MIDI








Introduction The Apple iPad is quickly becoming a go-to portable music device for many musicians, whether they’re composing, sequencing, performing, DJing, notating, or crafting sounds. Thanks to the iOS 4.2 upgrade, MIDI is now very much a feature of all iOS devices. There’s now a huge range of apps available, […]

How to connect a music keyboard to your iPad



QuNexus is an ultra-controllable portable keyboard designed for both live performance and studio work. Conceived and designed by Keith McMillen, who already has a vast array of innovative hardware credits, it was funded through Kickstarter and is now available to buy. The 25-key (2 octave) controller keyboard features pressure-sensitive silicone […]

QuNexus: powerful 25 key controller launched via Kickstarter


Cables and connectors aren’t particularly exciting, but they are essential particularly in the evolving world of music making using tablet PCs such as the Apple iPad. To this end, Yamaha has introduced its i-UX1 MIDI interface cable that enables quick, easy, seamless connection between the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and MIDI instruments. […]

Yamaha i-UX1 iOS to MIDI instrument connector [NAMM13]


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Alesis has introduced its Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar controller complete with an onboard accelerometer. Bearing similarities to the Roland AX-Synth, the Vortex gives keyboard performers the freedom to move around during a performance while still being able to control a host of other equipment. Alesis Vortex Key Features Dynamic, shoulder-worn performance […]

Alesis Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer unveiled








Roland PK-6 dynamic MIDI foot pedal top view
Roland has updated its impressive MIDI foot pedal with the introduction of the PK-6 dynamic MIDI pedal. Looking much like the pedals found on an organ, this versatile piece of kit allows the keyboard player/pianist great creativity and flexibility by controlling MIDI with the feet. Compatible with most MIDI devices […]

Roland intros PK-6 dynamic MIDI pedal [NAMM12]








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Korg has shown off three space-saving, feature rich USB MIDI controllers designed to fit right in with your laptop or desktop computer keyboard. The slim design of the nanoSERIES2 controllers means that precious desktop space isn’t wasted, and the three variants mean there should be a solution for everyone (or, […]

Korg nanoSERIES2 trio of slim USB MIDI controllers revealed [NAMM11]



Akai has unveiled the MPK49, a semi-weighted, touch and aftertouch sensitive 49-note keyboard complete with 12 MPC-style drum pads. 48 drum pads are available via 4 banks, and there’s MPC Note Repeat function and Swing parameters, plus an arpeggiator. It delivers 72 assignable controls, including an expression pedal, footswitch, pitch […]

Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI semi-weighted controller keyboard







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A key component of modern electronic music is MIDI. The Musical Instrument Digital Interface protocol was introduced in 1983, as a collaborative effort between major electronic instrument manufacturers including Korg, Roland and Yamaha. MIDI allows compatible devices – usually keyboards, synthesisers, drum machines, sound modules, and computers – to communicate […]

What is MIDI?