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jamKAT announced

Alternate Mode has announced the launch of the jamKAT and the jamKAT mini, two accessory products that plug directly into the DITI (drum intelligent trigger interface).

The jamKAT (with 12 FSR pads) and the jamKAT mini  (with five pads) were designed specifically for hand percussionists,  allowing for natural hand movements, gestures, and techniques found in playing instruments such as congas, bongos, tabla, tambourim, etc.

Both the jamKATand the jamKAT minishare an amazing feel, response and dynamic range, according to the company which promsies expression never realized on any hand drum controller.

The DITI incorporates many "gestures" designed for hand drum playing. It knows when you want to sustain a sound simply by pressing on the pad. It can send out controller information such as pitch bend, panning, expression, etc.

The DITI can play alternate note patterns, velocity shifting, note shifting, etc. It can even play different sounds depending on the pressure of another pad. You can play chords and transpose patterns.

Because the DITI is designed to play with any MIDI drum module or soft synth, you simply call up the "KIT TYPE" and start playing.

Both instruments are due to ship this northern summer.

Roland supports Drum-Off

Roland Corporation will again sponsor Guitar Center’s Drum-Off search for the next great drummer. Free and open to drummers across the US, entrants will compete for a chance to win a grand-prize package valued at over $45,000 that includes cash, gear, endorsement deals, studio time, and a GC Buyer’s Guide feature.

This year’s gear prizing features products from a variety of manufacturers, including a Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad, a PM-30 Personal Monitor Amplifier, BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad for both electronic and acoustic drums, and a grand prize consisting of a Roland TD-30K V-Drums electronic drum kit valued at $5,299 MSRP.

Contestants will have a chance to play some of Roland’s V-Drums products during the in-store preliminaries.

“We’re always amazed and excited to witness the talent that comes out of each year’s Drum-Off competition,” notes Drew Armentrout, Roland Corporation U.S. Product & Artist Relations Manager, Drums and Percussion. “We are proud to be a part of the competition and the drumming community and we sincerely wish all the entrants the best of luck.”

Zivix adds puc+

Music tech company Zivix has launched the puc+ Bluetooth MIDI interface on Indiegogo. With this new device supporting Apple’s latest Bluetooth MIDI connectivity, users are now able to connect USB-MIDI or 5-pin MIDI controllers and wirelessly connect to apps and DAW’s on Apple devices. It gives musicians wireless freedom and convenience to all MIDI controllers with exceptionally low latency.

Zivix’s previous version used WiFi.

The puc+ will be available in late summer 2015 with a retail price of $129.99.

The puc+ can be put on each of your favourite controllers and connect them at the same time, eliminating pounds of ugly, cumbersome wires. It sends MIDI over Bluetooth at exactly the same speed the iOS device can receive it, resulting in low latency and eliminating the “wires still perform best” argument.

The PUC+ supports both 5-pin DIN connectors and USB, giving it the ability to connect nearly any MIDI gear. It integrates into studio or live applications including Logic Pro X, ProTools, Ableton Live, Reaper and GarageBand wirelessly.

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