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XOXX Composer – Arduino Magnet Based Sequencer

XOXX Composer – Arduino Magnet Based Sequencer   XOXX Composer is a new Arduino based sequencer that uses magnets to track the sequencer commands. This is a good example on how sequencer can become more and more connected with the real world. In some ways we use technology to brings us back in time for a more physical tactile use of musical instruments.   A few words from the developer Axel Bluhme:   The XOXX Composer is a different take on a drum machine. It turns the inner functions of sampling, looping, and sequencing, into a tangible, kinetic and sculptural form. Capture sounds from your surroundings or pick samples from records and then play them back on the XOXX Composer by placing the magnets on spinning discs. Simply let curiosity and creativity lead the way to quickly create unique beats away from the computer screen. The project is a result from …

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How to Build a Drum Robot – Ableton Connection Kit

What is Arduino? Arduino is a Micro Controller which lets us connect many types of hardware gear like LEDS, Motors, Knobs, Faders, Sensors (proximity, humidity, light etc) and even Touch screens. We can then use the computer to program the Arduino to control or react to the connected hardware in any way we want. The possibilities are endless. There are many types of Arduino boards with different capabilities. For this video we are using the Arduino Uno R3. Check out this list of cool Arduino projects. LED Cube Auto Lacing Shoe The Eye Writer Twitter Mood Light Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock Turn Signal Biking Jacket And many more! You can find the Arduino in most online and retail electronic stores like: Sparkfun Adafruit Digikey   But for the Arduino to do what we want it to do we need to program it using the free Arduino software. This requires some programming knowledge …

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Beat Lab Presents: Moldover, The Godfather of Controllerism

Beat Lab Presents: Moldover, The Godfather of Controllerism   Beat Lab Academy recently hosted a workshop featuring a man who has been regarded as the Godfather of Controllerism. A renegade in the game of electronic music, a genius of craftsmanship, and an extremely creative musician, Moldover came over to show off some homemade controllers, talk a little bit about the art of creating them,  and how to push the boundaries of live performance in electronic music. Controllerism is the term used to describe the growing scene of developing and creating homemade controllers. With the widespread use of DAW’s that incorporate the use of controllers, and the multitude of ways that they can be used, it was only a matter of time until very bright and creative minds developed ways to create the most suitable controllers for their styles.     Moldover, a mad genius of sorts, has been developing DIY controllers …

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Livid DIY Midi Kits

Livid DIY Midi Kits   One of the most fascinating aspects of electronic music is the world of DIY projects that can follow behind. There are thousands of products designed to enhance your production, but nothing can compare to the sentiment of a homemade controller. Livid provides two starter kit for those who have no experience with creating hardware: the button box and the fader box. The controllers you create can be used for audio, video, and lighting, and are designed to be”plug and play,” controllers: meaning you can use them as soon as they’re built. The kits are loaded with everything you need: buttons, faders, sleek casing, an omni board, plus more. Each box is about 5 inches by 5 and about 2 inches thick, and is powered by a Brain Jr. motherboard, which makes for a small, compact, powerful little toy. To get yourself started into the DIY world …

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