Video: SBC takes a close look at the new groove boxes from KORG – Volca boxes

April 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The three new groove boxes from KORG – the Volca boxes –  featured at MusikMesse
Run through of the capabilities and features

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Korg Volca official details

Volca Keys

Analogue Loop Synth

The ideal introductory synthesizer, with a simple – yet powerful – polyphonic analog sound engine and loop sequencer

The polyphonic synthesizer you’ve been waiting for

  • Three note true analogue synthesis
  • Voicing function lets anyone create sounds easily
  • Delay effect for even more sonic possibilities

Simple loop sequencer

  • Loop sequencer lets you record phases just as you play them
  • Motion Sequencer records knob edits in real time
  • Active Step function and Flux function to add dynamic change to your sequences

Convenient functions for tremendous ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere

Volca Keys is a long-awaited synthesizer that adds a new chapter to the long and storied history of Korg’s analog synthesizers. This 27-key analog lead synth delivers unbelievably powerful sound in a compact body. Starting with a filter section that uses the circuitry of the legendary miniKORG700S (1974), it delivers astonishing sound that takes full advantage of Korg’s half-century of know-how in circuit design.

With a simple structure that includes delay effect and a sequencer, it’s also an ideal choice for a first analog synth. It offers the richly expressive sounds that are distinctive of analog, providing the enjoyment of simple yet deep sound-creation. The possibilities are endless; you can use the three oscillators to play chords, use them in unison with detune to produce solid lead lines, or apply ring modulation to create far-out metallic sounds.

Volca Bass

Analogue Bass Machine

Powerful analog bass sound creation and an Electribe-inspired sequencer for the ultimate bass lines

Powerful analog bass sound

  • Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
  • Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
  • Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Slide function that’s indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps

Convenient functions for ease of use

  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

Aggressive sounds that stand up to the drums; fat sounds that support the rhythm; funky sounds that generate a groove – the volca Bass is an analog groove box that has what you need for a wide range of bass lines.

Although simple in structure, the analog sound engine has an unmistakable presence with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation; it’s a great choice for acid house and many other styles of music. The step sequencer distilled from the Electribe is not only visually intuitive; it’s also a powerful way to generate “free form” bass loops that will stimulate your inspiration.

Volca Beats

Analogue Rhythm Machine

Peerless beats generated by solid analog drum sounds and an Electribe-style sequencer

Powerful analog drum sounds

  • Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines
  • Six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing
  • Maximum effect from minimal parameters – a unique advantage of analog
  • PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps.
  • Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you’re pressing

Convenient functions for incredible ease of use

  • MIDI In for note entry, plus external sync and control from your DAW
  • Go-anywhere analogue: play anywhere with the built-in speaker and optional battery power

Even today, more than thirty years after the age dominated by analog synthesizers, we just can’t let go of the sound of analog rhythm machines. Those thick sounds have the power to stand up to guitar and acoustic drums, and are still indispensable for track-making or live performance. The volca Beats gives you those analog drums plus the easy-to-use step sequencer of the Electribe; it lets you turn your inspiration into reality and generate beats with the best high quality sounds.

PureData Launchpad sequencer

April 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demo of a stepsequencer programmed with PureData and controlled by a Novation Launchpad.

First stage was a proof-of-concept with one track. Patch will be available soon at
http://pdberlin.hotglue.me/MalteSteiner
and used in my part at Restlichtverstärker concerts
http://soundcloud.com/restlicht

Little Rhythm Synth

March 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This little rhythm synth is a 4 step sequencer and NAND synth. Switches allow the user to turn steps on and off, in order to create simple rhythms. The knobs from left to right are: volume, tempo, pitch, and filter.

Casio: XW-G1 Step Sequencer fun

March 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A quick demo using the XW-G1’s step sequencer while showing solo synth manipulation.

The XW-G1 groove synthesizer is designed for the DJ and club performer providing an interactive step sequencer and a sample looper for digitally capturing performance patterns and external instruments.

Step Sequencer

Providing everything from pulsing dance grooves to animated synth textures and arpeggios, the Step Sequencer is the first of its kind. With nine tracks for drums, basses, synths and chordal parts, four controller tracks for adding panning, filter changes and other animation to existing parts and eight patterns make up each sequence; the user can build and mix their performance on the fly. Sequences can even transpose live from the keyboard, providing a completely interactive experience.

Solo Synth

Utilizing Casio’s exclusive (HPSS) Hybrid Processing Sound Source, a six oscillator monophonic solo synth is just one of the amazing sound engine in the XW-G1. The solo synth has the power to deliver classic analog sounds and sounds with an aggressive edge unlike anything else. Two virtual analog style oscillators, two PCM based oscillators, a noise oscillator and an external oscillator via mic and line inputs can be combined to make up a single solo synth tone. Each oscillator has an independent filter, envelopes, independent key tracking, portamento, two LFO’s and access to master resonant filter. With impressive modulation and control capabilities at your fingertips, the solo synth is capable of a wide range of sounds and expression.

Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer

The XW-G1 has powerful arpeggiators. In addition to typical arpeggio patterns, this arpeggiator can create polyphonic synth gated patterns, acoustic instrument emulations and is even fully programmable allowing you to create your own unique sounds. An additional phrase sequencer allows you to quickly capture any riff that you play on the keyboard and have it available on a front panel switch or triggered and transposed live from a range of notes on the keyboard. The combination of the Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Phrase Sequencer provides an endless array of sound possibilities.

Control

The XW-G1 has 4 realtime controller knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, along with 9 sliders to provide control over internal sounds and external devices. Through standard MIDI ports and with a class-compliant USB port the keyboard can be used as a controller for other instruments, including computer software and iPad® based software applications. It also includes an audio input allowing you to monitor an MP3 player, computer or other device without the need for a mixer.

Moog Sub Phatty Filter Sequencing

March 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This video shows the result of using the Koushion step sequencer app and the Moog Multi-Pedal (in MIDI-to-CV conversion mode) to create a tempo-synced filter step sequence on the Moog Sub Phatty synthesizer. The analog CV out of the Multi-Pedal is connected to the filter CV input on the Sub Phatty.

Learn more at www.experimentalsynth.com

Moog Sub Phatty & Q960 Step Sequencer

February 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The mighty analog Moog Sub Phatty Synthesizer is under control of Q960 Sequential Controller. As usual, Row A is for Pitch, Row B is for Filter opening. On this video, while sequence is running, there are tests for EGs snap, OSC reset under key Gate, fattyness of SubOsc, wild brutality of Multidrive distortion. Such a lovely, little analog machine.

Moog Sub Phatty has two oscillators, one sub oscillator, one noise generator, one lowpass filter transistor ladder and a dual distortion unit pre/post filter. On this video, you’ll find a walkaround of waveforms and treatment ready to go with sub oscillation and distortion.

Audulus Demo – Custom Step Sequencer Demo

February 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

With Audulus, you can build synthesizers, design new sounds, or process audio. All with low latency real-time processing suitable for live performance. Audulus’s user interface is clean, simple, and easy to learn, allowing you to focus on sound.

“I made an improved version of the standard step sequencer that comes with Audulus, it includes controls for start, stop, swing and step and sequence length. This is a demo of a song using made using it, all sounds are coming from the standalone version and shows how Audulus can be used to create custom performance setups.”

deep inside frauAngelico drum synth

January 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Standuino frauAngelico
sample based drum synthesizer with microsampling possibilities and step-sequencer
Order:
standuino.eu/buy/buy-fraangelico/
More Info:
standuino.eu/devices/instruments/frauangelico/
video by Felix Hüsken youtube.com/flx04

Features:

– sample based polyphonic plaback (6 voices)
– 8 fully adjustable sounds for each preset that can be triggered by midi or by built in sequencer
– microsampling features to adjust the sound ( loop length, shift speed, start, cut)
– bitCrusher, pitchDown, softVolume
– sample rate knob
– step sequencer with record feature, tap tempo, pattern length and shuffle
– it can store 6 double-patterns (32 steps = 8 beats) in each preset
– 4 presets
– jump button
– mute button for individual sounds
– metronome
– optional double pedal input 3.5mm stereo jack connector for shift and monome button
– various sample banks available (TR-808, 8-BIT, BASIC)
– size: 11 x 7 x 4 cm
– 5 knobs
– 3 switch menu buttons
– 4 big performance buttons
– 3 side hack buttons for aditional features
– 1 volume knob
– input voltage: 9V
– MIDI input( MIDI through by special cable)
– jack 3.5mm output

New Voltage Sequencer from Grove Audio

January 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Grove Audio has introduced the GMS777 Voltage Sequencer – a 2×8 or 1×16 step sequencer, which produces a CV output and gate output per channel.

Each channel has a clock input and a separate reset input. Several step functions are programmable using a push button and LED for each step. Stop and skip can be programmed for each step.

There is a separate switchable quantizer for each channel. The output voltage range 0-2V, 0-5V, and 0-10V is selectable from the panel. The module will also support the “Q” bus modules and interface.

The unit will be available in MU, in MOTM and in EURORACK configurations all running about $350.00 range. Pre-orders for delivery in March can be made through an Indiegogo crowd-funding project. The purchaser will have the option of selecting format and knob styles, including the new custom-molded Davies 1900 knobs in ivory.

More info here >>

Using Koushion with Ableton Live

December 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Koushion iPad MIDI step sequencer app is a great tool to use with Ableton Live. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/koushion

***Link to the App Store***
http://itunes.apple.com/app/koushion/id424454249

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