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New MIDI controller can be played like guitar, piano, or drum machine

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The Artiphon Instrument I is the all-encompassing MIDI controller. The project began as an idea: to create a device capable of adapting to any sound. Now the concept has been realized, and from the looks (and sound) of it, the Instrument 1 could be a powerful addition to any music maker’s arsenal.

To bring the device to consumers at large, Artiphon has launched a recent Kickstarter. In a mere six hours, the project reached its goal of $75,000 in funding. Today — the third day of its campaign — the project now stands at over $200,000 in donations.

The Instrument 1 stands out in the MIDI controller world for its versatility. Framed like a fretboard of a guitar but layered with velocity-sensitive pads, its unique design allows it to emulate everything from a violin, to a ukelele, to a drum machine simply by inverting the way you play it.

Mike Butera, CEO & Founder of Artiphon, said of the idea: “I realized, everyone plays with music. Music is a fundamental human desire. What’s missing is an instrument that can capture the full range of basic gestures, whether it’s tapping along with the drums, or strumming a guitar or sliding along with the orchestra, and that’s what we’ve been building.”

The Instrument is expected to be ready by January 2016, but is available for pre-order now for $349. Head to Artiphon’s Kickstarter to back the project.

Via: FACT Mag

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New super headphones store and stream music, track activity and monitor sleep

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For those who are more fitness-inclined, a good music playlist and an efficient activity-tracking app are musts. While there are plenty of applications that have sought to combine music and fitness, Chinese tech company Huawei has achieved the best of both worlds with its new line of headphones: the TalkBand N1. The headphones allow you to play music without using a phone and also keep track of your steps and your sleeping patterns, thanks to an accelerometer and a 4GB Bluetooth chip that can hold about 1,000 songs (the equivalent of roughly two Marco Carola sets). Because of their Bluetooth capabilities and a tiny built-in microphone, the headphones can sync with the TalkBand application, allowing the user to stream music or make calls from a phone.

“The activity-tracking headphone sector is just at its beginning but the addition of Huawei’s TalkBand N1 to current options such as LG and Jabra’s heart rate monitoring models represents the exciting times that lie ahead,” said Britta O’Boyle, features editor at Pocket-lint.com, in an interview with MailOnline. “Headphones used to just play your favourite track and activity tracking used to come in the form of a pedometer at best, but those days are long gone.”

The headphones are scheduled to go on sale in late September of this year and are expected retail for about $100. What’s more, the IP54-rated waterproof headphones will house a super battery, allowing them to last for about 12 days on standby.

Via: DailyMail

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Ableton announces 9.2 public beta

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Ableton has quickly become a music producer’s weapon of choice. Though DAWs like Logic and FL Studio remain widely popular, it’s hard to compete with the versatility and workflow of Live. While Version 9 brought plenty of significant changes to the platform, there’s always room for improvement.

With today’s announcement of 9.2, Ableton has revealed some exciting updates for its newest iteration. Firstly, 9.2 will feature an enhanced audio warping engine with better downbeat detection and easier auto-warping for fixed tempo tracks (i.e. electronic music). They’ve also improved latency for third party plugins and Max for Live, as well as introduced a new tuner to aid with external instruments and hardware.

Lastly, Live brings exciting changes to the Ableton Push, including the ability to use all 64 pads to sequence drums, as well as new mod wheel control via the touch strip. The update is now in public beta and will be available for free upon official release.

Read up on all the 9.2 updates on Ableton’s website and check out Mad Zach’s 64-pad performance on the Push above.

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KSHMR & DallasK share Ableton project file for Beatport #1, ‘Burn’

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In fall of 2014, KSHMR and DallasK brought “Burn” to Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings: a collaboration that went on to steal the Beatport #1 spot in just two weeks. Now, in an effort to give back to the production community, they’ve completely open sourced the track on music collaboration platform Splice.

