drk’s Electronic Music Blog

Did Apple finally fix a long-standing problem with Logic's OSC implementation?

Logic Pro's OSC control surface support has long suffered a limitation that only one OSC controller could be registered at any time; otherwise Logic could operate erratically. Apple, at the end of January 2016, released Logic Pro X 10.2.1, and Logic Remote 1.3. The release notes for Logic Remote imply that the above restriction has, after five years, finally been removed. But does the change also benefit non-Apple OSC control surfaces? We tested lpTouch to find out the answer to this question.

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Understanding Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE)

Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) MIDI is a proposed new standard for how multidimensional musical controllers like the Continuum Fingerboard, the LinnStrument, and the Roli Seaboard Rise interoperate with synthesizers, sound modules, and music software. It is not a big addition to MIDI, rather it is a clever re-purposing of something MIDI has always be able to do.

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Bonjour El Capitan! Hello? Hello?

OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) seems to have changed its Bonjour behavior when a Mac has its Ethernet cable directly connected to a Symbolic Sound Pacarana. This can affect set ups that manually assign the Mac's Ethernet port in the link-local (169.254.XX.YY) IP range. KymaConnect users are now recommended to always use DHCP assignment for this configuration on OSX 10.11.

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Beware of iOS ad-hoc Wi-Fi startup delay!

Ad-hoc Wi-Fi connections are very useful for connecting control surface apps to computers, but you must exercise some patience. Connection time can be 30 seconds or more, and on iOS devices, there is no obvious indication when the connection is good-to-go. But there is a way to find out, hidden inside the iOS Settings app.

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A "handy" way to control a Continuum Finger Board

The Continuum Finger Board places exquisite control over your sound literally at your fingertips. But what if you want the same type of hands-on interaction to adjust the Continuum's built-in synthesizer? Fortunately Haken Audio provides and documents MIDI control over just the right amount of sound parameters. Learn all about applying this to repurpose a retired first generation NI Maschine hardware controller as a Continuum synthesizer control surface.

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