Watch out microKORG XL, Novation has just announced that they’re launching a portable version of their UltraNova synth called the MiniNova. With its portability, performance options and the deep roots in the Supernova series this critter is tailor-made for beefing up your studio productions or taking out with you on tour to jam with. You can utilize the gooseneck microphone and add some crazy vocoding or T-pain effects to your performance or have other instruments run through the MiniNova’s effect modules. With the 265 onboard sounds and all the options that lay in front of you you can tweak or mangle your sounds in real-time the way you like it.
Check out the full specs on Novation’s official website
To get you warmed up, check out this cool performance video of the MiniNova below.
Controlling your iPad synths with the on-screen keyboards can only get you so far. You can truly express yourself musically with a hardware midi controller connected through a midi interface for iPad or the Camera Connection Kit. However if you lack these accessories or you just don’t know how to play a keyboard good enough, the App Store provides more and more midi sequencing apps such as Genome that can control other apps through virtual midi. You can easily draw in your midi data and hear your synths play back your compositions. In this short tutorial I’ll explain how you can configure Genome MIDI Sequencer to control the all-new Cassini for iPad synth to demonstrate this process.
I remember when I first started out creating music on my laptop. First, programming my melodies note by note in the piano roll in my DAW. Then, I found out I could enable my typing keyboard to jam out some chords here and there. But I couldn’t capture any velocities, I needed to alter each note’s velocity manually after recording to get a human feel out of my composition. Okay, okay, let’s get a small midi keyboard so I can get a true human keyboard performance in there, even though I need to switch octaves with these buttons now and then.
Drat, I can’t lay down any drum patterns with these tiny keyboard keys, I need a portable drum pads! But, but, I also want to control my VST synth knobs and my mixer automation, I need some portable knobs and mixer faders. Now how do I get all of these controllers in my bag again?
By adding all of it on one mobile controller called the AKAI Pro MPK Mini.
Sampling enthusiasts have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to mobility. Of course you can sample sounds through a decent line-in or microphone input on your audio interface, but that’s not much fun and hands-on is it? An MPC500 or MPC1000 would be a step right in the right direction if you’d like to go around sampling without staring at a laptop screen. When you prefer playing keys instead of pads, like chromatically across a keyboard, the Korg microSAMPLER seems like a right fit. Let’s take a look at its features.