Part of making MIDI guitar feel "right" when triggering synths has nothing to do with the guitar and its tracking, but with editing the synth presets so that they're guitar-friendly instead of being optimized with keyboards in mind. Separate channels. The guitar will most likely send data from each string over a different channel. So, use synths in...
There's more to life than audio echo—like MIDI echo. Although the concept of MIDI echo has been around for years, early virtual instruments often didn't have enough voices to play back new echoes without stealing voices from previous echoes. With today's powerful computers and instruments, this is less of a problem so let's re-visit MIDI echo. It's...
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...
A company asked me to do a video for a reverb plug-in they were introducing, and I wanted to demo it with a variety of instruments. Drums? It's easy to find good acoustic drum loops. Guitar? I play guitar. Vocals? The company provided me with a vocal I could use. But I really wanted an acoustic piano piece, like something from Debussy, to demo the ...
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...
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...
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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 Yout...
If you're a keyboard player using chords to define a chord progression, it's easy enough to have chords hit on, for example, the beginning of a measure. But "strumming" the chord can add interest and a more guitar-like quality (note that the intention here isn't to replicate a program that emulates strummed rhythm guitar parts, but to add interest ...
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...
Moog Music is the leading producer of analog synthesizers in the world. The employee-owned company and its customers carry on the legacy of its founder, electronic musical instrument pioneer, Dr. Bob Moog. All of Moog's instruments are hand built in its factory on the edge of downtown Asheville, NC ​ Moog DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) DFAM DFA...
When audio plug-ins entered the mainstream, MIDI plug-ins took somewhat of a backseat because they weren't the "shiny new toy" in town. However with MIDI's resurgence, companies are paying more attention to MIDI plug-ins. For example Cubase has always had a great roster of MIDI effects, Ableton Live almost gives parity with MIDI and audio plug-ins,...
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...
A macro lets you string together multiple keyboard shortcuts into a single keyboard shortcut. For example, suppose you often quantize to 1/16th notes, with 50% strength, and like to add a swing factor of 52%. You can set up a macro so that after selecting your data, you do a single keyboard command and voilà—all three editing operations occur. Keyb...
​ Complimentary Summer NAMM registration for TMA members! Thanks to NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants), we have complimentary registration thro ugh June 13 for MIDI Association members to the Summer NAMM show which happens this year in Nashville from June 28-30.  Summer NAMM is open to all NAMM members as well as professionals ...
You can "humanize" sequences that have been quantized too rigidly by tweaking the start times for individual notes or phrases. Ignore any menu item called "humanization," because this usually just adds randomness—that's not what makes timing human (unless the human in question had too much to drink). Instead, alter note timings manually or use a "s...
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...
ReWire is a software protocol that allows two (or sometimes more) software applications to work together as one integrated program. For example, suppose you wish your DAW of choice had Propellerhead Reason's roster of way cool virtual instruments, but you don't want to learn a different DAW. No problem: use ReWire with your DAW, and get Reason into...
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...
Sometimes you hit notes you don't want to hit, particularly if you're playing MIDI guitar or some other alternate controller (although this tip is most relevant to MIDI guitar, even with keyboards you may end up brushing against some keys accidentally and creating notes you don't want). Here are some ways to clean up your data stream. Delete pressu...
Some virtual instrument and effects parameters just cry out for footpedal control—too bad you don't have a pedal that outputs MIDI data…or do you? If you have a keyboard synthesizer or controller, it will probably have an expression pedal jack. The standard MIDI controller for expression is controller #11, and unless your keyboard or controller is ...
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 special...
Jamstik+ from Zivix is an interesting solution for guitarists who want to play MIDI instruments. While it's not a guitar, it feels mostly like a guitar because it has real strings, a neck, and frets—but it doesn't make any sound. On the plus side, you don't have to change or tune the strings. Also, the basic version has only five notes, so it's mor...
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...