SPARK 2 – Arturia has released a new version of its beat creation software

May 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Arturia has announced the availability of SPARK 2, bringing a new look, new feel, and new features to its premier soundsculpting and performance drum machine software for Mac and Windows.

With the timely introduction of SPARK 2, Arturia has given its beat creation software a new look, new feel, and a whole host of new features fit to make it the premier sound-sculpting and performance drum machine on the market — all the more so when perfectly paired up with the award-winning SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controllers. It’s a match made in hybrid heaven that’s more flexible than ever before!

Changes in SPARK 2

  • All new graphics:
    • Tabbed pages.
    • Expanded Pattern edit screen.
    • New mixer.
    • Enhanced Library page for better data management.
  • Extended REX support:
    • REX file playback per pad.
    • Manipulation of REX File slices.
  • Modular Drum synth editor:
    • Create your own patches.
    • Edit existing patches.
  • Create custom instrument macro controls modules including:
    • Oscillators.
    • Multimode filters and Karplus strong filter.
    • ADR envelopes.
    • LFOs.
    • Mixers.
    • RingModulator.
    • Bode Frequency Shifter.
    • Spring mass.
    • CV processor.
  • Song mode:
    • NEW 16 song segments.
    • Song segment triggering from hardware.

SPARK 2 is available for the introductory price of 129 EUR/$129 USD between May 1st and June 30th, 2014 (regular 169 EUR/$189 USD). The SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controller (including SPARK 2) will be 199 EUR/$199 USD during this period (regular 249 EUR/$299 USD).

 

More info here >>

Depeche Mode – To Have And To Hold ( VOCAL version cover), Arturia Microbrute + Korg Volca Boxes

April 29, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is the same Depeche Mode cover you can find on ‘PanzerLyu’ channel, but now with the vocal line.
The singer is the one of the band Blue Orphans
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBKa…

Set up

Synths:
Arturia Microbrute
Korg Volca Bass
Korg Volca Beats
Korg Kaossilator2

Mixer:
Behringer Xenyx Q802USB
Behringer MicroMIX MX400

Audio interface:
Behringer U-CONTROL UCA222

Voice overdubbed with Audacity Software

Depeche Mode – To Have And To Hold – cover on Arturia Microbrute + Korg Volca Boxes

March 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

PanzerLyu has made this  DM cover, video description below:

One of my favourite songs of Depeche Mode, from a great LP “Music for the masses”
Instrumental version.

no DAW , no overdubbing.

The Cure – A Forest (second version, cover) on Korg Volca + Arturia Microbrute

March 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

My second version of the classic Cure song.
I was not satisfied of my first run uploaded some weeks ago….so,
this time some changes on Volca Keys patterns, different bass sound whit FX., different ending.
And finally sound from the mixer.

Main Melody : Korg Volca Keys
Bass line : Arturia Microbrute , through Digitech BP 50 digital FX.
Added flanger and a little reverb
Drums : Korg Volca Beats

no overdubbing, no DAW.
what you hear is what I play.

Arturia MiniBrute SE – Live demo from Messe

March 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Here’s a presentation of the MiniBrute SE from Arturia at the Musikmesse 2014.

Arturia’s red-hot MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer set the electronic musical instrument world alight immediately upon its introduction in 2012. Indeed, it rapidly reset the price/performance ratio benchmark when successfully soaring through the subtractive synthesis sound barrier while singlehandedly setting a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be. Hot on its heels comes a ‘special edition’ that is very special indeed. MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but builds upon this amazingly compact and bijou analogue monosynth in both looks and features.

Although a sturdy and stylish brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides surely make MiniBrute SE stand out from the analogue crowd, skin-deep good looks are not the be and end all here, however, as added functionality runs deeper still. An all-new step SEQUENCER elegantly expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE — six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps each to create multiple musical phrases, to be precise. Yet it is capable of so much more than simply replaying pre- programmed Pattern sequences ad infinitum. Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in realtime from the clearly labelled front panel — perfect for inspiring new musical ideas and creating exciting live performances on the fly.

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MiniBrute SE is proof positive that the original MiniBrute was no fly-by-night success story. A pure analogue signal path and attractive features like a multi-wave OSCILLATOR and Sub Osc combined with a huge-sounding Steiner-Parker multimode FILTER (fittingly revised by Nyle Steiner himself) and wide-ranging modulation capabilities confirm that MiniBrute SE continues to innovate while breathing new life into recordings and stage performances. Add fantastic features like Ultrasaw (generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms), Metalizer (adding extreme triangle waveform-induced harmonics), LFO (with sample and hold), and full USB/MIDI/CV connectivity into the musical mix, and what have you got? A killer-sounding, step sequencing-capable synth with looks to die for, that’s what!

Designed for the analogue purist with a creative spirit in mind, MiniBrute SE successfully squeezes an amazing amount of creative options into its eye-catching, exceptionally portable design. The truly hands-on artistic appeal of subtractive synthesis and supreme step sequencing are alive and kicking here — harder than ever! Indeed, it’s all about analogue goodness — all gain and no pain!

