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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 17, 2013

KMI Debuts Enhanced Note Mode for QuNeo

In modern times, an electronic instrument is only as good as the software it runs on, meaning that the hardware by itself without instruction is basically useless.  The same can be said about electronic instruments that aren’t even digital – an analog synthesizer needs to have its instruments created by experimenting with components.  For software, it has to be taken beyond tinkering, since programming is based on learning a language rather than just trial and error.  For modern MIDI controllers, their functionality is really only limited by what they can be programmed to do, and these developers are holding all the keys to unlock our doors.

The QuNeo is no longer the new kid on the block, but for what it’s worth there is still much to improve upon.  As a modular controller it can handle a number of tasks and can fill the role of anything from an electronic …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
June 1, 2013

Featured Mappings: Midi Fighter Spectra

I have an issue with many MIDI controllers and it has nothing to do with technology.  As far as I can tell, we’re pretty much where we want to be in terms of technology.  Looking at a controller like the Keith McMillen QuNexus it is clear to see that with control voltage, touch sensitivity, and other nifty add-ons, these devices can be as complex or as simple as we wish them to be.  This is not the problem that these controller manufacturers have; I think they have a problem optimizing a controller to get the best out of it.  I’ll start simple with a controller like the Akai LPD8 – it has eight pads and eight rotary knobs which is enough for the average DJ to control external effects and cue points.

What happens when you want to switch scenes to instantly reassign the functions of each button?  You have …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 28, 2013

Geco Promises Music Applications for Leap Motion

Whenever a person tries to create a new form of communication the challenges are very apparent right off the bat.  Think of a conductor telling what the orchestra to do.  For those who know little about their responsibilities, it goes much farther than swinging your hands wildly in the air.  Those gestures actually have meaning and the conductor also incorporates his eyes and eye contact into the communication as well.  Now, controlling a piece of hardware or software with only the hands has its own set of challenges.  For one, each gesture must be defined down to a science; there cannot be any leeway in what the actual meaning of a gesture is.

The next difficult challenge is determining how to do this in three dimensions.  On a flat two dimensional surface you may only have to deal with up, down, left and right – but that third dimension adds …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 18, 2013

QuNeo Performance Techniques

It has been quite a while since the QuNeo made its first debut from its very own kickstarter campaign.  While at the most basic level it is only a controller (and there are many of them out there), it did have the advantage of being somewhat modular and the ability for each user to set it up the way they like.  Since then, Keith McMillen has kept on, producing a slew of gear; trying to keep up his reputation for creating “next level” gear – and for the most part he has done so.  His next creations featured control voltage output as well as many expressive and gesture features that are being integrated into the newest types of mixers today.

So, does of this new gear to drool over make us forget about the humble QuNeo that started it all?  Have users actually embraced the QuNeo in the ways that …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 13, 2012

Mudit – A New Gestural Controller For Music

The future of midi controllers and music production is general will boil down to how willing musicians are to adapt to new forms of input.  There have been attempts at creating music through nontraditional means, but most producers out there still prefer to have some sort of positive feedback when they trigger notes and sounds.  What I’m getting at here is the difference between pressing a button and hearing a note versus waving your hands over a sensor, or something to that effect.  Developers have been keen about creating instruments that share their form with analog instruments, such as a guitar or clarinet – as they know that acceptable forms are likely to be used instead of something completely original and new.

The Mudit, which is currently not for sale anywhere, is an experimental instrument that uses gestures inputted by wireless devices attached to the hands.  We’re not sure exactly …