Friday, March 12, 2010

MU For Lemur: Jazzmutant gets completely in touch with Ableton Live

Thanks to the integration of MAX for Live, the doors into the inner workings of Ableton have been opened to the world. Jazzmutant has seized this opportunity with gusto, introducing MU - a complete integration of Ableton Live for their groundbreaking and award winning LEMUR multitouch controller (Jazzmutant was recently elected #1 for innovation of the decade & #5 for best performance gear by Futuremusic magazine). The Lemur and Ableton are tailor made for each other, and MU finally makes possible what I believe most Ableton users have wanted to do since their first experience with Live; throw aside their knob and fader boxes, put the mouse out of it's misery, and just reach out and touch the screen. Ableton's interface has been begging to be reached-out-and-touched since it was born, but musicians have only been able to do it indirectly with a large degree of compromise using hardware controllers. Although Jazzmutant's Dexter hardware (now a software upgrade to the Lemur) was an attempt to tightly integrate popular DAWS such as LOGIC and CUBASE, likely because of limitations of access to the nuts and bolts of the software it was always with a degree of "almost there". Now with MU, the Lemur is doing what it was born to do, quickly and effortlessly providing a complete software interface that you just reach out and touch. The beta version is available now through Jazzmutant's website, note that Max for Live is required.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Novation Launchpad - "The Ableton Live Controller"

It is amazing how much influence Ableton Live has had over the way computer musicians approach live performance, and the market weight Ableton has created can now easily be appreciated in the wave of dedicated controllers coming to market. Despite Akai's inability to fulfill early orders for their APC40, (or maybe it was just that they choose to ignore the value of small, independent retailers) it is still tempting to assume that the overwhelming success and relative affordability of the Akai APC40 controller would make it difficult for a new controller to make itself noticed, but the Launchpad by Novation has more than garnered our attention. With Monome-like simplicity, a much tighter footprint than the APC40, and at half the price, we are betting that the Lauchpad will be a Robotspeak best-seller this fall, and I for one am looking forward to getting one of my own. More information on the Launchpad from Novation's Site...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Metasonix tube drum machine demo

Eric Barbour from Metasonix demonstrates a prototype of his vacuum tube-based drum machine at Robotspeak. Click through to the Flickr set for more photos and video.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Eric Barbour of Metasonix in shop demo

Saturday, July 11, 6pm at Robotspeak


Yes, the owner and founder of Metasonix, Eric Barbour,
will give an in-person demonstration of the hot new Metasonix
vacuum-tube effect, the KV100 "Assblaster"!!

Plus other all-tube Metasonix products!!

If you'd like to try it out, bring your favorite instrument! If you have a modular or other analog synthesizer, bring it and we'll have an Analog Party! With patch cords and control voltages and the whole shebang!!

BONUS! Eric has finished a top-secret prototype for a possible new product for next year! It hasn't even been on Matrixsynth or shown to Metasonix dealers yet, so show up if you wanna be the FIRST IN THE WORLD to see this unique and insane breadboarded mess of wires!!

This demo is for ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! Don't miss it!

!!!!!!!!BRING YOUR CAMERA!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Glitch Sequencer: FREE midi sequencer based on Conway's Game of Life

This Über cool free midi sequencer is made by SF local and robotspeak friend Bret Truschan. It was Built using Processing, an open source programming environment. Needless to say Glitch Sequencer is a winner! Its a great app to get the creative juices flowing and lately I can't seem to set it down. Check it out! Now featuring OSC in and out!

*Excerpt from glitch-sequencer*

New!! Version 2.0 Beta. New features:

  • Configurable "world wrap" (off by default) gives your patterns room to grow.
  • Completely customizable CA rules. (See /Data/rules.bsh)
  • MIDI automation of snapshots, volume, and mutes. Fully configurable. See /Data/config.xml
  • OSC support for both automation and for sending out note information. See /Data/config.xml
  • Ability to turn MIDI off entirely. This might be useful for people who only wish to use OSC.
  • Fixed a few bugs with the Nudge Select control
  • Customizable swatch colors

  • "Glitch Sequencer is a free cellular automaton based MIDI sequencer for the PC and Mac. It offers an interesting style of composition based on evolving patterns and is great for fast, fluid experimentation. Glitch Sequencer was written by Bret Truchan in Processing using themidibus MIDI library. "

    Go get it NOW! and if you feel so inclined kick down a donation for Bret's awesome work!

    Siftables Interactive Computerized Tiles!

    These things are soo f**kin cool! I can't wait until they are a commercially available product, reactable look out!

    Siftables Music Sequencer from Jeevan Kalanithi on Vimeo.

    *The Following is an excerpt from David Merrill's website*

    Imagine overturning a container of nuts and bolts, then looking through the resulting pile for a particular item. Or spreading photographs out on a tabletop and then beginning to sort them into piles. During these activities we interact with large numbers of small objects at the same time, and they utilize all of our fingers and both hands together. We humans are skilled at using our hands in these ways, and can effortlessly sift and sort - focusing on our higher level goals rather than the items themselves.

    Siftables aims to enable people to interact with information and media in physical, natural ways that approach interactions with physical objects in our everyday lives. As an interaction platform, Siftables applies technology and methodology from wireless sensor networks to tangible user interfaces. Siftables are independent, compact devices with sensing, graphical display, and wireless communication capabilities. They can be physically manipulated as a group to interact with digital information and media. Siftables can be used to implement any number of gestural interaction languages and HCI applications.

    The Siftables interaction platform is a collaboration with Jeevan Kalanithi, of Taco Lab.

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Novation Automap App for the iPhone / iPod Touch

    I am really looking forward to this one, it should be available through the iTunes store in July.

    Now you can turn your iPhone / iPod touch into a MIDI controller, with multiple faders and buttons easily assigned to parameters in any software that allows MIDI control, and even some that don't!

    Instant, wireless, palm-sized control of all automatable VST, AU or Pro Tools format plug-ins in any DAW.

    See at a glance how every control on your iPhone / iPod touch is assigned, both on the iPhone / iPod touch itself, and across your computer screen

    Make and delete assignments directly from your computer screen using lightening-fast 'Click-Touch-Assign' facilities.

    Ideal for remote track arming and muting, transport and master level controls in a growing number of supported DAWs. (Control these elements in non-supported DAWs using separate dedicated Automap systems, or your own custom mappings.)

    Get to the right software fast! Control maps are automatically placed into categories depending on type (instrument, mixer etc.) for quick and easy browsing and selection with hardware or software.