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.

Arturia Minibrute vs Korg MS-20 Mini

June 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new video, via Verifyhuman, captures a “budget monophonic synthesizer smackdown”:

It’s a budget monophonic synthesizer smackdown: How does the new Korg MS-20 Mini compare against the Arturia Minibrute? A veiny arm takes you through the oscillators of these beasts to see just how similar / different they are.

I made the video as a scientific response to the bevy of forum discussions and questions regarding the two. For those in the market for a budget monosynth but only wish to buy one, I hope the video can remove some of the subjectivity and let the listener determine what sounds better to them. No audio editing or effects were added to the raw sound.

Questions? Opinions? Video comparison requests? Leave them in the comments below.

Recorded through Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1 with Ableton Live 9.

Native Instruments Monark – Review

June 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Monark is Native Instruments latest Reaktor built synth aims to emulate thew classic Mini Moog Model D.

MONARK captures the pure organic sound of the undisputed king of monophonic analog synthesizers. Years of meticulous research capture every nuance of the synth at the center of four decades of popular music. The first choice for bass and lead sounds from electronic and hip hop to indie rock and beyond, no other synth comes close to this combination of power, richness, and musical tone. Delivering the true sound of a synth as famous as the artists who used it, MONARK is the holy grail of analog modeling.

Model-A Prototype – Built in 1969. This version more closely resembles the modular Moog’s but in a very compact form. In its wood case, six Moog designed modules were internally hard-wired together and connected to a small keyboard. Many labels were typed out on paper and taped on to the front panel above the knobs.

Model-B Prototype – Built in 1970. In this version, the modular look was eliminated as the components were brought together by a pupose built front panel lay out. The three identical VCO sections were stacked on top of each other on the left. The right side held the Amplitude and Filter contour controls. The middle section held the Noise, Filter (cutoff, res) and master tuning controls. There was even a power switch on the front.

Model-C Prototype – Built in 1970. This version really begins to look like a Minimoog. The familiar left-to-right layout of Controllers, Oscillator Bank, Mixer, Modifiers and Output sections and the signature pop-up front panel had come to exist. The Model-C was photographed for the original Sales Flyer introducing the Minimoog, although in that flyer it was referred to as the Model-D.

Model-D Prototype – Built in 1970 almost immediately after the Model-C. A few more cosmetic tweaks to the front panel design brought about the last few final touches before readying for commercial production of the official Model-D.

Model-D – Built in 1971. A few more design tweaks (like adding some red rocker-switches and proper pitch-bend and mod wheels) and the Model-D was the Minimoog sold to the public. Interestingly, there are three versions of the Model-D, with some very minor and mainly cosmetic variations to each. Fortunately they can be distinguished from their name-plates.

Dubstep Maker for iPad – Review

May 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Go here for more information and CODE to unlock more sounds: http://synthuniverse.com/dubstep-maker/
Go here to listen to app: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4OSDd…

Dubstep Maker is an iPad app for making dubstep music. It features 38 assignable PADS,
a 8 note keyboard and a synth wobble modulator. There are over 100 drum loops, synth loops, vocal samples and fx sounds.

Dubstep Maker is an iPad app for creating dubstep music. It features 38 assignable PADS, a 8 note keyboard and a synth wobble modulator. The wobble modulator is placed where you would normally find a mod or pitch wheel. Next to that you have a selection of 6 synth sounds to modulate and create wobble sounds.

There are over 100 drum loops, synth loops, vocal samples and fx sounds. From a design point of view it’s is simply laid out. Buttons are as big as a finger tip and spread out nicely.

The edit screens are where you assign different sounds to different pads.This is simply done by selecting a button to edit and pick your sound by touching the + button.

The only other functions available to change is the master volume, the tempo and the rate of the synth wobble using the sliders.

While there are lots of dubstep apps available none of them really stand out. WHOMP is perhaps the best and oldest of them but still not a stand out app one might expect. Dubstep Maker is an intriging app that it is well laid out (perhaps too simply? I’m not sure.) Its sounds are your standard dubstep sounds that doesn’t set itself too far apart from the rest although there is a lot of variation.

The synth wobble section is probably where it will find its fans. Fair enough playing a wobble sample but to actually adjust
the wobble to suit is great. Maybe more sounds to play around with would not go amiss, or a dedicated page just to create wobbles would be nice.

Studiologic Sledge Review Teaser

May 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The yellow beast is up for a nice review – check out the teaser video for more details and sounds

Mitchell Sigman gives a quick overview of Studiologic’s new Sledge virtual analog synthesizer. Full review coming soon in Keyboard Magazine!

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