PiSound Pisound is an ultra-low latency high-quality sound card and MIDI interface specially designed for Raspberry Pi pocket computers. It is equipped with 192kHz 24-bit Stereo Input and Output driven by the legendary Burr-Brown chips, DIN-5 MIDI Input and Output ports, user-customizable button and bundled software tools.  Using Pisound you c...
REX files chop digital audio into "slices," each of which is associated with a MIDI note. Playing a MIDI note triggers its associated slice, which is why REX files can follow tempo variations—slices can trigger at a faster or slower rate as you speed up or slow down a MIDI sequence. However, what really makes this fun is that you can also re-arrang...
If you think of a keyboard as playing only notes, four or five octaves may be sufficient. However, many virtual instruments (e.g., FXpansion Geist, Native Instruments Kontakt, EastWest's Play engine, etc.) use MIDI keys not only to play specific notes but also to trigger articulations or variations on a basic sound. If your main USB MIDI controller...
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In the days before click tracks, tempos varied because musicians are humans, not crystal-controlled clocks. However, these changes were far from random. While researching an article for Sweetwater's inSync web publication, I analyzed the tempo changes for several hits from the past that didn't use a click track and noticed a common element of most ...
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...
When you're songwriting, you want nothing to get in the way of your creativity, and you want as fast a workflow as humanly possible—so for those reasons, you're better off starting the songwriting process with MIDI rather than recording audio (if not you're not a keyboard player, even a simple MIDI guitar controller like the Jamstik+ or You Rock gu...
Some MIDI instruments, particularly those from Arturia, include an external input for processing audio signals through the synthesizer's filter, VCA, and effects modules. That's cool enough, but of course, what's even cooler is that is that you can then use MIDI to trigger filter and VCA envelopes, turn filter resonance up high and use a keyboard t...
Sometimes you don't need an external, dedicated MIDI controller—the one on your favorite synth may be all you need, and the synth even has built-in sounds. The keyboard usually feeds data to the synth's MIDI out, but also to its internal sounds (called "local control.") But if your sequencer echoes its interface's MIDI in to the interface's MIDI ou...
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Most people of think of arpeggiation solely in melodic terms, but arpeggiation has additional uses. General MIDI instruments include drum kits where the top notes are percussion sounds, and many virtual instruments include percussion presets. Setting up an arpeggiator in a random mode to trigger various percussive sounds can create a really cool ef...
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...
 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...
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...
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...
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...
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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 filte...
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...
The Glide, GeoShred and Airsticks win Guthman New Instrument Competition  On March 9th at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, three judges with audience input selected the three winners of the 2019 Guthman New Instrument  contest .   All three judges are people who are heavily involved with MIDI.  The Gl...
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...
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. ...
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 MID...
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...