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  1. Avalon Bassline Synthesizer updated!
  2. Air Piano, trigger invisible keys and faders in midair.
  3. Kabbalistic Synthesizer – Waveforms by macrocosmic phenomena
  4. Misa Digital NSC-32 Note Sequence Controller
  5. Clavia G2 Modular: Secret Modules
  6. Daphne Oram’s 1960’s Optical Synthesizer
  7. Museum of Soviet synthesizers
  8. 10 Classic Roland TR-909 patterns
  9. Elektron Audio/CV Split Cable Kit
  10. WesAudio _dione (Bus Compressor 500)
  11. Creating New Sounds with Richard Devine…
  12. Nice DIY MIDI Controller Kit
  13. How to sync your modular synth to Ableton Live
  14. DPO meets Octatrack (Music Video)
  15. Introducing eMotion LV1 – Waves new mixing console

1. Avalon Bassline Synthesizer updated!

Avalon Bassline Synthesizer OS V 1.5 is available and brings new features and bug fixes.

The update is done via MIDI Sysex and all the informations on installation are available on the brand’s website with the links to the MIDI / Sysex free softwares.

New Features

– Calibration Mode
– Filter CV Offset per Step
– Copy Pattern Sections
– Trigger Modulation Envelope via MIDI
– Pattern Bank Sysex Dumps
– Screensaver Mode
– Hardware version tracking
– Removed splash screen for faster bootup

Bug Fixes

– D# key now works in Record Mode
– Filter Control via MIDI now works
– Notes immediately audible when recorded in Record Mode (before sequence had to loop once)
– Arpeggiator directions correspond correctly to manual and panel graphic
– Arpeggiator ‘black’ notes now recognized and played properly under all conditions
– Fixed issues with Octave UP/DOWN LED’s displaying incorrectly in certain situations
– Fixed Octave UP/DOWN settings getting ‘lost’ out of range when using pattern randomizer
– More precise realtime recording of Accent/Slide/Mod Env’s
– Optimized Step Button LED PWM behavior for lower noise
– Pattern Sysex Dumps (receive) now work
– Pattern Group A/B indicators dislayed incorrectly in some instances after changing banks or performing certain functions
– Patterns could become corrupt if unit powered on with different bank selected than when last powered off


2. Air Piano, trigger invisible keys and faders in midair.

This is not a new controller, but definitely a rare instrument that is truly unique.

There are instruments that are not revolutionary but are simply brilliant, engaging and sometimes that happens, just beautiful to look at.

Air Piano could meet these criteria except that it is rather revolutionary due to its use.

The airpiano is an innovative MIDI and OSC controller. It allows the user to trigger invisible keys and faders in midair.

Touch-Free Interface

The airpiano was the first musical interface to introduce an intuitive and simple touch-free interaction. Most touch-free interfaces require users to stare at a display, while the user’s hand gestures in 3D space 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 above the airpiano surface. The performer knows the exact position of each controller in the air, so no display is needed, and the interaction becomes much more natural.

Discrete and Continuous Control

The airpiano is often compared with the Theremin. The Theremin is a wonderful instrument which is quite difficult to play. One reason for this is that it provides only continuous control. The airpiano has a matrix of 24 discrete keys and 8 faders, which makes it much more simple to use. Actually, the airpiano software makes the device so versatile that there is no real reason for a comparison. These are completely different instruments. Check out the airpiano features.

User Experience

Some people ask: why not just use a box with lots of buttons and shiny LEDs? what can i do with an airpiano that i can’t do with other controllers? Well, we love all kinds of musical interfaces, and there are many wonderful and innovative alternative controllers out there. However, we strongly believe that the airpiano introduces a new user experience, a magical and cool performance tool and an experimental instrument to explore. The airpiano software allows setting the device in numerous ways and since there are no “rules” of how to play an airpiano, new creative ideas and playing techniques will come to life!

