Will Raspberry Pi soon replace our DAWs?

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The Raspberry Pi is a complete computer in a miniature format. In its standard enclosure, it’s only slightly larger than two boxes of matches – that’s incredibly compact, especially if you consider the amount of available connectors. And it’s expandable, too. But is that enough to replace a DAW computer in the near future, or […]

Dadamachines Composer Pro: The only performance sequencer you’ll ever need?

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Dadamachines has revealed the Composer Pro, a standalone hardware sequencer with no less than 192 matrix buttons and support for open source audio engines. Just by looking at it, it’s obvious that this is a rather massive performance machine. What can it do? Let’s dig in. The Dadamachines Composer Pro is designed to be the […]

VCV Rack can now host and CV control VST Plugins

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Wait a minute. Am I saying that you can somehow load a VST effect plugin, or VST instrument into VCV Rack and act like it’s just another module? Yes. Yes I am. VCV Rack Host Watching the continuing development of VCV Rack is pretty extraordinary. It first emerged just over a year ago on version […]

Shapeshifter: DIY drum machine with expandable hardware

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Fase Lunare has come up with an expandable DIY drum machine they are calling Shapeshifter. The Open Source, Teensy based project is also Open Hardware and has an integrated breadboard to encourage experimentation and the development of expansion boards. Shapeshifter With the basic firmware it features 4 voices and 16 samples per voice. Each drum […]

Rava Yamana: 60 knob MIDI controller for analog-style VST synthesizers

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Raphael Huber has gone through the familiar journey failing to find the perfect MIDI controller for software instruments. And so he’s decided to design “The Ultimate VST-Synthesizer MIDI Controller” which he is calling Rava Yamana. Rava Yamana It’s a USB MIDI controller with 60 knobs. But it’s designed and laid out to reflect the most […]

MINI.MU: a sewable, codeable, gesture-controlled musical instrument for kids

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You’ve seen the awesome Imogen Heap waving her hands around to control musical performance through movement and gesture right? She co-developed the MI.MU gloves to give a flexible and intuitive approach to her own music. Well, now Imogen has been working with creative technologist and children’s author Helen Leigh who wanted to bring something crafty […]

DU-INO: Arduino in a Eurorack module running any function you like

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DU-INO is a multi-functional, programmable Eurorack module with a vast array of readily uploadable programs. It can be pretty much any synthesizer function you can imagine – VCA, ADSR, LFO, Logic, sequencer, quantizer, clock, divider, waveshaper, effects – whatever you can build in the Arduino IDE you can run on the DU-INO. DU-INO Because that’s […]

Kasetta: modular synthesizer based on the Kastle and built into a VHS cassette

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An unexpected use for old VHS cassettes emerged at Synthposium in Moscow last weekend. NonDestructive Design has been working with the Bastl Instruments Kastle and have modded it in some really interesting ways to create Kasetta. Kasetta Obviously, it looks completely awesome. It’s sure to get itself noticed. Kastle is an open source noise synthesizer […]

Get some guitar feel in your electronic music with the StrumPad MIDI Controller

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StrumPad is an immediately impressive MIDI controller that you strum with your fingers. It then manipulates incoming MIDI notes and sends them out in response to the strumming. It looks a little awkward but it seems to work marvellously. StrumPad MIDI Controller It’s an Open Source project based upon the Arduino ATMEGA328 microcontroller. It has 6 […]

Mutable Instruments Marbles becomes latest VCV Rack preview module

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Mutable Instruments have released their second official module for VCV Rack via the Audio Instruments Preview plug-in. Marbles is the module in question and will exist in the VCV Rack ecosystem as “Random Sampler”. VCV Rack is an open source virtual Eurorack modular environment for Mac or PC. Audible Instruments VCV Rack had already ported the […]