Category: Music

Playtronica, play music with fruits, cats and anything

Posted by Charbax – July 8, 2017

Playtronica is an open-source toolkit for creating immersive sensory interactions interactive musical experiences. Touchme and Playtron are devices that transform human touch into midi notes. Work with any conductive material, vegetables, cats and humans. Sounds are generated by Playtronica's web sampler or any other online midi synth. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!

You can watch some musical sessions played using the Playtronica here, here and here.

$179 Roli Blocks Midi Instrument and $79 Roli Live Block

Posted by juliusaugustus – February 7, 2017

Roli Blocks are touch enabled midi instruments with precise pressure sensitivity, multi touch, and finger tracking. Roli Blocks can work with an iOS app (Android app coming soon) or with any Sythensizer or Digital Audio workstation program like Ableton Live, Logic, Bitwig or Garageband etc. Roli Blocks can simulate a wide variety of instruments including drums, saxophone and other instruments. The price is $179 and is available now. The Live block is $79 and connects with the larger Roli Block. The different devices can be connected together for a modular music experience. Marco Parisi mentions the Roli Seaboard an innovative piano development you can see him play the Roli Seaboard instrument here.

LinnStrument with Tangio Printed 3D Force Touch

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2016

Phi Bui of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music plays the LinnStrument at the Printed Electronics USA event, a one-of-a-kind expressive, polyphonic multi-dimensional MIDI controller. At the heart of the LinnStrument is a custom touch sensor designed by Roger Linn Design and fabricated by Tangio Printed Electronics. Like any fine musical instrument, LinnStrument must have highly consistent touch sensitivity across its surface, and this is provided by Tangio’s precise fabrication process. LinnStrument's patent-pending multi-touch technology captures three dimensions of each finger's movement, polyphonically. As a solution for haptic and expressive input in automotive, consumer electronics and medical devices, Tangio Printed Electronics, creates flexible 3D touch sensors that can be inside the most advanced, touch-sensing products in the world.

The core technology of Tangio’s 3D Touch sensor is that of the Force-sensing resistor. Force-sensing resistors are an evolution of membrane switch technology, based on the same user interface design principals and made using similar manufacturing techniques. The force sensor is essentially an analog, multi-position switch, while the membrane switch is simply ON/OFF. What defines a force-sensing resistor is its unique characteristic of dynamic conductance / resistance relative to the amount of pressure applied to the device. In general, the more pressure applied to the surface of the sensor, the greater the conductance / the lower the resistance.

Force-sensing resistors are used for qualitative rather than quantitative or precision measurements. They are found in a wide range of industry applications: automotive, human interface devices, toys, medical equipment, musical instruments, sporting equipment and safety equipment.

This video also features an interview with the National Research Council Canada. The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's organization for research and development. NRC's Printable Electronics (PE) initiative coordinates key industrial areas - materials, ink, printing, and packaging - as a springboard for a profitable, large-scale PE sector. For more information see http://www.tangio.co, http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/collaborative/pe_index.html and http://www.IDTechEx.com

Graphene Guitar shown at IDTechEx Graphene LIVE! event

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2015

Guitar incorporating graphene, shown at the IDTechEx Graphene LIVE! event. For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Monster GO DJ, portable DJ controller and music production studio

Posted by Charbax – September 26, 2014

With Monster GO DJ, DJs and music producers are now able to play and record music virtually anywhere as long as they have headphones or speakers. DJs can cue, loop, beatmatch, scratch, and mix music accordingly. Producers can create beats using the drum pad machine, step sequencer, and recording functions. GO DJ comes with 4GB of internal storage but is capable of holding up to 2TB of music. It has a 12 hour battery life with a lithium ion battery. GO DJ is for outdoor events, house parties, and also serves as a great backup controller. Although GO DJ doesn't necessarily replace current DJ controllers, it can serve as a great complimentary device to your setup. GO DJ is a completely standalone device. No laptop is necessary for GO DJ to be played. All your music is stored in the drive or though SD card. GO DJ also has a high resolution audio player which is capable of dual playback and recording as well. GO DJ supports WAV and MP3 files of 192kHz / 24 bit sound.