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Roland releases new Windows 8.1 & Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers

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Roland USB Drivers

Roland has announced that new Windows 8.1 and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers are available for a wide range of Roland products including audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, MIDI keyboard controllers, recorders, and more.

Roland respects the importance of keeping pace with technology, and Roland’s engineering teams forge strong links with Microsoft and Apple to build and test new drivers alongside beta OS releases. Starting with the original MPU-40 in 1984, Roland has nearly thirty years of experience creating interfaces for computer music applications and continues to elevate the musical possibilities for musicians all over the world.

Drivers for Roland’s extensive range of gear are released in concert with operating system updates, giving musicians immediate access to keep creative visions flowing. Windows 8.1 (64-bit and 32-bit) and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) USB drivers are now available for the Roland products listed below. Additional drivers for Roland products will also be added as they are completed.

The drivers are available to download here.

More information: Roland

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Roland releases new Windows 8 USB Drivers

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Roland Windows 8

Roland has announced that new Windows 8 USB drivers are available for a whole range of Roland products including audio interfaces, MIDI interfaces, MIDI keyboard controllers and more.

Drivers for Roland’s extensive range of gear are released in concert with operating system updates. This gives musicians the immediate access they need to keep their creative visions flowing through Roland’s leading electronic musical products.

Roland understands the importance of keeping pace with technology, and by forging strong links with Microsoft and Apple, engineering teams are able to build and test new drivers alongside beta OS releases. Starting with the original MPU-40 in 1984, Roland has nearly thirty years of experience creating interfaces for computer music applications and continues to elevate the musical possibilities for musicians all over the world.

More information: Roland / Windows 8 USB drivers

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Short links for January 12th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Zoom H4N

# First look at the Zoom H4N digital audio recorder

Brad Linder takes a look at the Zoom H4N, a digital pocket recorder.

I got a chance to stop by the Samson booth at CES yesterday and check out the new Zoom H4N digital audio recorder. This flash recorder is an upgraded version of the Zoom H4, but Zoom and Samson don't plan to phase out the older model. Rather, they'll now offer flash recorders in three price ranges, $199 for the Zoom H2, $249 to $299 for the Zoom H4, and $349 for the zoom H4N, which is a bit closer to being a pro audio device. The new recorder should begin shipping in February.

# Like a DIY NAMM: Handmade Music Preview, with Gestural Gadgets, Mannequin Parts, More

Peter Kirn posts details on some of the DIY projects that you can go check out for yourself at the upcoming Handmade Music Night, this thursday in NYC.

What’s new in the world of music technological creations? It’s stunning how much people are creating in their private workshops and bedrooms. I’m pleased to have the chance to share it virtually here, and Thursday night in person in New York City.

Here’s a look at the projects. It’s a bit like having an all-DIY, oddball music tech trade show – eat your heart out, NAMM show! (Warning: one slightly not-safe-for-work clip of a mannequin getting felt up.)

# Stanwood craftsman puts human touch on factory-made pianos – Darrell Fandrich is a micromaker of pianos, importing instruments from China and parts from Europe and the U.S. and rebuilding them as Fandrich & Sons pianos. A craftsman in an assembly-line world, Fandrich hopes that human touch can turn back the clock on pianos built by conveyor belt.

# Interview With Smule’s Dr. Ge Wang (Maker of iPhone Ocarina)

Modulate This interview with Dr. Ge Wang

Mark Mosher interviews Dr. Ge Wang, CTO and Co-founder of Smule.com.

Smule are the makers of extremely popular and innovative iPhone applications such as Sonic Lighter and Ocarina. Dr. Wang is also an assistant professor at Stanford University, at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University and a BS in Computer Science from Duke University. Ge is the creator and chief architect of the ChucK audio programming language, and the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk).

I asked a wide variety of questions in this interview – so – whether you are a musician, a developer, an iPhone user, or an entrepreneur, I hope you find this interview interesting and enlightening.

The interview is available in YouTube and mp3 formats.

# Music Thing: The end of Music Thing, for now. – I’m sure you’ve heard the news… Thanks Music Thing for all the great posts over the years.

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Microsoft releases Songsmith

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Microsoft has released Songsmith, a software which lets you create your own songs using just your voice.

Songsmith helps you create songs using just your voice, by choosing musical accompaniments to match whatever you sing. Whether you’re a musical novice looking to send a jingle to a friend or an aspiring songwriter looking to give it a first try, Songsmith lets you start making music.

I know some people who read this blog think that using loops (or computers for that matter) to create music is epic fail. While I disagree on that particular matter, when does making music stop being, well, making music? Songsmith looks like a proper toy to me, but perhaps it’s perfect for all those candidates that didn’t make it through the auditions of the Idols TV shows ^_^

Scobleizer has posted an interview and demo with two researchers from Microsoft here.

