Learn to Control Your MIDI Sounds By Using Gestures

Want to learn how to control MIDI with your mind? Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology that (yet.) However, thanks to the people at OWOW, it is now possible to control your MIDI with simple hand gestures and motions.

After being rejected from music school, creator Pieter-Jan Pieters decided to take matters into his own hands. He then created OWOW. The controllers come in 5, each having their own functions from making drum samples to playing a synth sound from a line drawn on a piece of paper. This kind of creativity and innovation is bound to add a new aspect to live performances.

Watch the OWOW Midi Controller in action below.

The controllers come in two varieties. One has an aluminum case and another just includes the bare circuit board, the idea being that those who want to customize it can make their own case. 3D files are also available online if you want to print your own casing for free.

You can pre-order these controllers via Kickstarter. They are expected to ship in February 2016 if they reach their goal of $55,568. If you would like to learn more, you can read the original article written by our friends at FactMag.

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iOS and Mac Connection, Complete!

First, click on this demo video that Peter Krin from Createdigitalmusic.com obtained from a little “nagging” to the developers. (Persistence goes a long way Peter!).

Until now, the cable connecting your iPad or iPhone to your Mac was unsurpassed by apps. Download Midimux and Audiomux in order to experience this revolutionary connection.

Now you can now connect a keyboard controller to your Mac and use it on your iPad to create a synth. At the same time, you can use an iPad step sequencer to sequence on instrument onto your Mac. This completely eliminates the variable of inconsistency from unreliable wifi networks.

The video above demonstrates the interesting collaboration between iPad and Mac when a MIDI controller is added.

Photo credit:Createdigitalmusic.com

Using Audiomux, you can transfer anything your working on from your iPad to Mac and vice versa. If you have more apple equipment (i.e. an iPhone, iPad, and Mac) you can create your own mini Apple studio with the use of these two apps.

To see Peter Kirn’s full article on the advantages of these two apps click here!

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Roland Unveils NEW System-1 Plug-Out Synth


On July 25, 2014, Roland will deliver their first ever Plug-Out keyboard synthesizer, the System-1, the newest addition to their AIRA series. Roland’s AIRA series consists of three other instruments: the VT-3 Voice Transformer effects processor, the TB-3 Touch Bassline synth, and the TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine. The combination of these four instruments gives any aspiring musician the necessary tools to develop their creativity and skills as a songwriter, producer, and performer.

Based on Roland’s 1982 classic SH-101, the System-1 keyboard gives the user full hardware control over the plug-in. The System-1 features Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior which provides spot-on modeling of all analog synth components. Variable filter, envelopes, LFO and more respond exactly like the modeled analog gear. The hands-on controls allow you to command every parameter with simplicity and efficiency.

This video demonstrates some of the System-1’s main features:

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