Pearl malletSTATION

Pearl Drums have announced the malletSTATION, a $1,000 mallet MIDI controller shipping in March 2018.
The controller is designed to use USB Bus Power; including via iOS and Android devices!

Video Description:

The malletSTATION model EM1 is a full sized 3.0 octave adjustable range electronic mallet controller designed for all players in any genre, from the beginning student through the gigging professional.

The adjustable low note range function allows you to set the fundamental diatonic note of the instrument to what you need—low D xylophone? No problem! The malletSTATION is powered exclusively by Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices through USB Bus Power, allowing performance almost anywhere with minimal set-up and equipment.

Designed in collaboration with Keith McMillen Instruments, malletSTATION’s tech-forward design features KMI’s Smart Fabric Sensor technology allowing the silicone bar material to have an extremely sensitive, natural response, including mallet dampening and aftertouch control, and all can be easily tailored to your individual playing style.

The EM1 features a master control section, with 3 programmable faders, 4 programmable buttons, and the fixed function low note and octave shift buttons. In addition, three assignable pedal inputs allow for flexibility in performance such as sustain, expression, or any MIDI parameter of your choice. These controls are fully programmable through a software editor so changing your configuration is as easy as clicking a mouse.

The EM1 malletSTATION is also the most affordable mallet percussion controller on the market, street priced at just $999. The ultra-thin, lightweight chassis allows for easy portability, and the flexible mounting options provide many different ways of using your instrument. This is the only controller that will grow with you throughout your playing career—from music apps on your phone or tablet, to professional digital audio workstations and sound libraries—your sounds, and even the instruments you play, are only limited by the software you run.

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Quantum Sequencer Update

Developer Anthony Saunders continues to roll out regular updates for the new Quantum Sequencer.

What's new in Quantum Sequencer v1.3:

. Bug Fixes
. Reverse loop type now resets to end step - was causing an issue with master/slave sync
. Mixer Link was not working with just one sequence with parts
. Can now touch controls above step options & chord panels when open
. Chromatic step notes now selectable with faders & inc/dec buttons.
. Sequencer Audiobus Midi option was not opening Devices panel
. Enhancements
. Addednotes/Chords now work on relative velocity & gate again 0..100% of step note setting
. Step Trigger Conditions: Mute, Skip or MuteChords on every nth loop. You can also invert n so trigger applies on loops other than n.
. select mode no longer restricts controls to be accessed with selection
. Sequences no longer default to Master or Slave but None. Change in Setup panel
. Audiobus 3.0.3 sdk
. new sequences now default to midi override ch = slot. Copy/paste/load leaves untouched. Show Channel button now warns if ch override applies
. New Option Midi MMC start/stop allows external hardware (e.g. Arturia beatsteps) to start & stop & reset the song playback. You can use this with Slave mode (and enable midi clock on the input) to follow the external hardware tempo (beatstep seq mode). If you have an IOS app that sends midi MMC you can do this on device. Note : IOS apps like AUM do not send midi MMC only respond to it.
This only applies to coreMidi not AB3 midi at the moment - will probably add later.
. Time interval faders now show total time (in step fractions) under title - as a guide to overall seq/part length
. iphone X support

Marc S. Langelier - Lost In The Shadows

Marc S. Langelier brings us some thickly atmospheric Dark Ambient with his PC and an iPad full of apps.

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Video Etude #1 - “Lost In The Shadows” - Yeah, I know, I'm a week late on this one, but life is like that sometimes. What started out as an exploration of iOS 11's new screen record function, grew into a larger exploration of VegasPro 14, my own sound & video library and various audio software including AudioThing's Fog Convolver and apeSoft's iPulsaret.
Featured Instruments/software: Borderlands, BoardWeevil 2015, iPulsaret, Animoog, Oscarizor, GRM Tools Evolution
Other instruments and effects: Fog Convolver, Reaktor, iDensity, Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch...
Other important software for this project: AudioShare, iFunBox, AudioBus, Aum, Sony Soundforge 11
Video sources: DJI Phantom 4, Sony NX70U, iPhone & of course an iPad
Video creation & editing software: Magix VegasPro 14
***Very importantly I must say many, many thanks to dancer Monte Jones who graciously allowed me to video him with the Phantom4 on a sunny day, some time ago.***
Note that I had also wanted to add some EWI phrases to this video sound track. As of yet I haven't recorded anything that I thought worked well with this video, so I'll post this as is for now. I'll hope to upload an updated version with some EWI soon.
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Senode by Sebastian Arnold

After years of tinkering, Sebastian Arnold released Senode! This modular sequencer allows you to connect elaborate structures of nodes and emitters to create complex patterns and interactions between instruments. If any part of that last sentence made sense to you then you are probably the target audience for this one.

