My Development Setup On OS X Part 1

I do all of my development work on an Mac OS X machine – currently a MacBook Air with a CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 dock and external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Most of this work, however, ends up on a server running linux on Digital Ocean or Amazon EC2 or Lambda. The beauty of OS X is of course that it is *nix based, so we can set up an environment that is pretty close to a typical server setup. Going from development to deployment usually just requires some path and URL changes and other minor tweaks. Continue reading “My Development Setup On OS X Part 1”

Restoring the old “Get Info” window in iTunes 12

* Update – the ability to use this hack seems to have been removed in a subsequent iTunes update… #BooHiss

OK, let’s get this out of the way quickly… iTunes 12 blows monkey chunks. It features a more confusing header bar, no improvement in performance for large libraries and most importantly, it has taken a massive step backwards in usability vis-à-vis the new “Get Info” window.

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apc40-mode: Change Firmware Modes On The Akai APC40

The Akai APC40 is a great controller for MIDI mapping to applications (Traktor, etc.) as it has a large and varied set of controls available, along with multi-coloured pads. For a MIDI application to take full advantage of these the APC40 needs to be in Firmware Mode 1; upon power-up, however, the APC40 enters Firmware Mode 0. Switching to Firmware Mode 1 can be done by opening Ableton Live, waiting for the APC40 to be recognised as a control surface (assuming it is configured as one), and then closing Live. apc40-mode is simple utility that will let you switch between the three firmware modes at the command line, so you don’t have to open Live (or even have it installed).

Akai APC40
Akai APC40

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Emulating The Traktor Kontrol F1 – Part 2

Development Setup

In Part 1 of this post, I explained the background of this project. Now I’m going to detail the hardware and software development setup I am using.

N.B. Since starting this series, Traktor 2.6.2 has been released, which allows MIDI mapping of the Remix Decks. I’ve decided to finish this series anyway, however, as it has a lot of information that is helpful for Arduino development in general, as well as for building custom controllers for the Remix Decks (and other HID and MIDI applications also).

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