Gesture Recognition on Resistive Touch Screens

...more information can be extracted from resistive touch screens by understanding and modeling the physics behind the process. When two touches occur, a segment of resistance from the passive screen, plus the resistance of the touch contacts, is paralleled with the conducting segment of the active screen, so the impedance seen by the supply is reduced and current increases..."

from: http://www.analog.com/library/analogDialogue/archives/45-06/gesture_recognition.html


Steganography 20 - Generate Melody from Text

This morning I was playing around with a soft-synth and didn't have a midi controller hooked-up -- so I was using the QUERTY keyboard to play notes. Then I realized I could type words and thereby make cute little melodies, that would repeat and had themes... pretty interesting sounds, actually. I liked the idea that these melodies could be decoded back into text (with a little effort).

A few googles later, bing!

Here is Hello World in C Major:

Read the whole article here: http://www.codeproject.com/KB/security/steganodotnet20.aspx


6 Launchpads & Ableton

6 Launchpads makes for a huge playing surface with distinct areas of control.


Demo of a Novation synth and 3 Launchpads together

Usng 3 Lucnhpadss with a Novation synth...

What I want for Chanukah

A deep-featured button controller coupled with cool slicy software PLUS 2 Stribe-like horizontal LED-festooned touch-strips to twiddle track position and needle drops - even supports a pinch input! Add monome-like sequenced sample chunking thingambobbery and you had me at hello! Check out Edison on this thing:


Reactable for iPad / iPhone!

A very cool UI designed for one of the very first multi-touch tables is ported to iOS - a great combination!


pissah controllah

What I really like about this controller is the combination of real knobs and an illuminated surface.



Real audio and MIDI i/o for iPad?

Alesis Studio Dock aka iO Pro (per Alesis' site)

Game-changer? Could be! Purportedly solving the number one complaint of most iPad musicians - iO Pro adds "real" i/o to the iPad, providing a traditional hardware MIDI interface, USB/MIDI, 2 XLR inputs (w/ 48v phantom power on one channel), R+L 1/4" outputs, headphones out, a footswitch jack, trim pots in all the right places, an impedance switch on one input, and even composite Video out! Everything but, well, the iPad...

List is $399 but Sweetwater's catalog shows it at $199. Add an iPad (~$500 depending on your prefs) and this could be an affordable and flexible alternative for laptop musicians, or for musicians currently using the iPad primarily as a dumb controller for existing computer-based music apps.

Of course, much will depend on the availability and affordability of IPAD apps that can take advantage of these added i/o options. And it remains to be seen whether the quality of the audio produced by the combo actually turns out to be "Pro". Can't wait to get my hands on one!

More reading:

CreateDigitalMusic iPad app rundown

Other CDM articles on iPad apps

An in-depth look at io Dock @ MATRIXSYNTH


The Missing Link OSC/MIDI Translator

"...a standalone hardware device which contains its own WiFi radio, and translates specially-coded OSC messages sent from your mobile device or computer into standard MIDI messages to control synthesizers, drum machines, mixers, digital audio workstations, or anything which responds to MIDI commands. It does this with low latency, high flexibility and configurability, and without the need for a computer anywhere in the control chain. Multiple wireless OSC devices may connect simultaneously to The Missing Link, making collaboration easy."

$150 pre-order: http://www.wifimidi.com/store/