MATRIXSYNTH: New Controllers

Showing posts with label New Controllers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Controllers. Show all posts

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Arturia Introduces the KeyStep Pro Chroma w/ KeyStep Pro Firmware 2.5

video upload by Arturia

What's New? | KeyStep Pro - Firmware 2.5

video upload by Arturia

Andreas Tilliander aka TM404 | Analog symphony with KeyStep Pro Chroma

video upload by Arturia

Press release follows.

KeyStep Pro Chroma combines new aesthetic elements, including a sleek dark gray exterior, striking blue LEDs and other expressive features that allow users to customize their track colors. These additions are added to the already-impressive list of features of 2019’s KeyStep Pro, the polyphonic controller that remains a benchmark for creative hardware & software sequencing.

With the release of KeyStep Pro Chroma comes a significant new firmware update (2.5), delivering useful new features and long-awaited enhancements, free for existing KeyStep Pro users. The update will be available to download via MIDI Control Center & from November 30th, with full release notes viewable on Arturia’s KeyStep Pro web page.

KeyStep Pro Chroma will be available to order from November 30th in the US & Asia, and from mid December in Europe. Customers should contact their preferred dealer for availability information.

Check with dealers on the right for availability.


Sleek dark exterior
An alluring dark gray gives KeyStep Pro an edgy, industrial look.

Vibrant blue LEDs
In perfect contrast to the dark casing, bright blue LEDs illuminate your setup.

New stylish knob caps
Great-feeling knob caps all round to complement KeyStep Pro Chroma’s fresh design.

Customizable track colors
Exclusive for KeyStep Pro Chroma, users can now choose from a range of colors for their tracks.

Thursday, November 09, 2023

New Dtronics DT-RDX-V2 Yamaha Reface DX Controller

via Dtronics

"The Dtronics DT-RDX-V2 is a hardware controller for the Yamaha Reface DX and the successor to its older brother the DT-RDX. The difference between the two is that the RDX-V2 has a hardware MIDI merger on board for even better performance.

With all its parameters the FM synthesiser is a challenge to control. The DT-RDX-V2 has all parameters directly accessible with its 41 knobs and 9 switches. All you have to do is select the desired operator. You can also edit multiple operators with the same parameters at the same time.

The controller is mounted on a stylish holder.(included)"

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Introducing Seaboard BLOCK M: Infinite Expression. Anywhere.

video upload by ROLI

"Experience ultimate musical freedom with Seaboard BLOCK M. Compact and powerful, play any sound imaginable and express yourself effortlessly — wherever creativity finds you — on this evolution of the multi-award-winning original.

Seaboard BLOCK M is available now in limited pre-order batches. Order today to avoid disappointment.

Find out more about Seaboard BLOCK M:

What’s new with Seaboard BLOCK M:
— Put Seaboard BLOCK M at the heart of your setup with a new MIDI out that enables direct control of other hardware instruments.
— Advanced customization of keywave response through a firmware upgrade, offering more nuanced MPE control.
— A more natural, intuitive playing experience with an improved velocity response curve.
— Durable design that has been refined to withstand the rigors of touring and extended studio sessions.
— Go computer-free with mode-switching on your BLOCK M – change between Single Channel, or MPE, and other modes once activated in Dashboard.
— Switch between your saved Equator2 or ROLI Studio presets by holding the side button and pressing the octave left and right buttons.
— Select your own ROLI Soundpacks to get you started with MPE.

Presets used:
SWAM: Cello
SWAM: Viola
Equator2: Aerial Saw Lead
Equator2: City Decay Bass
Equator2: Electric Tube Violin
Equator2: Brass Staccato
Equator2: Vintage Power Lead
Equator2: Tears in Rain
Equator2: Underwater Cathedral"

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Korg Introduces Keystage MIDI 2.0 Keyboard Controller with Poly Aftertouch

video upload by Korg

"Korg Keystage is the ultimate MIDI keyboard solution for producers and stage performers. As the first keyboard to adopt the MIDI 2.0 Property Exchange, Keystage puts unparalleled integration and control at your fingertips, taking your music-making experience to a whole new level. Featuring a new keybed design with outstanding touch response, Polyphonic / Channel Aftertouch and MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) compatibility, Keystage offers hands-on control and instant visual feedback through its parameter-dedicated OLED screens. It features a powerful arpeggiator, an array of chord modes, integrated audio outputs, and official integration with Ableton Live. Whether producing in the studio or performing live, Keystage offers an unparalleled, integrated, and distraction-free experience to keep your musical creativity flowing.

