You may have heard a new term recently: “The Tactile Internet” . The Tactile Internet is the next evolution in the Internet of Things, where humans and machines can interact in real time, and with a very low latency. Low latency capabilities will enable new applications. The Tactile Internet will allow people to interact with remote environments and in real-time.
The enabling technology is 5G. The 5G standard defines a new class of service called “Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication” (URLLC). URLLC not only increases uplink speed, but also eliminates some of the handshakes necessary for an endpoint to send some data up to the network . The end result is that applications can inject data into the network at a much reduced latency. Continue reading “Towards the Tactile Internet of Musical Things”
The RaspberryPi 3B is an amazingly powerful computer for the price. It provides quad-core computing power for just $35. This makes it more than capable for music experimentation and learning, and experimenting with Software Synthesizers is a fun way to learn about sound.
Did you know you can use rptmidi directly from the command line in a terminal? When used this way, the GUI (graphical user interface) is not used, and Bonjour is skipped as well. Instead, each invocation of the rtpmidi program creates a new Session that can be a Session Listener or Session Initiator. Working at this level you can connect if you know the hostname or IP-Address of each computer, as well as the port the RTP-MIDI session is listening on.
There are a lot of good touch-MIDI controllers available for the iPad. They’re fun to use and can be customized. One such popular controller is MidiPads . In the past, an owner of a Raspberry Pi wouldn’t be able to take advantage of this controller, since MidiPads speaks “Network MIDI” and the Raspberry Pi does not. (Or did not, at least until now).
USB MIDI controllers and keyboards have come way down in price the last few years. We really like the Akai MPK Mini mkII, and we’ve really enjoyed using the Numark Orbit because it has an accelerometer in it for sensing tilt and motion, and it is easy to send MIDI messages for changing its colors.
If you’re experimenting with a Raspberry Pi using USB MIDI input devices, you’ll probably get to the point where you are wondering if it is working correctly and if the MIDI information is getting into your Raspberry Pi. This article lists some of the command line tools you can use to examine the information coming from these devices. Continue reading “Linux MIDI Command Line Cheatsheet”