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.
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).
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.
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.