Featured in this video is Josh Trinnaman - musician, producer & mix engineer from Brighton, UK. Best known for his project Luo which combines experimental electronic music production with live, powerful instrumentation with influences from Jazz Fusion, Hip-Hop, Metal, IDM & Breakcore, Progressive Rock and more. For more info on Josh head to his Instagram @joshtrinnaman."

KORG Keystage Poly Aftertouch Controller - Top Features and Overview

video upload by Korg

"Luciano from KORG introduces Keystage, the ultimate MIDI keyboard for producers and performers. This premium controller boasts a feature-packed design, offering MIDI 2.0 integration, exceptional touch sensitivity with polyphonic aftertouch, and an impressive software bundle. From arpeggiators to versatile chord modes, Keystage is the perfect companion whether you're on stage or in the studio. Plus, you have the choice of two sizes, 49 or 61 keys, all in a sleek and portable design."

Korg KeyStage Review // MIDI 2.0 finally works - let’s see what it can do

video upload by loopop

0:00 Intro
1:15 Overview
2:55 MIDI 2.0
4:15 Wavestate
5:40 Gadget
7:15 Poly AT
9:05 Keybed
9:25 Ableton
11:40 Arp
14:05 Chords
15:55 MIDI CCs
16:30 Scenes
16:55 I/O
17:15 The plate
17:35 Pros, cons
19:00 Outro

Click the pics to zoom in.

Note the "Expansion Plate" / music stand. It comes in at 4:03 in the 2nd video above.

Introducing TEK2 Desktop Modular Rotary Controller by Intech Studio

Press release follows:

Introducing TEK2 by Intech Studio, the fully compact, modular rotary knob Grid controller

What is Grid by Intech Studio?

At Intech, we create diverse controlling solutions for enhancing the production workflow of sound designers, musicians and digital creatives. We see the future of innovative tactile control in a modular and compact form, upon which the Grid controller family was born.

Based on our approach towards functional design, we now decided to integrate a smooth, endless rotary potentiometer into Grid’s control element variety, while keeping the module’s clean and compact body structure. Welcome TEK2 Grid, the freshest Grid module equipped with double infinite rotation potentiometers and eight separate buttons. TEK2 is made for multimedia creatives boasting a distinguished audiovisual skillset, aiming to broaden their horizons through new ways of tactile control interactions. Preorders open on 25th of October for the first edition of TEK2.

TEK2 Features

The TEK2 adds to the fine-tuning experience with a pair of ergonomically designed knobs, equipped with a two-state switch (pressed & released) and a smooth endless rotation. In addition, both potentiometers are equipped with 5-point LED feedback, creating a brand new perspective among Grids. These full RGB multicolor programmable LED lights can be set to several animation modes configurable with the Grid Editor’s toolset. Such a ‘5-bit display’ indicator is perfect for giving feedback on centered or starting value positions and on highlighting parameter states.

The large knobs are accompanied by a set of 8 tactile buttons which can act like shift buttons, toggles or triggers – easing the way for quick mode switches, dynamic settings navigation and active function changes of the two massive knobs.

By all means, TEK2 preserves its compatibility with all pre-existing and future Grid modules, forming an ecosystem both in design and software-wise. While it remains a MIDI and HID compliant device, we plan to expand Grid’s controlling possibilities through new Adobe and DaVinci software integrations requested by our community.

Fun Fact about TEK2

As a startup coming from the heart of Budapesta, Intech Studio decided to name their new Grid piece with a bit of local spirit. The ‘TEK’ is derived from the word ‘TEKERŐ’, – meaning rotary knob in Hungarian – and the sound of the word ‘tech’. As TEK2 features two of these knobs the final name goes without saying. This release also marks the start of a new wave of Intech Studio Grid controllers, featuring an even more thoughtful and unique design.

