May 9, 2013
It is odd that wireless MIDI controllers and USB decks are getting all the attention when it is Bluetooth that is doing the heavy lifting here. Anyone who plays out or gigs out knows that their home setup is not the same as their road setup. They would very much like it to be the same, but that is not possible. We aren’t going to haul or desktop computer to a gig if we don’t have to, and we aren’t going to bet on the wifi signal at the club to band-aid our performances with the internet is needed in a pinch. Touch OSC and other cool wifi innovations are great at home – but if we can’t depend on them on the road, what are we left with?
Bluetooth is great, not because it allows two devices to connect without a middle man, it is great because it is …
February 9, 2013
Wireless devices are becoming a reality for folk who enjoy technology and audio devices. This isn’t limited to DJ controllers either, the idea of using wireless signals to transmit audio has been around since the first FM transmitters were attached to portable CD players. The trouble, however, has always boiled down to consistency problems and latency issues. Take the FM transmitter that is used in your car, for example. If you need to play songs off of your iPod without wires, it is a decent tool – but you already know that this audio will suffer from quality problems as well as clean signal issues.
For those who use their WiFi router to send audio around the house, the issue of quality as gotten slightly better, but it has not disappeared. When a DJ needs to use wireless commands to control a DVS or another type of action, the tiny …
January 30, 2013
Keith McMillen’s QuNeo has not been forgotten about. His kickstarter campaign to fund the project not only allowed this controller to be created according to the general public’s want, it also showed the gear community that items could be created from the bottom, up – rather than just the top down. Aside from manufacturing difficulties that come with any sort of production, it proved that public demand could actually create a product, instead of it being forced upon us by well known brand names. McMillen has many other projects besides MIDI controllers to worry about, but he hasn’t stopped trying to innovate new ways to give controllers a more “human” touch.
His QuNexus was his following project which attempted to push innovation on the technological side, rather than just the design side, but it also gave us a clue into the mind of McMillen and how he tackles the issue …
January 3, 2013
Being able to control a device (music related or not) using gestures and natural hand movements is something that is already integrated into our living rooms. The Nintendo Wii is a prime example of using gravity and accelerometers to simulate the swing of a bat using an object the size of a pepper grinder. Although this seems revolutionary, and it is to some extent, the idea of using a wireless gesture of the hand has been explored before. The Etherwave theremin was a neat device created for such a purpose. Using the disruption of a magnetic field an operator could essential create music and control the pitch and tone of a note – and this was build over 40 years ago.
New apps for are beginning to capitalize on this idea, using it as a way to compose music with much more freedom than a mouse or keyboard can offer. …