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LinnStrument : the ultimate open-source hacker instrument

The video and slides of my Devoxx BOF “LinnStrument : the ultimate open-source hacker instrument” are available

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LinnStrument is released!

It’s done, we’ve released the LinnStrument!

After a successful trial run of LinnStruments to San Francisco bay area customers last month, we’re about to ship the next batch of 37 LinnStruments to U.S. customers only. These units will be shipped between November 17th and December 5, depending on your position in the order queue.

Order here.

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Limited availability of the first LinnStruments

The first production units of the LinnStrument are ready!

Before the general release, we’re selling a small number of units to residents of the San Francisco bay area.

Contact support@rogerlinndesign.com if you’re interested!

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LinnStrument performance with and without expression

With The Last Of Us remastered coming out tomorrow on PS4, I couldn’t help trying to play The Choice on the LinnStrument. This instrumental from Gustavo Santaolalla touches me deeply every time I hear it and I hope I’ve done it justice with this LinnStrument performance.

I’m using the row-per-channel configuration so that each row acts as an individual string. The sound is coming from Trilian with an 8-part multitimbral setup (one for each row).

With Expression

I recorded the LinnStrument MIDI data into Cubase and afterwards removed the per-note pitch bend and per-note pressure expression data. Below is the same performance, with the audio that just uses notes with velocity, as you would play on a regular MIDI keyboard. Some parts are of course not entirely correct anymore since the glissandos are gone. I considered editing the MIDI data, but decided to keep it a one-to-one translation instead.
I hope this allows you to evaluate how new expressive controllers are able to breathe life into a performance.

For the really technically inclined, you can download the MIDI file with the recorded performance and all the original expression.

Without Expression

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EigenD as a super-flexible VST host

Mark Harris has recorded a few videos that demonstrate EigenD’s usefulness as a super-flexible VST host.

They show that it’s suited for any midi controller, and also in particular with interfacing with Reason 7.

Aimed at newcomers to EigenD and Workbench, it shows creating an entire setup from scratch, including building a small Stage interface.

Midi input, Audio, Audio Unit, CC routing Stage

Alternative routing, VSTs as FX, Midi clock sync

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EigenD : Free and Open Music Performance Environment

EigenD is a general purpose music performance environment that is now completely freely available and has been open-source for a few years. It has been created for the Eigenharp instruments, but was from the get-go designed as a common platform for all digital music instruments and controllers.

EigenD can be downloaded from:
http://www.eigenlabs.com/downloads/releases/

EigenD’s sources are available on GitHub:
https://github.com/Eigenlabs

Here’s a demo video of how I use EigenD to configure a live performance environment for my electric guitar, combining the power of my favorite plugins into a single comprehensive configuration.

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Moogfest 2014 : Roger Linn on LinnStrument and new Expressive Controllers

Roger Linn introduced his last version of the LinnStrument at Moogfest and talks about the importance of expressive controllers, this is the full recording of his lecture. I gave a short demo of the Eigenharp as one of the examples. I’ve started helping Roger out with programming the LinnStrument software, since I think that it’s a great solution from people coming from existing grid controllers.

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Moogfest 2014 : Mobile Synthesis and Future Forward Controllers

Here’s the full recording of my talk at Moogfest 2014 about “Mobile Synthesis and Future Forward Controllers”.

This includes mentions/demos of the Eigenharp, Leap Motion and Thalmic Labs Myo, as well as Animoog, PPG Apps WaveGenerator, DrumJam and iConnectivity iConnectMIDI4+, and much more.

Lots of audience questions at the end also.

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Hands-on introduction to iConnectMIDI4+

While being in Asheville for Moogfest, I showed the powerful iConnectMIDI4+ to Sally Sparks in her studio. We went through every step of setting it up to integrate two iPads into her existing workflow. In the end, Sally tries out iMini with a regular MIDI keyboard and takes a trip down memory lane.

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Moogfest Eigenharp Gear

Traveling from Europe to the US with self-sufficient electronic music gear is always tedious, here’s an overview of my latest collection that I combined for Moogfest. It’s very portable, polyvalent and super quick to set up. Everything fragile comes with me as carry-on in the plane, and all the rest fits easily into my checked luggage without making it too heavy.

This is the list for those that are interested:

  • Eigenharp Tau + breath pipe & cello spike
  • Eigenharp standard base station + power adapter & USB cable
  • Eigenharp instrument cable
  • Eigenharp leather shoulder strap
  • iConnectMIDI4+ + power adapter & USB cable
  • MacBook Pro + power adapter
  • iPad 3 + iConnectivity USB cable
  • iPad Retina + iConnectivity USB cable & 30-pin to lightning adapter
  • Belkin 4-port USB hub P-F5U234 + USB cable
  • Apogee ONE for iPad + USB cable & breakout cable
  • Feisol Traveler Tripod CT-3441SB + Triad-Orbit IO-R coupler
  • K&M 19724 iPad Air Holder
  • K&M 19722 iPad 2/3/4 Holder
  • Triad-Orbit Orbit 1 boom with counter-weight removed
  • Triad-Orbit Micro 1 + camera adapter
  • Heil PR 35 microphone + Triad-Orbit IO-H head
  • Microphone XLR cable
  • Power strip

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