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Vestax intros Pad-One, MIDI pad controller

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Vestax Pad-One

Vestax has announced the Pad-One, a portable MIDI pad controller.

The Vestax PAD-One is a solid robust MIDI pad controller, compatible with various DJ & DAW software and can be used to control any kind of MIDI device, including synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and electronic drums.

The aluminum chassis will never warp or crack, ensuring you long life durability and stability. The PAD-One can individually assign pads on the fly, and shows you each pads MIDI value on the 7seg indicator. Compact, solid and reliable, the PAD One is the ideal item to your DJ arsenal.

Pad-One features

  • 12 velocity & pressure sensitive LED backlit pads.
  • Individual LED color for each bank.
  • MIDI message for each pad can be selected with the PAD-One.
  • Real time control XY touch pad.
  • Solid aluminum die-casted robust chassis .
  • Full control of ROLL button tempo with the TAP button.
  • MIDI cable connection for control over various effect and sampler devices.
  • USB plug & play.
  • Excellent portability.

More information: Vestax / Pad-One

Short links for June 16th, 2010

Vuvuzela by Dundas Football Club @ Flickr

Some interesting things I found recently:

The sound of the vuvuzela seems to irritate quite a number of people, so here’s a round-up of some solutions on how to watch the World Cup games without this loud horn.

# Filter The Vuvuzela Horn Out of the World Cup; Learn JACK Routing on Linux

Are you a World Cup fan annoyed by the constant sound of the South African vuvuzela horn? Wish you could remove that sound from your World Cup viewing experience? Do you want to learn a little bit about powerful modular effects routing can be on Linux? Either? Both? Call it “football”? “Soccer”? Any way round, we’ve got you covered.

# Waves Vuvuzela Noise Reduction Solution

Waves has a processing chain available to download.

In response to the widely publicized complaints from TV viewers and broadcasters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Waves is proud to unveil a solution which dramatically reduces the problematic sound of the omnipresent Vuvuzela trumpet favored by South African soccer fans.

Working in conjunction with a major television broadcaster, we've precision-crafted a preset processing chain which drastically decreases Vuvuzela noise: The WNS Waves Noise Suppressor and the Q10 Paragraphic Equalizer. Together, they not only minimize Vuvuzela noise, they increase the intelligibility of the game announcers' play-by-play action and color commentary.

Waves Vuvuzela processing chain

The processing chain for Vuvuzela noise reduction is now available as load-and-use sessions for Pro Tools, Waves MultiRack, and Cubase.

# Prosoniq VuvuX

And Prosoniq has a free filtering plug-in for Mac users.

Prosoniq is proud to announce the world's first realtime Vuvuzela filtering plug in based on sonicWORX' audio de-mixing technology.

# Z3TA+

Cakewalk's award-winning Waveshaping Synthesizer is now just $19.99 USD as a download.

Usine Ableton OSC touch Controller

# Sensomusic Usine

Sensomusic has released tons of freebies for its Usine users.

Good news for all Usine free Users: Get more than 200 Add-ons and ready-made patches for free. Just register on the forum (it's totally free).

Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music also report on this one in Hundreds of Free Musical Tools Now Free to Add to Usine.

Usine is an overlooked gem in music making, a PC-based modular environment and live performance tool that runs as a host or VST plug-in. Pick the modules you need from a set of powerful building blocks, and build a custom musical rig, complete with multi-touch control on new Windows devices. It sounds like something you might request from a magical genie, but the thing is real, priced at EUR120 (or just EUR60 for educational users).

As with any modular environment, having ample access to powerful modules and some patches to get you started is everything. But that makes this week’s news worth noting: co-developer Olivier Sens has made some 200+ add-ons and patches free. All you have to do to grab them is register on the forum. The demo version of Usine is surprisingly capable, too, so if you’ve been waiting to test-drive and you have a Windows machine (or a dual-boot Mac), now could be a good time.

# Black Allegheny, Swarm Generated Music

Evan Merz writes:

Black Allegheny is one of the first albums made up entirely of swarm generated music. The album was created using a swarm-controlled sampler called Becoming, which was programmed by the composer.

Obey™ 3 Compact DMX Controller

# Review of the Chauvet Slimpar56 LED Light and Obey3 Light Controller

Mark @ Modulate This! on the Chauvet Slimpar56 & Obey3:

In a recent post I documented my new live rig with a drawing and a time-lapse video sans lights and light controller. I’m happy to report I just received and have been testing the brand new LED SlimPAR™ 56 and Obey™ 3 compact DMX controller so I thought I’d share some notes.

