DIY Faux-Woodgrain M-Audio Axiom USB MIDI Keyboard; Viva K-mart

Bless K-mart and their $2.50 contact sheets of faux woodgrain. They can turn your average, ordinary plastic M-Audio USB MIDI keyboard into a retro-styled custom job that just screams, erm, class. Melbourne-and-London-based CDM forum reader soloandata did just that. (Talk about bi-coastal — they have K-marts there?) Kudos: it takes a steady hand to line up those contact sheets. The woodgrain looks great on the curved design of the new Axiom keyboards — tres 70s. Just finished Pimping my axiom-25. check that woodgrain! [Create Digital Noise] solo andata [Artist Page] solo andata [@Myspace] Thanks, Kane. Now the gauntlet has been …

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Reader Reviews Roland Handsonic HPD-10 Hand Percussion Controller; Tokyo Festival Report

Velocipede, our friend and inside man in Takarazuka, Japan, has been writing up a storm on the CDM forums, from providing hands-on impressions of Roland’s hand percussion pad to reporting back from Tokyo’s Music Instrument Festival. Not just for digital bongos: Roland’s hand controller could be just what you need for expressively playing software instruments. The HPD-10 hand percussion controller by Roland could be a terrific controller for synths and clips, from its traditional purpose (drums) to lots of other applications: My main interest in getting the unit, though, is as a midi control over softsynths. Its 10 pads can …

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M-Audio Torq/Conectiv DJ Early Adopters Share Tips and Reviews

DJ Monday continues … CDM reader Corporation shares a number of tips, resources, and reviews of the new M-Audio DJ solution, involving the Conectiv hardware and Torq software. The basic downsides: bad documentation, and hardware that may not work for everyone. But on the upside, M-Audio has a solution that, at a fraction of the price of some of its competitors, will let you do some serious digital warping of vinyl both in terms of processing timecode off records and adding VST effects. If you are thinking of early-adopting Torq and Conectiv, you’ve got some good resources and tips from …

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Say Anything … On Our Forums

Perfectionism is the enemy of productivity, in music making, in blog posts, and in forum messages: Less activity in the forums … because there’s no “off-topic” forum We know you’re out surfing in this beautiful summer weather, or, erm, trying to prevent death by heat exhaustion here in the newly globally-warmed United States (101 in NYC?), or enjoying the Aussie winter if you’re Jaymis and Nat. So, here’s a suggestion for getting your chat on via the CDM Forums: Don’t forget there is a General / Chat forum Do feel free to post any “off-topic” messages there you like, such …

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When Laptops Go Bad: HP Does Right by Laptop Lemon

When the magic works, it’s wonderful. And when it doesn’t … Jim Aikin, whose writing you know from Electronic Musician, Keyboard, his books, and many other places he pops up, has been having a pretty bad time with a brand new HP laptop and his shared his misery on the forums. The computer in question is a Hewlett Packrat Pavilion dv8000 dual-core machine. (Here’s confusing model numbering for you: the dv8000 series includes both Intel Core Duo and AMD Turion models; Jim has the Intel version.) It’s the latest-and-greatest on the inside, but it sounds as though Jim either got …

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New Forums Address: Create Digital Noise

If any of you have been having trouble with the forums today (lock icons, inability to post, etc.), you may have missed that we just moved servers. Instead of hosting the forums on createdigitalmusic.com/forums/, they’ll now be at createdigitalnoise.com. The forum RSS feed stays the same, provided you’re subscribed to the correct RSS feed. This should better distribute the load over our servers and help us provide reliable access to Create Digital Music. Sorry for the inconvenience, but everything should now be redirected. I’ll see you on the forums!

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Now on CDM Forums: YouTube Videos

We’ve added the ability to insert YouTube videos directly into forum posts. This will have all sorts of useful applications, but right now we’re having fun: Posting YouTube Videos Full instructions at the link above, but you’ll see a tag in the posting interface. As with all YouTube videos, you need Flash Player installed for the magic to work. Aside from lots of applications for Create Digital Motion (which is launching sooner than you think), we’ll be looking forward to what you post on the music side, too. I want to see those Monome-in-action videos real soon.

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Your Studios: corporation’s Modded DM2 USB Scratch Surface, Mash-ups; DM2 Forum

From the forums, corporation has been kind enough to give us a glimpse at his fantastically cool studio, complete with a nicely-decorated DM2 USB control surface. The Mixman DM2 was intended as a toy for computer DJ newbies, but the hardware feels surprisingly nice and, thanks to apparent overstocks of the DM2, often shows up for as little as US$30. Click through the forum link for another shot and full details of his setup, which is a great example of how to put together an affordable computer setup (and save your money for a nice turntable like the classic Technics …

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CDM Forums: Create Digital Motion Forums Now Online; Calling All Visualists and VJs

In advance of the launch of Create Digital Music’s sister site for interactive visuals and visual performance / VJing, we proudly present, by popular demand: Create Digital Motion Forums Note that this forum will be shared with the Create Digital Music forum, because we feel strongly that for many people, these two fields are overlapping in performance. If you’re doing anything visual — be it VJing, video mixing, music videos, visual stuff in Jitter, Processing, and Pd/GEM — now you have a place to talk about it. As always, let us know if you feel there’s a topic we missed …

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CDM Forums: Keep Up With Comments and Messages

For those of you not in the know, you can keep up with the flow of comments on CDM and messages on the CDM forums via RSS feed. (If you’re like me, you’re loving the new beta of Google Reader, which makes reading feeds a whole lot easier.) Create Digital Music comments CDM Forum posts (Create Digital Music / Create Digital Motion combined) To follow the feed of a post you’ve replied to, you’ll find an RSS feed inside comments, too, but it’s usually more convenient just to follow all the comments since they’re relatively low volume. As always, if …

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