Sep 22

Here is a great new product from Roland that I hope I get my hands on soon to review – the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Percussion Pad. Here is the spec:-

Unique sampling-pad concept — the only instrument of its kind in the world, 2 GB internal memory, enabling approximately 360 minutes of sampling (mono) without requiring external memory, Nine velocity-sensitive rubber pads, two external dual-trigger inputs, Easy capturing and assignment of audio data through Multi-Pad Sampling Three units of multi-effects onboard, with two real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons, Individual Pad Dynamics indicators show pad status and audio-level activity during performance, Expanded USB functionality (USB Mass Storage, USB MIDI/AUDIO, USB Memory), Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing samples and Large backlit LCD.

However have a look at the attached You Tube clip with some great playing from that Awesome and talented man – Michael Schack:-

Sep 22

INTRODUCING SONAR XI PRODUCER


I have been with Cakewalk Sonar Producer since version 6 and having worked myself through the necessary learning curve of a new DAW, I got to the point where I was very happy with 8.5 and all of the many facilities it provided. For others, Sonar has always been let down by its interface.

 

With Sonar X1, I want to believe that somewhere underneath this new look is my old familiar Sonar 8.5 and that I know exactly what to do. I think however that I have a bit of a learning to do, as well as some un-learning especially as I understand many of the keyboard shortcuts have changed.

 

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Sep 18

INTRODUCTION TO THE KORG KRONOS


For the synth players amongst you, 2011’s biggest highlight so far has got to be the release of the new Korg Kronos – a nine synth in one beast. In many ways it is an updated Korg Oasys but as I have discovered, it is much more besides. A synth of this much depth with its nine synth engines probably requires nine reviews therefore, rather than overload you with information you can easily get elsewhere, I am going to take you through some of my personal experiences so far – some good, some great and some not quite what I had expected. Unfortunately this is still a big article and I have hardly scratched the surface.

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