Musikmesse 2013 Report

Jun 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Mike Lawson

New Product Highlights from the 2013 Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound Frankfurt Show


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screenshot of Zynaptiq Pitchmap

Zynaptiq Pitchmap

Zynaptiq also demonstrated its mind-boggling flagship product, Pitchmap, the world's first plug-in that allows processing the pitch of individual sounds within mixed signals in real-time. It lets you change the melodies and harmonies of any recording by simply playing your own on a MIDI keyboard or creating a pitch map using their streamlined GUI, which optionally corrects any tuning issues at the same time. As if that weren't enough, Pitchmap provides functions to remove or extract individual sounds from a mix, and can apply advanced synthesizer-like sound transformations to your audio. In short, it is an inspiring musical instrument—a precision corrective tool and the only processor that literally lets you shape music with your hands. You can literally change the pitch and key of a stereo mix or individual track in ways that have to be seen and heard to be believed. Pitchmap is available now as an AU plug-in.

Finally: This had to be seen to be believed! The heaviest of heavy metal bands was made up of pneumatic, hydraulic robots playing real instruments; guitar, bass and drums. Triggered by MIDI by behind the scenes puppet-masters, and complete with moving fingers to pluck, strum and strike, this robot band performed at the Agora Stage, sponsored by Gibson and drew massive crowds with each performance. Watch 'Compressorhead Ace of Spades' on YouTube.

Musician, pro audio publisher and author Mike Lawson has covered the Prolight + Sound/Musikmesse show for Mix magazine since 2009, and serves as Executive Director of the Technology Institute for Music Educators. Visit for more information.

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