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Derivative_TouchDesigner

Derivative’s TouchDesigner is a new programming tool, at least for me. It’s a graphical programming language for art, video game prototyping, 3d animation, audio and more. It’s also got support for OSC, XML and html, and that’s a good thing! There are two versions, one free and one you have to pay for. Here’s a list of some of the things it can be used for.  I would like to try it out when I get some free time..

Derivative’s net site
Here is the wiki

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Through wire to the ear I discovered a new modular synth for the Iphone. I usually don’t bother to mention that particular phone too often, but this time I’ll do it, and just because the program I’m talking about is so bloody cool. The program in question is called Jasuto. It’s a soft synth that wire to the ear compare with the Reactable, but imo it’s a lot cooler than that (and a lot more portable as well). Besides, its available, and it don’t cost much; price is 1$ from the Apple shop. Here’s a demo:

There’s a VST available as well, it can be downloaded here (for free). I haven’t had time to test it yet..
VST version is written in C++ using OpenGL and the multiplatform Juce library.

Go to website: http://www.jasuto.com/

Eowave Persephone MK2

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Eowave Persephone 2 features:

  • 2 analogue oscillators with tune, fine tune, space, 12dB LP filter, LFO
  • duophonic pressure and position sensitive ribbon, ribbon scale from 1 to 10 octave
  • 16 routing presets (8 fixed, 8 assignable),  modulation key, 2 pedal inputs, pressure on the ribbon
  • 4 CV outputs, MIDI in/out, audio out, USB
  • price: about 1000EUR ex VAT
  • available this summer

For those of you who don’t know it; this instrument is a modern day version of the famous Ondes Martenot invented 1928.

Eowave link: http://www.eowave.com/

Stanton SCS.3m touch mixer

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Following the rather cool DJ gizmo SCS.3d comes another one in similar style, the SCS.3m MIDI controller / mixer. It can be used standalone as a MIDI mixer for software or together with the SCS.3d for DJ style mixing. It’s got 17 buttons, 11 sliders and 2 level meters with multicolored leds and a USB connection. It can even be magnetically connected to the SCS.3d. Cool stuff, I really like this kind of touch technology!

Stanton: http://www.stantondj.com/

SM Pro Audio VRack

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SM Pro is making a lot of smart products. Their VST instrument player box, V-Machine is already released, now a larger rack version is on the way, it’s called the V-Rack and has an online computer with intel core duo processor, ram and S-ATA connectors for harddrives. Here’s some of the other features:

  • 4 unbalanced inputs
  • 2 balanced inputs
  • 2 instrument inputs
  • Digital I/O (S/PDIF)
  • 2 balanced outputs
  • 2 unbalanced outputs
  • adjustable headphone amplifier
  • LAN connector
  • 4 USB Ports
  • USB to Host connector
  • MIDI In port

Look out for other products in the series; they are going to be making a a XL version (with hard disc) and a V-Pedal as well.
Here’s their site: http://www.smproaudio.com/

Jomox Mbase 11

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German synth manufacturers Jomox has made a new version of their bass drum synthesizer, the MBase. It’s only capable of generating a kick drum, but it does so rather well. Actually I’ve been thinking about buying one for a while..

Modularsynths

klangwabe

The Musikmesse always has a lot of goodies for modular lovers. Pictured here is the Klangwabe from a new german company. It’s got some smart solutions and innovations, and it looks good as well.. Klangwabes netsite is here, but it doesn’t say much at the moment.

If you’re very interested in modulars; check this video from Sonicstate where the cool Andreas Schneider from Schneiders Buero takes you on a guided tour throug some of their products:

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Now, that’s about all I have time for..

The first part of the Musikmesse post is here

The 2009 Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany started today. I’m not there but I read about it at Sonicstate, Harmony Central, Synthopia and Music Radar.

Here are some of the most exiting new products I’ve found:

Akai Miniak minisynth/vocoder

akai_miniak

Developed by Akai together with Alesis, this is a promising new synth. Alesis hardware has in my opinion always felt a little bit cheap, but pairing Alesis VA synthesis together with Akai hardware seams like a good idea. It looks cool as well. Features include 3 oscillators, 2 inputs, 2 outputs, 8 voices, 8 part multitimbral, sequencer, drum machine, vocoder, fx and 600 presets. Sadly no USB.

