MIDI

PreSonus intros Studio 192 USB 3.0 Audio Interface & Studio Command Center

PreSonus has announced the Studio 192 USB 3.0 Audio Interface and Studio Command Center, a new 26 x 32 interface that records

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Audentity releases Ultimate Deep/Future House

Audentity has announces the release of Ultimate Deep/Future House, a collection of 1 GB of Future House samples and presets. This new

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Akai Professional intros MIDImix

Akai Professional has introduced MIDImix, an ultra-portable high-performance MIDI-mixer that provides users with an innovative, feature-packed solution for Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

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Akai’s Midimix is a $99 USB Mixer Controller With One Key Feature

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Akai’s new US$99.99 Midimix is built on a simple idea – so much so that you could easily miss it. But one button makes it much more useful than its nearest rivals.

First, the obvious: yes, it’s a MIDI controller with a mixer layout. So, there are eight line faders and a master fader, 3 knobs per channel (for EQ), and dedicated mute (switchable to solo) and record arm buttons, plus bank controls. That’s it – no extra functions, no confusing mappings.

And then there’s one very obvious but clever button: SEND ALL. Hit SEND ALL, and you fire off everything to the DAW in one button.

Some of you are slapping your foreheads already. If not, the basic notion is this: MIDI controllers with this sort of design by and large don’t send all their current knob and fader positions at once. So unless you have a motorized controller, that means you have to wiggle or move everything until the DAW works out where the physical controls are before the two are in sync.

Ah. SEND ALL.

Sure, there are fancier solutions (back to those motors – and Behringer’s latest motorized line is getting more expensive). But the Midimix looks absurdly compact and lightweight, and that’s a hundred dollars retail. Available in June.

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E-RM multiclock Syncs Everything Jitter-Free, Including Computer

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We’ve seen boxes that claim to sync everything you have to everything else you have. But the E-RM multiclock claims to do it with a computer as a source – without jittering.

Just announced, the multiclock is the follow-up to the midiclock+, the clever MIDI sync box introduced by Berlin’s boutique E-RM Erfindungsbüro back in 2012.

The most important thing to know about the multiclock is that it takes this obsession with getting sync right directly to your computer’s audio card. Whereas MIDI and MIDI over USB from a computer are inherently susceptible to jitter, E-RM claims that the audio synchronization gives them sample-to-sample accuracy.

Rewind. Plain explanation. Remember when you could use a phone to tell what time it was? A lady’s voice would intone from the other end, “the time is now… 7:45 and 33 seconds pm.” Think of a MIDI stream as giving you those time indications a little irregularly – not quite on the right tick – and an audio stream giving times that are always exactly correct, many times per second (44,100 times per second for a regular CD audio setting, for instance). That’s my explanation, not E-RM’s, so I hope they approve.

You still retain the versatility to use what you want. So you can use MIDI or DIN (from more reliable MIDI gear that isn’t a computer, that is). You can use clock signals from analog modular gear. If you really must use a USB MIDI connection, fine – that works.

This is all fine and well, but I think it’s the adjustment that makes this interesting. You can tweak timing on everything – each channel has two knobs for shifting and shuffling. That can allow you to fine-tune sync or even create your own grooves. I can really imagine dialing in something more life-like and human with this.

It isn’t just sync, either. A “MIDI Map & Merge Matrix” lets you route and merge MIDI notes and control messages over MIDI or USB to particular outputs.

E-RM is a neighbor of mine – in Berlin and this week at Messe – so I’m curious to give this a try. 449€ is a hefty price, but … it could be the last sync/clock device you ever buy. And it could change the way machines in your studio arrive in time. I can also tell you E-RM are obsessive about quality and sustainable production. So yes, it’ll be great to evaluate these claims in performance.

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Details:

multiclock will be available from May 2015.
The MRSP is 449 e for the standard version, 519 e with USB.
A matching power supply is naturally included.
Colorful caps for all knobs are available on request.
Technical Information:
tempo range: 30-300 BPM
max. shift range: ± 250ms
Connectors:
1 x Audio-Sync input
1 x MIDI/DIN Sync/Modular Clock input
4 x MIDI/DIN Sync/Modular Clock output
1 x LFO output (0-5 V)
1 x power jack (9 V-15 V)
4 x USB MIDI input (optional)
1 x USB MIDI output (optional)

http://www.e-rm.de/multiclock

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Livid Instruments announces Bluetooth LE MIDI support for Guitar Wing

Livid Instruments has announced support for the new Bluetooth LE MIDI standard for Yosemite OS X and iOS 8 on its Guitar

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Reveal Sound launches Melbourne Bounce Anthems for Spire

Reveal Sound has released Melbourne Bounce Anthems for Spire, a soundset by Mainroom Warehouse for the Spire synthesizer. Inspired by the latest

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Singomakers releases Top 100 EDM MIDI Vol. 2

Singomakers has launched Top 100 EDM MIDI Vol. 2, a collection of modern Electronic Dance Music MIDI files and samples for modern

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Pulsed Records releases Pulsed: Tropical House

Pulsed Records has announced the release of Pulsed: Tropical House, a collection of 5 Construction Kits and presets. Inspired by the sound

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Feelyoursound intros Sundog Scale Studio 2.0

Feelyoursound has introduced version 2.0 of Sundog Scale Studio, the next version of the MIDI chords and melodies laboratory that will add

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