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QuNexus | Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller

time November 1st by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Introducing the next new controller from Keith McMillen Instruments! I recently got the QuNeo and was very impressed. It lived up to everything I expected.

They’ve launched a new KickStarer campaign to fund it and recommend jumping on it sooner than later as they ship on a first fund basis (I’m pretty sure).

Watch the video below and be blown away! I’m considering on grabbing one just to learn how to play piano. I could see myself integrating this into my setup versus the QuNeo. I use an Akai APC40 as my main controller and didn’t see myself learning how to finger drum anytime soon vs focusing right now on learning how to play piano.

I think the video covers most of the applications and info you need. Your next step is to help fund this product. Right now I’m debating on when I should order it considering I can’t right now but I’m hoping this goes viral.

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Livid Instruments | Ohm, Block, Code, & DIY Controllers

time February 25th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Livid Instruments has to be one of my favorite companies out there and I don’t even own one of their products yet. Livid is known for their controllers and software for DJing and VJing. They are the ones responsible for some of my favorite controllers out there: Ohm series, The Block, and the new Code. Their craft is unmatched in the controller department and create some of the best stuff out there hands down.

I’ve been rocking an APC40 for over a year now and have totally beaten it up. All the knob caps are slowly coming off and overall getting some serious tear with time. I’ve looked around for a better solution and it always seems to come back to Livid. After doing some research it’s obvious that they are who I’m going with next. The software and diversity that their controllers have is unmatched. Also the build quality is probably the best around especially if you are a traveling performer.

Right now I’d say if you’re looking to step your game up and do some serious sequencing or live setups the Livid controllers are probably what you have been looking for. I’m glad I started off with the APC40 and eventually added a launch pad but it’s time to evolve. There are endless amounts of options possible with these controllers.

Overall I’m a huge supporter of Livid and can’t wait to upgrade to their products. I highly recommend looking into the Ohm series if you’re comfortable with the APC40 already. Also if you’re thinking about building a monomer or use a launchpad check out the Block. The Code is also a very versatile product that almost anyone could figure out how to add to their set.

The last thing I’m going to say is that the Livid people understand what it is to be an artist and have a unique style and look so they are totally open to making a custom design for you. You can mix and match all sorts of enclosure options and led colors. Also if you’re the DIY type of person they sell their brain and addons so you can build your own custom controller with their rotaries and buttons. They make it so easy for anybody to get behind them.

Go check out their website!!!
Livid Instruments!

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Battle Tag | Lazer Tag at Home

time July 9th by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,


Battle Tag is essentially lazer tag at home. It’s being developed by Ubisoft as the ultimate First Person Shooter (FPS). They’ve developed software and hardware that communicates together with a PC. It has a receiver that hooks up to the PC and stores all the data recorded by the gun and vest you wear. They’ve added some extra fun with adding power ups that also communicate with the setup for adding life, ammo, and other things.

The great part about this is that one stand alone Ubiconnect hub allows up to 8 people. It also allows you to multiple Ubiconnects to a max of 5 for a total of 40 people in a game. Right now you can only see the three types of games: Team Death Match, Free for All, and Blathlon (no idea). They say there will be up to 20 different types of matches. I can’t imagine them not adding Capture the Flag (CTF) some how.

The technology behind this seems perfect. The use Radio Frequency (RF) and say it supports up to 60 meters or 200 feet. It doesn’t go into detail about if you have more than one Ubiconnect it expands the distance.

At the end of the day this is quite exciting. It seems like this could become essentially a great way to hang out with some friends and actually take it beyond indoor gaming. I know I’m really interested on how much this thing is going to cost. You better believe if it’s affordable there’s going to be some intoxicated days where Battle Tag is going down.

They mention that this might be available as soon as November 2010. Check out the video below for more information and live video of how it works live.

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Will Marshall – DJ Effects (phase cancellation)

time January 21st by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

I never stop being amazed by my good friend Will Marshall. The concept and how this rack works is amazing. Right now I haven’t implemented this rack into my template but once I feel comfortable with it, just waittt.

Will is probably the reason I’ve gotten so far with Ableton. Having a mentor like this who is around to help is priceless. Wish him the best of luck with his interview with Ableton coming up.

Check out Will’s site at:

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Serato + Ableton – The Bridge

time January 14th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , ,

Serato Ableton The Bridge

It has finally been unvieled to the world! The partnership of Ableton and Serato has produced something that looks to change the face of DJing all over again.

The Bridge is an updated version of Serato that integrates the session view that we’ve all come to know in Ableton into the Scratch Live interface. Launch clips and controlling them via decks or CJS. Also they’ve out done themselves with having it all work together and using many tricks that Ableton has for mixing. Sampling couldn’t have become easier either.

One great feature that I know I’m going to take advantage of is Play Hard(ware) where it allows you to hook additional hardware controllers like the new APC20, launch pad, or APC40. It will automatically change the Ableton layout to match your controller and have your clips run like regular tracks using Scratch or Itch. Truly the possibilities are endless.

