musical instrument

Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard digitizes human words in real time

Yamaha Vocaloid Keyboard digitizes human words in real time

It's a strange advancement in the way we work with music when we take the human language and compile it into a computer, only then to re-play it in the order we wish: Yamaha wants to take this process an extra step into the future with the Vocaloid Keyboard. Using the already in place Vocaloid library of digitized voices, Yamaha has created a keyboard which uses two sets of keys, one of them setting up the human vocal cues, the other a traditional keyboard setup which pushes the human voice out depending on the notes the user has chosen. The result has the potential to be really magical.

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Numark N4 four-channel DJ controller shipping now

Numark N4 four-channel DJ controller shipping now

You digital maniacs of music can dash out to the online store right this second and unload because Numark has officially started shipping their N4 four-channel DJ controller with built-in mixer and timecode. This beast has more capabilities and features "than any other controller in its class" along with high-resolution 14-bit MIDI for responses so tight you'll have to loosen your belt a bit. And with the price this unit is selling at, you'll have to put your eyeballs back in your head before you start tapping and turning, believe it!

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Wii Projector Mapping turntable setup has us dazed

Wii Projector Mapping turntable setup has us dazed

There's a brand new method for blowing the minds of your music-loving constituents, DJs of the world, and it's been set up with projectors, a set of turntables, and some Wii remotes. What you've got here is a user interface which uses projected light unto your turntables to bring an interactive experience unlike any other, both enhancing and expanding your party rocking experience. Have a peek at how definitive this rocking experience is going to be for the future of in-person plate spinning, and note that the music comes from no less than Mark Morris.

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Pulse Controller turns your desk into a drum set

Pulse Controller turns your desk into a drum set

Developer and musician Stephan Vankov has revealed his newest project: one that comprises of both software and a device which connects your computer to any surface which then acts as an instrument. Your computer reads impulses sent through the device which have come from your hands or whatever else happens to be hitting the surface the device is attached to, and instrument sounds are fed back. You can turn your desk into a piano, the hood of your car into a drum set, and more!

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iPad FingerLabs DM1 2.0 update live now

iPad FingerLabs DM1 2.0 update live now

One of most powerful looking beat machines you can get for your iPad or iPad 2 is none other than the FingerLabs DM1 Drum Machine - and today it's updated to its full level of software power. With the iPad you can do just about anything in the beat creation world, including making a beat fantasy with your fingertips - and the DM1 is about to make that a whole lot simpler for you. Inside there's 64 electronic drum kits. 18 classic vintage drum kits , 20 Acoustic kits, and a total of 26 in-house produced electronic kits, all the sounds you'll need to make the most intense gallery of sound you've ever conjured up.

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Moog MiniTaur analog bass synthesizer revealed

Moog MiniTaur analog bass synthesizer revealed

If one small synthesizer with massive power wasn't enough for you today, try on another with the Mood MiniTaur, fully ready to take on classic sounds with a brand new set of modern technology bits for an ultimate combination of beattastic evolution! This new analog bass synthesizer goes by the name Moog MiniTaur and is the very first instrument in the Taurus family that does not need or include foot pedals. The entire unit weighs in at less than 3 pounds and has dimensions measuring in at less than a piece of paper at 8.5-inches by 5.25-inches - hook it up to your MIDI controller or computer and play away!

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Aturia MiniBrute analog synthesizer revealed

Aturia MiniBrute analog synthesizer revealed

There's a brand new Arturia synthesizer in town, and with it's relatively small form factor and utterly gigantic amount of features built-in, it'll be near impossible for those in the industry in a position to want one not to need one. This little beast is small enough to fit in your backpack, has enough dials and switches to satisfy event the most insane tweaker of beats, and will ring in at $549 when the time comes. Have a peek at not one, but two videos on the device as well as the massive amount of features it's got in one big list.

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Teenage Engineering Oplab makes music mangling easy

Teenage Engineering Oplab makes music mangling easy

Synth manufacturers Teenage Engineering are best known for their OP-1, a compact instrument the sounds from which belie its toylike exterior, but the company has also revealed Oplab. Intended to make experimenting with audio more straightforward and flexible, the MIDI-enabled Musical Experimentation Board allows you to hook up both traditional and unusual sensors - including pressure, CV and more - and outputs and create suitably offbeat audio.

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Numark IDJ PRO DJ Controller for iPad revealed

Numark IDJ PRO DJ Controller for iPad revealed

There's been no lack of musical instruments being announced this week at the 2012 edition of NAMM pops up on the circuit, Numark bringing one fantastically amazing looking DJ station to the scene complete with iPad integration. This device was showed off at the Media Preview Day for NAMM and features a gigantic slot right in the center where your iPad or iPad 2 fits in nicely, controlling the whole show. You're meant to use this station with the Algoriddim djay app which we've also, lucky you, taken a hands-on look at last year. This massive station is made to take that experience to a whole new level.

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Korg Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer revealed

Korg Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer revealed

Like its very close relative, the Kaoss Pad 2, this Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer is an electronically attuned piece of musical monstrosity - of the most awesome variety. Korg presents this little beast, an X-Y touchpad which allows you to create and save your own music with the touch of a finger. With its ergonomic styling, lovely ultra-bright OEL display, and built-in microphone and speaker, you'll be GJing the night away in no time!

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