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...
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...
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 eff...
Tristan is an acoustic musician and a coder so he combined his skills in this musical performance.   What worked and what didn't Tristan tried a number of different types of motors for his robot including Car Door Locks, Stepper Motors and Solenoids, but they were all too noisy for the acoustic application he was ...
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...
Skwitch: It's an iPhone accessoryDavid Skulina from Edinburgh, United Kingdom founded Skoogmusic  and in 2015 ran a successful funding campaign on Indiegogo and released it's first original tactile music interface, Skoog. Skwitch is Skoogmusic's newest offering and it is has a unique approach. It clips on you...
In the summer of 2018, the MIDI Manufacturers Association invited me to join a group of developers that would be tasked with creating prototype implementations of the protocol that is now being adopted as MIDI 2.0. Most of the other developers taking part in this effort were from companies that make existing MIDI hardware or software, and set ...