More NAMM goodies: KingKORG, SPARKLE and Orbit

January 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A demo of the brand new Korg KingKORG analogue modelling synthesizer.

Taking a look at the Numark Orbit – a wireless MIDI controller with an accelerometer, multi-couloured LED pads and a large rotary control.

Checking out the new mini drum machine and controller, SPARKLE. Plus FM get the low-down on the mini Arturia MINILAB controller and software bundle

TR-606 in Reason

January 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Peff provides a little teaser for an upcoming Reason Refill:

A demo of various drum patterns using the 606 samples in Reason’s Kong Drum Designer. This is for a little refill offering which will be available soon.

Moogerfooger ClusterFlux fbk playing

December 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Moog Moogerfooger Cluster Flux MF-108M, with feedback at maximum, can be “played” from MIDI Notes On/Off. In this video, the sound source is, as usual, the Acidlab.de MIAMI Analog Drum Machine; the frequency/time of MF-108M is played with Novation SL25 MkII MIDI master keyboard.

Shooted with an iPhone, audio in glorious mono.

The clock frequency of Moog Moogerfooger MF-104M analog BBD delay can be severely down scaled from external MIDI control. So, you can use the MF-104M as a grunge/glitch/hack/drone machine on every audio source. On this (dirty and short and easy) video bits, MF-104M is munching the Acidlab MIAMI analog drum machine.

Cynare Demo

December 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The CGS747 is one of a family of 3 CGS drum simulators from Ken Stone. It generates a single drum sound that can be adjusted to sound like a cymbal, hi-hat, snare drum, electronic drum, or numerous other percussive sounds. It is a complete dedicated synthesizer in its own right, including six oscillators, a noise source, a mixer, an envelope generator, a VCF and a VCA. – elby-designs.com

Background video description:

If you are new to DIY synths and are wondering what modules you should delve into then hopefully this video will help you decide on Ken Stone’s fantastic Cynare. A complete synthesizer on one board, the Cynare has a wealth of options that return a lot of fun for your investment of effort.

Check out http://www.cgs.synth.net for more info.

TB303 & TT303 Bass Bot

December 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/84glhn_NIzY

TB & TT. The TT is value for money v the price of a TB. If you own a TB you will notice the slight differences but man that TT is impressive. The bass end blows the TB away but the TB still has those strange idiosyncrasies that the TT just can’t quite replicate albeit it does come very close – only a TB owner will notice this. The TT certainly sends the x0xb0x to third place! Build quality is just like a new original, the tunning-accent pots are higher thus easier to turn but may feel a little wobbly for it!! I think TB owners will be shocked at how good it is = I was!.
Note: I’ve used the mxr distortion on the TB (perfect combination) and the boss distortion on the TT as it worked best on that unit. The mxr didn’t sound that good with the TT.

The TB is still the king but not by much.

This was recorded on a small camera so the sound and images aren’t great. The TB sounds quieter because it was coming from the right hand monitor that happened to be further away. This isn’t a definitive comparison, it’s just to let you hear the TT along side a TB.

ReBirth For iPad Reborn – lots of new features

November 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

ReBirth – the seminal software studio  - has gotten some love from Propellerhead, with a new update.

Here’s what’s new in ReBirth 1.3:

  • Duo Mode – flip instruments around and jam with a friend on the same iPad
  • MIDI sync – sync ReBirth to your DAW, MIDI hardware or other apps
  • Background mode – keep ReBirth playing in the background when slaved to other apps
  • SoundCloud Sharing – share your ReBirth music on SoundCloud
  • iTunes export – export your track to iTunes on your computer
  • Various bug fixes and performance enhancements

Propellerhead describes ReBirth as a ‘Techno Micro Composer’, emulating three of the backbone devices of electronic dance music: the Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines.

Get it here >>

Roger Linn and Carl Craig: ‘Evolution of Drum Machines’

November 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

More info: http://bit.ly/TIfQZj
During Dubspot’s recent trip to Seattle’s Decibel Festival, our video team caught up with Roger Linn, the godfather of the modern drum machine, Carl Craig, one of Detroit’s most talented producers, for a lecture/discussion about the history and evolution of the rhythm machines that have shaped our musical world.

One of the most inspiring elements of Seattle’s annual Decibel Festival is the conversations that transpire between some of the world’s most talented musical thinkers. Decibel acts as a catalyst for these moments, with lectures and demonstrations taking place throughout the festival. We were especially excited to catch a workshop where drum machine creator and pioneer Roger Linn joined Detroit techno innovator Carl Craig for a talk on the evolution of drum machines and the future of electronic rhythm.

In this video, Linn explains that our assumption of drum machines appearing in the early 80s is incorrect, and he takes us on a tour of early electronic rhythm devices such as Leon Thermin’s Rhythmicon (1930), the Chamberlin Rhythmate (1957), Raymond Scott’s Bandito the Bongo Artist (1963), Seeburg’s Select-A-Rhythm (1964), the PAiA Programmable Drum Set (1975) and the CompuRhythm CR-78 (1978). Craig probes with questions regarding interface design for musicians vs. engineers, discusses the development of drum interfaces, and talks about how the Akai MPC changed his production and composition techniques.

Music iPad app demonstration: Funkbox

November 4, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Music Ipad App first look at Funkbox drum machine.

“This is a great app that includes many classic drum machine. My favourite: Yamaha RX11 just because I know the machine so well and the sounds are great.”

Product description:

Funkbox contains all your favorite vintage drum machine sounds in one funky quirky little app! FunkBox has been used by Gorillaz on their album “The Fall”, Joan Osborne (“What If God Was One Of Us”) and Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) live in concert, Africa Hi-Tech (Warp Records), and by many other musicians both live and in the studio. It was also featured in Computer Music Magazine’s “Amazing Music Apps” special issue and Electronic Musician magazine’s “Attack of the Killer Apps” best music tools for the iPad.

We designed the FunkBox drum machine to look, feel, and sound like a classic beatbox from the 70s and 80s. It uses audio samples recorded by us directly from our own personal collection of vintage drum machines. It also features advanced MIDI and audio features that allow you to use it in a music studio alongside your “real” gear. Or just keep it in your pocket to sketch out some dope beats in your spare time.

FunkBox 3.0 features:
The look, feel, sound and quirks of a classic vintage drum machine.
iOS 6 compatible, iPhone 5 retina graphics compatible, iPad retina graphics compatible.
Universal app that works great on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Buy it once and you can use it on all your iOS devices.
Fourteen classic boxes to choose from, including favorites like the 808, 909, CR-78, LM-2, MRK-2, DX, TOM, and more.
Create your own custom boxes by mix and matching preset samples, or even import and use your own custom samples.
Includes 36 preset rhythm patterns, plus several more bonus banks. Easily edit the included patterns to create your own beats.
Export your drum loops as audio or midi via email, audio pasteboard, or the iTunes folder.
Easily share your custom boxes and patterns via email with your friends, or between your devices.
Use CoreMIDI to sync up with “real” music equipment or other music apps, multi-tasking in the background or on other nearby iOS devices.
Use the bonus MIDI bass sequencer to play a bassline along with your beat using another iOS app or a “real” hardware synth!

NEW Korg Analogue Rhythm Station ;-)

October 17, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“The Gogotribe”

The new analogue drum machine from Korg

Drum synthesis – TC-11 + Impaktor + Tabla

September 16, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Impaktor is a drum modeller from Beep Street (www.beepstreet.com) that uses the mic input as an impulse to generate and trigger drum synthesis.

“I started playing it on my desk, then triggered by my tabla, and finally with TC-11 alongside.”

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