Jan 19

Well welcome to Namm week 2015 and Nord have just announced some familiar looking keyboards. Yes they look like all the other Nord keyboards but it is actually the new Nord Electro 5 series.

nord-electro-5-namm-2015

They come in three types, the Nord Electro 5d 61 note, the Nord Electro 5d 73 note and the hammer action Nord Electro 5HP 88 note. So what is the difference between the Series 5 and the previoous 4 series? Well Nord have made enhancements to every sound-generating section. They have improved its user-interface and functionality. Nord tell us that the Electro 5 series keyboards are more refined, live-focused, flexible than any of their previous models.

Nord introduced the Electro in 2001 and it has been used my many players over the world who crave for that authentic emulations of classical electro mechanical and acoustic instruments in a portable package.

Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 14

It is definately that time of year again. Cakewalk have made an anouncement a week before Namm 2015, no doubt in readiness for the show to say they have a new Sonar family. No it is not Cakewalk Sonar X4. Roland Cakewalk have decided to drop the “X4” to reflect that the new SONAR will now get new features regularly throughout the year instead of a big annual update. The new family names starting from the smallest is Sonar Artist, Sonar Professional and at the top they have Sonar Platinum

Have a look at the YouTube clip to give you a taster:-

There are some significant changes this year in terms of costs and some people will no doubt like the new plan whilst others will be dead against the changes – read on to find out:-

Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 7

It has been over three years since I reviewed the Traps Electronic Drum kit E400. I found this You Tube clip above of an A400 Traps Kit that really gives you a great idea of how Traps Drums  sound. No it is not a Roland TD30 kit but when you consider the cost difference you really do get a lot for your money here.

Drummers who have bought this kit have said it is great if you consider updating the heads and perhaps buy a better hi-hat stand but other than that they love what they are getting for the cost.

I had a look on the Absolute Music website to see what they are currently selling and found twenty items of kits and accessories, some of which are at reduced prices. The one that caught my eye was an A400 kit which includes :-

a snare drum, 10- 12- and 14-inch toms and a 20-inch kick drum, a Hi-hat stand, kick pedal and drumsticks included. Also comes with Paiste 101 cymbals :- 14-inch hi-hat, 16-inch crash, 14-inch crash/ride. The price of the kit has been reduced from £449 to £399.

traps-electronic-drums-a400-kit

They also have the new  Traps EX500 Electronic Drum Kit with Realistic Mesh Heads which has Dual Zone chokeable cymbals, Dual Zone snare and tom drums, Triple ply mesh heads, 12 inch snare, 10,12 and 14 inch toms and a 20 inch bass drum and good quality hardware. It also has on-board recording, 74 voices (inc Drums, Percussion, SFX and more),40 Preset and 59 User Kits,120 Preset and 100 User Songs,Built in 4-Band Master EQ,USB,Midi in and Out. Unlike other electronic drums you get a standard sized set of drums: dual trigger 12 inch snare, dual trigger 10 inch tom, 12 inch tom and 14 inch tom all for £549 what great value.

If you want to also read my earlier review, please go here .

If you are lucky enough to own a Roland TD 30 kit, dont forget to check out my Roland TD30 Expansion Pack – Electro Mayhem here.

 

 

Jan 6

casio-XW-PD1-trackformer

 

It is getting near that Namm time again. I hope we have some great new products. Have you heard any Namm 2015 rumours yet? How about this one from Casio – the new Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer. There is not much information about this yet but I am sure this teaser will get you interested.

I think it some kind of Groove Box with the old familiar 16 pads. Do you have any thoughts?

Can’t wait till Namm to find out

 

 

 

 

Jan 4

voxengo-boogex-v2

Another Freebie for you and you don’t want to miss this one. That great company Voxengo have released and updated Boogex Version 2.0 VST/AU guitar amp free plugin. It has loads more new features and an improved amp algorithm and a completely overhauled GUI.

This sound shaping plugin now has a similar interface to other Voxengo releases and has things like undo and redo history and a preset manager. You get low enough latency (close to zero) to be used as a realtime processor, and you can apply any cabinet impulse response you like (a selection comes included). You can get nice heavy distorted sounds but also slight “jazzy” saturation sounds. It also includes a reverberation module derived from its own OldSkoolVerb reverb. You could also use it as a saturator for your drum sounds.

The installation of Boogex is very straightforward,just copy the “dll” into your VstPlugins folder. You can download Boogex for free from the Voxengo website (7.0 MB download size). It’s available in 32/64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin formats for PC and Mac.

Jan 3

nord_synths_free_akg_headphones

Here is a great UK promotion from Nord UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd that is lasting until 31 March 2015. You can get a free pair of AKG K612 Pro headphones (worth £119) with all purchases from an authorised UK of Nord Lead A1, Nord Lead A1R, Nord Lead 4 or Nord Lead 4R synthesizers – What a great offer.

I have always wanted a Nord Synth which are hand made in Sweden with quality sounds and live performance features.

To claim the free AKG K612 Pro headphones, you just need to complete a postal claim form which you can get from an authorised UK store or claim online via Sound Technology’s website. A copy of a dated receipt from a participating retailer is required.

Jan 2

Let’s start 2015 with some music. I came across this track by accident by watching ‘The Blacklist’ on TV. It is called Here with Me by Susie Suh and Robot Koch. It is quite haunting and soothing. I love the drum and vocal sound. If you are like me and haven’t heard it before – give it a listen here:-

Dec 31

happy_new_year_tony_long_music

I hope to see you all in the New Year – have a great New Year’s Eve, wherever you are in the world.

Very Best Wishes
Tony

Dec 31

It is New Year – why not start the year with some new sounds for your favourite synth or drums? We have the following Soundset Patches:-

synth_patches_soundsets

Roland Gaia Dance XS
Roland Gaia Extravaganza
Roland Gaia Clubland

Access Virus Euphoria
Access Virus Creative Distortion
Access Virus Fortune and Glory

Novation Ultranova Technova
Novation Mininova Elektrova

M-Audio Venom Snakedance
Korg SV-1 Cause and Effect
Kurzweil PC3 – Free Sounds

Native Instruments Maschine Expansion – The Filta Revolution
TD-30 V-Drum Expansion Kits – Electro Mayhem

 

Just click on the Synth Patches or Drums in the Menu Bar at the top.

Dec 24

*Happy Christmas 2014 from Tony Long Music*

happy-christmas-tony-long-music

I just want to say a sincere thank you for your support this year, without you I could not do this. Let’s make 2015 a year to remember, with new hardware, new software, inspiration and the love of all things music, not forgetting Namm 2015 just around the corner.

2015 for me will the year I have been waiting for, full of promise, hopefully the completion of my new album, the creation of some new and exciting sounds, some great new gear to look at and have fun with and review.

I shouldn’t forget education. I have learned a terrific amount this year, especially mixing and mastering. Whilst I may still not be where I want to be, I have moved on leaps and bounds and have been delighted with my progress to take into 2015.

Exciting times ahead, so stay tuned! Until then, I would like to wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and New Year. See you all in 2015.

Tony

« Previous Entries Next Entries »