This is a video of NE playing around with their prototype external touch pad for the NEA Pyxis aftertouch system.
“This one here is our test model. The sensor pad has many unique capabilities when interfaced with the Pyxis controller. This video is to demonstrate the percussive effects that are possible with the Pyxis. The tapping effect is created by routing the output voltage from the sensor pad to the vca and vcf. The more of the sensor signal that gets sent to either, the more pronounced the effect. Keep in mind that this is not intended to be a musically coherent demonstration, but a demonstration of the capabilities of the instrument. For more information about the Pyxis, vintage synthesizer restoration, sales, and repair, please check us out at www.NewEnglandAnalog.com.”
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Pads can be quite complex to master here Brian provides some useful tips, details below:
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Brian Trifon (Pyramind Synthesis & Sound Design Instructor) from Trifonic digs deep into using reverbs and creative effects channels to create compelling pads/melodic elements.
Orphion is a musical instrument with a unique sound between string instrument and percussion. Everyone can play expressive, wonderful sounds and easy or virtuosic melodies on it just by moving fingers on virtual pads.
- Different articulations from soft to plucked to hardly slapped
- Natural interaction
- Extend your ways of expression as a percussionist, guitarist, pianist or other musician
- 14 transposable pad-layouts with different tonalities from easy to complex
- Record and share what you play via EMail, SoundCloud or AudioCopy
- 8 individual voices for 8 fingers (4 on iPad 1)
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Native Instruments Maschine has caused quite a bit of a storm since its release – to find out why, our good fiend Owen form 2twenty2 takes you through the features and applications in this three part tutorial.
The Maschine is an incredibly powerful sampler, sequencer and controller and in this first video we take a look at how to getting sounds onto the pads and what to do with them.
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Citron Instruments has announced the release of Aqua, a collection of pads, textures and motions for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Aqua has wide and liquid sounds, clear and ergonomic user interface, high quality and new principles of the instrument control. All of this is Aqua, the 1st element of the library.
- Includes Pads, Textures and Motions.
- Format: NI Kontakt 4,5 (Full Version).
- 500 Mb (NCW Compression).
- Flexible layering of sounds.
- Easy and intuitive use.
- Effects: LP and HP filters, stereo widener, reverberation.
Aqua for Kontakt is currently available to purchase for 59 EUR (price will go up to 79 EUR at future update).
• 470+ combinator patches (92 “BIG box” only ones) in 11 different folders.
• Lots of inspiring demo tracks included.
Loopmasters has released Dark Scapes, a collection of dark and menacing sounds for Propellerhead Reason.
Aimed at Producers who make Cinematic, Atmospheric styles of music for TV and Film (think Horror, Drama and Sci-Fi) plus cutting edge musicians looking to mix up dark influences and moody soundbytes within their musical scores.
Utilising the full collection of awesome sound sculpting instruments and effects within the Reason 6 environment, Dark Scapes is a unique library fusing organic sounds with cutting edge technology to provide the user with limitless combinations of sounds at your fingertips. Included with this Refill are no less than 312 Combinator Instruments which utilise instruments including Malstrom, Thor, Subtractor, Kong, NNXT, which are combined with the effects including Compressors, Reverbs, Gates, Delays, Flangers, Chorus and much more. Dark Scapes for Reason 5 or higher is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP.
Patches In Detail:
- 63 Atmosphere and Drones
- 40 Pads
- 103 Fx
- 25 Leads
- 15 Real World Sounds
- 3 Kong Kits
- 62 Bonus Sounds
Craig Blundell demonstrates the new features of the SPD-SX Sampling Pad. The SPD-SX puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more.
The perfect addition to any acoustic or electronic drum kit, percussion setup, DJ booth, or keyboard rig, the SPD-SX is equally at home on the live stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite, or dance club. The SPD-SX takes many of the proven concepts from its predecessor and raises them to a new level. Whether you’re firing off one-shot samples, looped phrases, or complete audio playback tracks, the SPD-SX is loaded with the latest technology and tools to get the job done with speed, precision, and convenience. Enjoy the most advanced triggering and sampling technology in a sleek, easy-to-use percussion instrument.
“Pads – the BIG box V2″ contains all patches from the three Mystic Dream Pads – 2, 4 and 5 – in ONE really big ReFill with (since version 2) 62 new combinator patches that have not been released before – and all this at a sharp “bundle”-price. All patches were revised to match perfectly together. This ReFill gives you all you need when searching for atmospheric patches, conventional pads – bright or dark, inspiring soundscapes, rhythmical pads, fx & experimental sounds and more… The variety of sonic atmospheres coming from three original ReFills makes this collection very complete so chances are big that you´ll find what you are looking for while browsing for the right pad. Version 2 is adding 30 new combinator patches, furthermore every original combinator patch has been reworked – same sound as before, but highly expanded button / knob assignment, consistent naming of the functions and new backdrops…
‘Pads – the BIG box‘ Contents:
- 447 combinator patches (62 “BIG box” only ones).
- 11 different folders: Ambient, Atmospheres, Electric Keys, Exclusive Big Box Patches, FX & Experimental, Miscellaneous, Old MDP Reminiscence, Pads Conventional, Pads Dark, Pads Light, Rhythmic.
- The modules folder contains the basic synth and NNXT patches which are used for the combinator sounds:
183 Thor patches, 156 NNXT patches, 105 Malstroem patches, 59 Subtractor patches, 38 RV7000 patches
- All patches & demo tracks coming from MDP2, MDP4 & MDP5 are included.
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