About Intech Studio

Intech Studio is the first open-source Hungarian tech startup empowering digital creators through hardware and software solutions. Started from a prototype of a DIY modular controller made by two engineer friends in Budapest, Intech Studio’s Grid has made its way internationally, including Soundmit in Torino and Berlin’s Superbooth festival for several years in a row. A bunch of Grid module variations later and with a fine-tuned Editor software, Intech Studio has gone through a rebranding phase to finally become what the founders have dreamt of a home of innovative controlling possibilities not only for electronic musicians but to all audiovisual creatives.

TEK2 initial price: 199 $ Pre-order starts: 25 / 10 / 2023

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Arturia Introduces the MiniLab 3 Alpine White

Press release follows:

MiniLab 3 Alpine White is a music-making controller keyboard with a fresh makeover. Control music software, create your own tracks with inspiring sounds & samples, and get playing with comfy keys & pads - all in dazzling white.

_A MIDI controller with a minimalist aesthetic
Rediscover the keyboard controller of choice for today’s production pros & beginner music makers alike, decorated with a lush modern aesthetic to elevate any setup.

A fresh all-white look
This mini keyboard controller is going for that ultra-clean, contemporary design vibe with a white exterior, white keys, and white controls.

Easy to use
Explore amazing synth & instrument sounds on your computer, make beats & musical ideas in minutes, and sharpen your production skills - great for beginners.

Everything you need

Play keys, punch in a drum loop, connect to MIDI gear, and get creative with premium musical software included as standard.

Priced at $149 compared to the original with black highlights listed for $109 on Amazon and Reverb. Check with your favorite dealers on the right for availability.

APC64 Ableton Live Controller | Touch the Future | Akai Professional

video upload by AkaiProVideo

"Touch the Future and discover new musical possibilities with APC64. With 64 vibrant RGB pads featuring poly-aftertouch, 8 assignable Touch Strips, and a standalone Step Sequencer, APC64 is the revolutionary Ableton Live hardware controller that will unveil a new world of musical inspiration for next-level production and performance.

Watch prolific finger drumming performer Carl Rag display a masterful exhibition of APC64 now.

Visit now to learn more about APC64 or to find a dealer near you."

Akai APC64 First Look - Sonic LAB Presentation

video upload by sonicstate

"The brand new APC64, switches things up with a deeply integrated 64 RGB pad type surface, that Push users will feel right at home with. But with the APC64, you also get 8 assignable Touch Strips, with multiple modes of usage - you can control, the mixer, FX sends Devices and generic MIDI CCs, as well as the 64 RGB, pressure and velocity sensitive pads for clip launching or sequencing.

The other big news is that APC64 also has a standalone mode with 8 sequencers, up to 32 steps each that can send note data over MIDI via the two minijack outputs (there's also a MIDI input) and 8 assignable CV or Gate 1/8th inch jack outs to control your external synths, or modular.

Power is supplied over USB-C, with a dedicated power switch, and there's a small but useful AMOLED display and rotary encoder for parameter access, although you can access most via the pads themselves in setup mode.

There are also dedicated Project memories for storing setups and sequences - these can be chained for more song type structures.

The on board sequencer can be used as a standalone device, or integrated into the Live setup with patterns that can be sent back to Live and auto create clips.

We had a visit from Tom Robinson (@duncan_thomas_music) to give us the low down in this first look at the unit.

APC64 will be available worldwide at a price of £359 MSRP

00:45 Overview and Live integration
3:30 Touchstrips, Note and Drum Modes
5:50 Connections
06:30 Ableton Live integration
08:50 Generic MIDI control
09:30 Internal Sequencer
11:23 Standalone mode"

AKAI APC64 Review // Pros and cons vs APC40 MK2, Push, LaunchPad and others // APC 64 tutorial

video upload by loopop

0:00 Intro
1:40 Overview
2:05 Grid modes
4:30 Fader modes
6:30 Seq mode
8:40 Buttons
9:35 Screen
10:35 Build
11:00 I/O
11:50 Note mode
12:45 Chord mode
13:20 Drum modes
14:00 Ableton Live
14:30 Live rec
15:15 Quantization
16:05 Automation
17:00 Step seq
17:45 Seq settings
18:40 Modifiers
20:10 Seq live rec
21:45 Performance
22:15 Important tips
22:25 Poly AT v MPE
23:00 Device params
23:50 More buttons!
25:20 Device lock?
25:55 Seq + Live
26:40 Note repeats?
26:55 Latency
27:30 Pros and cons
32:15 Outro

