Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player. I’ll keep this short and sweet, as I expect you’re all ready to switch off your computers and go party – or is that just me? This morning I did the prize draw and all winners have been informed, so if you entered, check your inbox.
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Merry Christmas one and all!
The modular MIDI step sequencer for Mac, Numerology 3, gets a big update today, adding humanization, generative patterns, and an enhanced UI and functionality. That makes this a more powerful laboratory than ever for creating new musical patterns. There’s also now a budget “Standard” edition and more advanced “Pro” version, AU support for use as a plug-in with some impressive scheduling accuracy and low-latency MIDI support, and lots of new modules.
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Numerology 3, Modular Mac Modular Sequencing Tool, Gets More Flexible, More Generative
Trinity Audio Group and creative director Ronald Stewart have pushed the idea of a mobile music tablet since around 2005. I first saw what they were working on in the summer of 2006 , as they readied a dedicated mobile DAW. But, at least from my vantage point, it’s really taken until now for some of the available hardware and software to evolve to the point that it could deliver on what they wanted to do
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Indamixx 2, Music-Focused Tablet Powered by Linux, Unveils Beta Program
Desmond Dodecahedron has the craziest way of celebrating the season I’ve seen this year: just build a giant Christmas tree from LEGOs, then use visual programming environment Max/MSP and some custom electronics to trigger tunes. Desmond writes: Once I discovered that the word “advent” was actually an abbreviation of “audio event” and the fact that we have had lots of snow in London – I decided to create this Christmas Carol note filtering tree. (in this case it is actually a midi event tree – but you get the general idea)
LEGO Christmas Tree Plays Carols, Courtesy Max/MSP, Custom Electronics
Here’s an early Christmas present for Mac and Windows synth lovers: Native Instruments is giving away a simplified version of its Prism instrument for Reaktor as a free (as in beer), self-contained synth.
NI Gives Away Version of One of the Best Reaktor Instruments, Free: Mikro Prism
With takes on the Vince Guaraldi Trio and Tchaikovsky, the sound-slicing members of the monome community have turned their button-encrusted devices to spreading holiday cheer to you, for free. A new, CC-licensed album is available for download. (One caution: CC licenses don’t cover sample clearance for works sampled on these albums, so beware.) They wouldn’t be geeks if it didn’t have an acronym: http://mcrpmusic.bandcamp.com/ There’s some really creative stuff in there.
A Very Monome Xmas: New, Free, CC-Licensed Christmas Album
If you could only pack one controller in your backpack, and weight, size, and cost were at an absolute premium, the Akai MPK mini would be tough to beat. The latest salvo in the ultra-compact controller wars, Akai has taken the keyboard, pad controllers, and encoders from its LPK25 and LPD8 and packed them into one device. Specs: 25 keys 8 backlit drum pads, which can access two banks for a total of 16 triggers MIDI Over USB Weight is “just over a pound” (specs list it as two pounds, shipping 2.5, but I believe the unit itself is lighter; confirming) It’s driver-free, USB class-compliant, so should work not only with Mac, Windows, and Linux, but also iPad via the USB Camera Connection Kit.
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AKAI MPK mini USB Controller Packs Keys, Pads, Knobs Into 13″, One Pound
Symetrix in Seattle announces the promotions of Paul Roberts to vice president of sales and marketing, and Brooke Macomber to director of business development. Roberts has been with the company for 10 years and was previously the director of sales and marketing, while Macomber, who has been with Symetrix for five years, was previously the Inside Sales and Marketing Manager.
Symetrix Promotes Paul Roberts, Brooke Macomber
Bricasti Design in Medford, Mass., has appointed Damon Gramont as its new director of sales.
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Bricasti Design Names Damon Gramont as Director of Sales