Miselu Kickstarts C.24, A Unique Keyboard for iPad

Miselu, C.24, iPad keyboard

I’ve had my eye on Miselu since their flagship product Neiro, an Android-based, compact keyboard running software from Korg, Retronyms, and Yamaha. While it was certainly interesting, Android devices haven’t really taken off in the music world the same way as their Apple counterparts have. No one can really argue that the iPad rules the mobile music scene. After former Apple hardware designer Jory Bell joined the Miselu team, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable happened.

And so it seems Miselu has discontinued Neiro in favor of the C.24 – an iPad keyboard with some unique twists. First of all, it is an iPad case, attaching magnetically to protect your precious screen. When called upon to produce magical musical masterpieces, C.24 folds out elegantly, showing its pearly white and black piano teeth. The iPad then settles comfortably into the seat of its chariot, connecting wirelessly via Bluetooth.

The two octave keyboard uses anti-polarity magnets to give a semi-weighted feel. MIDI and aftertouch information is transmitted using optical key tracking. What makes the C.24 really exciting is the ribbon controller running along the top of the keys, with LEDs for visual feedback. On the left side are eight buttons for quick octave switching (presumably these can be configured for other functions too). On the right is a continuous controller for pitch bend. Above this lies a gaping hole, which will be filled in the future with any number of imaginable modular expansion modules, such as knobs, faders, XY pads, and who knows what else? Fleshy squeeze boxes?

For more details, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/miselu/c24-the-music-keyboard-for-ipad and give them your damn money!

Retronyms Drops 3 New Devices on Tabletop

Retronyms, Tabletop, Deadbeat,Boomroom, Transcendent Reverb Beat Dropper, Sound Mangler, Cueboard: Beat JugglerRetronyms Tabletop, a modular music making environment for iPad, has 3 new devices available. Watch this for a quick demo:

If you can’t be bothered watching the clip, the 3 devices are:

Deadbeat: Beat Dropper, Sound Mangler
An expressive surface that uses the accelerometer to stutter and filter the beat. Grab your iPad, and launch Tabletop into the 7th dimension. Buy now in Tabletop — $3.99

Boomroom: Transcendent Reverb
The Boomroom is a high quality reverb with mind-blowing visuals. “Pinch to boom” and create massive, cavernous sounds. Watch and listen as your kicks and snares emanate and clear out your chakras. You’ve never seen or heard a reverb like this. Buy now in Tabletop — $8.99

Cueboard: Beat Juggler
Resample, chop, and juggle your session. Capture any input, and flip the beat to your heart’s content! Buy now in Tabletop — $2.99

If you haven’t tried it out yet, Tabletop is a free virtual studio with 13 included devices. There are over 30 devices available for in-app purchase to expand your sonic palette. Compatible third party apps, such as Akai’s iMPC and Arturia’s iMini, show up in Tabletop when you download them from iTunes.

Fire up those creative juices, get Tabletop, and start cookin’!

Arturia iMini: Migrating the MiniMoog to iPad

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With iMini, Arturia joins the mobile revolution. It was the only thing to do, having all its other bases covered.

iMini is a faithful reproduction of the iconic Minimoog synthesizer, for iPad. It is based on Arturia’s TAE® technology which first brought the Minimoog to desktops with its Mini V software. iMini can share presets with its predecessor Mini V, and includes over 500 sounds created by “the top sound designers in the world.” Not sure if he was involved, but iMini already has the support of well respected sound artist Richard Devine.

On top of being compatible with Mini V, iMini supports CORE MIDI, allowing MIDI controller mapping, and WIST sync with compatible apps running on other iDevices. It is also part of Retronym’s Tabletop app environment. Through Tabletop, you can share sounds via Soundcloud, render to .wav, or Audiocopy/paste into another iApp. At this time, iMini doesn’t support Audiobus yet.

Not only does iMini pay homage to the great Bob Moog, but Arturia literally pays back to the Foundation:

To support Bob Moog’s legacy, we are donating a portion of each sale to the Bob Moog Foundation to support their work in science and music education via Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, their work to preserve, protect and share Bob Moog’s archives, and their vision to build a Moogseum in the coming years (Moogfoundation.org)

Check out the awesome promo vid and tutorial:

Arturia iMini requires at least iPad 2 and iOS 6.0 or later, and costs just $9.99


 

If that’s not enough info to get you moist and/or downloading the app already, head over to Arturia.com  for the full nitty gritty (they always have tons of in depth product info).