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Our friend Ben from BangBang wanted me to share his creation with my readers: the limited edition ADC/DAC tee! Here are the details from the BangBang website:

“Perfect for nerding out at NAMM or generally just showing off your audio nerditude whether you are in the studio or out of it. This shirt is printed on a comfy black American Apparel Tee locally in Brooklyn NY.

This is a limited edition. We are taking pre-orders till September 1st and all orders will ship after that date.”

That’s right, there are only a couple more weeks to order, so make sure to get yours before they’re gone forever! Get it here!

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If you thought the Janko keyboard was crazy, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The Chromatone keyboard looks more like a computer keyboard than a musical one. The keys are set up in sort of a hexagonal pattern, much like one of the screens on Roger Linn’s Linnstrument. The set up is the same as a Janko, a semitone up for each row, but in a much closer configuration. Here’s a lovely demo video by Youtube user nigirizushi3, who gets all Stevie Wonder on the Chromatone (sadly, they don’t make the red version of this keyboard anymore):

I have just discovered that there’s a Chromatone iPad app too! You know I’ll be checking that one out, and I’ll let you know what I think! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hey, did you miss me? We’ve been regrouping and stepping things up a bit, and there are some exciting BIM events coming up, so stay tuned! Expect a few more weeks of spotty posting as I gather all that stuff together. I’m working on more ways to bring you original content, although today, I had to share the Janko keyboard. Because, wow. It’s crazy.

I suppose it would be easy if it were the first keyboard you learned on, but for those of us who started on a standard piano, the Janko is mind-blowing. From the Wikipedia entry: “Each vertical column of keys is a semitone away from its neighboring columns, and on each horizontal row of keys the interval from one note to the next is a whole step. This key layout results in all chords and scales having the same “shape” on the keyboard with the same fingerings regardless of key, unlike a traditional keyboard, which require twelve different patterns of each key.” So for someone with small hands like me, it’s ideal- I can stretch to a ninth, but definitely no further. Here’s a video that shows how the Janko keyboard works (and includes an excellent rendition of one of my favorite classics, “Kitten on the Keys”):

If you think that’s nuts, stay tuned- tomorrow I’ll feature the Chromatone Keyboard, which is all made up of a bunch of little hexograms. You’ll see. Crazy.

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Thanks to the nice folks at Matrixsynth for sharing this great video of a guitar-like MIDI controller. Smomid stands for “string modeling MIDI device,” and was built by Nick Demopoulos especially for guitar/bass players who don’t know their way around a keyboard. It seems to be extrememly responsive, and the overall look is very 70s-sci-fi-cool! Have a look (be careful-there are some major ear-piercing high harmonics in this video, so be ready to pull out those earbuds):

Here’s another video from before the groovy “Logan’s Run” paint job:

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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