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First came synths, samplers and drum machines. Then computers caught up, and could do much of the same stuff, for much less money (and in much less space). But, humans like to "play" things, so we then we got MIDI controllers. Now, the circle is closing -- the current trend is software-specific co...

September 2nd 2014 at 11:29am 0 Comments
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Click 'em together, make some noise. Littlebits are like Lego for music nerds (like us). That's fun and all, but currently, once you've built your mini-modular synth creation, there isn't really much else you can do with it. That won't be the case for much longer though, as three new modules are c...

June 13th 2014 at 2:02pm 0 Comments
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The PUC MIDI interface (US$129.99) connects MIDI devices (keyboards, drum machines/pads, DJ controller, floor pedal, etc) to iOS devices (or Macs) wirelessly. This is fantastic news, because the joy of the iPad and iPhone is that they're wireless, multi-function devices. Connecting wires makes the...

May 16th 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Ever since the invention of the theremin back in 1928, musicians have sought a way to create music simply by moving their hands. The theremin was an early electronic instrument that provided many of those eerie sounds heard in bad horror and sci-fi flicks from the mid 20th-century and never really...

May 8th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills. Conduct an electronic orchestra, right from your living room! It may seem like a fever dream headline from the 1950s, but the physical res...

February 2nd 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Wish you could easily craft a musical instrument out of whatever you have lying around the house? You'll get that opportunity if Yuri Suzuki's team at Dentaku brings its crowdfunded Ototo kit to market. The synthesizer turns any conductive material into an instrument, changing its sound based on t...

January 31st 2014 at 2:27pm 0 Comments

Though we hadn't previously considered this particular gameplay option, Reddit user Apterygiformes has rigged up a MIDI keyboard to send commands to his computer that are read as keystrokes in WoW. It doesn't look terribly practical -- Apterygiformes says the project is just for fun -- but we have...

January 10th 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Imagine being able to play notes and alter sounds through the motion of your hand and arm, using an iPhone or iPod touch. That's the idea behind the AUUG Motion Synth, a unique musical instrument and controller that is getting close to its Kickstarter goal with another eight days to go in the camp...

December 10th 2013 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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Ultima Online and EverQuest were bound in blood by their early place in MMO history, but both titles were also two of the very few MMOs that released with a MIDI soundtrack. I've talked about the charms of MIDI before, although I think that a good chunk of the modern playerbase has no idea how game...

July 2nd 2013 at 8:00pm 0 Comments