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Thursday March 21, 2019. 07:14 PM
At about $400 street, with tons of hands-on control and simple samples, the Elektron Model:Samples has more in common with classic Japanese grooveboxes than the company’s flagships. So what’s it like to use? Here’s our review. This time, we turn to a new contributor – one...
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Wednesday March 20, 2019. 02:02 PM
Few studio consoles are coveted quite like the Solid State Logic. But SSL have had the clever idea of cutting this down to a compact, still pricey, but luxe desktop mixer. And SiX is a good indication the console is back. Okay, this isn’t by any means going to be a cheap...
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Tuesday March 19, 2019. 07:33 PM
Twisted Electrons move on from acid and chip synths to drum machines. And the deton8, for around three hundred bucks, packs a ton of personality and sound possibility in a cute, playable package. Twisted Electrons made a name for themselves in fun little boxes and boards...
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Monday March 18, 2019. 09:53 PM
It’s not so much that anyone expected MySpace to be alive at this point, let alone a safe place for music uploads. The demise of years of MySpace music is more like a sad reminder of the direction of the Internet. First, there’s actually a few events in the timeline of how...
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Trade shows can be a strenuous onslaught of noise, cost, and crowds – but then it’s often the weirdest stuff that makes it worth it. And no one finds strange quite like Barry Wood and his annual NAMM Oddities. Barry impressively tracks every kind of freakish appearance at...
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Thursday March 14, 2019. 02:58 PM
Native Instruments’ Massive synth defined a generation of soft synths and left a whole genre or two in its wake. But its sequel remains mysterious. Now the company is revealing some of what we can expect. First, temper your expectations: NI aren’t giving us any sound...
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Wednesday March 13, 2019. 03:12 PM
Some musicians see Islamic mysticism; some the metaphysics of Einstein. But whether spiritual, theoretical, or both, even one John Coltrane pitch wheel is full of musical inspiration. One thing’s certain – if you want your approach to pitch to be as high-tech and experimental...
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Tuesday March 12, 2019. 02:12 PM
nanoloop, beginning life as a Game Boy cartridge, helped ignite a craze in chip music by intuitively combining sequencing and sound. Now, its creator wants to make his own hardware. And — while I hope you read what I have to say, you almost don’t need to do anything other...
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Monday March 11, 2019. 06:30 PM
Day in, day out, a lot of producers spend a lot of time editing in Ableton Live. Here’s a free tool that automates some common tasks so you can work more quickly – easing some FL Studio envy in the process. This one comes to us from Madeleine Bloom’s terrific Sonic Bloom,...
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“Play your KORG volcas with bits of metal instead of your fingers” isn’t one of the Oblique Strategies, but maybe it ought to be. Sometimes all you need for some musical inspiration is a different approach. So My Panda Shall Fly took a different angle for a session for...
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Friday March 8, 2019. 07:20 PM
K-Devices have brought alien interfaces and deep modulation to Max patches – now they’re doing plug-ins. And their approach to delay and tremolo isn’t quite like what you’ve seen before, a chance of break out of the usual patterns of how those work. Meet TTAP and WOV....
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Hainbach continues to make beautiful sounds with esoteric or forgotten gear – this time, the “saddest drone machine,” a used HP 3782A Error Detector telco device. It’s wonderful sometimes the things esoteric gear makes. In the earlier, more analog age, a lot of...
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There’s yet another firmware update for Novation’s Circuit, the inexpensive synth/drum groovebox. 1.8 adds new internal expression features like non-quantized recording, plus custom MIDI channels for use with external gear. Firmware updates are not normally worth making front...
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Thursday March 7, 2019. 07:11 PM
Nine designers created graphics scores. Next, nine musicians will interpret them. LETRA / TONE festival is one of the more compelling experiments in festival programming – an adventure in crossing media. Here’s what it looks like. Now, in these here parts, we’ve been fans of...
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Wednesday March 6, 2019. 06:48 PM
Electronics are redefining what “sound” means – by remapping other signals into our audible spectrum. The latest is SOMA’s invention Ether, a “microphone” for electromagnetic fields. If that sounds familiar, this one’s a bit different than some EMF devices that came before....
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In the original modular synth era, your only way to capture ideas was to record to tape. But that same approach can be liberating even in the digital age – and it’s a perfect match for the open VCV Rack software modular platform. Competing modular environments like Reaktor,...
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Tuesday March 5, 2019. 07:01 PM
We talk a lot about survival tips for the music industry, but rarely does that get into the personal. So the moment is right for Discwoman’s Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson to tackle music’s greatest obstacle: ourselves. Frankie is the co-founder of Discwoman, with Emma...
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Monday March 4, 2019. 06:57 PM
Leftfield grooves, cycles inspired by the cinematic qualities of lunar and natural world – welcome to Doc Sleep’s “Your Ruling Planet.” I talked to the Room 4 Resistance resident and Jacktone Records co-owner about her work. Doc Sleep is a San Francisco-to-Berlin transplant,...
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The Prodigy’s lead singer has exploded across social media and music press today, as fans pour their hearts out to an artist who defined a crossover between punk and rave, frontman persona and electronica. It’s also been revealed by the band that Keith Flint took his own life...
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Sunday March 3, 2019. 04:20 PM
It’s March the 3rd, which means in both hemispheres, our thoughts inevitably turn to basslines and squelchy resonance. Happy 303 day – here’s some video and reading to get you in the mood. First, let’s take a step back, and before we idolize the box and transistors, let’s...
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