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It has never been as easy to stay "in the box" as it is now. There are lots of software virtual instruments out there; some emulate hardware instruments, and others offer completely new sounds. That said, there's something special about performing on a synthesizer or MIDI instrument with its own sound engine that's difficult, if not impossible, to ...
BLOCKS is a modular music making system made up of 5 components S eaboard Block Super Powered Keyboard Multi-award-winning Seaboard interface 5D Touch technology 24 keywave, two-octave playing surface Hundreds of free sounds Suite of music making software for desktop and mobile Wireless and portable for making music on the go Connects to ...
MIDI Controller/Audio Interface for mobile musician The iRIg Keys I/O comes in two version a a 25-key MIDI controller version and a 49-key MIDI controller version.  Both feature built-in audio interfaces with 24-bit/96kHz sound quality, a Neutrik combo input, and phantom power and eight touch-sensitive RGB LE...
Guthman Musical Instrument Design Competition May 11, 2019 at 7PM Pacific Time All three winners of the 2019 Guthman Musiclal Design Competition were MIDI Controllers.  Check out Geoshred , AirSticks and The Glide as well as other unique MIDI instruments.  This panel discussion will also include live and video performances from the partic...
Controllerism May 4, 2019 at 3 PM Pacific Time A panel discussion with the people who created the Controllerism movement about how MIDI influences the world of Digital DJs. Laura Escudé, Sam Gribbens, Huston Singletary, Moldover, Kate Stone, Shawn Wasabi Panelists  Laura Escudé International music producer, DJ, controllerist, violinist and liv...
With K-Board Pro 4 we've taken the format of a traditional keyboard and updated it for the 21st Century. With our SmartFabric™ Sensors underneath each key you can tweak any synthesis parameter in real time by moving your fingers while you are playing. The MIDI MPE Standard is the future for expressive controllers and we have designed the K-Board Pr...
After many years, Moog releases a polyphonic analog synth  The Moog One is a programmable, tri-timbral analog synth featuring an intuitive tactile interface that allows you to explore a vast sonic universe of classic  Moog analog circuits that  have been know for many years for t heir unrivaled punch and rich harmonics,  An adva...
UNO Drum marries analog sounds and digital control The UNO Drum features six true analog voices — kick, snares, claps, and hi-hats — plus there are  54 PCM samples — toms, rims, ride, and cowbell — derived from IK's popular SampleTank 4. Because the UNO has 11-voice polyphony you can even layer the analog and PCM sound...
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...
The BomeBox is a versatile hardware MIDI router, processor, and translator in a small, robust case. Connect your MIDI gear via MIDI-DIN, USB, Ethernet, and WiFi to the BomeBox and benefit instantly from all its functions. It's a solution for your MIDI connection needs on stage or in the studio. In conjunction with the desktop editor ...
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 whic...
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 effects Affordable entry point into the NI world Synth-action, custom NI micro-keybed Informative OLED display for at-a-glance navigation 8 t...
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. Wavetable synth arc...
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 ...
​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...
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 make Live, Push and Link — unique software and hardware for music creation and performance. With these products, our community of users creates amazing things.  Ableton was founded in 1999 and released the first version of Live in 2001. Our products are used by a community of dedicated musicians, sound designers, and artists from across the...
Way back in 1996 — around the time electricity was discovered and cell phones were the size of your average 4-slot toaster — two Italian engineers got together to solve a problem in a recording studio. Could you get the sound of classic analog gear from a computer? One of them said (in Italian, of course) "Could we emulate electronic circuits using...
​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 t...
Since 1979, we've helped music makers all across the world build their dreams. We are a team of gear heads who are committed to doing the right thing for our customers. ​ We are musicians, engineers, producers, Julliard grads, Grammy winners, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. We are diverse in our backgrounds and beliefs, but we're all bound by...
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...
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...
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 adap...
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...