Checking out Roland’s new AIRA – MX-1 Mix Performer

January 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

What you see in this video was all recorded live, in one take, using AIRA gear, Even the laser robot was controlled from the TR-8 and TB-3 via SBX-1.

The MX-1 Mix Performer brings together your synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, and more into a single performance-optimized mixing instrument. Combining elements of a mixer, control surface, audio interface, and step-based effector, the MX-1 is designed to be the nerve center of your electronic music rig. It’s a mixer you can play – and so much more.

more information : http://www.roland.com/aira

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ROLAND UNVEILS MX-1 MIX PERFORMER

Performance-Ready Mixer for AIRA Instruments, DAWs, and Other Gear

Los Angeles, CA, January 22, 2015 — Roland is pleased to introduce the MX-1 Mix Performer, a performance-optimized mixing instrument for bringing together synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, AIRA gear, and more. The MX-1 can mix up to 18 audio channels from a computer, and AIRA devices are able to communicate directly via USB alongside other analog and digital gear. With its versatile input selection, intuitive layout, and numerous tempo effects with step and real-time control, the MX-1 is a unique and powerful tool for delivering spontaneous, dynamic musical performances.

Designed to function as the nerve center for a modern electronic music rig, the MX-1 is perfect for working with AIRA devices such as the TR-8, TB-3, and SYSTEM-1, as well as other music equipment. Simple to use, the MX-1 provides high-quality sound at rates up to 96 kHz, plus a wealth of mixing features optimized for real-time creativity. Master tempo control (with fine and tap functions) synchronizes the MX-1’s effects with all connected devices via USB and/or MIDI.

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Up to four AIRA devices can be connected to the MX-1 via standard USB cables, making setup simple and quick. The AIRA Link USB connection provides both 96 kHz audio transfer and MIDI tempo sync information over just one cable. The MX-1 is also equipped with multiple analog inputs for connecting gear such as synths, drum machines, smartphones, tablets, and other various gadgets. A coaxial digital jack can be configured as either an input or output, and stereo send/return jacks are provided for connecting external effects units.

Each input channel on the MX-1 features a smooth level fader with six selectable volume curves, a Tone/Filter knob with ten different settings, and quick-access mutes that work with the LED-lit faders to clearly show their status, even in dark environments.
Scene memories allow users to instantly recall different mixer states that include all settings and effects configurations. The DJ-style cue function can be used to monitor input sources without affecting the main mix outputs.

With its integrated tempo-based effects, the MX-1 lets users enhance performances with dramatic, pulsing effects. Beat FX (Filter, Side Chain, and Slicer) can be applied to each channel independently, and the effect tempo is automatically synced to the clock master. The 16 TR-style step sequencer buttons allow the processing to be triggered at specific steps to create all sorts of interesting grooves. Master FX such as Scatter, Roll, Bit Crush, and others are included as well, and these can be quickly turned on or off per channel as desired.

The MX-1 integrates seamlessly with Mac and Windows computers, functioning as a high-performance, 18-channel 24-bit/96 kHz USB audio interface. MIDI over USB is also supported, allowing the MX-1 to send or receive tempo information and provide control surface functionality for music production software. Audio outputs from the computer can be mixed in the MX-1 alongside external devices to create a powerful and versatile software/hardware music system.

For more information about the MX-1 Mix Performer, visit RolandUS.com.

NAMM 2015: Roland\’s New JD-XA machine

January 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

NAMM 2015: Roland\’s New JD-XA – Big Daddy Of JD-Xi Now this looks interesting too

Roland SH-09 Vintage Analog Synthesizer 70’s

January 10, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Roland SH-09 Vintage Analog Synthesizer 70’s
recorded with Roland RE-101 space echo and Arturia Beatstep sequencer, controlled by cv/gate

NAMM leaks: New micro-key type synth from Roland labelled JD-Xi

January 2, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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The Mini-Key Synth labelled JD Xi
Looks a bit like a Microkorg competitor

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We’ll know better on 22.th this month (at NAMM)..

Roland JV-1080 Demo

December 30, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demo of the Roland JV-1080 in performance mode.