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Control Pack Plus - MaxforLive Devices for Ableton Live by NOISS COKO

video uploads by Isotonik Studios

Mime - Control Pack Plus - MaxforLive Device for Ableton Live by NOISS COKO
Stairway - Control Pack Plus - MaxforLive Device for Ableton Live by NOISS COKO
Dice - Control Pack Plus - MaxforLive Device for Ableton Live by NOISS COKO
CC Manager - Control Pack Plus - MaxforLive Device for Ableton Live by NOISS COKO

"The Control Pack features seven Max for Live devices (four plus alternative versions), designed as simple tools for randomization, organic expression and precise automation. Format all values and sources produced by these effects as MIDI data to control external instruments, or simply use them to affect any parameter inside Live.

- Create dynamic patterns and sequences.
- Enhance instruments expressive performance.
- Easily map, control and randomize Live parameters.
- Send as MIDI CC, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Ft. Control or Mod. Wheel.
- Manage and automate parameters from Push.



This pair of audio and MIDI effects are mostly designed to first capture organic gestures performed in their X/Y panels and use them after as control agents for both external parameters and others within Ableton Live.

Mime features two main sections. The first one creates, records, plays back and saves X/Y coordinates. The second uses them to shape four individual control sources, defining different kinds of MIDI control messages (CC, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, etc) or simply mapping specific Live parameters from the control outputs located in the Route section.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Error Instruments First Controller - Control Freak

video upload by errorinstruments paul tas

Lpg in explain in control freak

New first time we make a controller. Control freak is releasing know.

"Something new for the first time we make a controller.

🙏 Hi there!

I hope you’re doing well. I

wanted to share with you some exciting

news about the Control Freak,

a versatile controller for your eurorack

setup that can also be used as a standalone equipment.

What makes it truly unique is its external box,

which allows you to connect a joystick, a trigger sequencer,

a complex LFO, and an external LPG.

It’s packed with all the essential utilities

commonly used in modular synthesizers,

eliminating the need for additional keys or

accessories. With the Control Freak, you’ll

have everything you need to take your

music production to the next level.

Let me know if you need more information or have any other @errorinstruments #errorinstruments #experimentalmusic #noise #controler #eurorack"

Monday, September 18, 2023

GlakGlikGluk Didactron Electronic Response Controller

Pen Synthesizer video upload by GlakGlikGluk

"This pen synthesizer is made with a micro controller with 4 analog parameters which function as Arp Sequencer, Wave table, LFO, and Volume Level"

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Native Instruments Introduces New Kontrol S-Series MK3 MIDI Controller Keyboards

video uploads by Native Instruments

Press Release follows:

Berlin, September 12, 2023 – Native Instruments today announced new Kontrol S-Series MK3 MIDI controller keyboards (S49, S61, and S88), offering seamless hardware and software integration, unique expressive control, and a stunning industrial design.

Kontrol S-Series keyboard controllers are truly best in class, with powerful new features and control capabilities that enable creators to stay in the flow with an intuitive connection to instruments, effects, and DAWs, all with deep navigation on a high-res screen. They are available in three size options: 49 semi-weighted keys, 61 semi-weighted keys, or 88 fully weighted hammer-action keys.

New polyphonic aftertouch functionality allows creators to take expression further with the slightest pressure on individual keys, controlling cutoff, pitch, vibrato, and much more without reaching for an extra encoder or dial. All three models include polyphonic aftertouch on an industry-leading keybed developed in collaboration with renowned Italian manufacturer Fatar.

Kontrol S-Series controllers bring virtual instruments to life and offer a genuinely immersive experience with in-depth control via extensive Kontakt integration and next-generation Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) technology. NKS brings software instruments, effects, loops, and samples into one smooth workflow, creating seamless integration between NI software, all major DAWs, and thousands of partner sounds, instruments, and effects. This effortless integration enables creators to focus on their performance, without being distracted by the need to look at a computer screen.

