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Keith McMillen Instruments releases SoftStep, MIDI foot controller

Keith McMillen Instruments is now shipping the SoftStep, a multi-touch USB foot controller.

SoftStep is an extremely flexible controller allowing you to use it in a variety of ways. You can use it with software on your computer to control effects, looping, sample triggering, etc.. Use it with DAWs to control punch-in, panning, levels, and transport functions. In standalone mode you can use the SoftStep without a computer to control your MIDI synth and/or rack with the SoftStep MIDI Expander (sold separately). In addition to controlling sound, the SoftStep can be used with anything that will accept MIDI or OSC data: lighting effects, video, robotics, pyrotechnics, and more.

Keith McMillen Instruments SoftStep

SoftStep features

  • USB-powered – connects to a computer or works standalone with MIDI Expander.
  • Ten multi-touch keys control up to 6 unique notes, Continuous Controllers, Program Changes, or OSC.
  • Each key picks up pressure, X and Y motion, and rotation.
  • Weighs in at just over a pound, making it ultra-portable and airline-friendly.
  • Super rugged design made with elastomeric and graphite composite… “and it’s beer-proof!”
  • Four-character alphanumeric LED displays and 10 dual-color key LEDs.

SoftStep is available to purchase for $289.95 USD. The optional MIDI Expander is $49.95 USD.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / SoftStep

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Tascam TG-7 & TC-8, wide-format tuners

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Tascam TG-7 & TC-8

Tascam has announced the TG-7 and TC-8, two new tuners.

TASCAM’s TG-7 and TC-8 tuners combine fast pitch detection and a 5″ wide backlit LCD display to help musicians dial into perfect pitch. The TG-7, designed for guitar and bass players, has a 1/4″ in and thru and fits perfectly on pedalboards and amplifiers. The TC-8 is tailored for band and orchestra players with alternate tuning scales for period instruments. Both tuners have a built-in microphone and powerful metronome with internal speaker.

The tuner in the TG-7 and TC-8 uses high speed processing to calculate the pitch. Four tuner modes allow up to 1.25-cent steps on the display for maximum accuracy, and the tuner can be calibrated to an installed piano. They have desktop feet with a clip to attach to a music stand, and a tripod mount is also built-in. The metronome on the TG-7 and TC-8 can be set to various beat accents, and tap tempo allows the musician to find the tempo marking for any song.

TG-7 & TC-8 features

  • Chromatic tuner.
  • Metronome with 30-300 BPM range and seven accent values.
  • 5″ Wide backlit LCD display with note value and bargraph displaying pitch deviation.
  • Four display modes: Bargraph, Fine, Strobe Animation and Needle.
  • Oscillator for playing pitch.
  • Built-in speaker for pitch and metronome.
  • Built-in microphone for acoustic instruments.
  • Tuner Calibration mode.
  • Flip-out stand for tabletop use with hooks for music stand mounting.
  • Tripod mount.
  • Tuning modes TG-7: Guitar, Bass, Chromatic, Drop-D, Drop-G, Open-D, Open-G and five user-definable scales.
  • Tuning modes TC-8: Equal Temperament, Pythagorean, Mean tone, Werckmeister III, Kirnberger III, Kellner, Vallotti, Young.
  • 1/4″ in and thru jacks (TG-7) / 1/4″ in jack (TC-8).

The TASCAM TG-7 and TC-8 will be available from select Tascam retailers in December 2010.

More information: Tascam

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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