Jul 30

If you are like me and have been a great fan of Imogen Heap and follow her impressive volume of social media comunications you are probably aware that she had a pair of gloves specially made to allow her to control aspects of her performance such as sounds, effects and drums using hand and finger gestures.

She gave a great performance last Wednesday at Wired Magazine’s The Future Of Music Event in London however, I think she missed a couple of beats on the air drums and played just like our drummer does. It did look very impressive and just shows the many different ways of making music and a glipse at what the future holds. She seemed to be wearing 4 radio packs on her and you could just make out a USB cable trailing down her leg!

The gloves were developed by Tom Mitchell, a lecturer in music systems at the University of the West of England, Bristol and allow Imogen to mix her music live on stage. Apparently, they have sensors that monitor the motion of the wearer’s finger joints, along with a gyroscope and accelerator to track the orientation of the wearer’s hands in space and microphones attached to the wrist for sound capture. All the data is then streamed to a laptop for analysis and audio processing. Imogen’s sharp wrist rotations step through a number of modes and then arm and finger positions can be used to control stuff such as volume, pan, reverb send, low-pass filter, distortion, looping, sample triggering and pitched instrument playing. She just doesn’t stop pushing the boundaries of music technology forward – what a great artist. Have a look at the You Tube clip:-

Jul 29

TWIST Spectral Morphing Synthesizer

Here is something I found I really like the sound of -TWIST Spectral Morphing Synthesizer from SONiVOX’s Nemesynth Audio Research Group. It is a new tool that combines a brand new type of synthesis, intelligent performance controls, and cutting edge GUI design to give you control over an endless arsenal of unique sound that you can easily personalize to meet your needs. The sounds are gritty and edgy and I particularilly love the bass sounds.

Have a listen to the sounds on this You Tube clip:-

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Jul 23

INTRODUCTION

How do you fancy having a professional Yamaha Motif in a very lightweight and affordable package? Well Yamaha have just released two new synths – the MOX 6 (61 semi-weighted keys) and the MOX 8 (88 note graded hammer action keyboard). The new MOX has 1217 voices as well as 6720 Arpeggiator patterns taken from the Yamaha Motif XS range. The MOX 6 weighs an incredible 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs.), whilst the MOX 8 only 14.8 kg (32.6 lbs.) despite its full size keyboard. The prices are such that there is nothing on the market that provides this much by way of price, portability and professional sounds. This sounds like an idea home studio keyboard workstation synth which has a sequencer but its weight obviously lends itself to the live situation as does some of the new layout and controls. Well it all sounds good but I need to put this through its paces and determine whether this light weight keyboard can stand the rigours of the road. Perhaps only time will tell, but it certainly appears to provide the ideal carrying weight for someone who needs 88 hammer-action keys.

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Jul 14

CAUSE AND EFFECT

Released today is my new Sound Pack – CAUSE AND EFFECT – 36 New Sound Patches for your KORG SV1 STAGE VINTAGE PIANO. Packed with Electro – Mechanical sounds, making full use of Korg’s fantastic on board effects for vintage electric pianos, funky Clavs, classic Organs and String machines. This Sound Pack is an easy download and a great price. Enjoy these and make great music!

YouTube

To here a demo of the sounds, please click below:-

Jul 12

Here is an excellent You Tube Clip for anyone who has ever played in a band at a Wedding. I am sure you will fully relate to this and in my opinion it is spot on, extremely funny and you will want to take some of the stock phrases to use at your next Gig. Thanks Cliff for bringing this one to my attention. Here goes see what you think:-

Jul 10

KORG SV-1 INTRODUCTION

Here is an instrument I have been longing to get my hands on – The Korg SV-1 Piano. The SV stands for “Stage Vintage” and that it exactly what it appears to be a Stage Piano that looks as if it would have felt very much at home in the Seventies. I know many people like me would wish it was a more of Synth and Piano but it is not. I therefore intend to concentrate this review on what it is rather than what it is not. I will be looking at the 73-note version which is a lovely rich burgundy colour with black rounded ends.

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