Andrew and I have recently begun a project working with Hob Moor Oaks Special School in York, funded by York Music Hub. Over five weeks we are providing accessible music sessions for four different groups of children. Part of the objective of the project is to get some of the existing music technology kit that the school […]
Software update for Beamz
A recent software update for the Beamz Player addresses some of the issues we raised in our comments earlier this year. The update (available for PC only at the moment) is a free download from the Beamz website.
Playing with light on the Numark Orbit
The Numark Orbit makes a great MIDI Controller, but you can also send it MIDI messages to illuminate the buttons in different colours. This post looks at what MIDI messages you need to send.
New Makey Makey on Kickstarter
If you were interested by our guest post on the Makey Makey then you might like to help support the next generation of the device currently being funded on KickStarter.
How to Makey Makey it in Music Technology
Growing numbers of people are playing with electronics and software to create their own instruments. Often these hacked instruments can cost much less (financially) than traditional accessible technology.
We asked Enrico Bertelli from Conductive Music to give us an overview of one of the most popular – the MakeyMakey.
Numark Orbit – A DJ Controller with wireless MIDI
Wireless MIDI with multiple buttons, accelerometers and knobs makes this handheld unit an interesting addition to a musician’s toolkit.
You’ll need to pair it with your own music software to make this into an instrument.
Getting to grips with the invisible – Five Soundbeam tips
Although Soundbeam is a great resource it, and other non-contact sensors like the MIDIgesture, suffer from being invisible. To help people play the Soundbeam we need to be consistent about where we place the unit from week to week. Accurate records can help, but we can also use a few props to help.
Exploring the store cupboard – MIDIcreator Sensors
As a follow-up to our article in Special Children Magazine on resurrecting old accessible music technology, we’ve put together some additional pictures and links. If you find something you don’t recognise then please drop us an email and we’ll do our best to help. This time we’re looking at some of the sensors and switches that you might find, […]
Exploring the store cupboard – MIDIcreator
As a follow-up to our article in Special Children Magazine on resurrecting old accessible music technology, we’ll be putting together some pictures and links to help. If you find something you don’t recognise then please drop us an email and we’ll do our best to help. Original MIDIcreator This is the original MIDIcreator, which has a range […]
Special Children Article – Useful Links
Here are some links that you might find useful as further reading from our article in the latest edition of Special Children, ‘Resurrecting old music technology’. Soundbeam Manuals & software – a great selection of manuals and handbooks for the various versions of Soundbeam, all the way back to Soundbeam 1. Effects Units Alesis MicroVerb4 – Look […]
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