For now, the Air Piano is no longer sold. But internet was sometimes the source of surprises, reproductions following the request of users, sometimes even new projects … You can write them by email.

And let’s face it, the key market moves a lot lately. Innovations such as SEARISE Roli or Native Instruments Kontrol, the new Akai and Yamaha announce a revival in the world of keyboard.

Maybe Air Piano might be a serious challenger even five years after its conception.


3. Kabbalistic Synthesizer – Waveforms by macrocosmic phenomena

A synthesizer like no other created by Sam Conran at the RCA/Design Interactions. Discover the Kabbalistic synthesizer.

The Kabbalistic Synthesizer is a musical synthesizer that uses the combination of electric signals to build and create sound bottom up using its raw basic elements.

It replaces all usual functions of a regular synthesizer, signal, noise, ADSR, gate and keyboard with alternatives that are generated by live macrocosmic phenomena.

The result is a synth that operates itself with waveforms generated by the Earths magnetic field, noise via magnetic storms of Jupiter and keyboard via cosmic rays.

It looks a bit complicated but it is certainly a great idea.

Few doubts concerning a possible “mainstream” production of this synthesizer … Even in a dream.

At least, we can listen to some results:

Simply fascinating!


4. Misa Digital NSC-32 Note Sequence Controller

A new hardware sequencer controller, very impressive!

Mainly dedicated to live this sequencer allows the management of 6 tracks simultaneously via MIDI or USB.

A big beast that we will be likely to want to buy!

The Misa Digital NSC-32 (NSC) is a Note Sequence Controller – a new type of electronic musical instrument that allows the user to manipulate and cue electronic music sequences live. It is an alternative take on a “step sequencer”.

It is a MIDI controller and makes no sound of its own – it connects to a synthesizer/sampler/DAW via MIDI or USB.

The NSC-32 can play up to six sequences (patterns) simultaneously. Typically each pattern will be responsible for a different section of the music. For example: one pattern for drums, one pattern for bass and one pattern for chords.

Note sequences are visually displayed on the note grid and can be modified by pressing the cells on the note grid. The individual notes are represented as blue illuminated cells. Notes can be selected, copied, moved and pasted using the control functions.

A vertical green step cursor will move across the note grid at a speed determined by the BPM set. When the step cursor lands on a note, it will play that note. Similarly, when the cursor moves off a note, it will stop playing that note.

Sequences can be played (cued) and stopped in sync with the master clock.

Sequences can be stored in permanent storage for later use. The NSC-32 can store up to 768 sequences. Each cell on the note grid behaves as a save location. This means you can visually group different sets of presets on the grid based on category.

Soon available – 1,299.00$


5. Clavia G2 Modular: Secret Modules

Happy owners of Clavia Modular G2, some news for you! Secret modules has-been found / hacked!

brunov found and hacked the G2 and found a load of interesting modules, some of them seem to work, some don’t – he says, that he might have not found out everything, so some modules may work when addressed properly.

AR-Env
AudioIn
Blue2Red, seems to be a testing module
BusIn
ClkDivFix
35 Driver -> Works!
EnvDX
LfoD
Mixer6-1A
Mixer6-1B
OutBusA
OutBusB
PeakFollow
101 PolarFade -> Doesn’t seem to work
120 PolarPan -> Doesn’t seem to work
10 PulseOsc -> Doesn’t seem to work
Red2Blue
56 Resonator -> Works!
207 RndChaos -> Doesn’t seem to work
RndDistr
RndState
RndStep
SeqA
104 ShelvEQ 14 SyncOsc -> Doesn’t seem to work


6. Daphne Oram’s 1960’s Optical Synthesizer

Not really new but very interesting article on Daphne Oram’s Optical Synthesizer, unique in its kind.

I’ve always felt that Daphne Oram’s importance has been underestimated, both as a co‑founder of the Workshop and as an electronic composer, so I tried to redress this by including as much as I could about her graphically controlled Oramic synthesiser. This was not easy, as Daphne died in 2003 and I was unable to find anyone who’d even seen the Oramic System, let alone knew how it worked. I did my best, but shortly after the magazine went on sale, an email was forwarded to me by Sound On Sound.

