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Apple bringing MIDI support to iOS 4.2

Cupertino, CA- Apple continually seems to have its thumb on the pulse of the creative community and since the release of the Apple iPad, music producers and hobbyists around the world have been feverishly coming up with new innovations to take advantage of the multi-touch screen and the portability that comes with the device.

The latest announcement that iOS 4.2, the OS release said to finally bridge the gap between Apple handheld and tablet devices, will be able to take full advantage of Apple’s Core MIDI framework and give users 2 new uses:

  1. WiFi MIDI, via Apple’s proprietary implementation, which should allow communication with other Apple handhelds and Macs, though it probably won’t support other devices. (WiFi is a common standard, but the way MIDI is transmitted over it is not necessarily so.)
  2. USB MIDI support for class-compliant devices, using the iPad Camera Connection Kit’s USB adapter.

So enough of the tech-speak…WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH IT?!

Well, for starters, we’ve been covering the use of OSC to do cool stuff like this for some time and apparently companies like guitar FX company, Line 6 with their MIDI Mobilizer (that also supports iPhone) are also starting to enter the fray with their own interpretations of what can be done with this technology.

If any of you out there get a chance to experiment with this stuff, we’d love to hear your feedback!

SOURCE: Create Digital Music

TECH TALK: Roger Linn Touch Screen Protoype

Berkeley- If you didn’t know already, Roger Linn is a God amongst men when it comes to electronic music. He’s probably best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. The LM-1 and its successors the LinnDrum and Linn9000 provided the drums for countless hit records during the 1980s by artists including Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Devo and Bruce Hornsby, and are considered a major influence on the music of the era.

In 1988, he designed the MPC60 for Akai, with his signature appearing on the product’s front panel. Combining a sampling drum machine with a real-time MIDI sequencer, this product gradually became the industry standard in the production of hip-hop, rap, dance and related music styles throughout the 1990s, and has been credited as a significant influence in the evoluation of hip hop music. This was followed in 1994 with the enhanced MPC3000 and others, and the MPC product line is still successful 20 years later.

Now it appears that he is taking on touch screen devices with the LinnStrument. The prototype (we need an iPad version of this application STAT!) he’s built consists of a multi-touch, pressure-sensitive, high-resolution USB touch surface from a company called TouchCo (which alas Amazon bought and put out of business), plus a Max/MSP patch written by Roger and his wife Ingrid, and an OSC/TUIO driver written by Tim Thompson.

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TECH TALK: Ableton & Serato to release new software

UPDATE: The wait is over!!! According to Ableton.com, the new product is officially named “The Bridge”.

ABLETON TO SERATO: “The Bridge provides Ableton Transport Control (ATC), giving you turntable-style control of your own multitrack productions. Simply drag an Ableton Live Set to a deck in Scratch Live or ITCH and use your turntables, CDJ or ITCH controller to control the transport. With ATC, Scratch Live or ITCH provides your productions with deck control, mixing, nudging and DJ style looping, while you can remix, mute/solo tracks, use virtual instruments, change drum patterns, manipulate audio, tweak effects and launch loops on the fly in Ableton Live.”

SERATO TO ABLETON: “Play your mix rather than cut and paste in a DAW. Forget about having to start a mixtape from scratch because of a mistake at minute fifty-nine. The Bridge is the ultimate mixtape creation tool, letting you export your Scratch Live or ITCH mix as an Ableton Live set. Depending on your Serato hardware setup, fader movements, EQ tweaks and Crossfader cuts on your DJ mixer are recorded as automation and can be edited after the tape stops rolling.”

The Bridge is free for anyone who owns both:

  • A registered version of Serato Scratch Live or ITCH hardware and
  • Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8

Check out the video after the jump to see what the hype is all about:

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TECH TALK: Ableton & Serato to release new software

UPDATE: The wait is over!!! According to Ableton.com, the new product is officially named “The Bridge”.

ABLETON TO SERATO: “The Bridge provides Ableton Transport Control (ATC), giving you turntable-style control of your own multitrack productions. Simply drag an Ableton Live Set to a deck in Scratch Live or ITCH and use your turntables, CDJ or ITCH controller to control the transport. With ATC, Scratch Live or ITCH provides your productions with deck control, mixing, nudging and DJ style looping, while you can remix, mute/solo tracks, use virtual instruments, change drum patterns, manipulate audio, tweak effects and launch loops on the fly in Ableton Live.”

SERATO TO ABLETON: “Play your mix rather than cut and paste in a DAW. Forget about having to start a mixtape from scratch because of a mistake at minute fifty-nine. The Bridge is the ultimate mixtape creation tool, letting you export your Scratch Live or ITCH mix as an Ableton Live set. Depending on your Serato hardware setup, fader movements, EQ tweaks and Crossfader cuts on your DJ mixer are recorded as automation and can be edited after the tape stops rolling.”

The Bridge is free for anyone who owns both:

  • A registered version of Serato Scratch Live or ITCH hardware and
  • Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8

Check out the video after the jump to see what the hype is all about:

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CNET's Top 10 music-tech trends that will shape the next decade

CNET Contributor Matt Rosoff asked CNET readers the question:

“Will the original iPod become an object of fetishization in 2020, like vinyl records are today?”

I can’t say that this will be the case as consumer electronics are often long forgotten once the newer, hotter item hits the market & even the die-hard fans of older technologies are the first to admit it’s the novelty factor over everything else.

Plus at least for me, there’s not an emotional connection to the iPod like there is with that 1st piece of vinyl you ever touched, the smell of the inner sleeve of an LP or listening to uncompressed hi-fidelity audio, the way it was meant to be enjoyed- the way the Audio Engineer, Producer, Mastering Engineer & Artist signed off on it, not smashed all to hell so that it can fit on the device du jour. The iPod earbuds combined with the audio fidelity of an MP3 is craptastic at best even at 320 and has forced many artists to say “damn the dynamics, just make it LOUD”

All that being said, Matt’s list of music-tech trends I think is pretty spot-on and any artists that are planning on being around for another 10-20 years, really need to focus on what’s coming up and get ahead of the curve whenever & wherever possible.

Check out the list (after the jump)…

Continue reading

CNET’s Top 10 music-tech trends that will shape the next decade

CNET Contributor Matt Rosoff asked CNET readers the question:

“Will the original iPod become an object of fetishization in 2020, like vinyl records are today?”

I can’t say that this will be the case as consumer electronics are often long forgotten once the newer, hotter item hits the market & even the die-hard fans of older technologies are the first to admit it’s the novelty factor over everything else.

Plus at least for me, there’s not an emotional connection to the iPod like there is with that 1st piece of vinyl you ever touched, the smell of the inner sleeve of an LP or listening to uncompressed hi-fidelity audio, the way it was meant to be enjoyed- the way the Audio Engineer, Producer, Mastering Engineer & Artist signed off on it, not smashed all to hell so that it can fit on the device du jour. The iPod earbuds combined with the audio fidelity of an MP3 is craptastic at best even at 320 and has forced many artists to say “damn the dynamics, just make it LOUD”

All that being said, Matt’s list of music-tech trends I think is pretty spot-on and any artists that are planning on being around for another 10-20 years, really need to focus on what’s coming up and get ahead of the curve whenever & wherever possible.

Check out the list (after the jump)…

Continue reading