Expert Sleepers has announced the ES-3, a new lightpipe/CV interface.
The ES-3 is a Eurorack format module which converts eight channels of ADAT Lightpipe input to DC coupled outputs on 3.5mm jacks, for the ultimate convenience in connection of a DAW directly to analogue synthesizers.
The outputs can be used as control voltages (CVs), for example with software such as Expert Sleepers Silent Way, and can also be used as audio outputs at high, modular synth-compatible levels.
With the ES-3, a single optical cable is all that is need to bring direct CV control from your DAW right into the heart of a modular system.
Indicators: LED for ADAT clock sync; 2 LEDs per channel indicate output voltage (+ve/-ve).
Available as standard with a black aluminium or translucent black acrylic front panel. There will also be a limited edition of 25 individually numbered modules with an orange acrylic panel to match the ES-1/ES-2-2 modules.
The ES-3 is expected to be available from February 2011. Pricing TBD.
One More Muse has released Control, a new controller app for iOS that allows you to create custom interfaces.
Control enables users to create their own interfaces for controlling musical, artistic and virtual reality applications. It is built on top of Apple’s WebKit rendering engine and allows users to define their interfaces via JSON files.
Outputs both Wireless MIDI and Open Sound Control (OSC).
Reads and outputs data from Accelerometer, Gyro and Compass sensors (on applicable devices) with adjustable update rates.
Auto-discovery of wireless networks via Bonjour.
Interfaces can be pushed to the phone via OSC or downloaded from the web.
Supports both portrait and landscape interface orientations.
Interfaces work on both iPhones and iPads.
Control is available as a free app for iOS 4.2 or later.
Alesis has announced the StudioDock, a device that lets you connect all of your audio gear to the entire world of apps for iPad.
The StudioDock is the first device that enables anyone with an iPad to create, produce, and perform music with virtually any pro audio gear or instruments.
The StudioDock is a universal docking station specifically designed for the iPad, and it gives musicians, recording engineers, and music producers the connectivity they need to create and perform with iPad. Connect all your pro audio gear to virtually any app in the App Store with the StudioDock.
The world’s first pro audio dock for iPad.
Connect microphones and instruments including guitar, studio monitors, PA speakers, headphones, and MIDI controllers.
Universal device works with virtually every audio and MIDI app in the App Store; Core MIDI compliant.
Perform, craft, create and play back music in virtually any conceivable manner or location.
Video output for connection to TVs and projectors.
Inputs: two combo XLR-1/4″ for use with audio gear, instruments, and computer audio.
Input channel gain controls and switchable phantom power for use with condenser microphones.
Guitar-direct switch for use with amplifier- and effects-modeling app.
Outputs: pair 1/4″ and 1/4″ headphone with separate volume controls.
Control: MIDI In, MIDI Out, USB MIDI, and assignable 1/4-inch footswitch input.
Lab X Technologies has announced it has issued a production license to Avid for use of its MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) IP for the company’s MADIX™ Module.
The MADI interface allows professional audio, video, live and broadcast technology manufacturers to develop products with flexible I/O interfaces, with minimal modifications to host interface codes.
“Avid customers will be benefitting from our connectivity experience and developed IP with our MADI IP license,” stated Lee Minich, president, Lab X. “Our MADI connectivity, AVB audio platform and other connectivity IP solutions are further enabling the applications of our leading manufacturer licensees such as Avid.”
Using Fiber and Coaxial connections, MADI interfaces with up to 64 channels of digital audio in both directions. With a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) core, the MADIX’s electrical and mechanical interface is compatible with all Lab X MIX network I/O modules.
“Our VENUE customers demand high reliability and standards-based connectivity for their critical live applications,” said David Gibbons, VP of live sound, Avid. “Lab X’s FPGA-based solution is cost-effective, highly interoperable and allows us to implement the technology quickly. We’ve successfully partnered with Lab X several times, so we immediately turned to them to help us deliver this.
Faithful to my Eigenharp Pico unboxing video, I also recorded one right after I received my Eigenharp Alpha. I hope you like it!
Until now I haven’t been able to find an unboxing video that showed what I personally always wanted to see about the Alpha and its accessories. I hope this video satisfies the drool-lust of people like me now ;-)
What if you could have any musical technology you wanted – if you had only to imagine something, and it appeared? That was the somewhat insane notion behind the Dreams Competition CDM organized with Rui Penha of Casa Da Musica’s Digitópia research and education program in Porto, Portugal. Earlier this week, Rui and I sat down on the banks of Porto’s famed Douro River with Paulo Maria Rodrigues to pour through stacks of imaginary instruments. Some proposals read like wish lists composed to Santa Claus. Others included exquisite renderings, mock-ups, and even video that made them into serious, near-finished product designs. In the end, we attempted to choose the ideas that seemed the most surprising and original, including a winner that – with some limitation of its scope – would be feasible to actually build.
Far from just being idle fantasy, the winner will be realized by a team of developers as an open-source, free project. And I suspect some of the other entries may yield real tools, too. The line-up offers plenty of indications of what matters to people, and what’s possible. Here are some of our favorite entries out of an impressively high-quality bunch, plus, of course, our winners and the grand-prize selection that will inspire a real project.
As you can see, it's based on Boss's perennially popular DS-1 distortion pedal, with the 'Tone' and 'Dist' knobs operating as the left and right mouse buttons. There's also a scroll wheel on the side and the 'check' L.E.D. lights up when it's plugged in!
Unfortunately it doesn't work as an actual distortion pedal, but that's probably a good thing, because it's made out of plastic and it would be crumpled by our huge ROCK feet.