New Low-Priced Euphonix Control Surfaces, Leaked Early?

An anonymous readers tips us off on new control surfaces from Euphonix, a maker usually known for products at the higher end of the market. Whether this was an intentional post or not (it looks like you can pre-order the product), it’s definitely something new, and could mean you get a little Euphonix love in your home studio in the "affordable by mortals" territory. We’ll be reporting from NAMM, so I’ll be sure to drop by Euphonix and see if we can see these up close and personal. Reader X writes: Doing some searching for studio control surfaces at Sweetwater.com …

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Rumor: Mac Java’s Demise is Real, and Why That Could Be Good News for Multimedia

Java loves music and multimedia, but — well, we may actually have to let it die on the Mac in order for it to be reborn. (For the uninitiated, that triangular thing is the open-sourced Java mascot, Duke. Shown here with Project LookingGlass’ brilliant creator.) Photo: yuichi.sakuraba, via Flickr. Java may not be on the radar of the average Mac user, but to the Java development community, Leopard has been a bombshell. Apple’s been slow with Java releases before, but something’s different this time: there’s been almost no information on the topic, and Apple has even pulled an existing Java …

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Microsoft Goes Multi-Touch at Midnight; Musicians Might Look Further into Future

Musicians, behind the technological curve? Not when it comes to interface design: we’ve been consistently ahead. Little wonder, as digital musicians look for ways of making digital media more expressive, with centuries of physical interface design in musical instruments to push those demands further. In other words, Microsoft is up to something, and I look forward to whatever it is, but it’s the long view that will ultimately matter more. Numerous outlets are reporting that Microsoft is expected to introduce its gestural, multi-touch technology, called PlayTable. I’m not quite sure why the product name sounds ripped off from the ReacTable. …

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Why Would Apple Patent a Blatantly Obvious Synth Method?

The Week of Deep Apple Electronic Music Patent Mysteries continues! Behold as Apple submits a patent for — as near as observers can tell — detuning oscillators with common beats. Let’s switch to synthesis 101 for a second. Detune two oscillators, and destructive interference between them will create beats. Apple’s patent claim: “The present invention relates to a music synthesizer and a method of generating a synthesizer output with a constant beat.” 1. A method comprising: generating a constant beat parameter; adding the constant beat parameter to a pitch signal to derive an input for a first oscillator; and combining …

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More Apple Patents Suggest New Music App, Musical Instrument?

At the very least, it looks like Apple is working on significant new music software features, as you might expect. But depending on how you read their patents, new music hardware — even touchscreen hardware — could be in store. Apple is a big company with a lot of intellectual property, so teasing out patents can be difficult. But, as others have observed before, looking for Dr. Gerhard Lengeling, the Emagic founder who came to Apple along with his company, reveals interesting results: 20060278058: Frameless musical keyboard 20060272485: Evaluating and correcting rhythm in audio data 20060022956: Touch-sensitive electronic apparatus for …

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Macworld: Multi-Touch Apple Music Device Still to Come?

Eleven months before Steve Jobs took the stage, hrmpf.com broke the real story of the iPhone. But could that patent reveal more? Remember patent 0060026536? It’s the multi-touch, gestural patent Apple filed that was clearly the precursor of the Apple iPhone. Here’s the curious thing: the iPhone, as demonstrated at the Macworld keynote, isn’t all that focused on multi-touch. With the exception of Apple’s clever zooming gesture, most gestures are single-touch. Most are horizontal and vertical strokes similar to what you can already do on laptop touchpads. A lot of what gets put into patents never shows up in shipping …

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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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Moog News: Little Phatty Stage Edition and Weird (Unofficial) Ads

Moog unveils the limited edition Tribute’s successor. It’s the last call on the Moog Little Phatty Tribute Edition, the beautiful limited edition release of Moog Music’s latest synth. Moog Music president Mike Adams says, “We are completely sold out and my understanding is that only a few dealers have the Tribute Editions available.” I’m not sure it’s quite that scarce yet, but if you want the Tribute, act now. As the Tribute’s replacement, the slightly cheaper Stage Edition will ship in February 2007 with a list of US$1375 (versus $1475 for the Tribute), a new look (above), and a software …

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The Remixer’s Bible, Tips & Remixable Ableton Live Tunes; Secret Korg Project?

My friend Francis Preve, tech author and electronica producer / remix artist, has a new title out on Backbeat Books assembling a broad range of production tips, tutorials, and anecdotes from artists. (He’s pictured here, though that’s not actually his pool.) You may know Fran’s writing from Keyboard; for The Remixer’s Bible, he’s assembled Keyboard’s best club production tutorials, the best of the Dance Mix column, and tips and anecdotes from BT, Armand Van Helden, Thunderpuss, and others. The most interesting decision for the book, though, is to include remixable music from Gabriel & Dresden, Coldcut, Meat Beat Manifesto, and …

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