Those of you who are into recording mixes and tweaking them up to sound perfect can also export recorded sets in Serato into an Ableton file. This lets you go back and edit or add anything into the mix.

The future is now and we are going to start to see DJs and Producers starting to share a common bridge. This to me is big because now a DJ who is use to conventional Scratch setup has oppertunity to finally pick up on Ableton and enter into production a lot smoother. This also gives a chance for producers to get a feel for using decks or CDJs in mixing with an environment they are familar with. Everyone wins here and only helps to push things further along.

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Afro Monk’s First APC Mix

time December 30th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

Since early December I’ve been working real hard. I decided to put all my free time into learning Ableton and using the APC40.

I knew it wouldn’t be an easy task but with great support from some friends online I was guided in the right direction.

I was invited to play at a house party and had made a promise by the time that party I’d be ready. I spent countless hours finding the right tracks that would fit. This party was most likely going to consist of people who have not heard much glitch so I consintrated on the glitch hop style.

After many nights of watching videos, having discussions with other DJs, asking for help, and overall just playing with Ableton I decided I had reached my goal.

The only problem was the party was moved to my house and I hadn’t been sleeping for the past 2-3 weeks more than 5hrs. I have been treating my body like crap and staying up late prepping tracks for the APC40. When it was time to preform I couldn’t for more than 20mins. I felt horrible but I wasn’t going to preform when completely burnt out and it’d come out liek crap. Also I realized I was missing something quite important, a laptop stand. Bending over the laptop and APC was killing me after 20mins. I had been sitting down when practicing and working on my laptop.

I was disappointed with myself in the end but knew I’d record something. A few friends came over later to play some Fifa. I figured this would be the perfect time to record while they were playing. Not to mention see how they’d react to the music while playing a game. To my surprise everyone was digging it.

I have over 3-4 mess ups that I’m quite frustrated with but it’s a learning experience. Never had I played an entire set through with the APC. After going through a whole entire hour set I know what definately not to do and where to be careful. There are even some new tricks I picked up while in the zone. This was more of a trial and error mix.

Check it out and feel free to give some feedback. The reason I’m posting this now is because it’s a preview of the type of stuff I’m working on. Come January I’m going to modify the overall feel a bit to more of a IDM feel instead of hip hop feel.

Miami, it’s time someone has a try at this glitch thing. Hopefully this will be the start of something fresh! Wish me luck because I’ll need it!

Afro Monk’s First Mix with Ableton & APC40

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Will Marshall – iPhone controlling Ableton

time December 10th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

I can’t thank my friend Will Marshall enough for all the help he provides me with. The internet is a serious networking tool.

Will is becoming the Ableton Guru over in New Zealand. He has been passing some of his knowledge over to me. He recently started a web site and posting some of the work he’s done along with some tutorials.

He has developed some software that lets you control Ableton from your iPhone. I let me friends know about it and joked how we could be on the dancefloor and be DJing in the middle of the crowd. LOL. Too be honest I haven’t played around with it yet but mad respect to him for creating something on the iPhone that lets you mess around with Ableton.

Using TouchOSC with Osculator and Ableton from Will Marshall

Big up Will and the whole NZ gang!

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Ableton & Akai APC40 DJ Setup – A Beginner DJ’s Take

time December 9th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , ,

Transitioning to Ableton and APC40.

I’ve only been doing this DJ thing since mid 2009. The first purchase I made was a Numark NS7. I believe it’s one of the best controllers out there. After the NS7 I finally made the plunge and picked up turntables. As of late November I’m a proud owner of the Akai APC40.

The APC stands for Abelton Performance Control. Ultimately what it means is that it’s mainly designed to be used with Ableton Live. It is layout so you can go out and use Albeton for live acts flawlessly.

I’m not going to lie; I’m no pro at DJing and mixing. Right now I’m pretty terrible at beat matching. Yet after really understanding what a standard DJ does I’m ok with not being the best at it or remotely good at it. The APC40 takes care of all that and yet introduces a new challenge, programming. Whereas a standard DJ with CDJs or Decks is limited in playing a track and slight control on a mixer the truth is all they are doing is popping in a CD or record and matching the beat and moving to the next track. Yes they do mess with the EQs but nothing too crazy. The APC gives you endless possibilities when using Ableton. The amount of things you can do is mind blowing.

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SixSense Technology – The Future of Computers…

time November 23rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

This has to be one of the wildest things I’ve seen in my entire life. I thought the Xbox 360 Natal project was wild this thing blows it out of the water!

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Audiowood – Turntable’s Handcrafted

time November 22nd by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Art Basel is coming on up in Miami and plan to post some more things listed under art. I love with art and design come together with music. Audiowood is a company that is producing some incredible designs of turntables.

thor turntable

pods audiowood turntable



You can check out some more of Audiowood’s creative work at their website.
They also got some matching iPod docks. Audiowood Site

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