Memory (Free): Sample and Loop with P5 Data Glove (Win)

Good news: White Noise Audio Software's free Memory plug-in lets you sample loops of audio in real-time, adjusting both loop length and filter cutoff for some crazy live loop-playing. Did I mention it's free? Insanely great news: You can control this mayhem using a $20-30 P5 Data Glove game controller. I leave it up to […]

NoteGraphica: Draw Your Own Waves (Win)

Boring bits: Windows VSTi, 8-voice polyphony, two oscillators plus one noise generator, eight envelopes, 1 filter, 2 LFOs, built-in delay/chorus FX — all important, but you've seen it before. Cool bits: You can drawn in your wave shapes, and it's free. Now has NoteGraphica got your attention?

Nintendo, Interactive Artists — Whither the Stylus?

Convincing people to embrace new control methods is hard. Just ask Nintendo. Sure, here at CDM we talk about making music with a graphic tablet input, sock puppets — you love that. But the gaming market is conservative; many still don't get the inclusion of a stylus on the Nintendo DS. And that, friends, has […]

Tabletop, Block-Based Music Making: The List

There's been an explosion of so-called "tangible interfaces" for music: the basic scenario is, there's a table, possibly with projections, and little blocks or objects or projected thingies you can play around with and move to produce sound. (Tangible = something physical you can move or touch, as opposed to an interface that's intangible, like […]

Creamware’s Minimax, Profit-5: Analog Sounds in Cheap Packages

As the industry trends toward digital sound and plug-ins (or so we were told), we increasingly have . . . wha? More hardware emulating old analog classics? And now at prices under US$1000? Believe it. Creamware has previewed two new hardware boxes, the Minimax ASB and Profit-5 ASB. They don't mention the Minimoog or Prophet-5 […]

SxSW: Trick Out Your iPod Video

Reader Chad points out that, among video coverage of the likes of Al Franken and Luke/Owen Wilson, you can watch random video clips of our 'How to Trick Out Your iPod' panel (hi QT / lo QT) Edited in, how shall we say, an unusual way — mostly random bits of me talking and curiously […]

04/01: Wing Endorses M-Audio

No . . . not Wings, Wing, one of the hotest vocal artists on the planet. If you haven't heard this Hong Kong native yet (she was recently featured on South Park, a TV show that has launched . . . or re-launched . . . many a pop superstar), you're missing out on incredibly […]

04/01: Toyota Buys Windows Audio Developer Cakewalk

In a surprise announcement, Toyota Motor Corporation announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Twelve Tone Systems, Inc. (commonly known as Cakewalk) in a cash and stock transaction for an estimated $324 million. Boston-based Twelve Tone Systems is the industry-leading provider of software for creating music and sound on the desktop, […]

04/01: New Moogerfooger Guitar Effect Generates Analog Silence

I've been a big fan of the Moogerfooger effects units, so you can imagine my excitement at the release of the Moogerfooger MF-4'33". There's simply no better way to improve the sound of an electric guitar than feeding it through this unit: dig that "pure warm analog silence." Really, guitarists: this is the single best […]

04/01: Digidesign Announces Stadion

Digidesign|Stadion is the new ultra-pro audio product from Digidesign, featuring an integrated mixing console, mix engine, Standion|I/O inputs and outputs with 1024 mic inputs for mixing down to 128 buses, 75,000 seats, a retractable roof, and proprietary Digiturf(TM) HD artifical turf system, plus integrated recording and playback option for industry-standard Digidesign Pro Tools systems. MRSP […]