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IK Multimedia iRig MIDI 2

IK Multimedia has released iRig MIDI 2, a portable Lighting/USB MIDI interface. Introducing iRig MIDI 2, the first Lightning/USB compatible mobile MIDI interface that works with all generations of iOS devices as well as Mac and PC. It features everything you loved about iRig MIDI but with even greater pocketability, connectivity and control. Simply put, […]

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Loopmasters releases Massive Presets Vol2

Loopmasters has launched Essentials 35 – Massive Presets Vol2, a new collection of 100 NI Massive presets gathered from its extensive Patchworx synth preset collection. Massive has become the go to soft synth for producers and artists worldwide, with its flexible modulation and extensive oscillator section, the possibilities of creating diverse cutting edge sounds for […]

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iRig MIDI 2 Now Shipping

IK Multimedia is now shipping iRig MIDI 2, their portable Lightning/USB MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (as well as Mac and PC). With detachable and interchangeable cable inputs, standard MIDI connectors, and compact design, iRig MIDI 2 … Continue reading

Korg launches SDD-3000 Pedal

Korg has announced the release of the SDD-3000 Pedal, a digital delay unit. The rack-mounted SDD-3000 which appeared in 1982 was a classic digital delay that dominated the world thanks to its peerless sonic character. The classic delay effect that’s central to the guitar sounds in world-class rock bands owe a great deal to the […]

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Feelyoursound releases Sundog Scale Studio for Mac

Feelyoursound has announced that its Sundog Scale Studio is now available for Mac OS X. The standalone software connects to other DAWs and hardware instruments via MIDI and sends note commands to trigger chords and melodies. The main focus of Sundog lies on writing harmonic EDM songs from scratch without having to worry about music […]

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Paracosm releases Polymer – Polyphonic Voice Distributor App for Mac

Paracosm has launched Polymer, a MIDI utility which translates MIDI streams from input devices to output devices. Polymer lets you play your monophonic synths together, like they’re all part of some giant mutant polysynth. And it operates via plain old MIDI, so it’s compatible with almost anything — modulars, samplers, even virtual instruments. That’s just […]

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Next Generation Audio releases Next Generation EDM

Next Generation Audio has launched with Next Generation EDM, a sample pack filled with construction kits, percussion loops, fx and one shots including kicks in key, claps, hats and snares. Bringing you the most up to date EDM trends from around the world inspired by artists such as David Guetta, Showtek, Martin Garrix, DVBBS, Vato […]

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Polymer Makes Multiple Synths into One [Exclusive]


So, you’ve assembled a nice collection of synthesizers. Maybe there’s hardware – some KORG volcas, a MeeBlip or two, or even modular. And of course, you have software synths, as well. Playing each individually – that’s kind of limited. Why not treat these as the digital instruments they are?

That’s the idea behind Polymer, a new Mac app out today on the Mac App Store. It can turn multiple monophonic synths into a polyphonic synth – making a “giant mutant polysynth” out of devices you’ve got. In fact, you don’t even have to use hardware exclusively – it works with software apps, too. Having covered hardware earlier today, many of you complained that you don’t have the money for hardware. Here, a couple of cheap monosynths can be a polysynth; a MeeBlip and Massive can turn into a hybrid software/hardware instrument.

Basically, if it uses MIDI – hardware or software – you can now treat it as one instrument. This was certainly possible before, sure. But it’s never been quite this easy.

CDM got an exclusive advance look at the app. Our full review and some demos will come shortly, but I’m already really impressed.

Here’s how it works:


First, select the inputs you want to use – software or hardware.

Then, select the outputs you want to use – again, software or hardware. Each gets a nifty colored circle, which animates as you use the app so you can see what you’re using.

What’s really cool about this is that after just those few clicks, notes are routed to any combination of synths as if they were all one instrument. You simply choose to route notes polyphonically, or via voice stealing, one note per synth in the order they’re played. (The latter I quite like, as it emulates one of the nicest features of the KORG Mono/Poly.)

You can also choose direction: forward, reverse, or random, and distribute notes either by rotating from the same voice each time, or cycling through them round-robin style.

Of course, this isn’t limited to monosynths, either; you can create interesting cycles of notes across polysynths or massive stacks.

When Polymer first released some teasers, many folks expressed some skepticism about whether this was really needed. But it’s the speed with which you can configure Polymer that makes it a formidable tool: suddenly, all that mucking about with channels and configuration is reduced to steps that literally take only moments. It’s also a useful way to contend with multiple MIDI interfaces (for instance, a dedicated MIDI interface and one of the MIDI ports you got “for free” on a controller or audio box).

You can control up to 32 channels, merge between unlimited MIDI channels, and send velocity, pitch bend, and mod automatically. All you need is a USB MIDI interface and a Mac running OS X 10.7 or later – sorry, no Windows or Linux version. Another good idea: get a MIDI Thru box like the Kenton – if you lack extra MIDI ports, it saves you money and extra gear in your bag.

It’s easy to imagine some features that Polymer could add, though it’s already great to have this in a single window.

Price: US$19.99.

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Sample Magic releases MIDI Elements: Mainroom Drums

Sample Magic has announced Mainroom Drums, a new MIDI Elements packs. Beef up your beats. Get fresh groove inspiration. Load up on fat-and-stacked hits. MIDI Elements: Mainroom Drums serves up an essential drum toolkit for producers seeking seriously big-room sounds. For unrivalled flexibility we’ve gone for an all-out multi-format attack, serving up 10 custom-built drum […]

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ローランドTR-808 のCPUアップグレードキット Quicksilver 808 間もなくリリース!

ローランドのドラムマシンTR-808 のCPUをアップグレードするキットQuicksilver 808 がSocial Entropy 社より間もなくリリースされるようです。 詳細はまだ発表されていないのですが、これまでの同社によるQuicksilver 606やQuicksilver303 と同様に、本体のCPUを付け替えることによってオペレーティングシステムの機能を拡張し、MIDI コントロールモード(USB/MIDI IN OUT/MIDI Clock)や各インストゥルメントのアクセント機能、ライブパフォーマンスに便利なROLL機能やMUTE機能が追加されるものと予想されます。詳細は後ほど。



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