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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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Andrew McPherson introduces TouchKeys multi-touch musical keyboard

Andrew McPherson has launched a Kickstarter project for his Touchkeys, a DIY touch sensor kit allowing capacitive multi-touch sensing on a physical keyboard.

Touchkeys
The TouchKeys are a new musical instrument transforming the piano-style keyboard into an expressive multi-touch control surface.

The TouchKeys feature native OSC and MIDI support, so they work with nearly every synthesizer or software instrument, with wind and string sounds working particularly well thanks to the ease of playing vibrato and pitch bends. Mappings between touch data and MIDI/OSC are fully customisable in the included open-source software.

A unique aspect of the TouchKeys project is that the sensors install on any existing keyboard, from portable 2-octave controllers to 88-key grands. This means that the TouchKeys retain the familiar keyboard action while adding many new expressive techniques. The Kickstarter project will offer DIY kits for musicians to hack their own keyboards, as well as a limited number of prebuilt instruments. The project seeks to raise £30k to fund the production of TouchKeys sets and get them into the hands of musicians.

About me: Andrew McPherson, creator of the TouchKeys, is a composer and engineer and a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous project, the magnetic resonator piano (electronically-augmented acoustic piano), has been used in dozens of performances worldwide over the past 4 years, most recently by the London Chamber Orchestra and the band These New Puritans.

This project is looking to raise £30,000 GBP by Monday Sep 2, 6:59pm EDT.

More information: Touchkeys

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Keith McMillen Instruments ships QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller

Keith McMillen Instruments has announced the shipping of its QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller to customers around the world.

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus
The QuNexus is a playable, portable, and powerful keyboard controller.

Featuring huge performance capabilities in a tiny footprint, QuNexus gives unprecedented expressive control with KMI’s patented Smart Sensor technology that transmits pressure, tilt, polyphonic aftertouch, and velocity. QuNexus unites four generations of synthesis–CV, MIDI, USB, and OSC–for maximum flexibility.

“QuNexus is the most important evolution in keyboards since the Erard Escapement was introduced to pianos in 1821,” said KMI founder, Keith McMillen. “QuNexus gives keyboardists forms of expression that were only available to string and horn players. Although playful in appearance, it performs and feels like a serious instrument.”

QuNexus re-imagines the portable MIDI keyboard with 25 vividly illuminated, Smart Sensor keys that are uniquely interactive and fun to play. QuNexus is designed to talk to analog synthesizers with Control Voltage (CV), USB, 5-pin MIDI hardware, and networked OSC applications.

“We are very excited about the arrival of QuNexus,” said John Grabowski, Senior Director of Merchandising at Sweetwater Sound. “Its innovative design and unique capabilities have already translated into strong pre-order demand.”

QuNexus features

  • 25 Smart Sensor keys detect velocity, pressure, and tilt.
  • Polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch.
  • 2 CV/Gate inputs; Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
  • Pitch bend pad.
  • Octave up/down buttons provide a 7 octave range.
  • USB powered, receives power directly from iOS device or Mac/PC.
  • Class compliant for iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows and Linux, no drivers required.
  • Portable: 3.3″ (84 mm) x 12.8″ (325 mm) x 0.43″ (11 mm), 0.76 lb (345 g).

The QuNexus is now available to purchase for $149 USD.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNexus

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Keith McMillen Instruments introduces QuNexus: Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller at Kickstarter

Keith McMillen Instruments has launched a Kickstarter project for QuNexus, a new smart sensor keyboard controller.

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus
QuNexus is the first keyboard controller to unite four generations of synthesis: MIDI, Control Voltage, OSC and USB.

QuNexus is a controller that everyone can have fun with. 25 vividly illuminated, touch-sensitive keys invite the beginner to explore, and provide valuable performance feedback for the professional.

Smart Sensor keys detect pressure, location, and velocity giving you unprecedented musical control.

Together with popular software apps, beginners can learn to play quickly and easily with QuNexus’ game-like blue and white glowing keys, creating a fun and interactive learning experience. Now anyone can play the piano.

QuNexus features

  • 25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity.
  • Polyphonic Aftertouch.
  • 7 Octave range.
  • Pitch Bend Pad.
  • 2 CV/Gate Inputs.
  • Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit).
  • Blue and White LED Illumination with 16 levels of brightness.
  • Portable: 14 oz, 3.5″ x 10″ x .5 “.
  • Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed.
  • MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux.

The QuNexus project will be funded if at least $20,000 USD is pledged by Tuesday December 18th, 2:59am EST. Starting at a $150 USD pledge for a first edition QuNexus, backers can expect the controller to be delivered in April, 2013.