All three models feature a stunning industrial design with a large glass screen, touch-sensitive anodized aluminum encoders and mod wheels, and redesigned tactile buttons. A highly visual lighting system makes it easy to stay in the creative zone with an intelligent Light Guide that illuminates switches, key zones, scales, and more.

Kontrol S-Series controllers come with a range of software that enables creators to start making music out of the box:

Komplete 14 Select is the essential production suite, including powerful synths, drums, percussion, studio-grade effects, and a wide range of customizable sounds.
Komplete Kontrol software unites and organizes instruments, effects, loops, and samples, mapping everything to the keyboard controller.
Plus: Stradivari Cello, Hypha, Guitar Rig LE, iZotope Elements Suite, and Ableton Live Lite

Top Kontrol S-Series Features:

Refined industrial design, manufactured to the highest level of quality for the best playing experience
Full-color glass display for intuitive browsing, tweaking, and mixing
Industry-leading keybed from Fatar with polyphonic aftertouch as standard
Metal-touch pitch and modulation wheels with central illumination
Unparalleled hardware/software integration with direct connection to Kontakt helps you find, adjust, and play sounds quickly and easily
Seamless integration with all major DAWs lets you control transport and mixing commands directly from the keyboard: record, stop, rewind, mix, edit, and see project channels on the display
Precision tweaking for all your sounds, pre-mapped to key instrument and effect parameters
Redesigned Light Guide pinpoints notes with a light above each key
USB, MIDI, and bus-powered USB-C connectivity plus inputs for four pedals: one sustain, one expression, and two assignable pedals

Learn more

Pricing and availability
Starting today, Kontrol S-Series MK3 is available for pre-orders from and select retailers.

Kontrol S-Series MK3 will be fully available online and in stores this October, with preorders also shipping at that time.

Kontrol S49 MK3 pricing:
€ 749,00 / $ 749,00 / JPY 107.400,00 / £ 649,00 / AUD 1.099,00 / CAD 969,00 / CHF 749,00 / CNY ¥ 5.899,00

Kontrol S61 MK3 pricing:
€ 849,00 / $ 849,00 / JPY 121.700,00 / £ 749,00 / AUD 1.299,00 / CAD 1.099,00 / CHF 849,00 / CNY ¥ 6.699,00

Kontrol S88 MK3 pricing:
€ 1.299,00 / $ 1.299,00 / JPY 186.200,00 / £ 1129,00 / AUD 1.949,00 / CAD 1.679,00 / CHF 1299,00 / CNY ¥ 9.999,00


NI Kontrol S Series MK3: The pros and cons of upgrading // S49/S61/S88 MK3 Review & tutorial

video upload by loopop

0:00 Intro
1:10 Overview
1:55 Poly AfterTouch
2:55 Modes
6:35 Panel & guides
8:05 MK3 Changes
8:40 Next-gen NKS
9:15 More AfterTouch info
10:00 Panel changes
11:30 Connectivity
11:55 Settings
12:15 Komplete Kontrol
12:50 Preset filters
14:10 Non-NKS plugins
16:05 DAW devices
17:30 FX in Komplete
18:40 Scales
19:25 Chords
19:50 Arpeggiator
21:25 Loops & samples
22:00 Kontakt 7
22:30 Multi layers
23:10 Maschine?
24:30 MK3 S88
24:45 Pros, cons
24:55 vs MK2
26:55 vs the world
28:45 Outro

Thursday, September 07, 2023

Viper Synths Robotron MIDI Controller

video upload by Viper Synths

"Watch a presentation of the new Robotron MIDI Controller. A powerful new tool for music producers, giving them the feel of vintage analog synthesizers, with the freedom and flexibility of digital technology and software."

Robotron MIDI Controller Teaser
Robotron MIDI Controller Demo
Taho Live using 2 Robotrons!
5 min track challenge with Robotron, Launchpad mini and Touchable Pro


Note the Robotron is available with Moog or Sequential style knobs.

ROBOTRON is a MIDI controller that looks and feel like an analog synthesizer! It is hand made in France, with the highest quality material, it's very robust and durable, like the vintage machines that made history. Robotron has 26 potentiometers and 6 momentary switches. They are all assignable to any CC you desire. By default the layout of ROBOTRON gives you the essential commands of pretty much every synths that exist.

