Ghetto-Fabulous Digital Vinyl: Make a Mouse Into a Turntable

Scratching with a mouse just doesn’t feel right. One solution, as in FinalScratch and other products, is to print timecode onto the vinyl. But then there’s the direct approach: strap that mouse right onto your turntable and hit the club! That’s just what the DIY-oriented community of users of terminatorX have done. terminatorX is a fully open-source scratch synth on Linux, with support for files like OGG, MP3, and WAV, and even (recently) Linux’s open stereo plug-in format, LADSPA. terminatorX lacks fancy features like support for timecode-printed vinyl, so users take a more literal approach to melding mouse and turntable. …

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NAMM: Korg’s Joystick-Mouse Keyboard for Computer Musicians

Boring USB keyboards for connecting to computers: no matter how many manufacturers make nearly-identical models, more appear. Korg has a mostly-nondescript line of new USB keyboards that would fit that description, but with a twist. They’ve included an unusual, tiny joystick that fills in for your mouse when using a computer. I tried to get a feel for it in a casual test, but found it awkward — I’d rather just buy a cheap USB trackball and sit it on my keyboard. (And why not build in a trackpad instead?) Of course, I never liked those rubber nibs on the …

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GyroMice for Music: A (Nintendo) Revolution on Your Mac/PC?

Pointing and hand gestures: they’re powerful means of interracting, and make sense for music. The only problem is having to be tied to a desk in a performance, as with a mouse. Nintendo’s upcoming controller shows promise for what interractions could be like in the not-too-distant future (if other tech companies follow their lead). But what about now? Possible Mac and PC-compatible mouse products: Gyration GyroMouse; now discontinued though you might get an overstock. A friend of mine on faculty at SUNY Stonybrook uses this with Director on his Mac. Monster Gecko Gaming Mouse: Just $40, and beloved by both …

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Review: Apple’s Mighty Mouse, Perfect Music + Pro App Mouse

I’ll admit it: I didn’t expect to like the new Mighty Mouse from Apple. Obviously, Apple’s previous single-button mouse was lacking, but with so many excellent mice on the market, did we really need another one? But I was intrigued by the Scroll Ball, which promised to make breezing through music applications like Logic Pro. Could this little ball make a believer out of me — and make me give up my beloved Logitech mouse? After weeks of testing, I’ve got the answer; read on for CDM’s obsessive review.

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Apple’s New Mouse: Good for Music?

So it turns out Apple can deal with a two-button mouse — so long as those buttons aren’t invisible. Meet Apple’s Mighty Mouse, peculiarly named after a cartoon. (Note to Apple: why not Danger Mouse? He’s the quickest! He’s the best! Etc.) So why is this mouse useful to musicians? Because Apple may finally have gotten horizontal scrolling right. Sure, there are Windows mice with horizontal scrolling, but nothing with the 360 degree design of the Apple scroll wheel. I’ve also found that horizontal scrolling seems to be universally broken on the Mac and works only sporadically on Windows (Word …

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