Reaktor - and any Reaktor Player instrument/effect - meets easier hands-on control. iPad, no brainer. Images courtesy Native Instruments, for createdigitalmusic.

Reaktor 5.8, with OSC: Now, Easily Control Reaktor-Built Sound Creations with Touch – Even in Play Mode

With any instrument, getting your hands on the sounds is essential. Reaktor is a platform for all kinds of strange and wonderful instruments and sound makers. It’s been that for Reaktor DIYers in particular, but it also powers a variety of creations used by Komplete owners and built in Reaktor Player. Today’s update to Reaktor 5.8 might easily fly under the radar. But make no mistake: improving control capabilities is potentially huge, because it makes it easier to make sound hands-on. Adding a few cool new ensembles, for instance, is nice. Being able to control Reaktor creations more easily is …


Recue’s “Do Not Disturb”: Live Jam, Made in an Airport Hotel Room [Free Download]

It’s like musical survival training. Quick: you’re stuck in a hotel. Can you make some music? Our friend Recue, aka Riku Annala, was unexpectedly being stranded in a hotel and made it into a musical opportunity. The results are damned fine listening. (Thank whatever act of God / airlines prompted this.) You can enjoy the results, free. Riku writes: Dunno if you remember but some time ago I shared the little cheap tape head “saturation” thingy with you. I was recently ‘stuck’ in an airport hotel room (for other reasons than music), but the good thing was that I had …


Bride of Lemur? Emulator Multi-Touch Display Hardware, Now with Wooden Endcaps

If you’re lamenting the demise of the dedicated Lemur display and multi-touch controller – since reincarnated as an iPad app – you might be intrigued by the Emulator. Like the Lemur, the Emulator uses a modular array of touch controls, with more than a casual nod at JazzMutant’s original. Here, though, the touch display is embedded in display hardware. (The vendor provides basically custom software and systems integration; unlike JazzMutant, they’re using off-the-shelf display and touch hardware, though that could actually be a good thing in the long run.) Most amusingly, you get wooden end caps on this. They’ve even …


Touchable Music: At Last, Lemur’s Interactive Touch Controls Make it to iPad (Videos)

A lot of people have waited a long time to see this happen. Lemur software running on the iPad, courtesy Liine. Click for bigger version. Before the iPad, before the iPhone, and indeed before the masses understood touch interfaces would be a big deal, there was the Lemur. Dazzling people with high-contrast, colorful controls, this boutique hardware, priced well over €2000 and running embedded Linux and custom resistive touch technology, brought the future a bit early to a handful of musicians. Star Trek was what you heard most frequently – sweeping your fingers over black glass was nothing if not …


Lemur on iPad Teaser Video, Complete with MeeBlip

I was actually pleasantly surprised to see our MeeBlip open source synthesizer make a cameo in the latest teaser video for Lemur on iPad, the app I saw in action at Berlin’s Watergate. I expect we’ll have full details soon – and I hope to visit the MeeBlip-in-a-book again soon; even apart from being flattered and gratified to see it use our synth, it’s one of my favorite synthesizer housings ever. But, really, truly, I had nothing to do with this video – that’s not me being coy; I didn’t expect to see it. Yes, it’s jerky teaser vision, but …


Spotted: Lemur Interface, Running on iPad

I don’t know why you look so surprised about this, really. Photo (CC-BY) insanephotoholic. “Lemur should just run on the iPad.” “There’s no point to have a Lemur when you can get an iPad for $500.” “When will the Lemur just run on the iPad?” Soon, apparently. Sources and an in-person sighting suggest to me you’ll see this in the very near future. The JazzMutant Lemur, the touch control hardware I reviewed over five years ago, gave musicians the first widely-available, for-sale taste of multi-touch control of music. It established a lot of basic paradigms that would appear on other …


Does Sequencomat for the Now-Defunct Lemur Trump iPad Touch Sequencers? Watch it Do Ableton, Analog

Interactive touch layouts for sequencers are something of a no-brainer – imagine if an analog pattern machine and the deck of the Starship Enterprise had a love child. But platforms come and go. And just because the iPad is the shiny, new thing – and remains the most affordable solution at the moment – doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn from ideas beyond just the platform with an Apple logo. Almost a year ago, we saw some compelling sequencer ideas for the Lemur. Sadly, that hardware was discontinued in the fall. But the users keep using it. Matthias Wille’s Sequencomat has …


JazzMutant Lemur Controller is Dead; Long Live Multitouch

The Lemur, seen here onstage with The Glitch Mob, rides off into the sunset. It’s not so often that I write obituaries for hardware, but this time, it seems appropriate. JazzMutant has announced that its Lemur, the multi-touch hardware controller, is officially at the end of its life. Their announcement:


GrainCube: Free Granular Instrument for Reaktor, Lemur

The sounds are alien and twisted. The user interface looks like engineers from Boeing and the Klingon homeworld got together to collaborate on a new spaceship cockpit. It can only mean one thing: GrainCube is here. Built on sound designs and conception by sonic renegades Richard Devine and Josh Kay (Devinesound), with development by Rick Scott (Rachmiel), Igor Shilov (Twisted Tools), and a Lemur control-surface and additional input by Antonion Blanca (, this is a dream tool from a dream team. The tool is free, a gift to people in the Reaktor and Lemur communities. (A Lemur isn’t necessary, though …