Robotron comes with a Max for Live plugin that allows you to map your virtual synths on the fly and save the mappings once and for all. You can download it here. A VST version of the plugin is coming in 2024.

Robotron has 9 sections. Oscillators, mixer, filter, 2 enveloppes, a volume, LFO, a MIDI channel selector and the free to assign knobs. Every knobs and buttons are assignable.
It works on all DAWs.

With its 16 MIDI channel selection directly available on its panel, you can quickly switch from one instrument to another, without touching your DAW. You can also control all your hardware synths using the MIDI OUT of your computer.
For those who work without no computer, a very small USB to MIDI DIN converter is coming in 2024 and will be included with Robotron at no extra charge. When you order now you'll receive your converter as soon as it's available.

The assign section has 6 aluminium knobs, the same found on Sequential Circuit synthesizers. The other knobs are made of Bakelite, an extremely solid plastic invented by Leo Baekeland in 1907. Bakelite can resist extreme temperatures and chemicals. Those knobs are the same found on Moog synths.
The top panel is made of anodised aluminium with a beautiful brushing effect to it. The wood sides are made of exotic Sapelli, often used on boats for its robustness and beautiful look. It is particularly prized for its lustrous iridescence. It is also used in the manufacture of furniture, luxury flooring, and musical instruments.


26 High Quality Potentiometers.
8 Switches.
100% Assignable.
16 MIDI Channel Selection.
OLED Screen.
USB MIDI Compliant Plug & Play.

Dimensions: 39,5*25*7.5cm (15.5*10*3in).
Weight: 2.5kg.
26 High Quality Potentiometers.
8 Switches.
20 Original Bakelite Moog Knobs.
6 Original Prophet 5 Knobs.
USB C Port.
1 High Quality USB Cable (USB-C to USB-A male).
Anodised Blue Aluminium Top Panel.
Black Powder Coated Steel Case.

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

Haxophone - A Hackable Electronic Saxophone with Mechanical Keys

Javier Cardona, the maker of Haxophone wrote in to let us know about his upcoming instrument. Here's what he had to say followed by details from the upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

"I'm excited to connect with you as the creator of the Haxophone, an open and hackable electronic saxophone. The instrument's design files and software have been available to the public on GitHub for some time now at

We are gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign for pre-assembled Haxophone units, bringing the magic of this instrument to a broader audience. The campaign is scheduled to kick off on September 7th.

via Crowd Supply

Haxophone is an inexpensive and fully customizable electronic musical instrument that resembles a travel saxophone. Under the hood, Haxophone is a particularly elegant (and fun!) Raspberry Pi HAT. The mechanical keys and custom ergonomics give Haxophone a unique and satisfying feel. The design is fully open source, hackable and OSHWA (Open Source Hardware Association) certified. This means that you can make Haxophone entirely your own, from changing the type of key switches to making your own note and instrument mappings. It is a good fit for musicians who are looking for a way to practice saxophone silently, musicians who are also hackers, and for hackers looking for a fun musical project that won’t break the bank.

While it is not a substitute for a traditional saxophone, Haxophone is accurate enough to allow saxophone players to rehearse both in silence and "on the go". Muscle memory when practicing on Haxophone is transferable to the traditional instrument, and vice versa. This means you can rehearse in all kinds of places that would be unthinkable with a standard saxophone. If it breaks, it is relatively cheap and easy to repair. And, Haxophone is smaller and lighter than any saxophone.

Haxophone has been designed to utilize standard mechanical key switches as fingering keys. In addition of being cool and unique, these are cheaper, more reliable and more repairable than the custom molded keys that you find on digital saxophones. Hackable Haxophone
Haxophone is purposefully designed to be hackable. Inspect it, modify the fingerings, change the sounds, add features like beats or LEDs. The software is written in Rust, a modern language that has been the most loved code language for the last 7 years (according to Stack Overflow).

Haxophone is designed as a HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) for the Raspberry Pi family of single-board computers. This HAT is a special type of keyboard laid out in the same way that saxophones are. We’ve also designed a mouthpiece and a pressure sensor to detect breath intensity. The HAT includes an audio amplifier, so Haxophone does not need to rely on the amplifier built into the Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. This means the HAT will work with the least expensive of the Pi family, the Raspberry Pi Zero.