“I enjoyed the article very much,” said the writer. “With reference to the bizarre design concept of the original Oramics machine, you might be interested in some background as to why and how it took shape! I was the engineer who originally turned Daphne’s concept into a reality, with an extremely tight budget and a lot of inverted, lateral thinking.” It was signed: “Yours respectfully, Graham Wrench.”


7. Museum of Soviet synthesizers

A website that references synthesizers, drum machines and other effects of the Soviet era.

If, like many, your interest for instruments from the Soviet era is at its highest level after having discovered the PNTM drum machine in the Wired article dedicated to the greatest drum machines ever made, this website should feed your apetite for the subject!

Many references to discover. Little known instruments and especially, for many, audio clips!

Reminder, we recently interviewed the founder of the Russian brand “AVP Synth” that produces excellent modules.

We heard that he currently sells some rare pieces from his personal collection of synthesizers purely “Soviet Era”!

If you want to contact him, please let us know!


8. 10 Classic Roland TR-909 patterns

The Roland TR-909 is the drum machine of techno and house producers, but it was also used for many pop/dance hits.

From Wikipedia :

The Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer is a partially analog, partially sample-based, drum machine introduced by the Japanese Roland Corporation in 1984.

The brainchild of Tadao Kikumoto, the engineer behind the Roland TB-303, it features a 16-step step sequencer and a drum kit that aimed for realism and cost-effectiveness.

It is fully programmable, and like its predecessor, the TR-808, it can store entire songs with multiple sections, as opposed to simply storing patterns.

It was the first MIDI-equipped drum machine. Around 10,000 units were produced.

Interesting links about the Roland TR-909 :

Documents :


9. Elektron Audio/CV Split Cable Kit

Elektron little novelty, the Audio / CV Split Cable Kit could well be THE cable you expected!

Elektron has always placed the bar very high when it comes to their videos with their new products.

This one, though short, is really successful! The sound, the ambience, the accuracy of information.

And all for a very useful and very affordable product.

Audio/CV Split Cable Kit

A multi-purpose cable and connector solution

The Audio/CV Split Cable Kit makes the studio work run smooth. It is
suitable for a wide range of applications and especially ideal for:

Analog Rytm users wanting to connect the dual mono separate voice out jacks to a mixer or sound card.

Analog Four users wanting to sequence external analog gear with the dual CV/Gate outputs.

Octatrack users wanting to sample from consumer electronic devices featuring a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Modular users wanting a signal splitting solution essentially
functioning as a 4 × output multiple module.

In the box:

1 × cable adapter module, featuring a 3.5mm stereo plug and 2 × 3.5mm and
2 × 1/4” mono jacks
1 × 3.5mm to 1/4” headphone plug adapter
2 × 3.5mm to 1/4” TR cables


10. WesAudio _dione (Bus Compressor 500)

_dione is the latest offer from WesAudio, a well known brand for its sound processing equipment that is found in many recording studios.

Today WesAudio continues to expand its range of “500” modules with _dione, compressor bus with digital recall.

It implements famous bus compressor design made with best components available on the market. Unit is fully compatible with GCon protocol which allows complete parameters management over USB or through open specification 500 series frame – _TITAN.

Besides its vintage and transparent nature, unit itself implements many modern features which brings extreme flexibility to shape your sound – like parallel compression or configurable harmonic distortion.


11. Creating New Sounds with Richard Devine…

Akai Pro recently introduced a new series of keyboards called “Advance”. Richard Devine had a first encounter with these new tools.

We’re not going to learn that much about Richard Devine approach to making music except he use quite a lot of VST plugins.

But the video is quite nice and show a great marketing effort from Akai to work with electronic musicians who gained respect through the quality of their work more than through their popularity.

It’s already a good step no ?