Livid Instruments introduces Ohm64 Customizer

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Livid Instruments Ohm64 Customizer

Livid Instruments has announced the Ohm64 Customizer, a web-based Flash application which lets you style and customize your own Ohm64 with over 100 different combinations.

We are really happy to now offer you the ability to create your own Ohm64 design in real-time, and order it directly from our shop.

The Customizer lets you design, preview, and order a custom Ohm64 and have it made-to-order and shipped in just ten days. Custom options include multiple color body finishes, LED colors, and faceplate colors. Since we make everything in-house, we have the ability to customize, create, and build everything under one roof, which is rare for an electronic music hardware product. The customizer allows you to stylize and design your Ohm64, and order it direct from Austin, Texas.

As an introductory offer and a way for us to test the process, each custom element is only, $10.

More information: Livid Instruments / Ohm64 Customizer

Short links for April 22nd, 2010

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The MIDI Piano Instructor : Gabriel Faure – Romanse sans parole

This is my MIDI piano instructor. This thing (top left in the picture) drives a bar of LEDs placed on top of a piano keyboard (electronic or regular). MIDI messages play a MIDI melody through the electronic piano or a MIDI box and also drive the MIDI piano instructor which turns on and off the LEDs according to the notes played.

More details at http://www.5volt.eu

# Electric Independence: Inside Devo’s UFO Studio, They Whip It New Wave, But With New Hats

The new episode of Electric Independence documents a rare look inside Devo’s studio. Mark Mothersbaugh himself gives us a tour through the space and shows us some of his favorite (and strangest) synths and circuit bending noisemakers. The guys even tell us some funny stories of their early Akron days, like the large girls (or “mother hens” as they like to call them) who would circle their equipment to warm it up before playing on those cold Ohio nights.

x0xb0x @ Willzyx

# Willzyx Music

James Wilsey on Willzyx:

When the x0xb0x first came out in 2005 it was a exciting and unusual for a few reasons. First it was the first synth that really sounded like a TB-303, Second it was a Kit that you had to build yourself. Due to the cult status of the 303 a lot of musicians started getting into DIY just so they could get there hands on a x0xb0x. This was a boom to the DIY synthesizer community. After 5 years Adafruit has had a wildly successful run with the x0xb0x. Adafruit Industries shipped out 1,000 kits and there are countless others who self sourced there own. My goal is to keep the x0xb0x alive and relevant to the DIY community for years to come. We have an amazing project that was given to us by Adafruit Industries. I plan to keep the original spirit of sharing. In the coming months you will see more open source project’s that are derived from the x0xb0x but not necessary tb-303 related. Transistorize the World!

via CDM

# aM laboratory Pulsate – Andre Michelle's Pulsate is a wonderful example how something simple can be stunningly beautiful. Love it!

Novation updates Automap to v3.4.1

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Novation Automap

Novation has released version 3.4.1 of Automap, a software system for Novation’s MIDI controllers.

Automap 3 is the latest incarnation of Novation’s intelligent software system. Automap is unique to Novation’s MIDI controllers, and has now been enhanced with a wealth of eagerly anticipated features. Until now Automap had focused on plug-in control, but exciting developments bring a new level of DAW control…

Changes in Automap v3.4.1

  • Improved MIDI data efficiency into Live.
  • Updated Novation USB driver to version 1.7, Windows only.
  • Updated Ableton Live DAW Setup Guide.
  • Updated SL MkII firmware to version 1.2.05.
  • Updated Zero SL MkII firmware to version 1.2.04.
  • Touch sense, encoder and button LED feedback in Live template (requires Ableton Live 8.1.3).

More information: Novation / Automap

Short links for April 7th, 2010

Cadeli Drum Machine

Some interesting things I found recently:

# Cadeli Drum Machine, a Drum Machine for Andoid:

  • You got 8 patterns of 8 tracks each.
  • Design drum patterns in a matrix, add accents to notes.
  • Pitch and Volume control on each track.
  • Tempo control.
  • Export drum patterns as wav files (mono/22khz).
  • Automatic electro/techno style pattern semi-randomly generated.
  • 3 drumkits included (jungle, electro, accoustic)

# Help Us Fight Copyright Violations

Kid Nepro writes:

So I’m sitting at home, minding my own business when I get an e-mail from someone (I can’t say exactly who) that goes on to tell me that there is an auction happening on ebay that has some of my sounds for sale. The e-mail went on to ask me if I knew anything about it.

