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minijam studio – portable music machines arrives on Kickstarter, from the makers of Patchblocks

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You might remember me talking about Patchblocks, originally when the hardware first launched, then again when they crowdfunded for equity. Now they’re back on Kickstarter with a whole new set of hardware. The mini jam studio. You can find it on Kickstarter now, and it’s already doing well. You can also listen to below:

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dadamachines arrives on Kickstarter and is already funded!

I saw these amazing machines at MMM2017 just a few weeks ago and was pretty taken with them. Then I had no idea that they were going to be available on Kickstarter. That is, not until I got an email from Johannes Lohbihler a few days ago, and today they’ve launched on and they’re funded already!

So go take a look at the campaign page here. You’ll be hearing more about dadamachines, believe me.

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Roli releases Blocks Dashboard as a beta

I’ve mentioned Roli’s Blocks product a few times and today they’ve released something new. Now you can connect Blocks to:

  • Apple: Logic Pro.
  • Ableton: Live.
  • Native Instruments: Kontakt, Massive.
  • Steinberg: Cubase.
  • Bitwig: Studio.
  • ROLI: Equator.
  • Spectrasonics: Omnisphere.
  • FXpansion: Strobe2, Synth Squad.
  • SampleModeling: Swam.
  • Cycling ’74: Max MSP (although there are already Max objects for Blocks I believe)

Whilst this isn’t strictly speaking about a mobile product it is a really useful way to use Blocks. You can find out more at Roli’s site.

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Coming today … PiSound is crowdfunding!

As you probably already know I’m a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, or, to be more accurate, I’m increasingly a big fan of the Pi and I continue to find more uses for it, and reasons to make use of it.

Today we see another useful addition to the Pi sound and music world. PiSound is crowdfunding as of this morning, which is appropriate as today is the 14th of March and it is exactly 10am (GMT), at the time of writing (3.1410 if you hadn’t already got it).

pisound is an ultra-low latency high-quality soundcard and MIDI interface specially designed for Raspberry Pi pocket computers. Equipped with 192kHz 24-bit Stereo Input and Output driven by the legendary Burr-Brown chips, DIN-5 MIDI Input and Output ports, user-customisable button and bundled software tools, this little board will bring your audio projects to a whole new level!

It’s impressive, that’s for sure, and, if you check out the product site you’ll see that this is a very capable product.

Stay tuned for more on this and other Pi based products today, as it is Pi day today!

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zMors Modular on a Teensy 3.6

This is just the kind of thing that inspires me to get that Teensy working at long last. What’s more the code is shared too. You can find it here.

It is also an interesting sign that app ideas and concepts are moving out of the iOS world and into other environments and technologies. To a degree this is true with Hermutt Lobby’s hardware excursion (below), and also HumbleTune’s Phase synth on PocketC.H.I.P.

My guess is that we’ll only see more of this, and personally I think that’s a good thing.

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Hermutt Lobby bring a new twist on faders with CTRLCap ‘Squeeze your fx’

It’s no surprise to see Hermutt Lobby bring an innovative hardware product to the market. The first time I met some of the team was at Music Tech Fest 2014 where they were part of the hackathon that I was judging. Their entry for that event was amazing to say the least.

Here’s the video description:

“Ever tried to add FX while scratching without breaking your flow? As both hands are already busy to control the fader and the record, it’s pretty much mission impossible…
Unless you own a CTRLCap.

With its cutting edge technology, CtrlCap adds expressive controls at your fingertips!

Pinch it lightly or squeeze it firmly to send expressive midi controls to your FX, stage lights…you name it.

Replace your dead plastic fader Cap with a CTRLCap and get to the next level.

More info at www.ctrl-cap.club

If you check the site above you’ll see that these are currently retailing at €119.00 for a starter kit.