Already sighted at this year’s NAMM, IK Multimedia showed Ask Audio Mag the upcoming iRig PADS controller at Musikmesse in Frankfurt. The iRig PADS can either connect to your iDevice (30-pin or Lightning) or Mac/PC with...
Already sighted at this year’s NAMM, IK Multimedia showed Ask Audio Mag the upcoming iRig PADS controller at Musikmesse in Frankfurt. The iRig PADS can either connect to your iDevice (30-pin or Lightning) or Mac/PC with USB. You can expect this to play well with IK Multimedia’s apps and other software. A nice touch is the pad colours changing depending on how hard you strike the pads. From the video we also learn that this controller is still a few months away from release. Estimated release price will probably be between €99 and €120
This is a special App Jam featuring Korg Gadget on an iPad Mini Retina controlled by an Ableton Push. I reviewed the iConnectMIDI2+ a while ago and thought it would be nice to show one of the many possibilities this interface...
This is a special App Jam featuring Korg Gadget on an iPad Mini Retina controlled by an Ableton Push. I reviewed the iConnectMIDI2+ a while ago and thought it would be nice to show one of the many possibilities this interface gives you. One way is to combine Ableton + Push’s powerful MIDI sequencing with the iOS-only Korg Gadget synth studio app. MIDI: Ableton Push > Ableton Live > iCM2+ > iPad Audio: iPad > iCM2+ > Ableton Live > Macbook Pro headphone output Would you like to see a different set up or app in the next App Jam? […]
M-Audio’s smallest keyboard controllers get a new look at Musikmesse. The Keystation Mini 32 already had an advantage over its portable competitors using 32 keys instead of the standard 25 keys you see on most mini controllers. Aside from the new black body, nothing else seems to have changed on the Mini 32. You still get the same keybed, volume knob and configuration buttons on the left hand side. The Oxygen 25 gets a more drastic change in 2014 compared to its 3rd generation. Besides the new look, we see an addition of 8 orange-lit drum pads as well as […]
The first big news from Musikmesse is in. Akai announces multiple new products among which are new Ableton controllers. With the APC40 getting a much welcome, leaner overhaul with the APC40 MkII there are new portable clip launchers announced as well. The APC Mini looks like serious competition for the Launchpad (Mini), also featuring an 8×8 grid, but adding faders to the mix. Retail price will be $100. The APC Key 25 is an alternative to the MPK Mini for when you want a clip matrix instead of the classic Akai drum pads. Other than that it looks to be […]
With all the new ‘Launch’ product releases it would only make sense for Novation to bundle some of their new controllers into one package. That’s what Novation thought as well as this week they announced a Launchpad S Control Pack. This bundle contains the Launchpad S, the new Launch Control and a set of protective sleeves for both controllers. Promoted as the perfect partners for Ableton Live, you’ll also receive Live 9 Lite in the bundle as well as 1 GB of Loopmasters samples to get you started launching. Here’s a performance video combining everything in the Launchpad S Control […]
Some of you might remember the hardware Animoog keyboard controller video, where a synth enthusiast rebuilt the Animoog interface into a traditional keyboard controller including an iPad slot. There’s more of that coming as the current project on synth-project.de is a hardware version of Waldorf’s Nave synth for iPad. Check out this digital preview of the hardware synth: We hope to see this project being finished successfully! In case you didn’t see the hardware Animoog controller called the Anicontrol, here’s the video once more: These examples perfectly show the potential of iPad apps for music production, now if only these […]
Livid Instruments, known from their controllers with the Livid Base being the most recent one, has put up their latest project on Kickstarter called the Guitar Wing. The Guitar Wing is a wireless controller expansion for your guitar or bass that lets you freely control your favourite (effect) plugins/apps (or Guitar Wing’s own bundled GuitarFX plugin) on iOS or the desktop, conveniently adding more expression to your guitar playing. This guitar gadget features pads, the signature Livid touch strips as well as an accelerometer for motion control, here’s the full feature list: Wireless (Bluetooth) | Battery powered (USB charged) | […]
Future Retro, the analog hardware manufacturer introduced a nifty sequencer based on algorithms at NAMM. The Zillion is based on the Triadex Muse sequencer from the 70’s and gets its name because of the zillion rhythmic and melodic pattern possibilities it can generate. Check out this (out of focus) video for further explanation: The Zillion is still in its prototype stage, but expected to ship this summer for around $300. More details will be available in due time on Future Retro’s website
While I didn’t see a heavily marketed announcement by IK Multimedia yet, a new pad controller called the iRig PADS was showcased at IK’s stand at NAMM. This fully programmable pad-controller seems like a good fit for the pad-controlled apps on your mobile devices. Check out the pictures below.
The BeatStep is a new pad controller / sequencer from Arturia that somehow reminds me of my beloved OP-1, footprint-wise. With its 16 back-lit pads you can either lay down a dynamic drum performance or switch to sequencer mode and enable / disable each pad in a 16-step sequence. You can then use the 16 available encoders for controlling the pitch of each individual pad. Outside of the sequence mode the encoders can serve a variety of functions all tailored to realtime performance changes. You can store and recall up to 16 sequence patterns. For connectivity there are MIDI, USB, […]