Konkreet Labs has released version 2.1 of the Konkreet Performer controller app for iOS.
KONKREET PERFORMER is a music control and performance instrument that was designed to use multi-touch technology to the full.
Instead of traditional faders and knobs, use multi-touch and gestures to manipulate PERFORMER’s beautiful shapes to dynamically control your computer’s software instruments in real-time.
Changes in Konkreet Performer v2.1
- Resizeable Touch Areas — Especially useful for grabbing nodes quickly. The size of the touch areas can now be set, per bank, in the preferences screen.
- Discontinuous Node Angles — The standard node angle output is a continuous 0 to 180 to 0 degrees. Now, with this update, the output can be set to the full 0 to 360 degrees.
- Various bug fixes.
Konkreet Performer for iOS costs $24.99 USD.
More information: Konkreet Labs
Peter Dines has updated his Mirage granular sampler for the Konkreet Performer iPad control surface to version 1.9.6.
The new version includes extensive feature enhancements and numerous bug fixes, and carefully thought out, tested and integrated Konkreet Performer mappings. Mirage snapshot recall will also recall node positions and transmit them to Performer on your iPad.
This time out the sample material is mostly one-shots to work in conjunction with the added pitch correction. Adding longer phrases and snippets of songs works well too but with the one-shots you can do something more deliberate and compose a part for a pre-existing track. I find with long phrases there are only a couple of note combinations that work well and what you come up with will have a mind of its own and suggest its own composition.
There are a couple of trashed piano field recordings in here that rattle beautifully – nothing like hitting the harp directly on a piano that’s sat out in the weather for a few seasons.
Mirage is available to purchase for $15 USD. It is also included in the sampler pack (with Loupe and ParamDrum).
More information: Peter Dines
Konkreet Labs has announced Oblique, a free Max for Live synth.
Oblique is a Max for Live synthesizer which is completely mapped to Konkreet Performer. As a regular synthesizer, it receives MIDI notes from any MIDI device. Unlike regular synthesizers, the timbre of the sound is controlled by OSC messages coming from the abstract interface of Performer.
The main idea behind the synthesizer was to avoid the use of sliders and knobs, and remove technical descriptions of the synthesis process. Being completely controlled by the main geometrical object of Performer, Oblique allows you to shape your sound without thinking about what is inside the box.
Oblique has been designed, from the beginning, to fit both the interface and the visuals of Performer.
Hence, it is not a general purpose synthesizer, but more an audiovisual entity that you can shape and which will react in a certain way. Of course you can use it just for its sound, but Oblique reveals its true nature when working hand in hand with the visuals.
As an additional feature, Oblique can be controlled uniquely from Performer, without MIDI input. It means that you can play it entirely by manipulating the geometrical object, while the graphics in the background give you visual feedback.
Oblique is available as a free download at Konkreet Labs. Requires Ableton Live 8 with Max for Live and Konkreet Performer.
More information: Konkreet Labs / Oblique
Konkreet Labs has updated Konkreet Performer, a music control and performance instrument that was designed to use multi-touch technology to the full.
Inertia control comes to Konkreet Performer, enabling smooth morphing, from fast and responsive to ultra slow gradual transitions.
Changes in Konkreet Performer v1.2
- Variable Inertia Setting: for smooth morphing transitions in your music.
- Control Inertia from Preferences Screen or directly via the Ribbon (for real-time changes during performance).
- Gestures (rotate/pinch) can be used seamlessly without interrupting the morphing movement.
- Snapshot Enhancement: Snapshot buttons now respond to touches dragged across them for really fast changes.
Konkreet Performer for iOS 3.2 or later is available to purchase for $24.99 USD. The update is free for existing users.
More information: Konkreet Labs
Twisted Tools has announced the release of Twisted KP, a dedicated OSC converter for the Konkreet Labs Performer application for the iPad.
It allows you to easily connect Performer to a variety of devices, both inside and outside of your computer. Twisted KP converts performer messages to MIDI, *Control Voltage and Reaktor IC Sends, in any combination.
Simply put, Twisted KP is the bridge between Konkreet Labs Performer and your music software and hardware, allowing you to quickly control almost anything, anywhere.
Twisted KP features
- Converts Performer messages to MIDI, *Control Voltage or Reaktor IC Sends.
- Fast, intuitive and powerful interface.
- Use Konkreet Labs Perfomer with your host MIDI automation.
- Presets for NI Maschine, Kore, Moog Voyager, Access Virus and more.
- Demo versions and presets for Twisted Tools devices.
- Musical scales to play KP in key and create chord clusters.
- Bypass entire nodes and/or individual messages.
- Message range adjustment.
- Message value inversion.
- Gate mode.
- Quantized note lengths.
- Quick Start setup guide within Reaktor..
Twisted KP is available to purchase for $9 USD.
More information: Twisted Tools / Twisted KP
*Control Voltage requires a dc-coupled audio interface. Requires REAKTOR 5.6+ and does not work with Reaktor Player. iPad and Performer app sold separately.
Peter Dines has released ParamDrum 3 Konkreet Edition, a Reaktor drum machine for Konkreet Performer.
This time the big deal is Konkreet Performer mappings. Performer is an iPad app that gives you tactile control over anything that can receive OSC, such as Reaktor. Free utiities also let you translate it to MIDI for software and hardware that can’t receive OSC. How good is Konkreet Performer? It’s the reason I went out and bought an iPad in the first place.
ParamDrum 3 (including KP Edition) for Reaktor is available to purchase for $15 USD. The ParamDrum 3 Konkreet Performer Edition is free for owners of previous versions of ParamDrum.
For a limited time ParamDrum is available in a bundle with the Sampler Pack (Frame 2, Loupe and Mirage) for $22.50 USD (regular $45 USD).
More information: Peter Dines
Peter Dines has released the Arcturan UltraTheremin, a free download for Reaktor and Konkreet Performer.
I built this as a learning project to figure out how to map Konkreet Performer’s nodes to voices in Reaktor. If you’re interested, you can download here – you’ll need an iPad and Konkreet Performer to really make use of it. (It also works with TouchOSC – layout included in download – if you don’t mind a slightly less freakish playing experience)
Here’s how it works – set Konkreet up with three nodes and a ribbon. The three nodes control pitch and intensity. Angle from left to right is mapped to pitch, and proximity to the center node controls vibrato depth, rate and filter resonance. As pitch increases, the filter cutoff and pulsewidth also change.
Arcturan UltraTheremin is available to download at no cost.
More information: Modulations