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Jordan Rudess's Keyfest 2019


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 ...

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Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL M32 Micro Controller


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 effectsAffordable entry point into the NI worldSynth-action, custom NI micro-keybedInformative OLED display for at-a-glance navigation8 touch-...

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Projucer: Deliver music apps for desktop and mobile, with the same code


 You may not know it, but a lot of the software you use may be made by the same system, JUCE.  JUCE is used for the development of desktop and mobile applications.  The aim of JUCE is to allow software to be written such that the same code will can run identically on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux platforms. It suppo...

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Want to be a better drummer? There's a Yamaha DTX app for that!


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...

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Use MIDI to Control Your Vocal Pitch, Harmonies and More!


Though Roland co-invented the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) well over three decades ago, it's still an integral part of new products and is as useful to musicians as ever. A prime example is the tiny but mighty Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer, a portable effects box for the instrument inside us all—the human voice. Today's musical style...

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Get Real and Get Funky: How to Create Realistic MIDI Bass Parts


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...

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6 Tips for Programming More Realistic Sounding Drums


​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 ...

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How to Record MIDI Instruments


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 ...

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The Moog One- The Ultimate Moog Synth


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 their unrivaled punch and rich harmonics,  An advance...

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ROLI Keyboards Feature Five Dimensions of Touch


Erin Barra, an associate professor at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online details the Five Dimensions of Touch in Roli keyboards.  Using MIDI Polyphonic Expression, ROLi keyboards lets you have expressive control over every note.  Strike-Strike to sound a note Glide-Glide your fingers from side to side to bend the pitch,...

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