Arturia: VOX Continental-V – emulation of the vintage Vox Continental 300 organ

March 12, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Arturia has introduced VOX Continental-V, a virtual instrument emulation of the vintage Vox Continental 300 organ.

As a high-end software recreation of the Sixties-vintage Vox Continental 300 transistor-based combo organ, VOX Continental-V is the latest addition to Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Classics lineup where it sits alongside an authentic recreation of another archetypal Sixties staple, Wurlitzer-V (based on the classic ‘Wurly’ electric piano).

Like the transcontinental history of the original Vox Continental, the road to creating VOX Continental-V was a long and winding affair. Arturia started its latest software developmental journey in the company of a rare Vox Continental 300 dual-manual model, capturing every nuance of the original right down to key contact timing and background noises — no elbows needed! Next, Arturia acquired a rare Jennings J70 — developer Tom Jennings’ Vox organ forerunner — and added a J70 Mode to the VOX Continental-V voice engine. End users have effectively ended up with two ultra-rare organs for the price of one as a result — with more tones to play with, which musically is a good thing to have!

The end result is surely the most authentic dual-manual Vox Continental 300 emulation that money can buy. Notable VOX Continental-V features include upper manual, lower manual, and bass pedal sections; multiple output effects processors; and independent channels per manual. Moreover, Expanded Mode adds a full compliment of drawbars for each harmonic; a new waveform drawbar on each section; several popular effects; Leslie™ and guitar amp simulator outputs; and an expanded percussion section. Similarly, Services Mode allows for individual tuning of each pitch — just like an original Vox; alterable key contact timing (to simulate older key contacts); and authentic background noise bleed control.

VOX Continental-V for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX/Standalone) will be available in late April, priced at 119 EUR / $129 USD

More info here >>

MESSE 2014: Arturia KeyLab 88 – MiniBrute SE

March 12, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Arturia has announced the MiniBrute SE, a ‘special edition’ of its analogue mono synthesizer.

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Arturia’s red-hot MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer set the electronic musical instrument world alight immediately upon its introduction in 2012. Indeed, it rapidly reset the price/performance ratio benchmark when successfully soaring through the subtractive synthesis sound barrier while singlehandedly setting a new standard for what a hardware synthesizer should be.

Hot on its heels comes a ‘special edition’ that is very special indeed. MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but builds upon this amazingly compact and bijou analogue monosynth in both looks and features.

Although a sturdy and stylish brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides surely make MiniBrute SE stand out from the analogue crowd, skin-deep good looks are not the be and end all here, however, as added functionality runs deeper still.

An all-new step SEQUENCER elegantly expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE — six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps each to create multiple musical phrases, to be precise. Yet it is capable of so much more than simply replaying pre- programmed Pattern sequences ad infinitum. Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in realtime from the clearly labelled front panel — perfect for inspiring new musical ideas and creating exciting live performances on the fly.

MiniBrute SE is proof positive that the original MiniBrute was no fly-by-night success story. A pure analogue signal path and attractive features like a multi-wave OSCILLATOR and Sub Osc combined with a huge-sounding Steiner-Parker multimode FILTER (fittingly revised by Nyle Steiner himself) and wide-ranging modulation capabilities confirm that MiniBrute SE continues to innovate while breathing new life into recordings and stage performances.

Add fantastic features like Ultrasaw (generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms), Metalizer (adding extreme triangle waveform-induced harmonics), LFO (with sample and hold), and full USB/MIDI/CV connectivity into the musical mix, and what have you got? A killer-sounding, step sequencing-capable synth with looks to die for, that’s what!

MiniBrute SE will be available to purchase at the end of May, 2014, priced at 549 EUR / $599 USD.

More info here >>

Moog’s Minimoog VS Arturia’s iMini

February 6, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Marc Girard takes on the challenge to compare a classic synth with its emulated counterpart, background video description below:

Here’s a quick video we made testing out the differences between a real Minimoog and a virtual one from Arturia, iMini. I was quite surprised!

The Story Behind Arturia BeatStep

February 4, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

BeatStep co-creator Glen Darcey chats to Source about the inspiration behind the design, his first experiences with synthesizers and also how he’ll be using BeatStep in his own analogue-heavy synth studio.

BeatStep is also a 16-step analog sequencer for creating all kinds of musical phrases to be sent to analog synthesizers, MIDI drum machines, MIDI keyboard devices, or computer programs. Its connectivity options let you interface BeatStep with a computer or iPAD using USB, a drum module using MIDI or an analog synthesizer equipped with CV/GATE.

It’s priced at US $129 / EURO 99, and is expected to be available in March.

The Arturia Microbrute: MiniBrute + MicroBrute

January 30, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here is a description of some of the functionality associated with the connection of the Arturia MicroBrute to the Arturia MiniBrute: which results in a very powerful duophonic analog synthesizer.

For all of you who are inclined to respond “LESS TALK, MORE PLAYING!” In this particular instance, I agree. I really need to do a lot of “sounds of” videos of this combination to make up for it.

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