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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.

Kickstarter for new technology

Sunhouse has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Sensory Percussion, a hardware/software system that enables drummers to control an unlimited array of electronic samples, synths and audio effects with any acoustic drum kit.

“Its not about drum machines versus drummers anymore; it’s about bridging the electronic and the acoustic to create a system where drum machines are smart enough to listen to and respond to a drummers' artistry” says inventor Tlacael Esparza.

Sensory Percussion turns the surface of any drum into an expressive digital music controller, allowing drummers to play unlimited sounds and effects while preserving all the human nuances of live performance.

With a small sensor that communicates with Sunhouse’s proprietary Mac/PC software, Sensory Percussion enables the control of multiple sounds from a single drum. This is already far beyond current trigger systems that can only control a single sound per sensor. But what makes this system truly revolutionary is that it also allows the musician to play "between" sounds and to control continuous effects based on where the drum is hit, allowing creative possibilities that are orders of magnitude beyond any competing product.

The Kickstarter campaign will offer significant discounts on pre-orders, with sensor kits starting from $700 (full price).

Sunhouse is seeking to raise a minimum of $80,000 from the campaign to cover tooling, production, assembly, and related costs for Sensory Percussion’s initial manufacturing run, with a projected ship date of January 2016.

New Drumdrops BFD pack

Drumdrops is releasing the Alan Moulder mixed 1970s Slingerland Classic Rock Kit BFD Pack on 17th June with a special offer.

This is the British sample maker’s second kit as a drum expansion pack for FXpansions BFD. The BFD pack of the 1970s Slingerland Classic Rock kit is compatible with BFD2, BFD3 and BFD Eco.

The kit was mixed by Alan Moulder  Alan is Britain’s premier alternative rock producer / mix engineer. He has worked on some of rock's most iconic records including Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Led Zeppelin, Jesus & Mary Chain and Foals. Alan won the Brits Producer of the year award in 2014.

The kit consists of a 24" Kick drum, five toms - 12", 13", 14"and 15" rack toms a huge 18" floor tom and a signature 14" x 7" deep Radio King snare. The cymbals used were 14" Zildjian New Beat Hi-hats, a Zildjian K Custom 22" ride, a Zildjian K Dark thin 18" crash and a Zildjian Vintage Cie 16" crash. The kit was recorded at Miloco's The Pool Studios in London using vintage pre-amps and ribbon mics.

The first 15 packs will be free, the next 50 will be £15, the next 50 £25 and then it will return to the retail price of £35.

Customers will need to have a Drumdrops account to purchase the kit. Login at 4pm BST (UK time on the 17th of June) and head to the Buy Kit page.