Joué introduces the Grand Fretboard for all your MIDI fingering needs

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Following on from the Grand Clavier Joué has produced the not unexpected Grand Fretboard. It transforms their Joué Board MPE/MIDI controller into a squishy guitar fretboard controller for playing licks and chords over a greater range. Grand Fretboard The Joué controller is a weird thing. If offers a different but very expressive way of generating […]

Kodamo unveils the 300-voice Essence FM synthesizer

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The new synth maker Kodamo has unveiled a prototype of its Essence FM synthesizer at SynthFest France. It’s a 300-voice, 6-operator FM synth that has some very interesting features like waveform drawing, graphical envelopes, and MPE support.  Kodamo is a new company that was founded in France in 2019. The Essence FM is its first […]

ROLI Studio Player: All ROLI sound engines in one plug-in

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ROLI has made its upcoming Studio Player application and plug-in available as a public beta. The software contains all three of the company’s sound engines, adding a new interface and various production and composition tools. ROLI plans to release Studio Player officially sometime this summer. Meanwhile, owners of a ROLI Seaboard or BLOCKS can download […]

Haken Audio ContinuuMini Electronic Instrument now on Kickstarter

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The ContinuuMini is the baby sibling of the Continuum Fingerboard a huge multi-dimensional keyboard-like controller and synthesizer. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an MPE controller but it’s actually much more than that because it includes an internal sound engine. So, the ContinuuMini is an instrument all of its own. ContinuuMini The Fingerboard is big and expensive […]

Joué expressive modular MIDI controller gets a 25 key Grand Clavier

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Joué is an interesting MIDI and MPE controller that can be reconfigured with modular controller parts that sit on the Joué board. There are slider modules, drum pads, controllers and up until now a two-thirds width 1-and-a-half octave mini piano keyboard. But now they’ve announced Grand Clavier, a 25 key mini keyboard that spreads itself […]

Pipes: 64 voice hardware sample player hits Kickstarter

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Just launched on Kickstarter from Synesthesia is Pipes, a hardware sample player that comes with all the sounds loaded, 64 voices, a touchscreen interface and Zero Discernable Latency (ZDL) technology. Pipes It’s designed to be a rugged, reliable sound source for live performance and studio applications. You get a tablet interface with one big shiny […]

Crusher-X Granular Synthesizer gets overly familiar with MPE

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Accsone has announced that their Crusher-X version 7.1 granular synthesizer virtual instrument now supports MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).  Crusher-X MPE Developed with ROLI, makers of the Seaboard MPE controllers, Crusher-X is embracing all 5 dimensions of this expressive technology. Get your fingers in there wobbling and sliding to push grain density, pull in distortion or take […]

CYPHER2: An analogue-modelled sound design adventure into MPE from Fxpansion

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Fxpansion has released a new virtual synthesizer focused around sound design and MPE based expressive performance. CYPHER2, it says, takes us on “a sound design adventure” and is designed for deep sonic exploration and expressive performances. That sounds exciting! CYPHER2 It sounds huge and looks complicated. So complicated that they’re afraid to put a screenshot […]

Moog on your iPad with Minimoog Model D App

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Well, that’s one way of undercutting Behringer, release a $4.99 app version of your most classic monosynth. The Minimoog Model D app is now available for 64-bit iOS devices. Minimoog Model D App They say it “captures the magic of its hardware namesake, inviting you to explore the fundamental elements of sound by setting, shaping, and […]