KR Mini portable rhythm machine is now available

December 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Korg have announced that the KR Mini portable rhythm machine is now on its way to a retail store near you. The KR mini – an easy, simple and compact rhythm machine with a built-in speaker and optional battery power for play-anywhere convenience. It’s a great companion for practicing and performing with guitar, bass, keyboards, winds, or any type of instrument

Designed for guitarists, bassists, pianists or any musician looking for easy rhythm accompaniment, the KR mini features nostalgic looks and a simple design focused on easy, push-button control. The KR mini is also lightweight, can run on batteries and has a built-in speaker, allowing it to provide a backing rhythm pattern anywhere at any time. With a total of 60 diverse rhythm patterns across the genres, the compact KR Mini is ready to accompany any performance.

Key Features

  • Easy-to-use design; just select a rhythm pattern and press the play button
  • Chain function lets you arrange your favorite rhythm patterns and fill-ins to create complete songs
  • Optional foot switches gives you hands-free control over fill-in/start/stop
  • Tap the 16 pads for finger drumming or recording your own rhythms
  • Built-in speaker with 2W output for jamming anywhere without the need for an additional monitor
  • Headphone/speaker jack for quiet practice or connection to a mixer or monitoring system
  • Two-way power; use the optional AC adaptor or batteries (AA alkaline batteries x 3)

Teenage Engineering OP-1, Korg Volca Keys and EMW Modular Synthesizer

December 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Op-1 connected to an iMac and sending MIDI for Volca Keys and EMW Modular Synth with Ableton Live. Endless sequencer is a lot of fun, Volca Keys is a great partner for the op-1 and the little EMW Modular sounds awesome.

Magneticring – “Burning Plastic” (MS-20 mini / Fairlight CVI)

December 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Magneticring rips the new Korg MS-20 Mini with Fairlight CVI.

Sigman – new multi-sample Live Pack based on the vintage Korg Sigma

December 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Cluster Sound has released Sigman, a multi-sample Live Pack based on the vintage Korg Sigma. Sigman is a multi-sample Live Pack primarily designed for raw analog basses & leads.

THE SOURCE

In the late 70′s Korg experimented with a machine for players looking for a simpler alternative to knobby synthesizers. The result was the Sigma, a bi-timbric semi-preset synth with rocker-tabs, micro knobs and two X-Y joystic controls. The Korg Sigma is based on 19 VCOs grouped in two discrete sections (Synthe and Instrument) that can be cross-modulated and filtered with a LP/HP Filter. Each VCO is equipped with a single dedicated control including Korg35 filter circuits for shaping the sounds.

THE PACK

Sigman is based on 30 multi-sample recordings obtained by sampling the VCO presets and custom cross-modulated sounds. Sigman delivers 90 inspiring and meticulously crafted Live Racks with dedicated macro controls, part of which simulate the ring-modulator, the joystic filter and the single VCO knobs of the original Sigma.

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Klangspiel

December 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

BRUNO ENDER LEE – “Klangspiel” – performed live, December 7. 2013

Korg MS-20 Mini (sequence with Doepfer MAQ 16/3), MiniMoog Voyager OS, Roland Juno-106, Synthesizers.com Studio-88, Analogue Solutions Vostok, Korg MS2000

Synth Kit Introduction – littleBits x KORG

December 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MAKE SOMETHING THAT MAKES MUSIC

littleBits and Korg have demystified a traditional analog synthesizer, making it super easy for novices and experts alike to create music.

LEARN MORE:
English: http://littlebits.cc/
Japanese:http://jp.littlebits.com/

Being Boiled – Martyn Ware demos Roland System 100 and Korg 700S

December 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Martyn Ware, founding member of the Human League and Heaven 17, as well as the British Electric Foundation and Illustrious, demonstrates the Roland System 100 and the Korg 700S. These are the original instruments that he and Ian Craig Marsh wrote and performed the original version of Being Boiled on.

This was the climax to a 45 minute talk given by Martyn, accompanied by the great Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, on the night of November 30th 2013. It preceded a performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra in the main hall, as part of their “The Rest is Noise” season. They performed works by Andrew Poppy, Michael Nyman and commissions by Anne Dudley, which saw the orchestra take on reinterpretations, or “remixes” of Art of Noise’s “Into Battle” as well as a new work, Rhythm of a Decade, a mash up of themes from the decade, accompanied by a narration from Paul Morley.

All the other original members of the Art of Noise were present in the audience (Trevor Horn, JJ Jeczalik, Gary Langan), billed by them as a one off 30th anniversary reunion ;-)

J74 Volca Control – three editors and control surfaces for the Korg Volca series

December 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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J74 Volca Control – an $8 package that provides you with three editors and control surfaces for each of the members of the Korg Volca series: the Volca Keys, Volca Bass and Volca Beats.

