The de-facto MPE specification, written by the consortium of interested companies, has now matured into an official MMA working group. The aim is to get all MMA companies on board and make this an official MIDI specification that can be adopted by the whole music industry. This is a very exciting step for expressive electronic music!
Kyma 7 being controlled by LinnStrument using the new MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) MIDI standard!
Kyma automatically puts the LinnStrument into MPE mode when you connect; once connected, any keyboard-controlled Sound in Kyma automatically sets the polyphony and responds to the LinnStrument — no extra controllers are needed, and you don’t have to select a special mode on the LinnStrument — so you literally plug it in and play.
A late night venture into electro (or someone other e-genre) using the LinnStrument with U-he Bazille’s per-note expression and Logic Pro X’s Drummer. Everything played in one take without editing and using a single synth patch.
Jordan Rudess wrote a very interesting article about alternative controllers for Keyboard Magazine. The print version contains a distilled version, but the full text is available on Keyboard Magazine’s blog and well worth a read.
Jordan nicely explains why alternative controllers are a big deal and how to approach them. He then summarizes what the strengths are of each different controller.
This article is a perfect document for anyone that is looking for an introduction into alternative controllers or that is evaluating which instrument to adopt.