Boomstar

Well I think it’s safe to say we went from a drought of inexepensive real analog synths to completely saturated. Studio Electronics has jumped onto the table with the Boomstar. The new guy comes in 4 filter types: 4075-classic Arp 2600, 5089-classic Moog 24db ladder, SEM-classic Oberheim 12db, 303-classic Roland TB-303. See that first type? The 4075? That’s a flavor we haven’t seen in anything inexpensive/new/reliable yet. That’s the one to get! $799.

“This new blazing brainchild of STUDIO ELECTRONICS represents the design collective ethos of circuit and software “Saseong” Tim Caswell, tactile layout and lead feature specialist Greg St. Regis, graphic and sound consultant Marc St. Regis, art design wizard of vector truth, John Greczula, cool-headed concept leader Geoff Farr and our relentless and wise feature and functionality consultant and “Whip”, Drew Neumann.” – studioelectronics.com

For more info: studioelectronics.com/products/synths/boomstar

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Propellerhead Rack Extensions and Figure

Propellerhead Software is finally going to allow 3rd party plug-ins in it’s Reason software. They are going their own route with a proprietary format called Rack Extensions. There are some advantages as the plug-ins will integrate and possibly perform better than a standard VST or AU. In addition you will be able to get the Rack Extensions from within Reason which follows Apple’s recent playbook. Speaking of Apple and iOS Propellhead is also working on an application called Figure. Unlike the iOS version of Re-Birth Figure is a fresh effort to bring Propellerheads onto the touch screen. Figure is parts of Reason for iOS. It will be in the App store later this week for $1. Watch the video above to get a close look.

“With Propellerhead Rack Extensions and the Rack Extension Store, you’ll already be there. Instead of unstable plug-ins, authentication nightmares and compatibility complications, Propellerhead offers an alternative: Unifying. Simplifying. Future-proofing. Rack Extensions expand Reason, and let you add whatever your music needs. Be it instruments or effects, by Propellerhead or others. Try it, buy it, and download it straight into your rack. There simply are no risky choices. Just everything your music needs today. And tomorrow. Propellerhead Rack Extensions arrive in the next version of Reason, second quarter of 2012. For owners of Reason 6 or Reason Essentials, the upgrade will be free.” – propellerheads.se

For more info: propellerheads.se/news/rackextensions

Dazzle Dancin

I’m not sure what to say here. This is from 1984. There was probably cocaine involved. Imagine we build a time machine and the first place we shoot back to is this precious moment. If you know me you know I’m not being sarcastic. I love this. I’m on eBay looking for a turquoise shirt like the hosts right now.

“I scored this “big box” VHS at a video store liquidation sale for a dollar. Quite possibly the best dollar I’ve ever spent.” – smashism

For more info: rick.com

808 Pattern Posters

Rob Ricketts from Birmingham has created some fantastic posters! Roland TR-808 drum machine patterns for Planet Rock, Cybrotron’s Clear (I love that song!), Voodoo Ray and Adonis’s No Way Back.

“A series of informative posters detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine. Each sequence has been analyzed and represented as to allow users to re-programme each sequence, key for key.” – robricketts.co.uk

For more info: robricketts.co.uk/808.html

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Sound on Sound iPad Edition

My favorite pro-audio magazine Sound on Sound is now available on the iPad. As a print subscriber I wish they would give me a discount (or free) subscription. It will be tough to choose which way I go once my dead tree subscription is over. So far I haven’t enjoyed magazines on my iPad. Maybe the retina display and speed of the new iPad will change that. It’s definitely is nice to have on page audio clips available for a magazine like this. The timing of this release is also good because the FAA is also reviewing it’s policy on e-Readers on airplanes and traveling with a print issue and an iPad starts to get hefty. $4.99 per issue. $39.99 for 12 months.

“The iPad edition contains all the editorial content of the print magazine, enhanced with audio and other interactive media. This is a fully bespoke App, specifically developed to optimise the reading and viewing experience within the e-reader medium — not just PDFs of the print pages, so no scrolling required just to read a column of text!” – soundonsound.com

For more info: soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14809

Omnichord Songwriter

Your looking at an image of an Omnichord prototype designed in 2004 that never was developed. I recently picked up a classic analog Omichord OM-84 and it really is a unique and wonderful instrument.

“I designed a ‘new’ omnichord in 2004 hoping it would be the next step forward. I was the Benelux Qchord importer then, and the Qchord hadn’t changed since its launch in the 1990’s. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about the Q, so I decided to think up a better one. I wanted an Omnichord that would suit the needs of a songwriter like myself. The Omnichord Songwriter.” – omnichords.blogspot.com

For more info: omnichords.blogspot.com/2012/03/old-plans-for…

What does music look like?

German photographer Martin Klimas has a photo series where he shows you what he thinks music looks like. As someone with Synesthesia I see bass and kicks drums as darker colors, hi-hats as white and juno/mentasm sounds as purple. It’s maybe all fantasy my mind creates but it may also help me create songs. How do you see it?

“For this series, Klimas spent six months and about 1,000 shots to produce the final images from his studio in Düsseldorf, Germany….The resulting images are Klimas’s attempt to answer the question ‘What does music look like?”

For more info: butdoesitfloat.com/What-does-music-look-like

Ministry I Prefer

As a whole image and full canon of songs I dislike Ministry. However the few good tracks I think they have are steller. “I Prefer” is one of them. Pure synthpunk late 80s madness. If I had to pick the best Ministry album it would be the one this track lives on aka The Land of Rape and Honey (1988).

“Have you run into the human race? Have you run into the world?” – Ministry

For more info: wikipedia.org/The_Land_of_Rape_and_Honey

Dieter Rams Interview

One of the great side effects of Apple’s rise and Johnny Ive coming into the spotlight is that more people now know who Dieter Rams is. Sometimes I will jump onto eBay just to look at some of his old Braun products for sale. I almost bought the desk fan several times.

“The unspectacular things are the important things. Especially in the future.” – Dieter Rams

For more info: usshop.gestalten.com/less-and-more-hardcover

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Magnetic Fields Sound Library

Not to be confused with one of my favorite band The Magnetic Fields this sound library without the “The” is quite interesting. Over 2GB of long samples that sound like electricity. Imagine some of the 1st long sounds you hear at the beginning of Depeche Mode’s song Black Celebration. There wasn’t an easy way to embed the audio samples here to head over to the Future Loops website to hear a good selection of clips. About $30 USD. By the way I have Pinterest Board going where I collect sample libraries I think are cool. Take a look: pinterest.com/interest…

“Radiation and Nuclear Energy, Force Fields and Electromagnetism, Rays and Waves, the diversity of these sounds is outstanding.” – futureloops.com

For more info: futureloops.com/product-magneticfields