Link via CDM

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Short links for July 3rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found on July 3rd, 2008:

# SuNSyNtH – DIY synth based on voice changer chip.

SuNSyNtH
Flame+Sun+DoD(MoD) 32 switches, 12 knobs, 16 LED’s, and 2 joysticks

From the website:

This small box can produce thousands variations of bleeps, noises, feedbacks, ring-mod sounds and drons. It can also process external signal – than it works like ring modulator, digitalizer or pitch shifter. It has 2 body contacts, pitch shifting knob, voltage knob and few switchers. In some mode it can be controlled as thermin, just by moving the hand behind. Also it has expression pedal input, audio in and audio out.

More images, a video, and sound clips here.

# scratchcontroller [MidiBox.org] – The aim of this project is to build a MIDI controller that can be used by scratch DJs. This can be broken down into two main requirements: A very high-resolution, accurate jog wheel and a smooth, reliable, high quality crossfader with curve control.

# SimplyNoise.com – The best free white noise generator on the Internet. – Slide the orb, Find comfort zone, Enjoy auditory zen!

# Adieu, XP; How Vista SP1 is Doing, and Why This OS Generation Has Been So Tough – Peter Kirn takes a good look at the current state of Vista for making music.

# Matrixsynth: FLAME “ECHOMETER” and FLAME “SIX-IN-A-ROW” – A Midi loop sequencer and a Grid-Sequencer & Midi-Controller.

# Heartcode – Free music download from net label iimusic featuring tracks by Temp Sound Solutions, Alex Mauer, Disasterpeace, Animal Style, Phlogiston, Shnabubula, Xoc, and Norrin Radd.

# genoQs Machines – Nemo (now available) – Nemo is a high-end MIDI step sequencer, adding portability to the highly acclaimed functionality and user friendliness of Octopus. It is in many ways an Octopus in disguise, and one that feels equally well in a backpack or on your lap!

# Rovert Moog interview – May 1985 – TECHtalk interview with Robert Moog.

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Short links for May 30th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 30th, 2008:

# Mainstream Multi-Touch is Coming, And It’ll Rock for Music

Peter Kirn writes:

The video above, showing multi-touch integrated with the next version of Windows 7 (expected at the end of next year), demonstrates one thing to me: multi-touch is coming, and it’ll be mainstream. And that’s huge for creative performance.

# GetLoFi – Abelincoln live looper – The “abelincoln live sampler” utilizes 3 Yada Yada Yada voice recorder circuits and simple passive 3 channel mixer for the Output signals.

# LittleGPTracker Hits 1.0; Free, GP2x, Linux, Mac, Windows, Does Lots of Stuff – LittleGPTracker (a.k.a 'The piggy') is a music tracker optimised to run on portable game consoles. It is currently running on Game Park's GP2x but there's a version for windows & mac too.

# 8bitcollective.com Compilation CD “Hello World!” OUT NOW! – Free CD includes 16 creative commons licensed 8bit tracks.

# Kontakt Tutorial Video: Creative Abuse with Modulation, Scripting – Peter Dines’ tutorial on scripting and modulation in Kontakt 3.

# The C1 has landed! – Casper Electronics circuit bent C1 is available in three styles: CS1 Speak&Spell, CM1 Speak&Math, CR1 Speak&Read. You can get one for $250.

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Zune Marketplace will offer DRM-free MP3s

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Microsoft Zune

Microsoft has just introduced some new Zune portable media players.

But perhaps more interesting is that Microsoft has also redesigned Zune Marketplace, including new free content.

The press release reads:

Consumers will also be able to choose from a selection of more than 1 million digital rights management (DRM)-free MP3s, which can be played with Zune or any other digital media player.

Looks like Zune gets a second change. Wireless sync options, a touch-sensitive button, funky family colors and DRM free music… Still not sure that Zune tattoo was such a good idea though…

Link via Boing Boing

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Short links for October 2nd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 2nd, 2007:

  • 40+ Media Players That Aren’t iTunes – Mashable lists over 40 players for those who don’t want to use iTunes.
  • McLaggan Smith Mugs – Lovely mugs, sweet mugs, cool mugs, and… more mugs.
  • The Atari 2600 celebrates 30 years of low-rez fun – Retro Thing takes a trip down memory lane.
  • Using CCTV for low-budget filmmaking – Mediashed involved a group of kids who usually hang around in the streets to engage in Video sniffin’ activities and turn CCTV into a free broadcasting system for their own use.
  • Microsoft bows to pressure on XP – Customer demand has forced Microsoft to extend the shelf life of Windows XP by five months.
  • rsizr – With rsizr, in addition to normal image rescaling and cropping, you can also resize images using a new image resizing algorithm called seam carving (a method of image retargeting) that tries to keep intact areas in your image that are richer in detail.
  • Ronald’s Crisis – On September 15, 2007 Ronald McDonald, who had fallen in love with the food of New York and become frustrated with the corporate agenda of McDonald’s, stepped into action closing every McDonald’s store in Manhattan.
  • M.T.A. Makes Deal for Cellphones in Stations – All 277 underground stations in the subway system are to be wired for cellphone use.
  • New AT&T terms of service – From now on, AT&T can terminate your connection for conduct that “tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries”.
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