Thanks for Musicmakers @ Etsy; Send Your Photos

Thanks to everyone who came last night to Etsy Labs for the Musicmakers shindig. We had a fantastic convergence of people, from various spheres: CDM and musical people, craft-y people, MAKE mag people, blogosphere people, and locals and even foreigners (visitors from Montreal to Mexico!) If you snapped some shots, do post to CDM’s flickr pool to make sure we don’t miss them! And if you showed off a project, do send me a note if we didn’t happen to connect.

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Pimp my Ableton Controller: Custom Keyboards, Custom Paint Jobs

In November, Bill Van Loo showed off his custom-painted Apple QWERTY keyboard for controlling Ableton Live. He’s been painting again, and has now completed his live Live rig with a beautifully-painted Peavy MIDI fader unit. Peavey PC1600x MIDI controller re-paint [Flickr set] Detailed, step-by-step instructions and an explanation of how this all fits into a music gig: adventures in spray paint, plywood and velcro: my new controller board And all of this fits atop a sizable MIDI keyboard and Line 6 PodXT Live on the floor. QWERTY keyboard aficionados will no doubt also appreciate the custom paint job on an …

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Nine Inch Nails Gear pr0n (Sigh), Again

No matter how many music tech toys you have, no matter how many music tech toys you’ve ever seen, Nine Inch Nails still has more. Michael Hetrick writes to point us to his latest post over on KVR: Total Gear-Porn on new NIN site [KVR Audio Forums] It’s especially nice to see some of the no-prisoners, raunchy, tube beauty of Metasonix in there. Of course, we’ve seen Trent and NIN deliver the gear lust before: Hotel Room Studio: NIN’s Rack-Mounted Dual G5s Inside NIN’s Studio on Audiohead

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NAMM Music Gear Gallery on CDM flickr Pool; Post Your Photos or Enjoy Ours

Josh Jancourtz took some great photos for us from the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center at the NAMM show, because you can never see drool-inspiring gear from too many angles. We’ll be catching up with new NAMM announcements all week and will do our full CDM wrap-up in the next few days, but in the meantime, here are some photos: Josh Jancourtz: Winter NAMM 2007 If you were in Anaheim and want to share some of your own snaps, or pictures of anything else, for that matter (Irish pub crawl?), it’s easy — just join our Create Digital Music …

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Akai MPD24 MIDI Pad Controller, Photoblogged in the Wild

Matt writes us to let us know he’s gotten his hands on Akai’s MPD24 MIDI pad controller, which just started shipping. (I know some of you have already purchased one and are still waiting to get it!) He’s got some first impressions up with a series of photos, to give you a better sense of the hardware: Matt writes: “I’m absolutely LOVIN the MPD24 so far, had it almost a week now :)” and asks if we’re reading for some “gadget drooling.” Akai MPD24 MIDI Pad Controller Review [MakeTunes] The MPD24 looks terrific for someone wanting a real MPC-style experience …

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Convertible Minimalist Mac Studio, Now Chart-Topping

My friend Francis Preve sends pictures and details of his new “convertible” studio. He claims this is shameless self-promotion, but I call it aesthetic envy — and for another reason to be envious, Gabriel & Dresden’s Tracking Treasure Down (for which he did a remix) just hit #1 on the Billboard Club Charts. Not too shabby, saying you have a #1 single. Maybe it’s the shoes. Maybe it’s this studio. I love the slim-line M-Audio keyboard in a drawer. Fran sends the details, for your enjoyment:

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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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Art You Can Listen To, Music as a Game: Photos from Cybersonica

Continuing our coverage of the uber-cool Cybersonica Festival, here’s some quick eye candy. It’s just as interesting to watch how people interact with the sound art installations, from the sound “gate” with its nice blue light to the interactive shadow puppets, or this more analog mechanical installation. Curator Chris O’Shea tells me he’s getting lots of press, much of it from the UK gaming publications. That just demonstrates how this technology can bridge worlds: not only is the Guitar Hero creator there, but the common theme of many of the works is turning music and art into a game. And, …

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Flickr Fun: Historical RCA Synth, Explained

Speaking of 20th Century spirits, Matrixsynth sends us a photoset of rare images from the demonstration album put out by RCA for their Mark II synthesizer. We’ve looked at the Mark II on this site before; it’s a little like the Model T of electronic synthesis: RCA Mark II Demonstration Record What I especially love is the images explaining how the physics of sound works. Matrix says, generously, it reminds him of me and my book Real World Digital Audio. You hear all the time about how music technology changes rapidly. Yet here on this album, dating from the beginning …

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