience. I extended the instrument to take advantage of these resources and added a social/networking component to allow users to share their “scenes” and download the work of others.

Chris aims to have Borderlands for iPad available through the App Store by late spring 2012.

More information: Chris Carlson / Borderlands