More information: Keith McMillen Instruments / QuNexus

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Endeavour Evo Series One ethernet keyboard controllers

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Endeavour has launched its renewed website for the Evo, a touch and pressure sensitive keyboard controller.

Endeavour Evo Series One

The evo is a pure keyboard controller that is connected to a computer via an Ethernet interface, and that communicates via Midi, OSC or our own in-house protocol with synthesizers, sequencers or similar.

The keys are the special feature here. Every single key is equipped with a sensor that allows evo to read the finger position on a certain area of the key surface. Thus, every key offers, in addition to pitch and velocity, an additional level of polyphonic data input that can be used for continuous control of independent notes.

Evo Series One features

  • 24 or 48 touch and pressure sensitive, unweighted keys.
  • Black pulver-coated aluminum housing (24) / high quality anodized aluminum housing (48).
  • 100 MBit/s Ethernet-Interface.
  • External Power Supply.
  • 400x350x100mm, 1020g (24) / 700x350x100mm, 2020g (48).

The Evo is available to purchase for 499 EUR (24 keys) / 999 EUR (48 keys).

More information: Endeavour

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Airpiano MIDI and OSC controller now available

Omer Yosha of Kesem Design has released the Airpiano, an innovative MIDI and OSC controller that allows the user to trigger invisible keys and faders in midair.

Airpiano

The airpiano is the first musical interface to introduce an intuitive and simple touch-free interaction. Many touch-free interfaces require users to stare at a display. The user’s hand gestures in 3D space then control elements on the screen. However, musicians and performers need to be able to play their instruments in a more free and intuitive way. The airpiano’s keys and faders are therefore not on the screen, but exactly there above the airpiano surface. The performer knows the position of each controller in the air, so no display is needed. Just like with a multitouch interface, the user triggers a virtual button exactly where it is, and the interaction becomes much more natural.

Airpiano features

  • Built from beautiful walnut wood, dark red acrylic glass and RoHS compliant components.
  • 8 infrared proximity sensors create up to 24 virtual keys and 8 virtual faders.
  • 40 LEDs provide easy orientation and visual feedback.
  • 1 momentary button allows switching between presets directly from the device.
  • ¼” connector for using an expression pedal or a foot switch.
  • Power 9Vdc.
  • USB 2.0.
  • Dimensions: 960 x 160 x 26 mm ; Weight: 2.8 kg.
  • Custom airpiano software for PC and Mac, which can send MIDI and Open Sound Control (OSC) messages to other software or hardware:
    • Create and save arrangement presets
    • Assign keys and faders with MIDI messages (OSC messages are sent automatically)
    • Assign keys with preset-load messages (allows loading presets directly from the device)
    • Set momentary button functionality
    • Set pedal / foot switch functionality (MIDI CC , Global Velocity or Preset Loader)

A limited number of Airpiano devices is now shipping for a reduced price of 1,099 EUR (EU) / 1,149 EUR (international). Prices include shipping.

More information: Airpiano

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Da Fact announces the Karlax

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Da Fact Karlax

Da Fact has announced the Karlax, the first controller to re-establish the artist’s body at the heart of the performance.

This instrument’s revolutionary ergonomic design uses the artist’s own natural movements. Its wireless technology (using radio-waves and MIDI protocol trough USB) gives musicians freedom on stage. Its highresolution sensors offer a finesse of performance and open up as yet uncharted creative waters.
Karlax takes its natural place in the chain of digital creation and expression, making it possible to leverage and enhance the potential offered by every type of composition, recording, editing and performance software and hardware.

Karlax is the first musical and visual controller to be produced, the fruit of 7 years of intensive research and development. Karlax provides intense pleasure during a performance as it offers the artist a wealth of very expressive movements which can be accessed in a simple, intuitive manner. Its sensors are fitted to precision mechanics components. The innovative architecture allows pistons, keys, switches, benders, triggers, a rotation axis and an inertial unit (comprising an inclinometer, accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope) to be activated separately or simultaneously. An embedded screen for displaying and editing settings makes it possible to safely leave the computer off stage. With the product comes also a dedicated software compatible with both MAC and PC.

This instrument, which is totally portable and wireless, offers artists unrivalled freedom in terms of performance and expression, both in the studio and on stage. Karlax allows composers to go far beyond using the normal controls for operating and manipulating sound generators, whether in the form of hardware or software. Karlax offers a new artistic solution to this technological challenge and fully leverages the potential of sound generators, which have been under-utilised in real time use until now.

An initial, limited numbered series has been announced for Q4, for an estimated price of 3500 EUR (excluding VAT).

More information: Da Fact / Karlax

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