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 MIDI...
Geert Bevins' watch app lets you wear your MIDI controller on your wrist Geert Bevin (who was one of the main people who developed MIDI Polyphonic Expression)  recently released MIDIWrist.  MIDIWrist truns your Apple Watch intoa MIDI controller.  Here is a pre-release demo using the Moog Model D iPhone app (Geert does a lot of w...
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...
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 specially...
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 filter....
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...
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...
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. They...
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...
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 ca...
One of the biggest recent developments in MIDI is MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE). MPE is a method of using MIDI which enables multidimensional controllers to control multiple parameters of every note within MPE-compatible software.  In normal MIDI, Channel-wide messages (such as Pitch Bend) are applied to all notes b...
For more details on MIDI 2.0, see this article on the site.  Details about MIDI 2.0™, MIDI-CI, Profiles and Property Exchange -   Core MIDI 2.0 specifications now available. Click here to download You must be logged in as a TMA member to download the spec. Clicking on the link will take you to the signup page to either create an acco...
World's First Alexa Controlled Digital Piano Translates Alexa Skills to MIDI Commands At CES 2019, Roland announced the first MIDI digital musical instrument able to be controlled by the Amazon Alexa.  Like all Roland GO products, the Roland GO:PIANO features both audio and MIDI Bluetooth connectivity.  With ...
Audiobus 3 update adds MIDI learn functionality Last year Audiobus added MIDI pipelines to Audiobus 3 to allow MIDI data to be routed between apps in three different ways as inputs, effects or outputs.  The new MIDI learn function will make it easier to create really complex routings to external MIDI controllers.  Audiobus-...
Google has been doing amazing work in music AI and recently they posted demos created by their Music Transformer. The goal was to generate longer pieces of music that had more coherence because the model was using relative attention.  We found that by using relative attention, which explicitly modulates attention based on how far apart tw...
If you want to use MIDI with either pre-MIDI analog synths or with modular Eurorack analog synth systems, you need to convert digital MIDI signals into analog voltages.  Fortunately, there are lots of options.  We've selected the top 5 MIDI to CV convertors, but there are tons of choices.  The first three are Euro...
Main Features VST 32/64BIT & STANDALONE WINDOWS ONLY CONTROLLER    Officially supports Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Aimpad controllers Standalone and VSTi in 32 and 64 bitsRun it Standalone or in your DAW or choice. Control any MIDI-capable Hardware or Software Control your favourite hardware and software, simply and easily! Control Music s...
pandaMidi Solutions announces midiBeam v2   This two-box system connects any controller having a standard 5-pin MIDI Out socket to any of the following devices: any synthesizer, sound generator, effect device, computer having a standard MIDI In socket,any laptop or desktop computer having a USB connector,any iOS 7+ device (iPhone, iPad) with a...
Planned Major Update to MIDI Technology Attracts New Members to the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) Los Angeles, CA, November 6, 2018 – The MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA) announced that Ableton, Aodyo, Audio Modeling, Art+Logic, Jammy Guitar, Melodics, MIND Music Labs, Native Instruments, OnSong, and TouchKeys have joined the MMA to coll...
The Jamstik 7 is a guitar, lessons, and MIDI controller all-in-one   Zivix, the makers of the Jamstik smart guitars, is now shipping the Jamstik 7, a portable MIDI guitar bundled with interactive software for budding guitarists and music makers. At an MSRP of $249.99, the newest 7-fret Jamstik boasts brand new patented technology, including Zi...
With the release of version 3.6.11, Steinberg's Virtual Studio Technology plug-in format will natively support the integration of MIND Music Lab's ELK operating system, allowing VST-based plug-ins to run seamlessly in ELK-powered musical instruments and audio processors (source). ELK, an Operating System designed specifically for use in e...
It always amazes us that you can find a MIDI version of almost any instrument. So we decided to look at what's available for MIDI bagpipes. There are actually a good number of choices.   The technochanter The Technochanter is portable and fits its in your pocket. It's also battery powered and runs on one standard AAA 1.5V a...
 New MIDI Manufacturer Association member RnD64 funded their development of the Jammy MIDI controller via Indiegogo and raised $218,872.  Jammy is a super portable steel string digital guitar that fits in your backpack. - 15-fret extensive sound range - Onboard guitar FX - ¼" and ⅛" direct audio outputs to your headphones or an ...
TouchKeys is a new musical instrument transforming the piano-style keyboard into an expressive multi-touch control surface.  The TouchKeys are touch sensors that can be added to the surface of any keyboard, measuring the location of the fingers while retaining the familiar keyboard action.  TouchKeys lets you add vibrato, pitch bends, tim...