Waldorf Pulse 2 Analog Synth – Review

December 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This three oscillator analog with 8 voice paraphonic operation, has slipped under the radar a little with some of the other big monosynth releases this year. I think it deserves a closer inspection.

Waldorf Pulse 2, Analog Monophonic Desktop Synthesizer, 3 analog oscillators + 1 noise generator, Pulse width modulation, Hard thomann sync, 24dB/12db Lowpass, 12db Highpass/Bandpass filter modes, Arpeggiator, 8-slot Modulation Matrix, Connections: USB, MIDI, External analog signal input, Stereo line out, Headphone out, 128×64 character backlit LCD, Backwards compatible with classic Pulse, 8 stainless steel knobs, 500 Sound Programs

Checking out Logic Pro X – Review

December 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Reviewer John Krogh expands on the December 2013 print review of Apple Logic Pro X with a screen video tour of new and useful features.

Logic Pro X has more than just a new look — it gives you new options you’ve never had before. You can work the way you always have, with the full power and depth of Logic Pro. Or if you’re exploring ideas, you can choose to work with a more streamlined set of controls to keep things moving right along. You can also personalize Advanced Tools to make your workflow match your creative flow.

The new design also makes it easier to get things done. Transport controls are now located right at the top of the main window. You can easily browse and add more sounds from the Sound Library, conveniently placed next to other track-related controls. Visual snap guides help you quickly align and edit regions. A more responsive, more accurate tuner is just a click away. And Autosave keeps all your work safe and sound. Want to know how something works? Just hover your cursor over any part of the interface for Quick Help tips. To dive deeper, pull up the relevant section of the user manual with a single keystroke.

More info here >>

Focus on X Factor and Cubase Gesture Control

November 21, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Rich Hilton is back from touring with Chic, which included a live appearance on X Factory in the UK, We talk Jimmy Sommerville, Elektro Moskva, Cubase Gesture Control, Da Vinci’s Viola Organista, Zynaptiq Pitchmap and the tiny linux PC Cloudsto MK802IV LE Quad Core

In-depth encounter with Maschine Studio – Overview and review

November 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Discover Maschine Studio’s ultra-intuitive beatmaking and production workflow in this short overview video. http://www.native-instruments.com/mas…

MASCHINE STUDIO keeps you laser-focused on the quest for the perfect groove. Its pattern-based sequencer and high-performance sampler, exemplary drum synths, incredible suite of creative effects and pro instruments, and acclaimed sound library deliver ultimate production power. All with a fully tactile, hardware-focused workflow that puts you in total control of the groove.

With two new AMOLED screens and a more integrated control surface, Maschine Studio is now the flagship hardware in the range, with a major software upgrade in V 2.0 which also is compatible with the existing Maschine Hardware, there’s a lot to digest. Gaz Williams takes us for a deep appraisal of the two new components.

Review: Electro Harmonix 8-Step Program & Modular Synthesizer

October 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A quick review of the Electro Harmonix 8-Step Program in regards of how it can be useful for a modular synthesizer or any other synthesizer that has a CV Input for the filter or other destinations.

Four massive video reviews of the Arturia MicroBrute

October 25, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Of course our personal favorite is the last one featuring Matsutake from Logic System :-)

Arturia’s new baby – is 100% analogue with a lot of features for the money – see what we make of it.

Enjoy !!

 

+ a little Japanese bonus:

“Mogul, pine Takeshi analog synth love playing down analog synths Arturia, the MiniBrute.
I would connect you to their own “closet” to the (Moog Modular).” Googlish

Maschine Studio & 2.0 Software – Should you buy? Analysis & Review

October 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Native Instruments just released MASCHINE STUDIO and its all new 2.0 software for the entire product line.
Massivebeatz chats in depth about the new features, prices, pros and cons, alternatives (MPC Renaissance, DSI Tempest) – and whether you might need to upgrade.
Content and photos copyright by Native-instruments.com, Createdigitalmusic.com, Akai, Massivebeatz and Dave Smith Instruments.

Hands-on with the Korg Volca range

August 31, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MusicRadar examines and demos the new compact, affordable Volca Beats, Bass and Keys analogue instruments from Korg.

Read their first look review here: http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/f…

Review: Arturia MiniBrute analog synthesizer

August 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

Finally checking out the awesome little analog synthesizer from Arturia called the MiniBrute. This is a fully analog synthesizer with a Steiner-Parker filter, CV in/out, MIDI, and USB, all in a nice 25 key aluminium case.

full review: http://soundsandgear.com/arturia-mini…

product page: http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/p…

DJ Controller: Numark Orbit Overview and Demo

July 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Going over the features and demonstrates the controls of the Numark Orbit wireless DJ controller.

The Numark Orbit has the standard DJ controls you can come to expect from other popular DJ controllers. There are some obvious differences but you have everything you need to get mixing and performing, right out of the box. While many DJ controllers tout the “plug and play” functionality but require a few extra steps to get going, the Numark Orbit and it’s companion Orbit DJ software synched as soon as I got connected. So if you are someone who is just starting out with audio and DJ software, you can rest assured that the Numark Orbit will not put up a fight when it comes to getting started right out of the box.

The pads, the bank buttons, the bumpers, and the endless rotary, all have a great feel and the controller itself is built very well. Using the rotary wheel in the middle is certainly a different way to DJ. It can be used to control volume, EQ levels, and act as a crossfader depending on what function you have it assigned to control. The wheel itself responds well to the touch and has a nice LED indicator for your level control.

Next to the wireless capabilities, the built in accelerometer is sort of what the Numark Orbit is all about. You can control all the parameters of your effects by tapping the bumpers and manipulating the controller in the proper fashion. Each bumper can control a parameter of a selected effect on its own, or you can hold down both bumpers and open the full function of the accelerometer control. You can lock the Numark Orbit’s accelerometer by double tapping the bumper, which eliminates the need to hold the bumper down when controlling effects.

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