Make Music with Dance Dance Revolution Pads

Dance Wednesday continues, so get your dancing shoes on. You can trigger audio and video with a Dance Dance Revolution pad (or any USB game controller). Resources: You'll want some kind of PS2-to-USB converter so you can plug it into your computer, for starters (here's an example). Then check out software like STEIM's JunXion (Mac OS X), which maps USB input to MIDI, or, better yet PSmaX (Mac/Windows), which is designed specifically for this purpose and runs standalone or (if you've got it) in Max/MSP. (Savvy Max users might also map the dance pad to the OSC protocol.) Examples of …

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Play Music with Your Feet: Reader Experiences?

Guitarists have had the right idea for a long time: when you run out of hands, get your feet in on the action. Now with us keyboardists busying ourselves with complex synth patches and triggering grooves from Ableton Live in live performance, the time is right for mainstreaming the stompbox-style foot controller. Strangely, finding an affordable (sub-$400) foot controller is hard to do these days. The first model I found was Behringer's FCB-1010 — but I was immediately suspicious. Behringer usually means a) cheaper than hell (good), b) will fall apart after a couple of weeks if not already dead …

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Tranzport Wireless Remote Photo

Jerry Halstead has taken a beautiful photo of the Tranzport wireless DAW remote, my essential tech of the week for Gizmodo, for those of you who can't get enough of drooling over tech. The device looks just gorgeous; I'll obviously post when this ships, expected in March 2005. Jerry also talks a bit about the challenges of product photography, though nothing may make me any better at it!

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