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Check out this video with Dr. Robert Schneider and Elijah Wood presenting a new kind of synth controller:

By the way, the new Apples in Stereo record 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


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:

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


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:

Novation SL MkII


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


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


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:

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

Part 2 of the Musikmesse post is here


Bill Buxton of Microsoft research has made an overview of what has happened in multi-touch research. For those of you who thought multi-touch first came with Jeff Han or the Iphone, have a look at this page. The picture on top here is from the Multi-Touch Tablet developed at Toronto University in 1985.

By the way, what is Jeff Han up to now? This video shows him demonstrating a new type of bidirectional LEDs capable of sensing your fingers. Check it out:

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More about this project here.


Now you can zoom in on your favourite modern work of art and maybe discover something new while peeking through the magnifying lens. The SFMOMA Artscape is a very cool thing indeed! I’ve zoomed in on one of my favourite  modern artists, the swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966).

I discovered it through Information Aestehics

On Cycling ’74’s site I found a video of a drum machine someone have made in Max/MSP. They use it with a cheap touch overlay and the result is very impressive. A real performance tool!

read more about the project here

I usually avoid writing about apple products, but this video is ok:

It’s Brian Eno’s ambient music application for Iphone or Ipod Touch. Just flick your finger on the screen and piano tones pops up. It’s relaxing!


The Gibson Dark Fire is more than a beautiful guitar; it also has some fancy technology inside:

  • The strings  can be tuned automatically as in the Gibson Robot Guitar released in 2007 – not to be confused with auto tune..
  • Two regular pickups, the Burstbucker 3 humbucker and a P-90H singlecoil
  • Each string has a piezo pickup routed to a hexaphonic output
  • Lots of tone options : the sound from the six piezos can also be blended with the humbuckers
  • Built in four band parametric EQ for pickups and piezos – a wider range of sounds
  • The Robot Interface Pack connects the guitar to your pc via firewire
  • If you buy it you also get a Dark Fire edition of Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3
  • The guitar can be controlled from Guitar Rig
  • Listprice 3,499 USD
  • So if you can afford a high quality guitar that not many others have, this is it!

Here’s a short demo featuring Dark Fire inventor Chris Adams:
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Go to Gibsons Dark Fire page