Fiddlewax Pro includes support for realtime MIDI output. Now you can use any of the instrument’s interfaces to control your favorite sound libraries on your desktop or laptop.
Using MIDI with other apps also means you can easily create sheet music and piano rolls of songs you’re playing. Here’s an example of what GarageBand produces while recording:
Here’s how to make it happen.
Setting up MIDI over WiFi with Fiddlewax Pro is easy, but it does require a few steps to get everything talking and playing together.
The idea that you can use your voice to mimic other sounds means you always have an instrument with you. Beatboxing can be extremely expressive, is totally free, and not to mention, a lot of fun.
So after watching many hours of videos on how to beatbox, it seemed like a good idea to bundle together the videos that seemed the most informative and share them with others who may want to learn, too.
That desire led to a strange middle-ground on how to share them. A tweet is too short and informal to put together a substantial collection of links and commentary. A blog post feels too boxed in, one-way, and heavy.
So say hello to the world’s first Blinkot!
A blinkot is a decentralized, democratized way to share short-form content. Each blinkot’s data is stored entirely in the URL, allowing it to be easily edited and forked by anyone without needing user accounts or hefty servers.
Click on the blinkot above to see the content contained within it (hooray beatboxing!). Of course, you can also create and share your own blinkot from scratch.
If your livelihood depends on “being creative,” there are a few things I’ve learned over the past few years that I’d like to share with you.
It’s often the little things that make a big difference, so I’ve distilled my experience down to seven things you can do everyday to encourage consistently productive and fulfilling creative work.
Most likely you already have a basic workflow or routine. These suggestions are simply meant to augment what you already do; think of it as a cup of coffee for your creative process.
Clean things up to make new messes.
This one seems obvious, but everyday you should start with an open workspace. That could mean a clean desk or a spare workbench — the point is simply to have a space where you can make new messes and create new things. And that translates to the digital world, too.
Don’t make your workspace completely empty (a little visual noise around the edges can be stimulating), but do ensure you have a region that you can work in.
Building a great creative workflow requires balance. You need just enough stimulation to keep you going, but not so much that it gets in your way. The goal is to achieve “flow” as much as possible where you can get the most done and enjoy yourself while doing it.
Be zenfully awake.