The tools let you control, store and modulate all Volca native MIDI parameters, while adding a bunch of new features for synthesis and performance, such as: filter KeyTracking (both VKeys and VBass), Chorus-like effects (VKeys), additional tempo sync LFO (VKeys), Pitch Tuning and modulation modes (VBass), 3x note Polyphony emulation on VBass, MIDI velocity emulation on VBeats, LFO auto-tuning modulation (VBass and VKeys) and Solo/Mute controls on VBeats.

All devices also offer presets storage (load, save, recall), a X/Y Panel for modulation of two parameters simultaneously and a parameter randomizer.

 

The devices come in the format of Standalone desktop applications for Mac and PC (integrating via MIDI communication to controllers and DAWs, with no additional license required) and in Ableton’s Live Max for Live format (integrating directly in Ableton Live, in this case a Max for Live license is required).

Supported versions:

  • Standalone tested on MAC OSX 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 and Windows 7 and 8
  • Ableton Live 9 / M4L versions require Live 9.0.6 or higher + Max 6.1.x
  • Ableton Live 8 / M4L versions require Live 8.3 or higher + Max 5.1.9

The J74 Volca Control package can be purchased for US $8 and comes in the form of Standalone (both Mac and Windows) and as Ableton Live / Max for Live plug-ins. The package includes all formats and control surfaces. More info here >>

Feature set:

Volca units standard functionality mapped via MIDI:

  • VKeys: VCO (OSC) Modes, Detune, Portamento, Pitch Envelope
  • VKeys: LFO Rate, modulation intensity for both Cutoff and Pitch
  • VKeys: VCF Cutoff and Envelope amount
  • VKeys: Envelope (EG) Attack, Decay/Relase, Sustain
  • VKeys: Delay Time
  • VKeys: Delay Feedback
  • VKeys: VCA Volume
  • VBass: VCO (OSC) Pitch tuning for OSC 1, 2 and 3
  • VBass: LFO Rate, modulation intensity for VCF Cutoff
  • VBass: VCF Envelope amount (on Cutoff)
  • VBass: Envelope (EG) Attack and Decay/Relase
  • VBass: VCA Volume
  • VBeats: Part Level (Kick, Snare, LoTom, HiTom, ClosedHats, OpenHats, Claps, Agogo, Crash)
  • VBeats: PCM Speed (Claps, Agogo, Crash)
  • VBeats: Tom’s Decay
  • VBeats: ClosedHats Decay
  • VBeats: OpenHats Decay
  • VBeats: Hats Grain
  • VBeats: Stutter Time
  • VBeats: Stutter Depth

Additional features given by the VKeys, VBass and VBeats software:

  • VKeys: Delay Modulation for Chorus-like effects
  • VKeys: KeyTracking on VCF Cutoff
  • VKeys: Additional LFO (LFO2) which is software-based and tempo synchronized
  • VBass: OSC Pitch Tuning modes (unison, octave, third, fourth, fifth, major-chord, minor-chord and three auto-detune options)
  • VBass: 3 note Polyphony emulation (paraphony), as OSC Pitch Tuning mode “poly”
  • VBass: KeyTracking on EG/Cutoff level
  • VBeats: MIDI velocity dynamics (emulates MIDI velocity support)
  • VBeats: MIDI controllable pads with velocity emulation
  • VBeats: Solo/Mute mixing controls
  • All devices: X/Y Panel for modulation of two parameters simultaneously
  • All devices: Parameter Randomizer
  • All devices: Presets storage (load, save, recall)

What the VKeys, VBass and VBeats do NOT control:

  • VKeys: VCF Peak (not hardware/MIDI implemented by Korg)
  • VBass: VCF Cutoff (not hardware/MIDI implemented by Korg)
  • VBass: VCF Peak (not hardware/MIDI implemented by Korg)
  • VBeats: Kick click/pitch/decay (not hardware/MIDI implemented by Korg)
  • VBeats: Snare snappy/pitch/decay (not hardware/MIDI implemented by Korg)
  • VBeats: Tom’s Hi/Lo pitches (not hardware/MIDI implemented by Korg)
  • All devices: Any FUNC[tion] setting on the units (not hardware/MIDI implemented by Korg)

Japanese artists explore the new littleBits Synth Kit

November 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

All in Japanese unfortunately, but still a nice insight into this tiny modular

Analog Signature v4 – five vintage beasts for the Reason Rack!

November 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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With version 4 of Analog Signature a new member is added to the family: the ROLAND Jupiter 6!

Moog Source, Korg MS20, the Waldorf Microwave 1, the Waldorf Pulse 1, and – from version 4 onwards – the Roland Jupiter 6 have been accurately sampled in such a way that their charming inaccuracies are still there in this perfect Reason environment in which Soundcells took their chance to add polyphony and velocity. A good balance of retro 1970′ s and 80′ s analog / digital sounds with modern programming makes this ReFill versatile for current styles of music as well as retro …

Analog Signature v4 Contents:

• 540 combinator patches.

• 276 NNXT patches containing the basic patches which were used to build the combinators.

• 1792 samples, 44 khz / 24bit.

• Samples coming from five classic synthesizer.

• 10 demo tracks in Reason format included.

Get it here >>

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