Jan 28

FROU FROU – MUST BE DREAMING

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It has been a while since we had some music on the site and I forgot about this great track from Frou Frou called Must be dreaming. Great track and great album, performed by the incredibly talented and very beautiful Imogen Heap and she looks stunning in this clip.

The trouble is I don’t know what I love most – Imogen Heap or the sound of the Synth at the end of this song – such a difficult choice.

Jan 26

Korg Gadget Synth Studio for the iPad – Namm 2014

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I think my iPad is screaming out for some of this totally portable fun with Korg Gadgets. Korg state that Gadget offers a collection of 15 different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets”, which can be freely combined to create powerful electronic music.

If you are worried that this is going to be too complicated for you and you are not a musician but want to join in with the fun, then you have no worries as each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function.

The app has been carefully constructed to provide immediate access to the most useful sounds, and is ideal for producing all forms of electronic music on the go with your iPad anywhere.

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Jan 26

Korg Triton Taktile keyboards – Namm 2014

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The Korg Triton Taktile controller keyboards come in two sizes a 25 note or 49 note high quality semi-weighted keybeds. Not only are they powerful controller keyboards with loads of great features they have an awesome Korg XY pad for you to control parameters on the fly and come loaded with 512 Triton sounds, which have been “specially tuned” for the unit. The Triton taktiles can also connect to a computer via USB and function as an external sound module.

Prices are $299/$349 for the 25-note/49-note taktile controllers and $349/$499 for the 25-note/49-note Triton taktile keyboards available in July 2014.

Jan 26

Waves Abbey Road Reel Automatic Double Tracking (ADT) plugin – NAMM 2014

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Come on, you know you want that famous Beatles double-tracked sound – don’t you? Well now you can have just that in your DAW – “You say Yes”

Read on, to see what those clever people at Waves have come up with this time by way of a plug-in for Namm 2014
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Jan 26

Nord Lead A1 – Namm 2014

Namm 2014 and Clavia showed its latest analogue modelling synthesizer, the Nord Lead A1. My first thoughts on this was that how different is this from its other Nord Leads. It certaily looks very similar and for a 49 Note keyboard it still carries the hefty Nord Price of $1799. Nord say it has been made to “encourage experimentation with quick and easy programming and is very different from the Nord A4 as it has a completely diffent oscillator section”, but what does it sound like as it is not true analogue. The YouTube clip above allows you to hear some of its sounds without the noise of the Namm crowd.

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Jan 25

iZotope & BT – BreakTweaker Beat Machine – Namm 2014

BreakTweaker is a software beat machine to use with your DAW and is powered by a Sequencer,a Generator and a MicroEdit Engine. Izotope have teamed up with BT again to bring you BT’s patented micro edit technology based on pioneering rhythmic sound design research. They say that the aim of this software is to get you to change the way you think about rhythm and you can split a sound up into potentially thousands of tiny slices and altering the way they are played back – how good is that? See for yourself on the Youtube clip above, about halfway through the clip you are going to go …….WOW!

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Jan 24

Korg KEYTAR RK-100S – Namm 2014

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You may just remember the original RK-100 from 1984 and nearly thirty years later, the RK has been resurrected by Korg. However, they have significantly improved the look with beautiful curved wooden surfaces in three colours (red, black and white) and made it less heavy with a 37 note slim keyboard. It also has a built-in analog modeling sound generator.

With two ribbon controllers, an arpeggiator, and a vocoder, and favorite” buttons this looks great fun. The long ribbon controller can be used instead of the keyboard to play a freely specified range of pitches and scales, and can also be used to control the pitch or filter in dramatic ways. The RK-100S will ship in June priced at £695.

Carry on reading to see the Youtube clip

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Jan 24

Arturia Spark 2 – Namm 2014

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I love my Spark, so I really delighted that Arturia have updated it further with their new version which really gives you a new look and a new feel which is just what you want from a Drum Maschine.

Namm seems to have as many Drum related products as it does guitars. Perhaps that is a bit of an exageration but maybe it just me that is drawn to all these new drum machines spoiling us for choice. In comparison to say the drum maschines from Elektron, this is a much cheaper option as a hybrid hardware/software instrument but it is just as interesting and a quarter of the price. I can’t wait to try this out.

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Jan 24

Elektron Analog Rytm Drum Machine at Namm 2014

The clip above gives you a great idea of what this new Drum Maschine from Elektron is all about. Like all of Elektron gear it is a little expensive but you are paying for a quality build, fuctionality and extensive controls and connections but paying out $1542 / 1389 Euros on a drum maschine may push your expectations very high.

From the makers of the Machinedrum you get an 8-voice analog drum machine with sample support with 12 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads and the famous Elektron sequencer.

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Jan 24

Namm 2014 – Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter

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Well, we did not have to wait long – The new Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter is here for Namm 2014. The new Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter is an interesting beast because it is simply that – an Analog Filter for you to manipulate your sound(s) whether they are from a raunchy guitar or a synth or used by a DJ. I suppose if you are going to have a filter it may as well be one of the best, and Waldorf make some great filters. Looking at it my first thoughts are it is just like the Waldorf Rocket as it has the same size metallic case. The new Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter has a completely analog signal path and its Filter can be modulated by LFO, envelope follower or an external signal.

You get quite a bit to play with as it has extensive controls which are an input Gain with level LED; Rectify pot for mixing-in the rectified input signal; Filter Cutoff pot; Filter Resonance pot; Bipolar Filter Env Mod pot; Filter Type switch; Overdrive pot; Activation switch; Output Level pot; LFO Range switch with 3 positions; LFO Rate pot with LED; LFO Mod Depth pot; Trigger Button with LED; Trigger Threshold pot; Trigger Hold pot; Envelope Follower Source switch with 3 positions; Envelope Follower Attack pot and an Envelope Follower Decay pot.

Connections around the back give you Audio In and Out, Cutoff CV In, Envelope Follower CV In, Trigger In and a 12V DC Power input.

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