Evo

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Here’s an idea that should find it’s way on to all controller keyboards. German company Endeavour has created the Evo which has touch sensitive keys. Perfect right? Well it cost 2800 EUR so about $3,742 USD. Let’s hope they license the technology to someone like M-Audio for the next Oxygen 8.

“The combination of a classic claviature and modern touch-technology. The best of two worlds united in one keyboard.” – endeavour.de

For more info: endeavour.de

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 23, 2011 at 11:00 am, filed under hardware and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Hex OSC Full Harmonic Keyboard

I’ve always wanted a C-Thru Axis keyboard. I think it would definitely spark some creativity. The price has always been the issue. Interestingly you can now get a Harmonic table keyboard for your iPad (or iPhone but that misses the point). It’s called Hex OSC Full and it’s $15.99: click here (iTunes link)

“Hex Series is musical keyboard software for iPhone / iPad / iPod touch, which has substantial 98 keys. The keyboard layout can be changed in order to extend tone range by a single shake while you play in iPhone / iPod touch. Hexagonal keys have certain note relationships like guitar chords. When you know the patterns, you can transpose smoothly. Furthermore, both Hex OSC and Hex OSC Full transmit OSC(Open Sound Control), so you can control software and hardware ,which can deal with OSC. You can also control MIDI software and hardware by converting OSC to MIDI. We provide patch for Max/MSP named “HexOSCtoMIDI” for free.” – sky-light.jp/hex/en/

For more info: sky-light.jp/hex/en/

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 3, 2010 at 3:36 am, filed under iPad and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Missing letters when typing on a new Macbook Pro.

Macbook Pro Keyboard

Yesterday I received a brand new Macbook Pro, 2.2GHZ with 7200rpm internal hard drive. It has Leopard installed, an LED screen and all wonderful things you would expect from a new Apple Computer. It’s amazingly fast, bright, silent and I can’t wait to use it in a live situation. The huge boost in power is going from a 12″ 876MHZ G4 is going to open many new doors during the performance. I will be able to add a ton more effects and multiple video streams.

Unfortunately I am having what maybe a serisous problem or defect with my machine. Every now and then the computer won’t type a key I press. Often it’s the first letter in a word and many times it happens when I switch into a new window and start typing.The new keyboard does have a different feel from the old Powerbook so I thought it could be user error. But after this happening for a few hours I decided to look online for an answer to what’s going on and I found this thread:

ELP! – first letter always missing!

To my surprise this is a known issue that some people are having. I tried every suggestion recommended to see if it would fix the problem. First, under Trackpad in the Keyboard and Mouse System Preferences I disabled “Ignore accidental trackpad input” and clicked “Ignore trackpad when mouse is present”. Next, in the Universal Access panel under Keyboard I put the Acceptance Delay on Short. None of these things fixed the problem. I then thought maybe its a Energy Savings issue where the computer is going into a low power mode then having an issue waking up fully. I went into the Energy Saver System Preference panel and clicked off “Put the hard disk(s) to sleep whenever possible”. I also moved the sliders to “Never” for “Put the computer to sleep…” and “Put the display(s) to sleep…”. Nothing has helped and so today I will call tech support. If they don’t have a real answer for me I will ask them to exchange this machine for me.

Do you know anything about this issue?

Update: After going back and forth with tech support and trying a few other things like zapping the Pram and using a guest account the problem did not go away. Apple is taking this machine back and sending me a new one. I’ll do a follow up post when the new computer arrives in about 10 days.

Update 2: I received a new replacement Macbook Pro and have been using it for a week. Here are my findings. The first letter missing issue has been resolved. This replacement machine does not have that problem. However, there is something that I have noticed. This keyboard has such a short throw that unless I am sitting upright in a good position I mistype. I think many of the comments I have seen on the Apple Discussion forums are from people simply not liking the keyboard so much. I am now used to it and currently love everything about this machine. I highly recommend having your computer switched out for a new one or repaired if it has the first letter missing issue.

Update 3: I hate to say this but the replacement computer is now exhibiting the same ELP behavior. I am pretty surprised. My next action is to bring it in for a repair at Gravis.de in Berlin. It’s free but I will be without the machine for 5 days. I have up to a year of free repairs so I may wait a few weeks and see if anybody figures out the exact problem on the Apple Discussion forums.

Update, February 20, 2008: Apple today pushed a software update and firmware update for the keyboard issue. It details the problem exactly so I suspect this will fix it completely. link

photo credit: aditza121

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 6, 2007 at 2:02 am, filed under apple and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Music Player TV. Great ad! My thoughts.

Music Player TV ad.

I got my latest issue of EQ in the mail a few days ago and on page 71 is an advertisement for their video site Music Player TV. I had to scan and post the ad here because I found myself laughing and staring at it for a few minutes. This is possibly the worst graphic design I have ever seen. I know these guys are probably all musicians but come on. Check out the vertical striped bars on the left site. Who the hell was creating this ad and thought… hmm… some bars would look good there. It looks like a Corinthian column next to a 1992 Netscape Navigator home page.

That said and out of the way there is some cool stuff when you visit the site. It’s basically videos for the magazines Bassplayer, Guitarplayer, Keyboard and EQ. I don’t (more…)

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 1, 2007 at 8:45 am, filed under video and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.