Dec 24

*   A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL   *

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Thank you for your continued support throughout the year and I am sorry my time has not been fully devoted to the site. I have been very busy improving my skills in the art of recording, mixing and mastering. It seems that as I have increased my skills this year so has my collection of plug-ins and I have been very pleased with the updates that Cakewalk have done to my DAW – Sonar Platinum.

As always as January 2016 fast aproaches, I look forward to NAMM. Already, the possibility of new synth from Yamaha interests me – what have they been doing for the last few years? The same goes for Access. It seems their fantastic synth the Virus has been forgotten about? The world’s financial climate has meant that we are not being flooded with new products and those that are coming our way, seem to be smaller and smaller and very plastic and lightwight – is this really what everyone wants?

Anyway enjoy Christmas Day which in England is only an hour and half away – see you in the new year – Tony x

Dec 20

ROLI NOISE 5D – Free Virtual Seabord for iPhone and iPad

This looks like the best freebie available before Christmas for your iPhone or iPad. I really like the idea of having a Roli Rise keyboard that they released back in September but they are a bit expensive. I was therefore very surprised to hear about this freebie which is absolutely brilliant – you have got to get this.

The RISE, has this awesome MPE which stands for Multi-dimensional Polyphonic Expression. In simple english the whole keyboard surface has note on, key position along the length of it, and pressure (all per note). They are not the first company to do this but I would say they are or will be the most successful.

Apple meantime, with the iPhone 6S also introduced 3D Touch to its capabilities. No doubt the boffins at ROLI had a light bulb moment, as since then, they’ve been working to bring thier new free NOISE app to the market. Essentially on iPhone 6S, NOISE gives you the MPE playing experience (aside from the largess of the actual keyboard) but on your phone screen. You can apply the same pressure and positional control that you can with the Seaboard together with its own Mobile Sound Engine.

It has some 25 great sounds which I think come from their EQUATOR software synth. If you want more sounds you will be able to get these by purchasing from the App itself.

So if you are like me and want to experience what MPE is like but can not afford a Seaboard Rise, this is for you – free. You can only currently get it for the iPhone (iOS 9 up), the iPad version is not yet available.

Available free via the iTunes Store – what are you waiting for?