Apr 29

INTRODUCING THE NORD ELECTO 3 FROM CLAVIA


I have been anxious to get my hands on a Nord keyboard and it is very strange that at the time Nord have just announced the release of the Electro 4D at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, I am about to look into the Nord Electro 3. This maybe the right time as there is a possibility that the Electro 3 will come down a little in price, with its successor just around the corner. Obviously the Electro 3 is the third incarnation of Clavia’s virtual electromechanical range of bright red wonders. The first is now over ten years old and Clavia have slowly updated the software and hardware.
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Apr 20

Here is something I just don’t know how I missed – Pearl Drums – Tru Trac Eelectronic Drum Heads. I know it has been done before converting an acoustic set of drums into Electronic, but Pearl have been around a few years now and certainly know a thing or two about drums.

Their consideration from an electronic point of view is how they feel and Tru-Trac Electronic Drumheads have the same size and response as real heads. They are available in pre-packs and individual components so you can convert your own acoustic kit into an electronic kit. Both of their pre-packs include (5) No Drill Adapters and all necessary parts and tools to complete your kit’s conversion from acoustic to electronic. All you need to do then is connect the pads to your favorite drum brain like the Roland TD20 or TD30. The conversion process is just like changing a Drum Head.

The two packs are: EPAD-25S contains the following: TTP-B Bass Tru Trac Electronic DrumHead, TTB-10 10″ Tom DrumHead, TTP-12 12″ Tom DrumHead, TTP-16 16″ Tom DrumHead, TTP-14 14″ Snare DrumHead, NDA-1 Non-Drill Adapter (x 5), CH1JB 16″ TRS Cable, DZC15 15″ Long Cable, 52MM Tension Rods (x30), 63MM Tension Rods (x30), NP485 Velcro Tape (x10), BDMTP Hole Position Template, PDPTP Paper Ruler, HPC6 Hole Punch and BDC Foam Bass Drum Cushion.

EPAD-25 contains:-TTP-B Bass Tru Trac Electronic DrumHead, TTB-12 12″ Tom DrumHead, TTP-13 13″ Tom DrumHead, TTP-16 16″ Tom DrumHead, TTP-14 14″ Snare DrumHead, NDA-1 Non-Drill Adapter (x 5), CH1JB 16″ TRS Cable, DZC15 15″ Long Cable, 52MM Tension Rods (x30), 63MM Tension Rods (x30), NP485 Velcro Tape (x10), BDMTP Hole Position Template, PDPTP Paper Ruler, HPC6 Hole Punch and BDC Foam Bass Drum Cushion.

Apr 18

INTRODUCTION

I haven’t done any Studio Monitor reviews and I was interested to see that a surprising amount of people were recommending Adam A7X Studio Monitors, in fact it is hard to find a bad word about them and the readers of Sound On Sound magazine have voted them the best studio monitors of 2011 and 2012. Adam Professional Audio is a German company, based in Berlin with distributors all over the world. The UK base is in London – Adam Audio UK Ltd. They already had a very successful product the A7 and last year they decided to upgrade their A-range. I haven’t heard an A7 so I cannot compare the two but I do know that you do not get prestigious awards from Sound On Sound two years in succession unless you have something very special.
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Apr 6

Korg Kronos O/S Update 1.6 , Editor and Plug-In Editor

Korg Kronos O/S Version 1.6 and The Editor/Plug-In Editor software for the Kronos are now available with effect from the 6th April 2012 for download at www.korg.com/kronos/support . All you need to do is select  “Software” for the editor and select Operating System for O/S 1.6. You will also need to visit the “Drivers” section to download the latest USB-MIDI driver.

Korg Kronos OS v1.6, which is required to run the Editor/Plug-In Editor. In addition to various bug fixes, this update also adds an “Uninstall EXs” command, which will completely remove selected EXs data from the internal SSD.

Thank you very much for this free update

 

Apr 5

DAVE SMITH TEMPEST ANALOGUE DRUM MACHINE

INTRODUCING AN ANALOGUE DRUM MACHINE FROM DAVE SMITH AND ROGER LINN

I must say I do have a soft spot for a drum machine but I have never found one that will do all that I want from it. There seems to be less around today and those that are have been with us a few years now. I think some of the larger companies are concerned that they do not sell that well due to the fact that so many people fall into either end of the spectrum with software at one end and the more professional recording of Studio Live drums at the other. Using a hardware drum machine therefore falls somewhere between these two. So the hardware drum machine needs to have something special about it. The famous Dave Smith and Roger Linn have set out to achieve this by building the Tempest which creates its sound from six analog synthesized voices to create and manipulate all of your own beats and grooves in real-time.
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