Air Harp

# The First Round of iPad Apps Is Here: Updated Round-up, More Thoughts

Peter Kirn takes a look at music apps for the Apple iPad:

I’ve completed my round-up of some of the most compelling music creation applications coming to iPad at or near launch: iPad Apps for Music Making: What’s Coming, The Bigger Picture

The revised post includes some new videos and apps introduced over the weekend, so check out the full line-up. My thinking was that putting everything in one place makes it easier to find, and to get a sense of the … well, the bigger picture.

# Roland MC-307 “HipHop East” Loops

Cyberworm posted some new free samples:

45 loops (12 construction kits) sampled from Roland MC307. 65-93 BPM. wav format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 62 mb

… and some more Roland samples, this time from the MC-303

# Dan303: Drums By 303. Free drum samples.

Clean and Vocoded one shot drum samples. The drums were taken from the roland MC303 groove box and vocoded using the built in vocoder on the Korg Microkorg.

protrekkr

# protrekkr v2.0 released

ProTrekkr (formerly known as NoiseTrekker by Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius aka Arguru) is a tracker program combining a software synthesizer together with a traditional samples tracker which can be used to create electronic music (like psytrance, trance goa, hard acid, IDM, chip, techno, etc.) for small sized intros, demos or games.

Currently the tracker is supported on Windows, Linux, AmigaOS4, AROS and Mac OSX.

# MOON8 – 8-bit version of Dark Side of the Moon.

Have you ever wondered what Dark Side of the Moon would sound like if Pink Floyd had written it for NES, instead of for a rock band?

THE PROTODECK

# THE PROTODECK, a midibox-based MIDI controller for Ableton Live 8 with Max For Live.

THE PROTODECK controller features:

  • 87 potentiometers
  • 90 buttons
  • 81 rgb leds
  • 2×20 LCD
  • 2 PIC 18F4620 (20MHz RISC processors)
  • fully custom rgb led drivers
  • fully custom firmware
  • 2 MIDI IN/OUT interface
  • power supply unit included in the box

Sequentix announces Cirklon

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Sequentix Cirklon

Sequentix has announced the Cirklon, a hardware sequencer.

Cirklon is a totally new hardware sequencer design, with software based on the P3, but greatly improved both in usability and internal operation.

Cirklon features

  • User-interface based around a 240×64 pixel graphic LED display, 19 rotary encoders with push-switches, 2 assignable knobs, 35 high-quality Cherry keys with integrated LEDs, and a further 35 tri-colour status LEDs.
  • 16 tracks, with 5 independent MIDI INs and OUTs to connect a large number of controllers and synths/sound modules while keeping MIDI latency to a minimum.
  • USB MIDI, native CV/gate support, and a dedicated DIN sync output.
  • 32-bit, 72MHz ARM Cortex CPU runs a proprietary sequencer engine to ensure optimum timing accuracy.
  • All MIDI ports are provided by hardware serial ports in the CPU core itself.
  • CV/gate connectivity will be available in two levels – a pair of 12-bit resolution CV and gate outputs, or an external CV breakout box with a large number of CV outs (details to be finalised).
  • Pattern storage is comprised of 2MB battery-backed internal RAM and 512MB internal NAND flash, with a SD/MMC card socket for data backup.

Cirklon is expected to be shipping in low volume in March, for under £1,000 GBP. Details to be announced.

More information: Sequentix / Cirklon

ThinkGeek releases Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer

ThinkGeek Bliptronic 5000

ThinkGeek has released Bliptronic 5000, an LED synthesizer.

If HAL 9000 mated with R2-D2 and their electronic offspring was tutored by Kraftwerk it would probably end up something like the Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer.

At once a minimalist musical plaything and a hardcore old-skool synthesizer, the Bliptronic defies categorization as it belts out 8-Bit style style tunes from its grid of glowing buttons.

You’ll notice sound similar to a retro Casiotone with an interface not unlike a simplified Yamaha TENORI-ON… if that makes any sense. Either way, once you start touching the keys of the Bliptronic you’ll be hooked by it’s simple pattern-based approach to music.

Bliptronic 5000 features

  • Unusual retro synthesizer is played with a grid of glowing buttons.
  • Create looping patterns and change them dynamically while playing.
  • Chain multiple units together and create more complex melodies.
  • One octave range. 8 notes can be played simultaneously.
  • 8 different old-skool synth sounding instruments to choose from.
  • Sounds created using FM waveform synthesis.
  • Set the BPM (beats per minute) from 60 to 180 in 20 BPM increments.
  • Built in speaker with headphone jack and line-out jack.
  • Front panel is constructed from brushed aluminum.
  • Includes, manual and 2 link cables for connecting additional Bliptronic units.
  • Requires 4 x AA batteries (not included).

The Bliptronic 5000 is available to purchase for $49.99 USD.

More information: Bliptronic 5000