More specs: http://www.akaipro.com/miniak

Presonus Studio One

presonus_studio_one

This is Presonus’ take on a DAW, and if we could judge it by the looks, it’s a killer piece of software. Goodbye Cubase & ProTools?
Read about it at Presonus web site – there’s a video presentation of it as well.

Teenage Engineering OP-1

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Well look at this, the swedes are about to do it again.. A totally new concept synth/controller unlike anything else at the moment. This looks great and has a lot of great ideas inside. Why can’t things like this come from Norway?

Teenage Engineering: http://www.teenageengineering.com/products/op-1/

Novation SL MkII

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The MIDI controller series from Novation gets even better! I own a Remote SL myself, and I love it. This new version is a bit different with touch sensitive knobs & faders, and back lit led buttons that gives better visual feedback. Besides it’s got better keyboard feel, and a more solid construction. The Zero verison (without the keys) will have longer faders than the other versions. Automap 3 is also working rather well! Read the press release here.

TC Electronic Nova

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A delay pedal is an essential piece of gear for any guitarist. This one looks great, and with a list price of about 150USD it wont break the bank either. Read about it on TC’s website.

Doepfer Dark Energy

doepfer_dark_energy

This small but very nice looking analogue monosynth has everything you will want from a monosynth; knobs, wooden cheeks, and multiple inputs/outputs for  integration into other systems. There’s only VCO, but it’s got the ability to be FM-modulated by the LFO or ADSR. It’s got two LFO’s, one low pass filter (24dB,12 octaves,  FM modulation, CV control), one ADSR envelope, and one VCA (with amplitude modulation). It has a built in USB MIDI-interface and it’s even got multiple CV inputs (and two outputs I think), and gate input and output. Wow, that’s a lot in a small package! Read all about the small wonder here: http://www.doepfer.de/Dark_Energy_e.htm

Musikmesse so far
The synth trend this year is smaller is better. Stay tuned for more..

Part 2 of the Musikmesse post is here

I want to show you some of the cool things that can be done with OpenFrameworks. I start by showing the projects of someone who calles themselves Playmodes. They have made an audiovisual sampler, using Native Instruments Reaktor for the sounds (controlling it via OSC) and OF for recording, manipulating and playback of video. It looks like this:

Here’s another example:

Visit their website for more info: http://www.playmodes.com/

Microsoft har tidligere vist databordet Surface, en skjerm på størrelse med et kafébord som er lagd for interaksjon mellom mennesker. Nå har imidlertid Microsoft demonstrert det nye operativsystemet Windows 7 som innehar de samme multitouchmulighetene som Surface. Apple har allerede lansert en form for multitouch i sin MacBook Air. Her er det ikke snakk om en skjerm, men en spesiell trackpad der man kan bruke flere fingre samtidig. Windows 7 skal ikke lanseres før omkring 2010.

Her er en demonstrasjonsvideo av multitouchmulighetene i Windows 7 – ingenting nytt under stjernene akkurat, men videoen viser i det minste at MS vil satse på denne teknologien i fremtiden.

Artikkel fra All Things Digital, Wall Street Journals konferanse. Dette sitatet fra Bill gates er hentet derfra:

“Gates says it’s the beginning of an era of computing based on a new hierarchy of input systems. Today the machine is really set up for one person to sit at a keyboard. “We’re at an interesting junction,” he says. “In the next few years, the roles of speech, gesture, vision, ink, all of those will become huge. For the person at home and the person at work, that interaction will change dramatically.”

Forresten, datamaskina som brukes i demovideoen er en Dell Latitude XT som er den eneste datamaskina som har innebygd multitouchskjerm med kapasitans berøringsteknologi fra N-Trig.

Engadget bringer nyheten om at MS skal slippe SDKet (Software Development Kit) for utvikling av Windows 7 multitouch applikasjoner i Oktober. Les Engadgets post her

Multitouch assembly kit

Now you can buy a DIY multitouch kit!
You will also need a projector and a modified web cam.
More about the project: http://eyebeam.org/project/cubit

More DIY multitouch:
Lumenlab
NUI Group – makers of the Touchlib library (NUI = natural User Interface)