Reason 9.5 is coming: VST plugins in the Reason rack


The #DigMyRig Contest submissions have now closed and peer voting has been opened on Peer voting will select the top 20 entries in the contest by July 31st and then a group of MIDI experts will select the three winners. The winners will be announced on August 8. There lots of great shots of MIDI setups and some great explanations of how people use MIDI to make music.

Pioneer DJ - Toraiz SP-16

Ahead of the Musikmesse 2016 show this week, Pioneer DJ just announced the Toraiz SP-16 hardware sampler. It's a standalone unit that comes with an onboard step sequencer, 16 velocity-sensitive drum pads, knobs, analogue filters, a touch strip, and a hi-res touchscreen.

It's got a USB slot as well as an 8GB hard drive onboard so you can load your own samples and arrange them in the drum sequencer or trigger them as one shots or loops using the 4x4 pad grid. It's also got Pioneer PRO DJ Link connectivity, meaning you can hook this up to a CDJ / XDJ with Pro DJ Link and you can perform all these sequencing and triggering in a synced, quantised fashion.


This is big news for digital DJing and producing because Pioneer DJ has beat just about everyone to the punch as regards natively syncing up a drum machine / step sequencer with CDJs, and it does this through Pro DJ Link connectivity.

This means that you can "improvise" and build your own tracks on the fly in the DJ booth without a laptop or other Midi hardware, and more importantly syncing via Pro DJ Link greatly simplifies the process of mixing in a track you're spinning on a CDJ with a drum loop that you've just built on the Toraiz SP-16.

Traktor users have been clamouring for years for Native to come up with stable, proper Traktor and Maschine integration, and so far it hasn't arrived (you can sync them up via Midi clock, and if you've tried it you know how much of a pain it can be).

The Toraiz SP-16 will further blur the lines between DJing and studio production. Since it'll work with Pro DJ Link-equipped CDJ / XDJ gear, it'll be easier to integrate into a club set-up as well.

Check out the promo video and photo gallery below.

The MIDI Association Announces #DigMyRig Contest
















March 15, 2016


Thousands in Prizes Open to All TMA Members

The MIDI Association (TMA), a global community of people who use MIDI to create music and art, has announced the first #DigMyRig contest. Sponsored in cooperation with media partner Broadjam, the contest is a celebration of more than 30 years of MIDI, and its impact on modern music.

The contest brings together MIDI users of all backgrounds and levels of experience and expertise, offering an opportunity to share their stories and their setups, and a chance to win valuable prizes donated by TMA members including Roland, Yamaha, Gibson, iConnectivity, and many more.

The first prize winner will take home a selection of MIDI gear worth over $3000, including a Roland JP-08 synthesizer, Yamaha DTX Multi 12 controller, Cubase Pro 8.5 workstation software, Steinberg UR44 interface, and much more. Second prize, worth more than $2000, includes a Yamaha Reface CS synth, Roland TR8 Rhythm Performer, Steinberg UR242 interface, and more. The third place winner will be awarded over $1000 in gear, including a Zivix Jamstick, Steinberg 22 Mk 2 interface, and Yamaha UD-BT01 MIDI Bluetooth interface. All three winning bundles also include an NVidia Shield Tablet, Korg NanoKONTROLStudio and NanoKEYStudio, and a free Broadjam membership. 

To enter the #DigMyRig Contest, simply go to and register as a member of The MIDI Association (it's free to join). The member portal page contains details on how to submit your photo and text showing off your MIDI gear to the contest. Winners will be selected by peer-to-peer voting. The contest will run from March 1 to June 30th. Prize details and photos can be found here - prize details

Help us celebrate MIDI by sharing how you use MIDI with other people who share your passion for technology.



Kordbot is a new interesting device/instrument from ISLA Instruments currently on a Kick Starter Campaign that aims to break the monotony of the same chords being used over and over again in modern day music. KordBot smashed its target in three days and is getting a lot of love online. Billed as a musical assistant for creating songs, as well as an educational system to help anyone learn more about music theory. The system has preprogrammed chords the user can play, but also provides guidance on how to play them via its unique, lighted keyboard.

KordBot is a music production assistant that combines a MIDI chord generator, arpeggiator and step sequencer in a single unit. A pretty nifty device that has a lot of under the bonnet magic going on that will definitely improve and enhance your productions.

There is quite a lot that KordBot can do, the best way to check it all out is to take a peek at the video below: