October 16, 2012
There are many bizarre controllers out there, and not specifically for controlling music either. We already know of the ones that won the popularity contest, like Sony’s dual-shock controller, or the attachable pistol for use with Nintendo’s Duckhunt. How about the Gametrak? I, for one, did not even know it existed – but after watching a Professor of music use one to control and trigger audio, I certainly know what it is now.
Professor Jeffrey Stolet, of the University of Oregon, puts on a show called “Lariat Rituals” using a controller that triggers audio by manipulating long cables. Although controllers aren’t anything new, the showmanship involved is quite novel.…
September 13, 2012
Modularity and the ability to combine and dismantle synthesizers are becoming easier and easier with the help of computer controlled microcontrollers to do most of the work. ADDAC System has been busy working on its Voltage Controlled Computer, which is built upon an Arduino setup and promises to help micromanage the task of chaining applications and hardware together.
The included software comes complete with preset programs to get you started on controlling your modular setup. The expansion modules are there to help you deal with wifi and midi connectivity, communication with Apple mobile devices, and USB input/output interfacing.…
The Unique Geek
September 7, 2011
There was a lofty dream sold ages ago to musicians. As early as ten years ago you started to see the prospect of putting the music studio in your backpack. We began seeing images of people sitting in the subway stations making beats and countless hippies frolicking in the woods with their acoustic guitars and recording their inspiration instantaneously. If you were quick to jump on this train, like me, and gave up that dream after numerous issues – give it a try again. It’s like “plug-n-play.” That term originated during Windows 95 days. Us clever geeks snickered amongst ourselves because we came up with the term “plug-n-pray.” Is there nothing funnier than computer humor? LOL. Plug-n-play never became a reality until the past few years. You can actually plug in many devices and just use them as they have their drivers sitting on the USB chipset itself, for instance. …
October 3, 2010
This was our first video for our “Product Reviews” section of the website. This all started when we found out one of our guys who manages inventory brought in his super awesome-over-the-top camera. He told us “he takes pictures” for fun. Yeah right… so check out what we did that day in the video above.
What we liked about the Mixtrack was the it was super light weight and feature packed with Turntables and a Mixer in one controller. Pretty baller right? We thought so. Also, it is surprisingly durable and well built for the price point. This video does a pretty good job explaining what you get with the Mixtrack in the transport section, pitch section, EQ kills section, and a nice effects section. All of these have nice backlit buttons so if you are buring the midnight oil or DJ’ing in a dark setting, this makes things easy …