Tag Archives: Alternate Midi Controller

Roland Aerophone AE-10 Wind Synthesizer

Roland just announced their new entrant into the wind controller (wind synthesizer) market.  This has on-board sounds, usb port, audio output port, and sax fingerings.  No point in re-typing what Roland has on their website: https://www.roland.com/global/products/aerophone_ae-10/ Here is a short … Continue reading

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Programming a Synth for Wind Control (part 2 of 2)

Part 2: It’s an ill wind that blows no good Part 1 offered simplified theory of why most stock synthesizer patches don’t work well with a wind controller, and summarized a few guidelines for making a patch wind-friendly. Part 2 … Continue reading

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Programming a Synth for Wind Control (part 1 of 2)

Part 1: It’s an ill wind that blows no good So…, you just returned from a musician’s yard sale where you scored a MIDI gadget that looks like Darth Vader’s clarinet. You plug it into your keyboard synth, select your … Continue reading

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Dual WX Case – custom build

As noted in an earlier post, when I gig, I always bring two controllers.  To make transportation easier, I built a custom case the holds two WX7 controllers, plus cables and other small items inside the lid. The foam inserts … Continue reading

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Musician’s Stories from the Trenches – Stephen Gagne

Editor’s note:  This is another in our recurring series of musician’s stories.  Some are biographies, others are specific events in a musician’s life.  We hope you will enjoy reading these original stories, as told by the musicians themselves. Stephen Gagne’s … Continue reading

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Dummy Batteries for a WX5 – making it feel more like a sax

We had a client named JD Smith (TracesOfGold.com) who wanted his WX5 to have a little more heft and weight to allow for easier transition back and forth from his WX5 to his saxophones. Here’s what he came up with. … Continue reading

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Musician’s Stories from the Trenches – Guy Zumpetta

Editor’s note:  This is another in our recurring series of musician’s stories.  Some are biographies, others are specific events in a musican’s life.  We hope you will enjoy reading these original stories, as told by the musicians themselves. Guy Zumpetta’s … Continue reading

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Touchscreen MIDI “Kontrol Surface”

Learned about this product in the latest issue of PLSN.  It’s a touchscreen LCD monitor that’s positioned as a desktop “console” as you might like for audio or lighting.  This is the Kontrol Surface KS-1974 from Smithson Martin. While using … Continue reading

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Playing wind controller in a pit orchestra – revisited

Last year I wrote about playing wind controller in a pit orchestra (part 1, part 2). I’ve just finished playing in a production of Children of Eden. This was the 15th production of the musical group, and this year we … Continue reading

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Photo Electric Marimba

Who says old stuff isn’t cool.  This pix and article is from Modern Mechanix, Sept 1935.  The link to the website with the article is at: Modern Mechanix

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