• Odis brings Alexa voice commands to music production

    Odis brings Alexa voice commands to music production

    The home studio has arguably revolutionized the music industry more than any other single element. Sessions that once required devoted space and tens of thousands of dollars can now be recorded solo in the comfort of one’s own home. Of course, the downside of bedroom recording is that there’s often no around one to help out. Developed over the last 24 hours at the Disrupt hackathon… Read More

  • If You Watch One Partially Cacophonous NES Player Piano System Video Today, Make It This One

    The folks at RoboBand have created a robotic band that plays the soundtracks to famous Nintendo games using a Raspberry Pi, a Yamaha Disklavier, and a robotic drum kit. The system took the audio output from the NES, converted it to MIDI, which in turn either controlled the solenoids on the drum machine or the piano keys. The result is a sometimes cacophonous, sometimes sublime rendition of… Read More

  • Machina MIDI Jacket: Sound, Movement and Fashion

    Machina MIDI Jacket: Sound, Movement and Fashion

    Machina is a menswear clothing brand that is in the process of mounting a Kickstarter campaign to promote a new product. The campaign doesn’t start for about a month, but the company has a demo version of its unique “wearable” MIDI controller live on the floor of TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this week. The Machina MIDI Jacket will come in a couple of different… Read More

  • Review: Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller

    Review: Samson Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller

    If you are looking for Piano or Rhodes-like feel for serious playing, Samson’s Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller may not be right for you. However, if you need a keyboard for some light playing or sample triggering, why not keep the expensive Kronos at home and bring the Carbon 49 out for the dangerous outdoor gigs that require expendable equipment? (I have seen many an expensive… Read More

  • How To Make A Pseudo-Antique Light Bulb Organ Controlled By A Midi Keyboard

    Musical acts can always do better if they have some sort of gimmick. The band Future Dancing is using a nostalgic-looking light organ as theirs. There is an Instructable on the neat light organ showing off the organ’s 12 bulbs that correspond to 12 notes in the octave (minus the octave note). The lights are positioned where the pipes on a pipe organ would be and the bulbs light up whenever… Read More

  • Livid Ohm64: Made in the USA by humans

    It looks like 2009 will be a good year for midi controllers. First Akai came out with the APC40, soon followed by The Maschine by Native Instruments. This new baby here, the Ohm64 from Livid is elegant and sexy. Read More

  • Wireless midi guitar is not really a guitar

    I like the idea of controlling synthesizers with my guitar. It would be so great to do some sick solos with the sound of my Virus. Read More

  • M-Audio 02 MIDI Keyboard Hands On

    Need an ultra-slim MIDI controller keyboard for laying down quick tracks while you’re on the go? Or perhaps you’re looking for a small, inexpensive keyboard to complement your full-size home studio rig. Either way, the M-Audio 02–the followup to the company’s successful Oxygen 8 keyboard–isn’t the most advanced 2-octave controller out there, but it’s… Read More

  • M-Audio Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System Review

    The whole package DJing has most certainly evolved over the years. From the infamous Technics 1200s to Numark’s iPod DJ system, the technique of holding the attention of a dance floor required precise musical knowledge, expert mixing skills, and a sixth-sense of beatmatching. After spending just a few days with M-Audio’s Torq Mixlab Digital DJ System, I’m officially… Read More

  • Native Instruments Audio 8 DJ Interface

    Professional DJs know that in 2007, it now takes more than two Technics-1200s and a RANE mixer to get the job done at a high-roller nightclub (unless you’re Carl Cox). Native Instruments, maker of all music software elite, knows this too and showed off its new digital DJ interface at NAMM. The Audio 8 DJ interface comes with four RCA inputs and outputs, MIDI input/output, mic in and… Read More

  • E-MU 0404 AudioPod

    The E-MU 404 AudioPod is a new USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface with 24-bit A/D and D/A converters and XTC mic/line/hi-Z preamps. Not only are you going to get great sound coming out of the 0404 AudioPod, but you’re also going to get a hot signal going to tape without having to worry about clipping the track. The XTC Class-A ultra-low noise preamps will allow you to plug microphones… Read More

  • DSMIDIWiFi: Nintendo DS Wireless MIDI Controller

    This is totally mind-blowing. Some guys have developed a way to use the Nintendo DS as a MIDI controller wirelessly. DSMIDIWiFi uses the Nintendo DS’ touch screen as a controller and sends the signals wirelessly to a host program on your computer, like Garageband, Ableton Live, or whatever you use for creating music. The creators have written three different programs for your… Read More