12. Nice DIY MIDI Controller Kit

This nice DIY MIDI Controller Kit will let you build the controller of your dreams for a very accessible price.

Thank you to LIVID Instruments that provides us few interesting solutions to engage in the manufacture of DIY instruments and this at very attractive prices.

Brain Jr. is a compact and affordable micro controller platform for artists, students, educators, and professional controller builders. Built on our legendary Builder DIY platform, the Brain Jr provides an ultra compact device for connecting sensors, switches, LEDs, and more. A single USB connection powers Brain Jr. and provides driverless, class-compliant MIDI communication to your computer. Brain Jr. provides an ideal educational tool and professional development platform in a ultra-compact, easy-to-use package.

Features

16 digital connections (switches, buttons, etc.)
16 analog connection (faders, potentiometers, sensors)
48 LED connections (monochrome and RGB)
USB connectivity
Class compliant, no drivers needed

Maybe Santa Claus will bring you one of these kits ?

The kit including knobs, keypads, ribbon cables and more is actually available here :


13. How to sync your modular synth to Ableton Live

In this video we look at a number of methods to sync your modular synthesiser to Ableton.

There are a number of methods to achieve this and the results can be used to trigger envelopes or send a clock signal or in any situation that triggering is involved. Using this approach you can create a hybrid analog-digital system and unleash new creative possibilities.


14. DPO meets Octatrack (Music Video)

Very nice piece of music with Elektron Octatrack and a modular synthesizer.

Welcome to TWEAKERS!

Tweakers is an on-going documentary project focuses on artists, musicians, engineers, filmmakers, or anyone who dedicate their unique skills and creativities to tweak the future of Thailand.

Here is our first product demonstration video.

In this video, we introduce how to work with eurorack modular synthesizer, particularly DPO from Make Noise, combine with Elektron Octatrack.

Octatrack’s MIDI track is sequencing modular then modular’s final output is connected to Octatrack’s audio input for realtime sampling.

Sampled sounds are looped and processed to create few different layers then mixed with modular’s direct sound.

Demonstrator : Koichi Shimizu

Apparently, the project has been stopped or paused, sad, the videos are very enjoyable to watch and listen.


15. Introducing eMotion LV1 – Waves new mixing console

Forget buttons, faders and all other forms of physical controls… The new Waves mixing console is fully equipped with touch technology.

This is the way Waves announces their new mixing console.

In reality it is a bit more complex than that.

The mixing console is a software that can be used on a computer together with a touch screen or a tablet.

A physical controller may also be connected.

A novelty that offers modularity and modern technology. Everyone should find his pleasure and his way of working.

Join A New Era Of Live Sound Mixing

eMotion LV1 is a revolutionary digital mixing console for front-of-house, monitor and broadcast engineers. Based on Waves SoundGrid technology, this software mixer delivers the superior sound quality for which Waves is renowned, as well as the quick and convenient workflow needed in demanding live environments.

Intuitive Workflow, Diverse Control

You can control eMotion LV1 using industry-standard hardware controllers, multi-touch screens and diverse portable devices, ranging from four touchscreens to a single laptop or tablet. No matter which device you are using, eMotion LV1 has the same intuitive workflow, with a user interface built for flexibility and speed.

Some technical details:

64 stereo/mono input channels,
36 buss/return channels
Run 8 SoundGrid-compatible plugins directly on each channel
Standard channel processing provided by Waves eMo plugins
16 auxes, 8 audio groups (stereo/mono), L/R/C/Mono,
8 matrixes16 DCA faders, 8 mute groups, 8 user-assignable shortcut keys
32-bit floating point mix engine;
up to 96 kHz sample rate
Compatible with industry-standard control surfaces
Connect to diverse SoundGrid I/Os & drivers and to multiple DAWs
Windows/Mac 64 bit-compatible

A new product that fits in the hybrid category “software / hardware” where one does not go without the other.

The power of hardware coupled with the flexibility of software seems to become a standard in many brands.


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