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.
As Obi-Wan Kenobi would say, “May the Force be with you”. Now Akai would tell you the same thing. Almost 10 years ago they introduced APC MIDI controller for Ableton Live. Then they helped Ableton to build the first Push device. Now they are coming back with the beast of their own - standalone music production and performance workstation Force.
Force, like a swiss knife, has everything you need to produce your tracks and perform them live in the single unit with no computer required. 64 pad matrix, 7-inch multi-touch display, 8 knobs and a crossfader - such hands-on control in one device has not been seen before. Sampling like on MPC, synchronised clip and loop launching similar to Ableton’s Live, 4 fully-editable synth engines and many other cool functions - there’s no exaggeration in calling this device Force.
Poor man’s modular – this is how the company describes their new line of products. It consists of three different chassis and 15 sound modules.
The biggest of the series is Pocket Operator Modular 400 which does not fit into your pocket anymore, but is an amazing analogue synth anyway. It offers three oscillators, noise, random generator, two envelopes, two VCAs ,filter, mixer, speaker and 16-step sequencer. Along with the yellow chassis, you also receive 15 patch cables.
Pocket Operator Modular 170 is an analogue monophonic synth with an integrated sequencer: the chassis, 9 different modules and 8 patch cables all come as a set for a very friendly price.
Pocket Operator Modular 16 is a control keyboard with a programmable step sequencer. You can use it
The most recent, third version of Bitwig Studio reminds us of a modular synths workflow. This is actually the company’s vision from the very beginning – to offer a fully modular sound design option to digital music production. This means that when you use a hardware modular synth, you work with patch cables, and in Bitwig Studio 3 the chance to modulate is everywhere, as well as anything can be dragged anywhere.
The Grid, an open modular environment, is the biggest new feature of Studio 3. It consists of Poly, FX and Mono devices and contains 120+ modules that can be connected together as synths, processsors and effect, connected with other Bitwig’s plug-ins or layered. The Grid is also capable of receiving and sending CV signal, which you can use to control hardware synths from your computer and vice versa.
Bitwig Studio 3 should reach computers in the second quarter of 2019, and in the meantime, beta testers are working with the software.
Posted: January 14, 2019|
As this festive season has come to an end but it’s still cold outside - Korg is here to help you overcome that post-holiday blues. Here are 3 new products that should make your life a little bit brighter.
Volca Modular is your gateway to a modular synthesis. No need to choose among thousands of existing modules or rob a bank - everything you need to start your modular odyssey is in this one little box. Volca Modular comes with 6 analog modules that has 50 patch points - it allows you to explore pretty much unlimited sound design possibilities by patching using the included pin patch cables.
Volca Drum has been made by having all the rhythm-nerds in mind - those who were not fully satisfied with possibilities of Volca Beats and Sample. Drum is a new digital percussion synthesizer will allow you to create unheard drum sounds, sound effects and unexpected rhythms and grooves. This little beast is equipped with a flexible DSP digital synthesis engine controlled by j
Posted: January 08, 2019|
More than two weeks left till the annual NAMM Show, but the temperature is already rising. So far it seems that DJ’s are the ones who can’t complain about the lack of attention brought to their side. After Technics comeback has been revealed, Reloop is striking with double power and presents DJ performance-oriented set - Reloop Elite mixer and RP-8000 MK2 turntable.
Reloop Elite is a professional 2-channel DVS performance mixer for Serato DJ Pro. Fully packed with 3 non-contact technology inno faders, 2 independent Serato FX units, 2 high-contrast OLED displays and 16 performance pads it will cover your needs for anything from a simple club gig to a DMC DJ battle.
Reloop RP-8000 MK2 turntable is made to be a perfect match for Elite mixer and Serato - Smart Link USB ports will ease the connection and another 8 performance pads will even allow to play it as an instrument. Rigid black chassis is hiding a powerful and precise motor with easily adjustable torque and
Remember the times, when Technics turntables were available only as used ones on eBay? Well, looks like the times are changing – soon enough you will be able to buy new ones.
Technics are strongly targeting DJs during CES 2019 by introducing a new SL-1210MK7 turntable. It has been 12 years since the last version, SL-1210MK6, and few years ago, when SL-1200G/GAE were introduced, company has been put to shame because of their high prices (to be honest, Technics never positioned SL-1200G/GAE as DJ turntables).
So what is up with new SL-1210MK7? First of all, the new coreless direct drive motor is lighter and and designed to eliminate cogging at any speeds (a stuttering feeling that you get when the platter spins slowly). A built-in microcomputer that uses technology from the Panasonic’s Blu-ray (because Technics is a brand of Panasonic corporation) to control the motor promises better accuracy, even when scratching. Finally phono and power cables are replaceable, ins
If at the beginning of 2018 Ableton revealed us Live 10, the end of this year brings us Steinberg Cubase 10. One of the most solid and longest-running DAW lines just got a modern facelift and plenty of improvements under the hood.
First thing to notice is, of course, a GUI update:now it’s flatter, sleeker and supports Retina and HiDPI displays. But there are plenty more: VariAudio 3, a powerful pitch correction tool; Audio Alignment feature that allows to align recordings extremely fast; MixConsole snapshots; updated Groove Agent drum machine; new effects, sounds and many small changes to improve and enhance users workflow.
Everybody’s heard of Dave Smith. One of the pioneers of MIDI technology and digital synthesis wizard has his name on many iconic pieces of music gear - Prophet, Tempest, Mopho just to name few. This year Dave Smith Instruments rebranded as Sequential (Smith ‘s first company founded in 1974) continue to work on their flagship product – Prophet synth.
Prophet XL – is a new hybrid synthesizer which offers a fusion of synthesis and samples in one single device. 2 independent sound engines offer unseen capabilities for this type of gear. One engine is meant for digital synthesis and has everything previous Prophet models were praised for: 2 high-resolution digital oscillators, 4 syncable LFOs, 4 loopable five-stage envelope generators and dozens of other sound shaping possibilities. Another sound engine is dedicated for sampled instruments and allows to play two independent, stereo, digitally sampled instruments per voice while shaping samples through loop manipulation, sample stretch