Acoustica releases AeroMIDI controller software

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Acoustica AeroMIDI

Acoustica has announced the release of AeroMIDI, a new 3D MIDI controller software for Windows and Mac.

AeroMIDI allows users to trigger notes and MIDI continuous controller messages with hand and finger movements in 3D space.

AeroMIDI enables control of six expression parameters using only one hand, or use both hands and control up to 12 simultaneous expression parameters. User-defined virtual spaces called “cubes” and “zones” allow easy triggering of events, beats or notes. Perform a gesture, such as a two-fingered swipe to the left, and suddenly you’ve enabled a whole new mode or set of expression controls and MIDI actions.

Simply plug a Leap Motion Controller into a USB port, load and install the AeroMIDI software, and start your MIDI software or external synthesizer. AeroMIDI then sends controller data and notes to MIDI software or external hardware. Control synthesizers, lighting rigs, visualizers, DAWs, effects, virtual instruments, and any other MIDI-capable hardware or software with AeroMIDI.

AeroMIDI features

  • Gestures translate hand movements with very low latency.
  • Translate hand & finger movements and rotation to MIDI controller data with very low latency.
  • Play notes by moving or rotating hands.
  • Configurable virtual 3D cubes let you build your own custom controller interface.
  • Simultaneously control MIDI expression parameters in three dimensions, including hand rotation.
  • Windows- and Mac-compatible (Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.6+).
  • Requires the Leap Motion Controller (Support for other 3D input devices coming soon).
  • Works with all MIDI software, hardware and DAWs, including Acoustica’s Mixcraft 6.

AeroMIDI is available to purchase for $29.99 USD. Acoustica will demonstrate the software at the Winter NAMM at Booth 6428, Hall A.

More information: Acoustica / AeroMIDI

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Steinberg releases Cubase iC Air gesture control for Cubase

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Steinberg Cubase iC Air

Steinberg has announced the release of Cubase iC Air, allowing users of Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7, together with Leap Motion Controller or Intel systems powered by the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK, to control Steinberg’s popular DAW intuitively by the command of gestures.

“With the advent of various gesture recognition technologies we’ve been looking into possibilities to control Cubase in a novel way by using simple hand gestures as an alternative control alongside the conventional mouse and keyboard — and Cubase iC Air is our first achievement in this field of research,” comments Shih Ming Law, key developer for Cubase iC Air.

Cubase iC Air embeds a control panel within Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7, giving visual feedback of the user’s hand gestures that are picked up by depth cameras from Leap Motion and Intel. Pre-programmed gestural commands allow the user to perform transport controls, such as start, stop, forward and rewind, to jump to the next or previous track, to audition through sections of audio and zoom in and out the arrangement.

By implementing a virtual version of Steinberg’s AI Knob, users are also able to control many other parameters of Cubase as well as VST 2.4 and VST 3 plug-ins through Cubase iC Air.

Intel global account manager Jean-Pierre Navarro says: “The great collaboration with Steinberg’s developer team helps get the most of the Intel platform and the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK. Cubase iC Air provides users with a new and exciting way of interaction. This is an entirely new way of experiencing music.”

Cubase iC Air is a software component that requires Cubase 7 or Cubase Artist 7 as host application and a Leap Motion Controller or depth camera run by the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK.

Cubase iC Air is available to download at no charge.

More information: Steinberg / Cubase iC Air

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Sensomusic updates Usine Hollyhock to v1.02.012

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Sensomusic Usine Hollyhock

Sensomusic has released version 1.02.012 of its Usine Hollyhock music software dedicated to live music and real-time installations.

You’ll find 3 new devices modules: the Leap Motion module, the serial port module (to work with Arduino and other serial devices) and the Wiimote module – create interaction with movements and gestures with the Leap motion, build your own MIDI devices with the Arduino and sensors and conduct your patches with the Wiimote.

Changes in Usine Hollyhock v1.02.012

  • New modules: Serial and Arduino, Wiimote, Leap Motion, Clock, Count milliseconds, Change Scale, Counter, Quantize Data, Quantize Button, Quantize MIDI.
  • Improved MIDI clock management: directly included into the devices. Much more accurate and precise.
  • Improvements in the Doppler library patch, Queue Data in Array module, and MIDI Quantize sub patch.
  • Fixed: important memory crash on store/recall preset of plug-ins.
  • Fixed: [Report #9] on plug-ins module, ‘params’ and ‘params names’ doesn’t update when changing preset.
  • Fixed: [Report #31] on plug-ins module, param value in setting panel doesn’t update when manipulated by patch.
  • Fixed: plug-ins module, in some case, bypass produces noise.
  • Fixed: various details in the Ramp module.
  • Fixed: mapping curves doesn’t work properly on binds.
  • Fixed: [Report #39] buttons and commands colors of the preset manager.

Usine Hollyhock for Windows and Mac is available to purchase for 159 EUR (20% off regular 199 EUR).

More information: Sensomusic

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SoundMorph announces Wave Warper sound fx software

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SoundMorph Wave Warper

SoundMorph has announced Wave Warper, a standalone software for Windows and Mac for creating sound fx.

Wave Warper is a revolutionary new way to create your own amazing custom whooshes, passbys, morphed sounds, and sample mayhem.

It combines up to 6 sound file layers to create one new dynamic file using multiple real-time controllable effects and optional VST plugins.

Wave Warper features

  • Load up to 6 sound files.
  • Load up to 10 VST plugins within Wave Warper.
  • Real-time user controlled XY pad allows you to ‘perform’ Wave Warper.
  • Pitch, volume, panning, and filtering defined envelopes follow along in real-time.
  • Randomizes your sound library folders to quickly generate new sounds.
  • Sine, triangle and square LFOs.
  • Wind and whistle generators.
  • 2 compressors.
  • 9 filter settings that follow along in real-time.
  • Volume fluctuation on each file for creating dynamic sounds per layer.
  • Leap Motion control option. Leap Motion sold separately here.
  • Reverb.
  • Compatible with Mac and PC (32 bit and 64 bit).

Wave Warper is available to pre-order for $55 USD until November 4th, 2013 (regular $69 USD).

More information: SoundMorph / Wave Warper

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Uwyn intros GestureControl for Leap Motion Controller

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Uwyn has introduced GestureControl, an application for the Leap Motion controller that provides multi-dimensional MIDI expression through hand gestures.

GestureControl has been designed for live performance and it operates at extremely low latency, while requiring very little resources on your computer. It can thus perfectly run alongside any MIDI capable software.


Geert Bevin shows some of the configuration capabilities while using Native Instrument’s Razor synth in Reaktor.

GestureControl features

  • 40 different control streams with both hands.
  • any control stream can be mapped to MIDI CC and Pitchbend messages on 16 different channels.
  • instantly switch between related control streams by opening or closing your hands.
  • carefully designed GUI for an immediate overview of the active MIDI mappings.
  • real-time low-latency visual feedback of your hand movements and MIDI data.
  • integrated virtual MIDI port on MacOSX.
  • connects to any known MIDI output port on your computer.
  • fully customisable user interface (colours, graphical elements).
  • flexible document management that can be loaded while performing gestures.
  • high performance and near-zero latency engine with virtually no CPU impact when the real-time visualisations are hidden.
  • MIDI decimation setting to allow integration with legacy hardware that has limited MIDI bandwidth.

GestureControl has been submitted to Airspace, Leap Motion’s app store and will be available at the world-wide launch of the Leap Motion Controller on May 13th, 2013.

The currently planned introduction price will be $9.99 USD for early adopters.

More information: Uwyn / GestureControl

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