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Bluetooth LE MIDI Pedalboard for controlling iOS and Mac apps The IK Multimedia Blue Board uses the new BTLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) MIDI specification so you can control your music apps wirelessly with your feet!  If you're using iOS apps such as IK Multimedia's AmpliTube, you can now send control messages to them for up to 32.8...
5 Tricks to getting a great MIDI bass track  1. How to get rid of a hangover  Most bass lines are single notes, and because bassists lift fingers, mute strings, and pick, there's going to be a space between notes. Go through your MIDI sequence note by note and make sure that no note extends over another note's attack (Fig. 1). If two note...
Yamaha has a number of mobile apps for their DTX  electronic drums to make drumming more fun while helping you to get better!  The DTXM12 Touch app not only lets you edit the pads with a touchscreen interface but also adds new features that expand its functionality in live performance situations. When the DTX...
NI has released their smallest, most portable controller ever!  Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol M32 Features: ​  Micro-size keyboard controller with 32 keys for all your virtual instruments and effectsAffordable entry point into the NI worldSynth-action, custom NI micro-keybedInformative OLED display for at-a-glance navigation8 touch-...
As one of the inventors the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, Roland has continued to push the boundaries of the now 36-year old protocol(!) by continuously developing MIDI-based applications which bring totally new creative opportunities to musicians. One such application is the Roland AE-05 Aerophone GO, a unique digital wind instrument which...
Recently Ableton announced a free update to Live - Version 10.1  There were a number of workflow improvements , but one of the major new features is the Wavetable synthesizer now supports user wavetables. This allows you to import any wavetable or sample  and use it as an oscillator. Check out this Youtu...
KEYFEST RETURNS TO SWEETWATER! Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater is bringing his KeyFest experience back to Sweetwater! With three days of jamming alongside, hanging out with, and learning from Rudess and guests David Rosenthal (Rainbow, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper) and Otmaro Ruíz (solo artist, John McLaughlin, Abraham Laboriel), KeyFest is an event no ...
What is Social Sound Sharing? Yamaha originally launched the Soundmondo website and mobile app in 2015 for the reface line of keyboards.  It was one of the first major website to utilize Web MIDI.  Connect your reface keyboard to your computer, iPAD or phone, launch Chrome as your browser and you can browse sounds shared by...
​We're in a golden age of sampled instruments; these days, you can find realistic-sounding samples of everything, including drums. Back in the day, programmed drums sounded artificial and mechanical. Today, drums only have to sound that way if you want them to — and that sound is perfect for certain tracks! But assuming you want realistic-sounding ...
​Established in 2009, ROLI is creating the future of musical instruments. From next-generation keyboards like the Seaboard to the modular music-making devices of BLOCKS, ROLI instruments are deeply expressive and intuitive to play. They are so versatile that they can sound like anything and be played anywhere.  Technologically advanced to...
Celemony Melodyne has one foot in audio, but the other in MIDI because the analysis that it runs on audio ends up being easily converted to MIDI data. If you can sing with consistent tone and level, Melodyne can convert your singing into MIDI. The same functionality for monophonic tracks exists in many DAWs. MIDI data has been extracted from the gu...
Here are three new videos about how to use MIDI in FL Studio 20% Off Online Video Courses This month get 20% off any TMA curriculum. Choose a monthly or an annual subscription and save even more! Supercharge your music production skills today. Massive Online Courseware Library : MIDI Association : NonLinear Educating Nonlinear Educating is an adapt...
Here are three new videos about how to use MIDI in Cubase 10  20% Off Online Video Courses This month get 20% off any TMA curriculum. Choose a monthly or an annual subscription and save even more! Supercharge your music production skills today. Massive Online Courseware Library : MIDI Association : NonLinear Educating Nonlinear Educating is an...
 At SXSW 2019, Moritz Simon Geist performed and presented several workshops on using robots and MIDI.  His new EP is created completely with MIDI controllers controlling robots he created himself.  A latency control concept for midi driven mechanic robotic instruments Geist is deeply into MIDI. His blog details a proposal for ho...
Dubler Studio Kit is a real-time vocal recognition MIDI controller.  Vochlea Music recently launched a Kickstarter for Dubler Studio Kit and have raised over double their goal of $53,000 and still have 29 days left in their campaign.  The Kit consists of both hardware and software.  The Dubler software — a virtual MIDI...
DrumSpider Indiegogo Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/drumspider-play-the-drums-in-5-minutes/x/19050349?fbclid=IwAR2aP4hc6K_kHtt-R9dYbChTI0SKM3YoBFBtJFFZyoxi2yRE8L09XPktSow#/           Group of passion electronics and musicians created DrumSpider - the device to learn how to play the drums in 5 minutes. The...
Geert Bevins' watch app lets you wear your MIDI controller on your wrist Geert Bevin (who was one of the main people who developed MIDI Polyphonic Expression)  recently released MIDIWrist.  MIDIWrist truns your Apple Watch intoa MIDI controller.  Here is a pre-release demo using the Moog Model D iPhone app (Geert does a lot of w...
The NAMM Show is the pulse of the music industry. The 2019 Winter NAMM Show lived up to expectations with 115,000+ attendees and 2,000 exhibiting member companies. Most notable, there was a 14% increase in international participants, boosting the global importance of The NAMM Show. It's always a pure delight to attend the Winter NAMM Show. This yea...
Ploytec (Ploytec.com) develops chipsets for USB MIDI and audio as well as the PL2, analog synthesizer module and the ONE.2 MIDI CLOCK TAP TEMPO PEDAL.  PL2  The PL2 is an analog synthesizer module with a digital (125kHz, state variable) multimode filter, offering unique saturation. That filter's followed by a second analog lowpass filter....
Founded in 1994 by Los Angeles composer Eric Persing and his wife Lorey, Spectrasonics quickly became a leading developer of world-class sampled sound libraries. As Chief Sound Designer for Roland Corporation since 1984, Eric was already well-known in the music industry for creating many of the most popular sounds in their classic synthesizers, inc...
Second Sound showcases new ACO160 chip at NAMM 2019 Second Sound is the owner of the technology behind Sonicsmith's famous audio-controlled synthesizers, the ConVertor+ and Squaver P1+.  Now Second Sound is developing a new improved audio-controlled oscillator chip, the ACO160, which will bring frequency-tracking synthesizers to a new level of...
Gewa was founded in 1925 by Georg Walther in a region in Saxony famous for its musicians and manufacturers of musical instruments),  Today, the GEWA company not only has subsidiaries in all important export markets but also holds substantial shares in Asian factories of musical instruments that enable a world-wide marketing of lots of GEWA pro...
EASTWEST (soundsonline.com) is one of the largest virtual (software) instrument companies in the world. With clientele that spans the who's who of the music, film, television, games, multimedia and performing arts, EASTWEST has led the industry for 30 years and provides professionals with the very best music creation tools available. They...
Six New Companies Join the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) at Winter NAMM 2019    With the MIDI 2.0 specification moving forward, more and more new companies are joining the MMA.  Blokas (https://blokas.io/)  is the team behind PiSound, an ultra-low latency high-quality sound card and MIDI interface specially...