Jordan Passmore Techno Demo – TR-808, MPC-60, SC-880

August 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Jordan Passmore demo of the Roland TR-808, Akai MPC-60 and Roland SC-880. SC-880 is playing the rave patches, MPC-60 is loaded full of TR-909 samples and is also sequencing 909/synth, TR-808 is doing 808. All held together by a Garfield Nano Doc Sync/Clock adapter. All sounds are mixed live on an old Studiomaster mixing board; from there they pass through an Electra EQ, then finally into my Native Instruments Kore Audio Interface. The SCC-80 has an analog delay attached to it, which when I’m out of the shot, I’m usually messing with. I also have a Behringer Virtualizer Pro Reverb on an effects send (a bit of the 909 and SC-880 are send to this).

The MPC-60 loaded with 909 samples is pretty hard to beat for completely cutting through a mix. I personally love the 808 so of course I threw that on top as well. The SC-880 is very interesting and totally useful (multitimbral and full of many very usable effects). I found these patches on it and decided to do a short demo from there.

TM404 – 303/303/303/303/606

July 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

TM404 provides some nice electronic sounds. PS. TM404 is the alias for one of Sweden´s top electronic musicians ;-)

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Some silverboxes from the early eighties.

FX:

Roland RE-201
Roland RE-501
Dynacord TAM-21
Dynacord SRS-56
Lexicon Model 200
TC Electronic D-Two
Empirical Labs Distressor
Tube-Tech SMC2B

orangePeels : Beatsurfing / Teenage Engingeering op1 / Machinedrum

July 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Checking out the Beatsurfing app:

New set up test three. Now that other gear can be used in conjunction with the op1, I was able to try out a new midi controller app for the iPad : Beatsurfing.

Imho, its the best ‘build a midi controller’ app that has been made so far. It is designed in a way that is more conducive to working with a PC and software synths, however, there is still a lot that can be done in an all hardware setup like mine.

This video shows a template I have created. In this test of the app, I chose to try and keep it simple with focus on being musical rather than create a complex setup where I tend to lose the music along the way.

Extended Video Review Of Arturia Spark Vintage Drum Machines

May 7, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A show and tell review of Arturia Spark Vintage Drum Machines.

SPARK Vintage Drum Machines brings 30 legendary drum machines to the musician.

Intuitive and powerful, this software is much more than your typical sample player. By mixing high quality samples and virtual analog synthesis (based on TAE®), Spark Vintage Drum Machines manages to capture the unique soul of these instruments.  From the classic percussion sounds of the Roland CR-78 and Korg Mini Pops 7 to the heavy punch of the TR-series, all the top producers’ boutique models are available in one single easy-to-use interface.

Add to this the lightning-fast workflow, in-depth tweaking possibilities, and live features of Spark, and you get a true must have for any demanding beat maker.

Arturia’s SPARK is here – 30 legendary drum machines in one go

April 23, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Arturia announces availability of its newly-developed SPARK Vintage Drum Machines (Standalone, VST 2.4 & 3 — 32-bit and 64-bit, RTAS and US — 32- and 64-bit) software instrument, placing 30 legendary drum machines at discerning musicians’ rhythmic fingertips!

As intuitive as it is powerful, SPARK Vintage Drum Machines represents so much more than typical sample players currently on the market; by mixing high-quality samples and virtual analogue synthesis based on Arturia’s advanced propriety TAE® (True Analog Emulation) technology, this software successfully captures the unique electronic musical soul of the 30 different drum machines it emulates: Roland’s CR-78, TR-808, and TR-606; Korg’s Mini Pops 7 and KPR-77; Ace Tone’s Rhythm Ace FR-2L; Yamaha’s MR10; Maestro’s Rhythm King MRK2; Boss’ DR-55; Casio’s VL- Tone and SK-1; Simmons’ SDS; Phatwerk; and Micromatix all get the TAE® treatment, while E-mu’s Drumulator and SP-12; Roland’s TR-909, TR-606, TR-707, TR-727, TR-626, and R8; Oberheim’s DMX; Sequential Circuits’ DrumTraks; Kawai’s R-100; Casio’s RZ-1; Yamaha’s RX5; the LinnDrum; Linn 9000; Pulsator; and Dirty-909 are all sample-based and/or physical modelling hybrids.

  • 30 legendary drum machines including: Roland TR-808, TR-707, TR-909, CR-78, Korg KPR-77, Mini Pops 7, LinnDrum, Yamaha RX5, Maestro Rhythm King MKII, Simmons SDS V,…
  • Easy workflow: one interface to learn, thirty drum machines to play
  • Made for live performance: XY Pad, Beat Looper, Slicer, Real-time automation on all parameters
  • 14 high quality effects : Multiband Compressor, Reverb, Bit crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Plate reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space pan, Limiter, Sub generator
  • Spark’s Step Sequencer makes track creation a breeze
  • Perfect integration: 16 independant audio outputs, midi I/O
  • Unparalleled sound quality based on virtual analog synthesis (TAE®) and high resolution sampling
  • More than 1300 pre-programmed patterns

More info here >>

Arturia Spark Vintage Drum Machines

March 7, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

SPARK Vintage Drum Machines brings 30 legendary drum machines to the musician.

