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The Linn Tools That Never Were: Roger Linn Shares Shelved Designs [Gallery]

Designer Roger Linn is beloved by producers for drum machines like the MPC, beloved by guitarists for AdrenaLinn, and now newly respected for the Tempest with Dave Smith. But for anyone who imagines design is a direct line from idea to product, it’s not. Whether Roger Linn or Apple, the process leaves the way littered with discarded creations. Of course, that doesn’t mean these are bad ideas. Now that we live in a world of DIY, some intrepid musical souls will make products for an audience of one. And where designs are discarded, ideas often survive. Roger Linn writes CDM …

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CME Releases $99, Ultra-Thin MIDI Keyboard

Ah, those wacky folks at CME. CME is China’s big music tech distributor and manufacturer, and for the last couple of years they’ve been wowing the US market with quite-decent keyboards priced way lower than they should be. (Their keyboards are even showing up free in software packages, kinda like a really sweet Cracker Jacks prize.) If anyone else said they were introducing a one hundred-dollar, ultra-thin keyboard, I’d scream and run away. But CME’s kit has proven to be pretty nice (Thomas Dolby seems to like his controller keyboard, for one). So the new M-Key actually looks pretty interesting. …

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CME: Plug Mics, Guitars, MIDI Directly into USB

Manufacturers have attempted to make USB connections for audio and MIDI more transparent before. We’ve seen mics with USB cords instead of XLR, and USB cables with little humps in the middle with built-in circuitry for MIDI connections. But new cables announced this week by Chinese manufacturer CME go further: a USB/MIDI cable that’s as thin as a standard USB connection, a USB mic interface with integrated +48V phantom power, and a guitar/bass/keyboard USB interface.

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New Yamaha Gear, Keyboards for NAMM; NAMM Preview

Yamaha has revealed its upcoming products to be shown at the NAMM show later this month: New keyboard integration with Steinberg and Arturia software Motif XS and MM6 synths, based on the MO series New MIDI/USB controllers and USB MIDI adapters from CME, plus an expanded wireless line (though we’re still waiting on the existing wireless hardware to ship from CME) New PSR and EZ series portable keyboards and DD drum kits A new music lab for schools 500-watt compact PA A couple of interesting items here. CME has had plenty of surprises when it comes to MIDI hardware, some …

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Wireless MIDI: M-Audio Adds MidAir 37-key Keyboard, Standalone Adapter for your Keytar, DIY Projects

M-Audio promised more wireless MIDI devices, and they’ve delivered: a 37-key keyboard in addition to the 25-key model, plus a standalone adapter you can use to turn any battery-powered instrument into a wireless controller. The M-Audio MidAir 37 is a 37-key version of the previous, wireless 25-key model. That leaves room for extra controllers (9 faders, to be exact) and makes a more playable instrument. US$299, and runs 20 hours on AA batteries. The only problem: it’s not a strap-on, so other than reducing some cables or accommodating a tricky stage setup, you might be better off going with M-Audio’s …

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Keyboard Maker CME Posts Bizarre Anthem/Music Video: “I am self-determined”

In a bizarrely, inadvertently awesome piece of marketing propaganda, Chinese keyboard maker CME (the Centrl Music Company, distributed here by Yamaha America) has posted a surreal music video of pop rockers singing a rock anthem. The lyrics, at least from their translation, could well be the theme song of the music technology blogger / commenter / forum troll. And as if the stiff pop stars jamming on CME ‘boards weren’t strange enough, then a bunch of guys in gas masks show up to repaint their gear using white household latex paint. Things kind of getting stranger from there. (And to …

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Design a Skin for CME’s Tricked Out Music Keyboards

I love CME. This Chinese manufacturer came out of nowhere with a new keyboard so overloaded with features and priced so absurdly low, initially some of the staff at Keyboard who saw it at NAMM thought there was some kind of translation error, like they didn’t understand the currency conversion. They’ve come up with bizarre products, like a keyboard for composing ring tones. (Really.) And now they’re holding a contest to “design a UF keyboard:” UF Design Contest Now, I have to admit, I am a little disappointed, because when I first read the press release from CME I thought …

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Wireless MIDI Interface: CME’s “WIDI” X8, with 80M Range

M-Audio isn’t the only game in town for affordable wireless MIDI. CME, the Chinese music equipment manufacturer distributed by Yamaha, has their own MIDI interface. And it looks like they might beat M-Audio to shipping a standalone MIDI interface — with a far greater range, to boot.

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