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Millions of Plastic Guitars Can't Be Wrong

Millions of Plastic Guitars Can't Be Wrong
By David Battino
January 7, 2010

If you make a process easy enough, you can change the world. In 1995, two MIT graduates set out to make music-making easy. Now millions of people play their product, and the inventors are releasing the developer tools for free.

Tiny MIDI Keyboards for Your Laptop

Tiny MIDI Keyboards for Your Laptop
By David Battino
November 19, 2008

Heading out the door to a laptop jam session today, I eyed my chunky little MIDI keyboard, but even it was too big to fit in my backpack. I ended up typing out melodies and chords on the computer keyboard itself. Not very expressive. What you really want is velocity-sensitive, piano-style keys along with pitch-bend and modulation controls.

Cakewalk Turns 20, Glimpses the Future

By David Battino
July 19, 2008

Late 1980s, deep in the basement of the Oberlin Conservatory: Strolling past the broken-down harp cases, a surprise visitor enters my electronic music class.

Petition: MIDI Support in Flash

By David Battino
April 17, 2008

Imagine what creative developers could do if Flash could transmit and respond gracefully to MIDI. Now an online petition is urging Adobe to do something about that.


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