While past artists like Laidback Luke and Henry Fong have preached simplicity upon opening up their sessions, KSHMR and DallasK’s collaboration is about as complex as you can get. A quick glance at the project skeleton of “Burn” reveals nearly 100 different track channels, from plugins like Kontakt and Sylenth1, to an endless supply of audio clips. Through Splice’s unique DNA player, one has the ability to solo each channel and breakdown the layers behind the former Beatport #1 release.

KSHMR said of the collaboration:

“DallasK and I created Burn in a cabin outside of Los Angeles. He sent it to Hardwell who began playing it at festivals, signed it to Revealed and released it on Beatport. Two weeks later it reached #1 overall. This was a first for both Dallas and myself. He’s one of the best producers I’ve known and did an incredible job mixing Burn.”

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Apple’s Music Conglomerate: Zane Lowe, Beats Music and the next step in controlling the music industry

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Zane Lowe has served nearly 12 years at BBC Radio 1; he’s become an international figure revered for his taste making, his DJ broadcasts, and high-profile interviews with the likes of Kanye West, Rick Rubin, and Eminem. His final show for Radio 1 will take place on March 5th, marking the end of an era, and a beginning of a new chapter where he’ll be taking his talents to Apple and its iTunes Radio product.

What role will the 41-year-old music world veteran assume at Apple? That remains a mystery. More intriguing still, is the one of the questions that arises from the hire; what does Apple have planned for their looming domination of the music industry.

Apple launched iTunes Radio in 2013 to compete with emerging streaming platforms, and purchased Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s Beats Music in 2014 with what was assumed to be the same aim.

Rumors are swirling in the tech world, speculating the conglomerate’s next move — one that, hypothetically, would have Apple deeply integrate Beats Music technologies into iOS, iTunes and Apple TV. Those same reports indicate an update of Beats Music social media capabilities, and a certain but unknown merging of users’ Beats Music libraries and iTunes libraries; these claims say iTunes Match, iTunes Radio, and iTunes Store will remain as-is.

If Apple’s conglomerate of music properties is, in fact, focused around leveraging Beats Music and the streaming music movement, the next stage in its evolution could be coming sooner  rather than later. Reports from Billboard claim Beats Music’s next benchmark — which is already being referred to as a merger to create Apple’s “new streaming service” – could launch as soon as this spring, and certainly by summer.

An insider told Billboard that Apple’s plan “is to be the music business; it’s not to compete with Spotify,” supporting the article’s ambitious headline; Apple Doesn’t Want To Compete — It Wants To Own The Record Business.

With Jimmy Iovine at the helm — not to mention, a deep team of the music industry’s top-tier experts — it’s not silly to throw the term “game changer” around.

Today it’s Zane Lowe.

Who knows who it will be tomorrow…

Via: BillboardTelegraph

Editor’s Note: Anyone with even elementary interest in the music industry should read the Billboard story (linked above) and keep an eye out for its February 21st issue.

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Zane Lowe Says Goodbye to BBC and Hello to Apple

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BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe is reportedly signing off from his broadcast permanently, to cross the pond to Cupertino, California. Yep, the famed radio DJ is set to have his final show on March 5th, after which he will be leaving for Apple Inc.

For those who don’t know Zane Lowe, he’s been a radio DJ personality with BBC Radio 1 since 2003; prior to his BBC residency, he was a TV show presenter with MTV News, MTV Brand:New, and MTV 2 on Gonzo. Prior hosting his show with the BBC, he worked with XFM’s Music Response. His BBC show grew a notable following as he began to push more upcoming talent, but he’s also known for holding interviews with the world’s biggest artists – check out this interview with Eminem, that’s amassed over 2,000,000 views, or simply google for many more.

There are no details regarding Lowe’s future position at Apple, but he has released a short statement about his departure from the BBC:

“I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship. The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country’s best music fans.”

We can only speculate, but this may have something to do with Apple’s new streaming service, as reported by Billboard.

[H/T] VentureBeat.com

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