Senode appears to be as dense as it is intriguing! Sebastian has been interviewed(in German), and even given a TEDx talk to show it off. On his own YouTube channel you'll find a demo of how he's setup a drum kit to control synths!

In addition to sending out MIDI, Senode also includes its own synthesizer.

Senode iTunes Description:

Senode - Graphical Step Sequencer

SENODE is a new music composition app for iPad. It extends the concept of linear step sequencers to a freely connectable graph with an unlimited number of instruments traveling along the edges. The simple "finite state machine" model allows you to create complex polyphonic sequences and play them in real-time!


CREATE COMPLEX SEQUENCES WITH RANDOMIZATION

The core of Senode is a graph of Nodes connected by Edges. You decide if it behaves like a simple vending machine or a complex pinball game. Each Node triggers a sound when activated, while Edges determine the direction of travel. Instruments are controlled by Emitters which send their Tokens onto the graph. That means, you can compose a generative music piece for a whole orchestra using the graph notation and a couple of Emitters! It gets more interesting if you add random directions or emit multiple Tokens at different time positions.


GRAPHICAL MULTI-TOUCH INTERFACE

You can compose and perform your music live using the intuitive multi-touch interface. The on-screen keyboard helps you to visualize and edit notes assigned to the currently selected Node. Drag and connect Nodes with multiple fingers or use the lasso tool. Activate a sequence by sending Tokens onto the graph. Use your fingers to step through sequences manually or tap the master clock. All synth parameters are accessible from the main panel with multi-touch as well.


INTEGRATED SYNTHESIZER

Each Emitter contains a simple but powerful subtractive synthesizer with main OSC (sine, saw, square), sub OSC (sine), 1-pole lowpass filter, stereo reverb and ADSR envelope. Try the demo patches to get inspired!


CONTROL MUSIC APPS AND EXTERNAL DEVICES

Senode is the perfect sequencer for all MIDI-capable apps. If you connect a MIDI interface, you can even control your hardware synths with the app.


EASY COMPOSITION WITH MIDI INPUT AND STEP RECORDING

Use the step record function to create new nodes on the fly, either from single notes or with chord detection. For advanced compositions, we recommend to connect a MIDI keyboard via lightning adapter and capture your song ideas as you play.


REALTIME CONTROL

Senode is made for live music performance. There are no default "beats" or "bars" and all actions are performed in real time. However, Tokens can be quantized to a master clock (16th resolution) and support catch-up, which means you can hit all functions like a drummer "on the spot" and stay in sync, even if you're too early or a little late. By the way, the really cool stuff will happen if you break free from 4/4 bar schemes, start your sequences on off-beat timings or create crazy polyrhythmic cycles...


KEY FEATURES

- innovative non-linear graphical sequencer with draggable multi-touch interface
- integrated polyphonic synthesizer with sine wave, square and saw oscillators, ADSR, filter and reverb
- unlimited number of steps and directions: cycles, randomized, one-shot - everything possible
- real-time sequencer control with master clock and catch-up quantization
- support for single notes or chords with velocity, legato or fixed-length notes
- chord detection, hold and replace modes
- transpose and clock divide functions
- polyphonic traversal with unlimited number of tokens and different instruments on the same graph
- quickly record nodes or chords via on-screen keybard or MIDI input
- control other music apps or external gear via MIDI
- comes with tutorial and example patches that you can instantly play

Reader Meerkat Music did a recording of the built-in tutorial and some of the demo patches.

thesoundtestroom: FM Player Preview

Doug Woods from thesoundtestroom brings us a preview for FM Player. This is another app brought to us by Matthew Fecher from AudioKit! FM Player is a ROMpler using samples from a Yamaha DX7 and DX7II. So if you want FM sounds without mucking around in the mire of FM synthesis this might be a good option for you!

Update: Matthew has indicated that FM Player is going to be free!

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