Wave Your Hands: 3-Axis Gesture Control in New Hot Hand USB Wireless

We’ve been seeing wave-your-hands-in-the-air gestural controls for music since the early part of the last century – thank you, Leon Theremin. But one of the more wholehearted efforts to make it useful has come from the makers of Hot Hand. Initially they peddled the idea to guitarists and bass players, who were already accustomed to adding additional expression to their hand via whammy bars and the like. The Hot Hand USB is the latest iteration, and now hopes to woo computer DJs and producers. The draw: plug-it-in, driver-free control of anything via MIDI, wirelessly. Whereas these sorts of things are …

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Pro Tools 10, Pro Tools HDX: What You Need to Know

Editing gain before mixing. Soon – Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! At the AES show in New York, Avid as expected updated their flagship Pro Tools DAW to version 10, and unveiled a next-generation version of their higher-end HD line. Since it’s Friday, and perhaps not the best day for processing loads of information about new DAWs, let’s see if we can’t boil down the major points. Pro Tools 10 Clip Gain helps you to set gain levels before you get to the mixer. More flexible use of files: mix formats, and in a departure for …

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Live Stream of Avid Press Conference; Pro Tools News, Anyone?

For anyone waiting to hear some news, Avid is live-streaming their press conference from the Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention in San Francisco, at 4PM California time (7 PM Eastern). Okay, they’re not quite Apple – I’ll be seriously freaked out if CEO Gary Greenfield showed up in a black turtleneck – but it’s an interesting approach, and one we may see increasingly in audio tech. I’ll have some news from Avid following the event. Updated: It’s over, and now you can find out what happened. I’m saving this article to save our comment thread below about good Avid press …

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Lemur, Star Trek-like Multi-Touch Hardware, Gets Firmware v2

The new Lemur v2 firmware powers an interactive setup with Ableton Live, with some help from the Live API. Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation saw this coming – computer display interfaces were destined to allow direct touch from all your fingers, with no mouse or stylus or clunky single-point interface intervening. Jazz Mutant’s Lemur multi-touch hardware was arguably the first widely-available commercial solution to enabling this kind of control of music and performance. Now, several years after the launch of Lemur, multi-touch is mainstream. Apple’s iPod touch and iPhone already support it in hardware costing as little as …

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AES: A Season of Mobile Recorders, a Sweet New Sony, Says Mobilista Brad

Surprise! It’s a high-end Sony mobile recorder you could actually afford. The pretty new PCM-D50 lists at US$600, not four figures. If it sounds as good as its sibling, we could see some other mobile recorders on eBay. The search for the perfect field recorder continues: Brad Linder is a blogger, freelance journalist, and producer for National Public Radio. If anyone loves mobile recorders, he sure does. He writes in with a great overview of what was happening in mobile recorders at the AES show here in New York, with plenty of detailed information on his blog.

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Meet the Anti-Piracy Vigilantes

How do you get new customers? How about filing lawsuits and taking a break-your-legs-style approach to busting recording studios via covert operatives? Yes, it’s Banpiracy.com, a new private business dedicated to threatening studios unless they “go legit.” Their efforts got started as part of Waves controversial sting operations in European studios. Now they’re coming for you Stateside, as an independent copyright police. First, they claim 50% (in the US) to 80% (in Europe) of studios pirate software, with no evidence to support that claim. Then, they plainly state their mission is to be a group of legal vigilantes, filing hundreds …

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First Max 5 Preview: Music Patching, the Next Generation?

Not just skin deep: Changing the Max interface should make it easier and faster to produce patches for beginners and advanced users alike. What’s this new Max about, and why was it such a big deal at the AES trade show? To really understand, let’s turn to gaming for a moment. When Nintendo described their vision for the Wii, they talked about appealing to three groups of customers: The “hard-core” gamer; that is, their existing audience, of course “Lapsed” gamers: people who had done some gaming at some point but lost interest Entirely new gamers, across a variety of demographics …

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AES Tomorrow; AES Coverage All Weekend

I’m headed to the AES show. I can’t tell you anything, but here are some companies whose meetings I’m excited about: Apple Ableton Cakewalk Native Instruments Cycling ’74 Trinity Audio (the mobile Linux folks) I’ll let you figure this one out; some of those folks have made announcements, and some have not. Exhibiting at AES? Send me your booth number and I’ll try to drop by! I should be around all weekend. Going to AES? Let me know…

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DIY Guitars, Floppy Albums, More on Music Thing

Thanks to the AES audio show here in New York this week, for the first time I hope to meet Tom Whitwell, the writer behind the blog Music Thing. That should be fun, as we both appreciate robotic Japanese vocals and Flight of the Conchords. There have been some other great posts lately: Experimental DIY guitars by Yuri Landman (hey, if any of you do this in the NY area, feel free to drop by the next Handmade Music event!) If you liked the albums released on NES cartridge, someone else has an album on floppy disk Electro-mechanical keytar Radio …

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AES: Beautiful “Redhead” Red Type A Mic, with Interchangeable Tube Capsules

Sometimes it’s really hard to be rational and dispassionate about high-end audio gear. Some of it is just ridiculously pretty. And every time the AES show rolls around, you can be sure your right brain’s neurons are going to get all hot and bothered about Blue and Red Microphones and their lovely, vintage-style designs.

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