If you’ve ever fantasized about mixing with your hands similar to how you control a Theremin or in the movie Minority Report, your dreams are now closer to reality! With the latest K-Mix update, which enables sending MIDI message to fully control K-Mix, combined with the the K-Mix API and the incredible Leap Motion controller,… Read more »
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Working in technical support for KMI, I am often confronted with requests for functionality from some of our devices that we didn’t include for one reason or another. There’s a variety of tools that you can use for this task, such as Max, Bome’s MIDI translator or Pure Data. All of these software environments can… Read more »
Amplitude Modulation is a simple concept that can yield harmonically rich and bizarre timbres not easily achieved via other methods. In this article we’ll expand on the topics introduced in Simple Synthesis – Amplitude Modulation and play around with the concepts behind AM Synthesis. Modulation sources do not need to be low-frequency oscillators or envelope… Read more »
In our first Simple Synthesis Addendum we learned how to connect a VCO to a VCA and control their ‘frequency’ and ‘gain’ AudioParams using a MIDI controller via the Web MIDI API. Good stuff! We now have a simple synth we can play. In this post we’ll learn how to shape our notes by building… Read more »
Emmett Corman has a great introductory series on the basics of synthesis (using modular synths), called Simple Synthesis. I thought it would be of value to those without access to the hardware to be able to explore and interact with the concepts that Emmett covers directly in the browser, using the Web MIDI and Web Audio… Read more »
MIDI has officially hit the web browser! Well, at least in Google Chrome. With the latest version of Google Chrome, MIDI is enabled by default, whereas previously it needed to be enabled by setting a special flag in your browser. This opens up a huge variety of possibilities for not only art and music in… Read more »
The best way to unlock the hidden potential of any semi-modular synthesizer is by sequencing. This post will describe the necessary steps to use the QuNexus as a MIDI-to-CV converter along with Ableton Live to control the legendary Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module.
With the advent of small, portable, MIDI enabled analog synthesizers, computer musicians now have the option of controlling a lot more than VSTs. If you have a USB MIDI interface (or other means of getting MIDI from your computer to 5 Pin MIDI connections), you can leverage the sequencing power of Live to control all… Read more »
KMI products like SoftStep and QuNeo are handy controllers for music creation and more, but how do they work? They use a data protocol called MIDI to send event information such as note events and parameter changes. It’s important to understand that MIDI does not create sound. Instead, it streams a list of instructions that… Read more »
The new QuNexus RED is a powerful 25-key MPE keyboard controller and three track Arpeggiator/Step Sequencer with USB, MIDI, and CV outputs. The keys detect velocity, polyphonic aftertouch, and per-key tilt, giving you unprecedented control and musical expression. QuNexus RED also features our new, ultra-durable ABS-Polycarbonate finish. The QuNexus 2.0 firmware update is backwards compatible… Read more »
KMI Controllers MPE Hardware MPE Eurorack PolyAT Hardware MPE Software Most MIDI 1.0 controllers are limited to note on/off, velocity, and three global expressions – pitch bend, modulation wheel, and aftertouch. Some advanced controllers have used polyphonic aftertouch to provide one additional dimension of per-note expression. MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is a recent update to… Read more »
KMI was fortunate enough to secure an ARGON8 8 Voice Wavetable Synth from Modal Electronics, and what a powerful synth it is indeed! The MPE capabilities make it an obvious choice to play with the K-Board Pro 4.
Did you know that every K-Board Pro 4 ships with a free license for Bitwig Studio 8-Track? That means that everyone with a K-Board Pro 4 can start exploring the exciting new world of MPE synths right out of the box! The folks at Bitwig have made the process of mapping MPE Expression controls simple…. Read more »
Brain is the nom de guerre of Bryan Mantia, a drummer, composer and producer known for playing drums in Primus and with Tom Waits, Guns N Roses, Buckethead, as well as scoring and recording music for movies and video games. We caught up with Brain to talk about his life behind the kit, the world… Read more »