Interpol releases new video – Ancient Ways

August 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“Ancient Ways”, is the second single taken from Interpol’s “El Pintor”.

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‘Ancient Ways’ from the the upcoming album ‘El Pintor’, released on 8th September internationally and on 9th September in North America. Pre-order:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ElPintor
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/El_Pintor

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Human League’s Being Boiled on a Raspberry Pi

August 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Pi Synth continues to explore the Raspberry Pi

Fresh from the triumphs of Popcorn – the first Moog I ever heard as a 12 year old kiddie in 1972 – comes this, the first cool band in my lifetime to come from my home town, and still one of my all time synth classic tracks. So classic in fact that my sign-off test for this PIANA synth being done and dusted as a multi-part synthesizer was “it shall be capable of a halfway decent rendition of Being Boiled”. This is approaching a halfway decent version.

5 synths in total, which are -

Rattly snare thing – 2 note polyphony, it’s Fat Phil Collins with less echo, and it’s as close in spirit to the original Ian Marsh rhythm track as I could manage.

Kick – Fat Phil needed more bottom as he is bandpass filtered, so his bum gets removed. So he’s augmented by this monophonic resonant filter bass enhancer thing – sort of an 808 kick, it is just a resonant filter playing low notes.

GlamClap – S-L-A-D-E again!!!! THIS SONG IS WHAT THAT HANDLCAP WAS DESIGNED FOR ALL THOSE MONTHS AGO!!!!! W-H-O-O H-O-O!!!!!

Rezzy bass – a rezzy bass, with an actual 4th order filter on it

Reedy thing – a reedy thing, as seen yesterday on Popcorn

So, I still have 2 more synths of headroom on the Pi and already this is sounding pretty great. Amazing to know that the old Human League could gig for about a £50 equipment investment nowadays.

Yes, it’s not finished. Who cares. Just sit back and listen to the voice of Buddha, played on only 2 pitched synths and a bunch of percussive noises.

Time machine: The Open Door – Macintosh, Midi, and Music (1988)

August 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Apple promo video for the Macintosh’s midi capabilities featuring Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, and some of the funkiest digital basslines you’ve ever heard!

Checking out the new Stryke6 drum controller for iPad

August 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Simmons has announced the release of the new Stryke6 drum controller.

The new Stryke6 is the first ever iPad® controller that delivers a full drum kit playing experience without the kit. Combining Simmons’ expertise in electronic drum kits with their unrivaled ergonomic design, the Stryke6 is the only product of its kind that works in concert with your iPad to deliver a real tactile playing experience in a compact, tabletop design.

Equipped with six velocity-sensitive pads plus two foot pedals for kick and hi-hat control, the laptop-sized Stryke6 is perfect for on-the-go playing, portable practice, and other times when a full kit is not a viable option.

Using the free Simmons Stryke Drums app, the Stryke6 easily connects to an iPad for an immediate, out of the box playing experience, including a wide range of sounds. Or connect via USB to any computer to trigger a variety of DAW applications and sample programs, including Garage Band, EZ Drummer, Logic, Ableton Live, and more.

For drummers and percussionists, Stryke6 is an ideal portable setup for small acoustic gigs, or as a compact practice kit for small spaces or mobile music making. For small project studios and songwriting setups, it makes a great tactile instrument for tracking drums into a DAW or sequencing program.

Stryke6 features

  • Versatile, first-ever iPad-based drum controller.
  • Can also be used with any USB/MIDI computer.
  • Ultra-small footprint with 6 velocity-sensitive drum pads.
  • Access to a wide range of sounds.
  • Kick and hi-hat pedals provide a real drum playing experience.
  • Works with most MIDI applications.
  • Free and fun, downloadable Stryke Drums iPad app (from the Apple App Store).
  • Learn to play drums in an engaging, interactive environment using app-based tutorials and the color-coded pads.
  • Includes drum sticks and connections for Lighting and 30pin iPads and USB.

