Helpful Tips for Using SONAR with the Jamstik+

Helpful Tips for Using SONAR with the Jamstik+

by Mike Green

With the recent announcement of SONAR & Windows compatibility, the opportunity for connecting Bluetooth MIDI Controllers like jamstik is now available with ease.

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Making Beats with the Jamstik: How MIDI Drums Get Mapped

Making Beats with the Jamstik: How MIDI Drums Get Mapped

by Chris Heille

Get the lowdown on how to use the jamstik+ as a MIDI controller for playing drum kits in your favorite app or DAW, and why we have to deal with something called "General MIDI." 

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How to use the Jamstik+ in Ableton Live - Free Ableton Patch Download

How to use the Jamstik+ in Ableton Live - Free Ableton Patch Download

by Chris Heille 4 Comments

We've been working on developing some tools for Jamstik+ users working with Ableton Live, check out this cool-sounding Instrument Rack you can download to try yourself.

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New MIDI App Review Series Launch: Apps We Got To Have

New MIDI App Review Series Launch: Apps We Got To Have

by Chris Heille 2 Comments

"Apps We Got To Have” is a series dedicated to sharing info about the apps that we love to use with the jamstik. We’re not concerned with doing “deep dive” style reviews where we go over every detail of an app in exhaustive fashion, we’ll leave that to Dischord and Synthtopia. What we want to do is demonstrate the one or two things we love about an app, what makes it valuable for use with the jamstik.

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Thoughts on Mark Ronson's TED Talk

Thoughts on Mark Ronson's TED Talk "How Sampling Transformed Music"

by Chris Heille

Sampling isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward.

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How to Re-Create the Sound of a Pop Song in GarageBand

How to Re-Create the Sound of a Pop Song in GarageBand

by Chris Heille

Recently, I re-created Charli XCX’s song “Boom Clap” using only a MIDI guitar controller (jamstik). We set out to do as much as we could with the jamstik exclusively in GarageBand and the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 really works well for this, so it’s not really a challenge to work only in the iPhone as a “limitation.” Like we demonstrate in our “GarageBand Loop Recording” video, you can record your ideas without stopping the music if you make your instrument track selections in advance.

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