“I have the Techno (SR-JV80-11) and Dance (SR-JV80-06) cards installed.”

The Roland JV-1080 was one of the hottest and most popular digital synthesizers ever to come from Roland. Incredible sound quality capable of emulating any instrument imaginable plus totally fat analog synth type sounds and loads of percussion! It has 64 voices of polyphony and 16 part multitimbral, it’s no wonder this is part of almost every Film Score Composers set-up as well as many more artists and hobbyists!

It has 8MB of sounds and it also offers a lot of expandability with 4 expansion slots and 2 data card memory slots. You can get up to 42MB of sounds by adding any of the popular JV-80 expansion cards suited for Techno, World Instruments, Orchestral or Synthesizers. The 1080 has a large LCD screen, lots of effects and filters for creative flexibility, motion control and extensive MIDI implementation. Editing is intense but enhanced and simplified by external editors like MOTU’s Unisyn.

Roland TR-707 VS AIRA 7X7-TR8 Quize A/B TEST

December 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

7X7を追加したTR-8とTR-707を交互に鳴らしています。

Googlish:

Added the TR-8 and TR-707 a 7X7 It sounded alternately.

Roland TR-505 Drum Machine Patterns

December 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background video description:

One of the easiest drum machines to use and my first one I got in about 1988 which was still selling new. Related to the TR-707 but slimmed down to the size of a crappy RX machine. Has better sounds and editing than the RX17 or similar. Love the claps, the kicks, everything about it. Funny enough these can go for crazy prizes, like over $200.

Roland AIRA TR-7X7 Interview w DJ Pierre

December 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In the mid-1980s, Roland released the now-famous TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers. Loved deeply by groove-minded musicians the world over, these machines have been the beating heart of a wide range of styles including synth pop, acid house, techno, industrial, electro and experimental. Now, the sound of these classic rhythm machines, with every nuance accounted for, can be injected into your TR-8, taking the whole experience to an entirely new level.

  • - Every sound of the TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers, faithfully reproduced using the original PCM wave data and detailed models of the original circuitry.
  • - Analog Circuit Behavior captures the unmistakable sound of the original units—a result of lo-fi sampling and the behavior of the analog envelope and VCA circuitry design.
  • - Newly modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds with enhanced attack characteristics.
  • - Five new TR-808 sounds including Noise Toms, Noise Clap and Finger Snaps.
  • - Unique flam and accent behaviors of the TR-909 and TR-707, with adjustable flam intensity and two levels of accent.
  • - Upgrades the TR-8 to have all the sounds and articulations of four iconic TR drum machines, plus all new sounds, in one performance-ready instrument.

Generative Music² by Old Beats

December 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Generative Music with Ableton Live
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generati
Dsi Prophet 08 launching clips in Ableton Live
Moog Voyager + Moog MF Delay
Moog Little Phatty
DSI Evolver
Akai VX 90
Roland Alpha Juno 2
Novation Bass Station 2
Jomox AirBase 99
Lexicon MX 300
TC Electronic M 350
Boss CE 20
Korg Monotron Filter on Cymbals
Allen & Heath Zed 428

Vintage synth demo: Roland Jupiter-4

November 26, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vintage synthesizer demo track featuring the Roland Jupiter 4
all sounds: Roland Jupiter-4 Analog Synthesizer (1978)
drums: Roland TR-808 (1982)
recording: multi-track without Midi
fx: delay and reverb

The first Jupiter synth. It was among one of the first poly synthesizers (4 individual voices which could be synced together for one fat monophonic lead), it had a pitch wheel that could be assigned to the VCA, VCF, VCO or all together, there are 8 memory locations and a cool arpeggiator – the arpeggiator can be heard in the Duran Duran classic, “Rio”. It also has a very slow LFO for those ever-so-long filter sweeps. Pretty good for 1978!

Not so cool however, are the 10 preset sounds which sound nothing like the piano, brass or strings they claim to be. The placement of all the preset buttons below the keyboard can be inconvenient, especially while playing it. And as with most old analog synths, the Jupiter-4’s tuning can go out often. Still it is a nice analog synth for creating weird trippy analog sounds.

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