drk’s Electronic Music Blog

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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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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Control a Capybara (and other MIDI devices) using OSC

KymaConnect and CapyLink both contain a simple, yet useful, OSC to MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) translator. Learn about this hidden capability, and how you might use it to control your MIDI devices.

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