A couple of days before their annual Moogfest, a legendary synth company Moog Music had announced that their semi-modular family of synthesizers (consisting of Mother-32 and Grandmother) will have a new member: Matriarch.
Moog Matriarch supposed to be the mother of all mothers, bigger and the most powerful of it’s siblings: 100% Analog patchable 4-note paraphonic synthesizer with an analog delay, 256-step sequencer, arpeggiator and 49 full-size keys.
Rocking the well-recognizable retro design, seen on Grandmother and Sirin, Matriarch is a perfect blend of traditional analog synth and a modular system - you can get that full, rich and warm sound with no patching at all, but at the same time you have 90 modular patch points at your disposal in case you want to get geeky.
Who says Pioneer is a DJ equipement company? It seems that after launching their music production equipment branch Toraiz in 2016, they still are willing to move forward in this direction. This spring they bring SQUID to the table.
SQUID is a 16-track sequencer that can control up to 16 hardware instruments (synths, drum machines, samplers etc.) via MIDI, CV/GATE, Clock and DIN Sync inputs/outputs. USB allows to hook up your computer and easily transfer your projects, sequences and MIDI clips between SQUID and the computer. The matrix of 16 pads will let you play your melodies or step-sequence them, as well as modify it on the fly by using Scale, Harmonizer, Transpose and many other functionalities.
Last, but not least - the price. The Toraiz SQUID should be available at the end of this April and will cost around 600 €. Having in mind that other similar capabilities offering sequencers, Akai MPC X or Elektron Octatrack, are at least twice as expensive, SQUID can b
When 400 in not enough, but 1000 is a bit too much, Pioneer comes with 800. Brand new Pioneer’s Recordbox series DJ controller, DDJ-800, is placed somewhere in between the affordable DDJ-400 and the 4-track beast, DDJ-1000.
DDJ-800 is compact and fairly easy to carry around - it weighs less than 5 kg and has an optional bag. It can also work as a standalone 2-channel DJ mixer, but only in tandem with a Recordbox software it’s true power shall be revealed. The new tendencies of bringing DJ’s closer to music producers haven’t been forgotten here: 16 performance pads not only will help you mix, but it also will allow you to play this device by using Sampler and Keyboard modes. There are also 2 mic inputs if you consider to animate your party or share the stage with an MC.
All the information needed will be displayed on color LCD Jog Displays, already seen on DDJ-1000. And last but not least - controls on DDJ-800 are arranged in the same way as on NXS2 series, so you
The distinction between DJ and producer becomes vague nowadays and it seems that it is going to disappear completely in the very near future. After a success of Serato Sample, New Zealand's finest DJ software company Serato, announces a DJ-oriented beatmaking software Serato Studio.
According to Serato, one of the main reasons that holds DJ’s from producing their own music is the steep learning curve and complexity of modern DAW’s. Therefore they come up with this idea to create a DJ-style workflow based music production software, that would be simple, easy to use and would contain already familiar elements, known from Serato DJ and Serato Sample UI.
But simple doesn’t mean bad, at least not in this case. This easy to use UI hides everything you need to create proper tracks. Studio will allow to sample by triggering cue points, sequence samples and VSTi instruments, use filters and effects. It will have time-stretching and key detection so even the lack of music
Those who up till now were discouraged by complexity or price point of Elektron’s products, have no excuses left. New Model:Samples groovebox is affordable and simple to use yet powerful and full of sound shaping capabilities. Model:Samples is a six-track groovebox with 6 velocity sensitive pads and one function per knob control panel. It can’t sample (no audio input connections), but it comes with 300 sounds provided by Splice.com. Any other samples can be imported via USB and saved on it’s internal 1GB storage. Compact, lightweight and potent - Elektron Model:Samples will find its place in the studio or on the stage.
After couple of successfully released replicas of classic keyboards, Behringer continues on the same path. This time the iconic 80’s Roland VP-330 vocoder is in the company’s focus, as over the years the original device became quite rare and expensive. A more affordable but just as good alternative seems to be on its way - Behringer Vocoder VC340.
VC340 - it’s an analog vocoder and synthesizer generating human voice and strings sounds. Plugging your microphone via XLR input allows you to modulate your voice and create that well known retro sci-fi robotic tembre. In order to achieve the authentic sound quality, VP-330 original analog circuitry was recreated in this keyboard. While 32 switches and sliders ensure a full control over all the sound parameters, USB and MIDI connections allow the easy use of this vocoder with any other synthesizer or sequencer.
Arturia AudioFuse family is growing. Couple of years ago, after the first AudioFuse came out, it seemed that this audio interface has everything you could ever wish for... Everything, except maybe few extra audio ins and outs. That’s why this year Arturia releases not one but two larger interfaces in order to fill this gap.
AudioFuse Studio - is a true production studio hub. Less portable than its smaller sibling, but it has 4 combo XLR/jack inputs for microphones and instruments in the front, 4 line inputs - in the back of the device, as well as phono input for turntable, ADAT, S/PDIF and Word Clock connections and a possibility to hook up two pairs of studio monitors. Build design is slightly inspired by analog consoles and all the control elements are cleverly placed for the sake of fast and intuitive workflow.
AudioFuse 8Pre is the two-in-one device that can operate as your regular audio interface and become ADAT expander with 8 mic channels when needed. This i
Native Instruments drops a whole bunch of budget-friendly devices and products just to prove that it shouldn‘t be difficult nor expensive to start making music.
Komplete Kontrol M32 - it‘s a compact yet almost three-octave size MIDI keyboard, that allows you to have hands-on control over your virtual instruments and DAW. It comes with Ableton Live 10 Lite licence and a pack of NI instruments and sounds.
Komplete Audio 1 and 2: audio interface is one of the first and most important pieces of equipment to get when starting to make music on the computer. NI offers Audio 1 and 2 as the solution for those who want to have high quality sound but do not want to overpay for extra features they don‘t even need yet. Audio 1 has one XLR mic input with 48v phantom power alongside a jack input, while the Audio 2 has two combined XLR jack inputs with 48v phantom power. Audio 1 and 2 includes everything you need for a smooth start - Ableton Live 10 Lite licence and a pack of NI
Beware - this is not your average synth. It‘s small, it‘s weird and it‘s amazing! A true “touch of Madness”, as creators introduce it themselves.
MicroFreak‘s digital sound engine combines digital and wavetable synthesis with physical modelling and and runs everything through an analog filter which can even auto-oscillate. Almost every modern synth nowadays has an LFO, Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer, but MicroFreak, in addition, has a 5x7 Modulation Matrix with 3 user-assignable destinations and Spice and Dice function to randomize your programed sequences.
However the most eye-catching MicroFreak feature is the keyboard. No mechanic, moving keys are present in this device. Instead, a super expressive, pressure sensitive PCB touch-keyboard with poly-aftertouch was introduced for the note input, and, according to Arturia people, it even allows you to play faster than on a regular keyboard.