Stryke6 is available for purchase for $129.99 USD.

More info here >>

Aphex Twin teases new album called Syro

August 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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ew album from Aphex Twin on the way! Following the appearance of anAphex-branded blimp in London this weekend, he just tweeted a link to this website. Accessed through the Tor browser, favoured tool of those seeking online anonymity, the title is revealed to be SYRO, and the site shows the track titles too:

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Aphex Twin is a project of Richard D. James. His last Aphex Twin album was 2001′s Drukqs.

Release details for Aphex Twin’s Syro are to come.

Elektron – The spirit of the Sidstation lives on

August 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron has announced the release of SID Redux, a new sound pack for the Analog Rytm synthesizer.

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The spirit of the Sidstation lives on – and it has found a comfortable home in the Analog Rytm. We have programmed and sampled our first-born machine and are proud to present the SID Redux Sound pack: a collection of gnarly, home computerish, and totally wonderful percussive sounds. This Sound pack will give your beats a lovely digital edge of the rusty kind.

The sound pack is specifically made for the Analog Rytm. Included is an Analog Rytm project featuring 16 patterns and 16 kits. The kits also feature performances and scenes, great for live tweaking the patterns.

The pack is available for purchase for 15 EUR.

More info here >>

POPCORN – on a Pi

August 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

 s version of the  synth pop classic, Popcorn, created on a Raspberry Pi – the $35 credit-card sized education computer. 

May I present to you, one Raspberry Pi Model B, one $5 USB MIDI interface, one £20(ish) Behringer USB audio interface, 7 Virtual Analog synthesizers, 9 notes of polyphony, a bunch (4 or 5?) stereo delays, a global reverb straight out of the upcoming Jordantron, and ladies and gentlemen – Popcorn!

Recorded straight out of the phono outputs of the Behringer into my Mac, no processing, exactly the bytes emitted by the Pi.

New track by the electro / ambient act DATAMASKIN – Sputnik

August 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Casio’s two new inexpensive digital sampling keyboards – CTK-2090 and LK-175V

August 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Casio America has introduced two inexpensive digital sampling keyboards, the CTK-2090, and the LK-175V. They will be sold exclusively at Target.

According to Casio, build on the legacy of the SK-1, an inexpensive 8-bit sampler from nearly 30 years ago, that offered the ability to synthesize sounds from waveforms, envelopes, vibrato, portamento, rhythms, and sampling.

Both keyboards have two sampling modes: short and full.

  • Short Sampling Mode allows users to create up to five sounds 0.4 seconds in length.
  • Full Sampling Mode allows users to create one two-second sound. With a built-in sampling microphone, users can also sample their voice and other ambient sounds to create a variety of sampled tones and effects for later use.

Both the CTK-2090 and LK-175V are outfitted with Casio’s Step-up Lesson System, which lets beginners learn 152 built-in songs, phase-by-phase, at their own individual pace. With the LK-175V, users can practice with the help of the lighted 61-Key Piano Style Touch-Response keyboard.

Additional features include a 92mm X 40mm LCD display, 150 built-in rhythms, 400 built-in tones, 110 built-in songs, USB port, and more. Each model also comes with a music stand, song book and X stand.

The CTK-2090 for $169.99 and the LK-175V for $199.99 will be sold at Target locations nationwide, beginning in September.

Saturn – space music

August 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

runo Ender Lee – “Saturn” – studio recording August 16. 2014

the new album “Saturn” is now available:
http://brunoenderlee.bandcamp.com/alb…

Roland JP-8000 (Pads), Roland Juno-106 (bass), ARP Odyssey, Moog Little Phatty & Analogue Solutions Vostok (fx), Korg MS2000 (leads), Synthesizers.com Studio-88 (leads), MiniMoog Voyager OS (bass), MacBeth M5N & Korg MS-20 mini (sequence with Doepfer MAQ)

composed, arranged & performed by Bruno Ender Lee
2014 Velvet Voyage Productions / all rights reserved

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