Mar 27

Here is something interesting from Keyboard magazine – “Keyboard Presents Synth Gods”. This book is about artists who did much more than just play synthesizers – they changed the course of music history and inspired generations. It has in-depth profiles of leading keyboard players such as Jan Hammer, Wendy Carlos, Rick Wakeman, and Stevie Wonder, this book delves into how these new, untested boxes of circuitry captured the imagination of these legendary artists.

You can read about the design of some of the most famous synthesizers ever made, models from masterminds such as Dr. Robert Moog, Dave Smith, and Ray Kurzweil and find out what made them sound unique, what timeless music was created on them, and how you can re-create some of these sounds using synths you already have! – sounds good. Check out the details:-

ISBN: 9780879309992 – Backbeat Books – 190 Pages – Approx $15.00, £10.00 or less.

Mar 13

Musikmesse 2011

It is that time of year again, Namm 2011 seems to have come and gone and already we are on a countdown to Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Mackie will be there in Halle 4.1, Stand E31 and they have just anounced that Devin Townsend will be there at their stand  on Thursday, April 7th at 16:00  to sign autographs.

Mackie are also giving you a chance to win some cool new Mackie studio gear. There is a pair of  MR8mk2 Powered Studio Monitors and  an Onyx Blackbird 16×16 FireWire Recording Interface. If you wish to enter the contest just simply go to their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Mackie on April 6th. The contest ends on April 30th.

PreSonus have stated they are going to unveil exciting new products at Musikmesse. They have stated that on Wed April 6, 2011 at 17:00 hrs they are going to show you something hard and cool, something soft that’s nice to touch, and perhaps something unexpected. This will be with Refreshments and the legendary Cajun All Stars will perform. You can see all this at the PreSonus section of Hyperactive Musikmesse Stand #5.1 B54′ The “Hard and Cool” is a new small cost-effective but poweful mixer which is part of the the StudioLive family but has a very cool feature that the StudioLive 16.4.2 and 24.4.2 don’t have. The “Soft and nice to touch” is a new free iPad app that is the answer to a prayer for audio engineers and musicians. It lets you wireless control all of the StudioLive mixers so you can move about the venue while adjusting levels, routing, effects, and more. What a great idea. And lastly a bit of a surprise but you need to attend Musikmesse to find out what.

Mar 6

INTRODUCTION

Well here is a Blast from the Past. I am writing this review because despite the fact that I have written to Roland and Boss on the matter of upgrading this machine, 6 years have passed and this is still their top drum machine – why is that? Whilst I know I like hardware drum machines, a great many people prefer to use software but this machine was aimed at a slightly different market – the guitarist. The Roland Boss DR-880 is much more than a drum machine; it is also also partly a bass guitar synthesizer and partly guitarist effects package with built-in COSM Drive/Amp models and effects such as chorus, delay, reverb, wah, crunch, and others. Add to this a direct input connection for a guitar, a built-in chromatic tuner and a Composition function for drum and bass sounds, guitar players just love this and you can’t blame them. You don’t have to be a guitarist to make use of this unit as it can be used by any musician wanting a drum and bass guitar backing. It is really an excellent tool to jam along with providing you with both rhythmic and melodic ideas for song creation.

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