pandaMidi Intros midiBeam 4Control, A MIDI Interface With A Couple of Twists

pandaMidi Solutions has introduced the midiBeam 4Control, a MIDI interface designed for reliability and flexibility.

The midiBeam 4Control is a basic 1-in-1-out USB-to-MIDI interface for Mac/PC computers with two twists:

  • The company says that it is the safest MIDI solution for sound editing and bulk MIDI data uploading/downloading. With some interfaces, there can be reliability issues when transferring sysex chunks. With 4Control, no data loss is guaranteed.
  • Second, it lets you connect two continuous controller pedals, or four switches, and translate their data into MIDI. This means that you can use standard pedals to control additional parameters of your synths.

The midiBeam 4Control is a compact class-compliant USB-to-MIDI interface. Each of the two stereo 6.35mm TRS jack sockets on the rear of the device can be configured to accept either an expression pedal or a 1- or 2-button footswitch (as shown below). The jack sockets can be further configured to accept connectors of either polarity.

The device is capable of generating PC, CC, Note-On/Off, Aftertouch, Pitch Bend and MIDI start/stop messages. Messages can be sent using either a pedal or a switch and the maximum and minimum values are fully configurable.

Switches can be set to be either momentary or latching. Each message generator (pedal or switch) can be set to a different MIDI channel, if so desired.

All of the aforementioned settings can be configured using the accompanying Mac/Windows software Editor. Settings can be backed up to a file to be loaded onto the device at a later date, which allows for easy recall of different device setups.

With its standard 5-pin DIN and USB MIDI ports, it can be used with almost any MIDI-capable equipment. A high quality USB micro-B cable is included.

Pricing and Availability

The midiBeam 4Control is available now for €99.00.

128 New Sounds For The Novation Peak & Summit Synthesizers

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Synth Patches has introduced a new sound bank for Novation Peak and Summit users, The Peaks, that features 128 custom sounds, inspired by the likes of Boards of Canada & Tycho.

“For me a good preset must be an inspiration – when you hear it, you should ‘see’ a melody or a song in your head. At the same time, the sound should have its own unique character, live a bit of its own life,” says sound designer Krzysztof Steplowski. “The Peaks patches are full of dirt and imperfections, this is my way to attract attention.”

You can preview the sound library via the audio demos below:

Pricing and Availability

The Peaks is available now for $12.