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From the maker of AC Sabre comes AC Central: Bluetooth MIDI & AC Sabre Auto-Connect

AC Sabre developer Hari is a good friend and a very talented and creative musician and coder. Having created AC Sabre (and brought the 1.1 update too), and now there’s AC Central to help you get the Sabre up and running.

AC Central is a free auto-connection hub for the AC Sabre Motion MIDI Instrument (iPhone/iPod) and Bluetooth MIDI hardware. AC Central takes the hassle out of getting connected to your favourite synthesizers, samples and other sound machines. Plus, combined with Audiobus 3 (separate purchase, well worth it!), you can save and recall your complex multi-app setups and MIDI mappings with the touch of a button…

FEATURES:

  • Zero-config, auto-connects to AC Sabre and compatible BT midi hardware
  • Full Audiobus 3 support
  • AB3 State Saving of settings from local synths’ *and* remotely connected AC Sabre’s
  • Multiple inputs and outputs
  • Works with built-in CoreMIDI if you don’t have Audiobus 3

AC Central is free on the app store now:

AC Sabre is on sale too and half price:

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Now there’s a sneak peek of the OP-Z and it’s got me hooked already

I do like Teenage Engineering, the OP-Z has been of particular interest. This (very long) video shows just how compelling the OP-Z is. I’m especially interested in how small this device is. It reminds me of the VL-10 in terms of size, and highly pocketable.

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KDJ-One still going, or so it seems

So if you’re a backer of the KDJ-One you’ll already know about this, but if not you might be interested to hear that even though the KDJ-One is so late, apparently it is still coming. Which is good news. I think I’ve lost track of just how late this product is, which is probably a good thing on the whole.

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Tracktion releases Waveform, and it’ll run on the Pi!

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So you may remember me posting about this not so long ago. Well finally it’s here. Tracktion runs on most regular desktops, but why I’m really interested in it is because it’ll run on the Raspberry Pi 3, and that’s where I’m going to be using it. That is, as soon as I’ve got a copy of course.

Why I’m interested in Tracktion’s Waveform is because I think it could start to turn the Raspberry Pi into an interesting competing mobile platform, and that would be very cool. Now you may be wondering just how the Pi is a mobile platform. That’s a good question, and one for another day. For now let’s say a little about Waveform. Here’s Tracktion’s press release:

“SEATTLE, WA (April 03, 2017) – Tracktion Corporation is proud to announce the release of Waveform, the latest in their long line of innovative DAWs. Transcending the award-winning T7 in look, feel and feature set, Waveform maintains the open, intuitive characteristics of its predecessor. In addition to providing a solid recording platform, the Tracktion team has developed an array of new tools designed to speed up and expand creative composition.

All good DAW’s have the ability to record, edit, mix and share music however, Waveform may be the only application evolving at the same pace as modern music production. Since acquiring ownership of the platform in 2012, Tracktion has completely re-factored the application, adapting it to the latest production trends, on a yearly basis. No other DAW can make this claim. In addition, Waveform is laser focused on music production so it avoids the complexities inherent in most of today’s DAWs as they struggle to support everything from film mixing to enterprise operations or live music performance.

Beyond sheer efficiency, Waveform inspires creativity with an unprecedented suite of composition tools. Intuitive MIDI pattern generators allow even untrained musicians to quickly assemble entire musical arrangements while built-in virtual instruments such as the FM Synth and new Collective™ sampler/synthesizer provide a wealth of new sounds and blending options for a truly sophisticated sonic palette. Of course, Waveform is also compatible with all VST and AU plugins such as Tracktion’s popular BioTek™ Organic Synthesizer.

“Our goal is to continually gain market share by remaining more current and flexible than our competitors,” explained Tracktion Corp CEO, James Woodburn. “Our constant re-factoring process means that we can track emerging production trends and incorporate the best ideas into our codebase. Watch on-line tutorials detailing how today’s top producers like to work and you’ll find that Tracktion seamlessly fits into those workflows.”

Despite the remarkable power of this application, Waveform’s highly refined code remains efficient enough to support even the relatively tiny Raspberry Pi platform. This allows the app to run smoothly on almost any modern Windows, Mac or Linux computer but also opens it for use as an embedded solution in the growing DIY maker community.”

Check out the Waveform page at Tracktion’s site. It’s worth taking a look.

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Both midiSTEPs & midiLFOs get AB3 and more

As a fan of Art Kerns work for a long time I’m glad to see both of these get the AB3 treatment and more in these updates. Here’s what’s new:

midiSTEPs

  • AudioBus 3 support
  • Multi-channel MIDI input via AB3
  • AB state save
  • AB mute triggers
  • Overdub mode, live MIDI note input overwrites current step
  • Easier access to no-record/thru mode
  • Misc. bug fixes and improvements

 

midiLFOs

  • Ableton Link support
  • AudioBus 3 support
  • AB state saving
  • Bluetooth MIDI configuration
  • Remove slide animation
  • Bug fixes and minor improvements