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NSC V3 Firmware Out! January 08 2017

SEQUENCE CHAINING IS HERE! I've been working on a new firmware update which includes the ability to chain as many saved sequences together as you like! This is by FAR the most requested feature for the NSC-16 and NSC-32 polyphonic step sequencers... enjoy!!!

The other major change in this update is a fix to the internal MIDI beat clock so that it runs at a much higher accuracy for synchronising with external equipment. This is a very important improvement. Syncing to Ableton is a piece of cake now!

NSC-16 Firmware Updates

NSC-32 Firmware Updates

 

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NSC V2 Firmware Out! October 27 2016

Hi everyone!

There is a new firmware update for the NSC-16 and NSC-32 polyphonic sequencers. There are a few new things. The main one is the addition of a "Scales mode". The idea is that you can specify a scale (say, C Major) and all the patterns/parts playing on the sequencer will automatically play in the same scale. This is pretty cool because it makes it easy to do song key changes just by pressing one button. It also means you can pretty much randomly press notes on the grid and it'll sound in key. Access the Scale mode by pressing "Shift+Load".

There are some other small changes too, like improvements to the MIDI beat clock functionality, fader improvements, and actually showing the musical note instead of the note number when tuning the grid. And also, there is a configuration screen by pressing "Shift+Loop". It lets you set the MIDI Channel of each pattern, the MIDI channel of each fader, and the ability to enable/disable beat clock and MIDI start/continue/stop messages.

NSC-16 Firmware Updates

NSC-32 Firmware Updates

Enjoy! More coming soon ;)


Misa NSC-16 Review by MIDILifestyle! July 26 2016


NSC-16 LAUNCH COMPETITION! May 14 2016


Final testing on the new Misa Digital NSC-16! April 10 2016


CJ Marla Live March 2016! March 30 2016


Alternative Misa Tri-bass body shapes February 29 2016

Want to see a Misa Tri-bass with a different body shape? I made a handful of these a couple of years ago. You can see it...

Posted by Misa Digital on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Just got this photo from a happy Misa NSC-32 owner February 18 2016

Just got this photo from a happy Misa NSC-32 owner :)

Posted by Misa Digital on Monday, 8 February 2016

Incredible David Bowie celebration at TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust,a Misa Digital tri-bass MIDI in action, played by Code: Marla with Bombay Monkey. Sounded great! February 11 2016


NSC-32 Instruction Manual now online! January 08 2016

The NSC-32 online instruction manual (more like a reference guide actually) is available here: http://misa-digital.myshopify.com/pages/nsc-32-instruction-manual

It includes video demonstrations of most of the basic functions.

And of course be sure to keep up to date with the latest videos through our Facebook Misa Digital page.


New product released - Misa NSC-32! December 20 2015

This is my take on a step sequencer. It gives the musician / DJ more control over the sequences being played. This was a 13 month side project (I have a full time job). I'm proud of this one.. I had been thinking about this idea for a while now.

Also, assembly and some manufacturing is done in Sydney, Australia. It's annoying that I'm not allowed to say "Made In Australia" because >50% of the parts are made overseas.


New Firmware Update released! March 06 2014

The original Misa Tri-bass production units had some fret sensors that were not very sensitive. I have now released a new version of the driver with a completely new algorithm that makes all the fret sensors super sensitive! Playing is much more enjoyable as a result. Now it is really easy to slide up and down the neck without breaking the continuous sound you hear when gliding on a synthesizer. You can get it here: Firmware Update v1.1

Future Video Tutorials March 06 2014

Ryan Parks is currently doing a series of video tutorials on the Misa Tri-bass. They are released each week. You can find them at the Misa YouTube channel here.

Video Blog #4 - Main modes of the Misa Tri-bass September 22 2013


Video Blog #3 - Working with multiple sound patches in Ableton (multiple channels) September 08 2013


Video Blog #2 - Configuring the Misa Tri-bass Touchpad (Prodigy). August 26 2013


Video Blog #1 - How to load a synthesizer in Ableton and play it with a Misa Tri-Bass. August 18 2013


First post July 30 2013

Hi everyone! I started thinking about the tri-bass when I was walking home one day in August 2012. By the time I reached home I was all "THAT IS QUITE A SICK IDEA." and nodding my head in slow motion. The ideas for this new instrument had already been in my head for a while but the name tri-bass was what made the product tangible in my mind. The name "tri-bass" is supposed to evoke thoughts of a three string bass synth guitar (although obviously it is not limited to bass notes, the reality is that synth bass is the new heavy metal guitar sound). I started actual engineering work in November, making this a 9 month development cycle which I keep telling myself is fast, even though it has felt like the slowest 9 months of my life.

Actually the electronics / software design was the least time consuming part of this project. The real problem, and what I consider the barrier to entry for running a company like this, is making these products en masse and at a level of quality that I consider acceptable. That is where the engineering really starts. So for the past five months I have been building these tri-basses and watching the quality get better and better slowly over time as I improved the assembly process. Then I tried making thirty units at once, just to see what would happen. That process, which was supposed to take three weeks, took three months and I encountered every problem imaginable. This is what I call R&D, because I made a lot of mistakes, learned a LOT about building tri-basses and now have set up processes to ensure I do not encounter those problems anymore. What you see in the video on youtube is what I consider to be a "perfect tri-bass".

Meanwhile, I have had my tri-bass connected to various DAWs like Ableton during the whole process of software development. The design of the touchscreen has been modified and reverted countless times, to refine it to a point where is deceptively simple to use, but also does not present any limitations when making electronic music. I am a big fan of the latest music and when I hear something good, I'm immediately trying to figure out how to play it on a misa tri-bass. That tends to be the catalyst for any changes to the software.