Haxophone is fully repairable and customizable. Did you break the thumb rest or would like to use a different color? (3D) print yourself another one. The source models for all 3D printed parts are included in our repository."

You can find additional details at

Sunday, July 02, 2023

The Soothing Ambience Of The French Riviera (in a Box)

video upload by HAINBACH

"French artist Gilou loaned me his Boxed Sandpit to play with. It is lovingly crafted hybrid of electro-acoustic sound and digital control. Using beach sand, a rake, a shovel and smooth stones as MIDI controllers, it is possible to create some very chill sounds. Check out his work:"

Friday, June 16, 2023

Stereoping Sample Polka Midicontroller for Korg Volca Sample

video upload by Stereoping

"Sample Polka edition for the Synth Controller supporting polyphonic playing on the Volca Sample with simultaneous editing of the poly parts.

0:00 introduction by scary Jenny from Uncanny Valley

1:11 knob twiddling on the Controller editing the parts used for polyphonic playing, PANSPREAD function, VELOCITY knob, loop with adjustment of START POINT and LENGTH, SAMPLE knob, switching voicecount

5:13 using the poly-Volca as an arpeggiator

6:34 different samples for poly-parts

7:42 keytracking behaviour of original Volca Sample, original with Pajen firmware and Volca Sample 2

8:56 DOUBLE mode for Stereo sampleplaying - with different samples and dephased identical samples for left and right side"

Monday, June 12, 2023

Expert Controller for Yamaha VL1

video upload by Robert Skerjanc

"Demonstration of the hardware prototype. It can edit the complete physical model of the VL1. Musically not much enlightening, but showing some first impressions. See also my home page:"

"This is my vision of an ideal hardware controller for the famous Yamaha VL1 synthesizer. After my experience of making a HW controller for the FS1R, I decided to create an new user interface that deals easily with hundreds of parameters to control this beast. The case is designed as a 19″ rack mount, the same size as the VL1m module. As the name implies, it can edit all physical modelling parameters as you were able with the Yamahas Expert Editor for Macs.

Individual dials for all parameters rendered quite impossible, so I found a way to divide the parameters into several pages of 16 parameters and show the content on an OLED displays.

You have 7 groups on the front panel: Global, Control, Effect, Driver, Physics, Pipe and Modifier. Each group has several buttons and LEDs to indicate the current selected parameter page. In the next image you see that the page for editing breath noise and excitation is selected, and the 16 dials are assigned to the belonging parameters.

The dials are endless encoders with haptic clicks. The displays are divided in two halves, upper display half describes the parameter name and value for the upper dial and vice versa.

That’s it: you have a good overview about the whole context and you can easily dive into all parameters."

You can find additional pics and details at

Sunday, June 04, 2023

MIDI Piano Roll player (finalized and working)

video upload by Jean-Pierre Desrochers

"This is a demo of my 'stand alone' MIDI Electronic Piano Roll Player to play
paper roll songs in real time using a microprocessor and Infrared optics.This video shows you the final product !
As usual I publish all my projects files as 'open sources'.
To get all the files of this project go to:
Thanks for watching !"

Demoed with a Yamaha P50m

And a video featuring some clips of the internals:

Player piano electronic prototype playing paper roll song.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Arturia Introduces KeyLab Essential mk3

video uploads by Arturia

KeyLab Essential mk3 | Keys For Modern Creatives | ARTURIA
Tutorials | KeyLab Essential mk3 - Overview
Tutorials | KeyLab Essential mk3 - Using Analog Lab
KeyLab Essential mk3 | How To Control Ableton Live
KeyLab Essential mk3 | How To Control Cubase

Press Release follows:

"_Introducing KeyLab Essential mk3

KeyLab Essential mk3 is the focused, accessible keyboard controller designed to deliver a more personal and enjoyable music-making workflow than ever before.

Musicians & producers can control any DAW or MIDI hardware with the most essential controls at their fingertips, the most creative features at their disposal, and the most inspiring musical software included as standard.

_An upgraded workflow for modern music making

Users can get hands-on with projects and freely explore their sound with encoders, faders, pads, and more, with customizations and creative features only ever a button away. Upgrades include a bigger display with contextual buttons and 2 multi-purpose pad banks.

