Jan 15

Roland FA-06 and Roland FA-08 Workstation

 

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I was really looking forward to finding out what new products Roland would be announcing today for their first quarter of 2014 just prior to Namm 2014.

At first, I was a little disappointed as their are not many and their didn’t appear to be anything ‘new’ in the true sense of the word. On closer inspection their are a couple of interesting additions and to start with I want to have a look at the new FA synth workstations that come in two sizes the FA-06 (61 key) and the weighted action FA-08 (88 note).

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Dec 14

I have a bit of a softspot for Waldorf Synths as they are always a little bit different from the rest.

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The Waldorf Pulse 2 is an exciting analog subtractive mono synth with 500 Patches. It has three powerful oscillators and a filter. I found it quite heavy for its size but there again its solid metal chassis built like a tank will not be lightweight.

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Sep 26

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Its here at last – what a wait – the new Waldorf Pulse 2 Analogue Synthesizer. Do you remember my post from the NAMM show back in January 2012? Well I really didn’t think we would be waiting until September 2013 before the first of these became available. What have Waldorf been up to? I did however have a little go on this at Musikmesse this year – great fun especially the arpeggiator.

Sometimes you just have to wait if you want something good and the new Waldorf Pulse 2 Analogue Synthesizer certainly looks worth it. Waldorf have grown and grown and their products today are well liked and if you know of their previous products in the Pulse Range you will know they are legendary. With a newly designed Pulse 2 for 2013 (should have been 2012), Waldorf are about to give you all what you desire in this great, powerful and strong metal box of tricks.

It has for starters three analogue oscillators which seem to be right at home with my favourite – the VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter). This is no basic VCF and offers 12dB Highpass and Bandpass modes in addition to 24dB/12dB Lowpass for providing some real beef to the sound.

There is so much more to this synth, with a 128×64 character backlit LCD, a powerful arpeggiator, a Noise Generator, VCA, Ring Modulator, Analogue Filter FM, Pulsewidth Modulation, LFO, two Overdrive circuits and hard Sync, an Alternating Pulsewidth Modulation mode, an XOR Osc mode, CV Out, Gate Out, USB, Midi In and Out

If you want to create those sort-after sounds – you need a Pulse 2 which you can purchase direct from Waldorf €461.00 EUR/$610.00 USD (excluding tax). I have seen some UK prices as low as £406.

Sep 13

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Well could the new CP4 Yamaha Stage Piano be the best stage piano they have ever made? Although it has the usual Yamaha look and controls it has Forty-Five premium grand pianos including the CFX, CFIII, and the S6. If you throw in 47 Electric Pianos and 341 other voice patches, it is begining to shape up. But at just over £2000 what is it that makes this one stand out from the crowd? How heavy or portable is it?

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Jul 13

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Don’t forget if you are looking to put a bit of bite into your M-Audio Venom, get Snakedance today at only £7.99 (approx $12 or 9.25 Euros), great price for 50 Aggressive Single Patches and 10 Infectious Multi-Patches.

Combining beefy analog sounds with modern digital processing. You get everything from filthy leads, glossy sweeping filters to Bone-Shaking Bass. Simple Download – Just click on the image.

Jun 28

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INTRODUCING THE ARTURIA MINIBRUTE

It is good to see that manufactures are still bringing out new Analogue Synths. Many of them are small and compact with sufficient knob-tweaking controls for you to create your next Dubstep sound or effect for a movie soundtrack. Arturia are one such company and have taken the step in producing their first Analogue Synth – the Arturia Minibrute.

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Jun 7

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I don’t know about you but I love Sonnox Plug-Ins and for the whole of June 2013 you can get 40% off at those great people at Loopmasters. Just click the Sonnox Enhance image above to take you direct to sale page and the many Sonnox options available such as Sonnox Inflator, Sonnox Limiter, Sonnox EQ, Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec and Sonnox Ultimate Oxford Plugins Collection plus more all with that essential loudness and punch that you have been looking for – excellent stuff and for a great price throughout June.

May 30

INTRODUCING THE ROLAND RD-64 DIGITAL PIANO

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I find it facinating to watch what Roland and Yamaha are releasing currently, or rather what they are not. For me Yamaha have stopped producing any digital product that I find I can really get excited about and with Roland, whilst some of their new products have some good ideas, some of them fall short of expectations.

The RD-64 Digital Piano in my opinion is one such product. On the face of it, the idea of a portable lightweight piano with a good weighted action with more than 61 notes sounds very appealing at a price of just under £700.00.

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Apr 19

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Apr 10

It is a great privilege to be attending Musikmesse in Frankfurt this weekend. Already there has been a surprising announcement of new products – Korg Kross Synth, Novation Bass Station II, Roland RC-505 Looper, Native Instruments Komplete 9 software package, Avid Pro Tools 11 DAW, Arturia KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software, Genelec M Series Monitors, Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 software synth, Softube Console 1 hardware/software music mixing solution, TC Helicon Harmony Singer, Novation Launchpad S, Universal Audio Apollo 16 Audio Interface, Nord Drum 2 and Nord Pad, Nord Lead 4, Korg Volca analogue groove boxes, Nord Piano 2 HP, RME MADiface XT – the world’s first USB 3.0 audio interface, SPL Crimson USB Audio Interface & Controller, and at long last the Waldorf Pulse 2 Synth.

I am sure there are many others that will capture my heart and interest and possibly my wallet. I hope to bring back some great pictures and useful information to share with you

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