Intuitive and powerful, this software is much more than your typical sample player. By mixing high quality samples and virtual analog synthesis (based on TAE®), Spark Vintage Drum Machines manages to capture the unique soul of these instruments.

More details : http://www.arturia.com/sparkvdm

MAIN FEATURES:

  • 30 legendary drum machines including: Roland TR-808, TR-707, TR-909, CR-78, Korg KPR-77, Mini Pops 7, LinnDrum, Yamaha RX5, Maestro Rhythm King MKII, Simmons SDS V,…
  • Easy workflow: one interface to learn, thirty drum machines to play
  • Made for live performance: XY Pad, Beat Looper, Slicer, Real-time automation on all parameters
  • 14 high quality effects : Multiband Compressor, Reverb, Bit crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Plate reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space pan, Limiter, Sub generator
  • Spark’s Step Sequencer makes track creation a breeze
  • Perfect integration: 16 independant audio outputs, midi I/O
  • Unparalleled sound quality based on virtual analog synthesis (TAE®) and high resolution sampling
  • 64 patterns pre-programmed for each drum machine

Mokira/Tilliander – 303/303/303/303/606

January 31, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Some silverboxes from the early eighties.

FX:

Roland RE-201
Roland RE-501
Dynacord TAM-21
Dynacord SRS-56
Lexicon Model 200
TC Electronic D-Two
Empirical Labs Distressor
Tube-Tech SMC2B

The Dark Side Drum’n’Bass

December 13, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Impressions from the Dark Side.

- Rytmik DSiWare (Original Edition)
- JVC HD Camera
- Audacity

Forgotten Keys updates FK6: Roland CompuRhythm CR-78

November 12, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Forgotten Keys has updated the Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 drum machine sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 library updated with Kontakt 4 style graphics, new samples taken at various accent levels, more control over individual sound parameters and a Presets menu. Kontakt 3 version also updated.

The CompuRhythm CR-78 library is available to purchase for £5.50 GBP.

More information: Roland CompuRhythm CR-78

The Roland CompuRhythm CR-78 was released in 1978 and was Roland’s first drum machine to feature user-programmable rhythms along with its 34 pre-sets. Each of the four programmable rhythm slots could hold either four sound tracks, or three sounds and an accent track.

There are 14 analogue instrument voices which have their own distinctive sound. One such sound is METALLIC BEAT which has its own volume slider and attempts to add a more realistic metallic attack to the CYMBAL sounds and always plays the same pattern as those sounds.

Roland also released a cut-down version of the CR-78: the CR-68. Although it had the same pre-set rhythms, it lacked programmability and was missing the METALLIC BEAT, TAMBOURINE and GUIRO sounds.

Famous users include Gary Numan (Mainly his Dance album and also live), Genesis (Duchess) Phil Collins (In the Air Tonight) and of course, the most famous of all: Many Others. Blondie (Heart of Glass intro) is often attributed to the CR-78, but a quick listen tells me that it isn’t. The sounds are not the same. It’s possibly the RHUMBA rhythm from a Home Organ or another Drum Machine.

The Model used to produce this Kontakt Instrument was an eBay purchase, and right at the top-end of the going rate. It is absolutely immaculate however. You could take it back to 1979, box it up and sell it as new. I’d take it back and give it to myself as a present of course!

Moby and his obsession with Drum Machines

April 21, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Excerpt:

Rick Moody: So when you say you obsessively collect drum machines, just how obsessively do you mean?

Moby: There are seven billion people on the planet, and I realize I will never ever be the best at anything. But I can potentially have the world’s largest collection of drum machines. So when I say obsessively, it’s obsession with a purpose. Ultimately, I want to have one of every drum machine made up until 1982. After 1982, they became more digital, and I sort of lose interest. But the old analog ones, I have always loved them.

Moody: What would the last one be, in 1982, the Roland 808?

Moby: The end point would be the very early digital drum machines, like the Linn Drum. So I collect the early digital ones like the DMX, which is an early hip-hop drum machine, and the 808 and the 909, but then, after that, the digital drum machines started to get a little too fancy, and a little too slick.

Moody: So when you collect all these things is it with the intention of actually using them in your own work or is this a collection just for the sake of a collection?

Moby: I love to use them in my own music. The great thing about a drum machine is that you just kind of turn it on, and it does quite a lot of the work for you. But the old drum machines were never that good. The drum machines post-1982, 1983, actually sort of tried to sound like drummers. But what I liked about the old drum machines is that they never sounded like a drummer, they sounded like a drum machine.

In the sixties and seventies, drum machines were just compared to other drum machines, they weren’t compared to real drummers. And they were never supposed to replace a real drummer. And then, in the eighties, with digital technology they could actually have drum programs that in a crummy sort of way tried to sound like a real drummer. That’s when I lost interest. I liked them when they sounded more synthetic and electronic. Also, nowadays, a lot of electronic music is produced exclusively on the computer, so there’s no physical sound production. So no one makes drum machines anymore.

I’m almost a custodian of these old drum machines that have been in church basements and lounges at Marriott hotels, somewhere in New Jersey. And a lot of them have notes written on them, like this one, I don’t know if it works or not, but someone at some point put masking tape on it, with a little note to himself. This one, down here, see, someone again, someone wrote their own little codes in pencil. Samba, here, they put a red X there, and wrote a note that says, “No.” Clearly, whoever it was hated the samba?

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