_Next-level DAW & Arturia integration

KeyLab Essential mk3 features custom DAW scripts for Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Cubase, and Bitwig Studio, plus familiar MCU & HUI compatibility - meaning it can control literally any DAW. It also offers enhanced integration with Arturia software like Analog Lab, V Collection, and more.

_Inspire new ideas

KeyLab Essential goes far beyond a controller; users can create quick-fire melodies with the Arpeggiator; play chord voicings with a single key with Chord play; stay locked in tune thanks to Scale mode; and customize their pedal functions with a 3-mode input.


Built with minimum 40% recycled plastic and a material carbon footprint reduction of 18%, KeyLab Essential mk3 follows in the footsteps of MiniLab 3 as a controller designed with sustainability in mind.

_The finest production & beat making software included

KeyLab Essential mk3 brings a vastly expanded package of creative software for modern music production, giving users everything they need to create full, massive-sounding tracks.

Here’s what’s included:
Analog Lab V
Thousands of synth & keys presets
Ableton Live Lite
Music recording software
Native Instruments’ The Gentleman
Intimate upright piano
UVI Model D
A timeless grand piano
2-month subscription with millions of samples & loops
Learn keys with KeyLab Essential

Ableton Push 3 Gets Expressive: Here's how it competes! // Review & Tutorial

video upload by loopop

"Find out how Push 3 compares to Push 2, other expressive instruments, Akai's Force & MPC and Maschine+, and which version you might want to get, standalone or controller. #AbletonPush3" TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:25 What’s new v P2
1:45 Poly X & Y
3:00 Cross pad bends
3:30 Pad settings
4:10 MPE instruments
4:55 MPE kits
5:25 P3 Standalone
8:25 Audio & I/O
10:25 More controls
12:50 New views
13:20 Similarities
14:25 Session grid
16:15 Note layouts
18:15 Screen controls
19:25 Live recording
22:05 Step seq
24:10 Automation
25:55 Sample chops
27:45 Adding devices
28:05 Live versions
29:50 Misc topics
31:10 Pros & cons
31:30 Standalone?
37:25 Plugins?
38:40 CPU power?
41:05 vs controllers?
41:50 vs MPC/Maschine?
44:20 vs MPE synths?
45:55 Outro

SOS Product Preview: Ableton Push

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Ableton announce the release of the latest version of Push, their pad-based hardware instrument and controller. With a design focused on expressive playing and performance, the new Push can be used as a standalone instrument or in conjunction with a computer and now incorporates MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).

Simon from Ableton gives us a first in-depth look on release day at what's new in the updated Push and how to make the most of its new performance features.

You will be able to read our full SOS review of the new Ableton Push in the July 2023 edition of Sound On Sound magazine.

00:00 - Intro
00:25 - Navigating Push With The New Jog-wheel
03:29 - Built-in Audio Interface
04:10 - ADAT, USB & CV Connections
05:00 - Playing Sounds With MPE-enabled Pads
08:08 - Fine Tuning Pad Response
09:10 - Playing Drums With Pads
09:58 - Transferring Sets Between Push & Live
11:01 - Standalone Operation & WiFi
12:38 - Connecting A MIDI Keyboard
13:30 - Launching Clips Using The Jog-wheel
14:37 - Momentary Buttons
15:17 - Outro Jam"

Ableton Push Standalone - Hardware LIVE is here - First Look

video upload by sonicstate

"Hell yeah! Ableton have announced a new Push with built in sound card, upgraded pads and more. There's also a standalone version which can run Ableton Live Suite and all its devices and MAX4Live too. Sessions can be transferred between Live on a host computer and the Push Standalone.
Push comes in two versions: Regular (MPE MIDI controller, and sound card) which will link to your host computer running Live, and the Standalone version - which has an Intel NUC processor card, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD for asset and project storage."

Ableton Push 3 Pad response

video upload by

"Just a very brief video demonstrating the sensitivity and expression available on the Ableton Push 3 pads"

DATA79 - Push 3 performance - Somewhere between here and now

video upload by MrDataline

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Introducing Nopia

video upload by Martin Grieco

Nopia bites

"More info coming soon"

This one is in via Meska.

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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