Scratch 2 Go

The Ion Audio Scratch 2 Go can’t be real because it’s so stupid.

“Scratch 2 Go is an ultra-portable DJ control surface that turns your iPad into a mobile mixing experience. Just download the free Scratch 2 Go app and start mixing, scratching, and adding effects to your music— Scratch 2 Go works with iTunes, so you can mix the music you already own. Its two turntables, crossfader, and control knobs gently attach to your iPad’s screen via soft suction cups for hours of mixing fun.” – ionaudio.com

For more info: ionaudio.com/Scratch_2_Go.pdf

Buchla Documentary

A Don Buchla documentary is in the works and soon there will be a Kickstarter to help fund the project. I’ve been really enjoying my Make Noise modules which have parts inspired by Buchla design. Recently Buchla, the company went through some changes and we may see some lower cost Buchla products. Another random Buchla thought is that the Buchla Skylab is in my top 5 most beautiful synths of all time. I’m looking forward to seeing this film and learning more about Don.

“A promotional video for a film we’re trying to make about Don Buchla. We’re going to be Kickstarting this film within a month or two. If you’re interested in helping us, please contact us at connie@clarityfilms.org, or check back here for details as they arrive! Make a tax deductible donation to help fund the film.” – clarityfilms.org/purchase

For more info: clarityfilms.org/purchase

Feedback Organ

Here we have a hand built Feedback Organ which uses feedback to create it’s sound. I use uncontrolled feedback in many of my songs. Take one of these and a Metasonix S-1000 Wretch Machine vacuum and gas-filled tube synth and you have very different kinda of synth band sound.

“Introduction to an instrument called “The Feedback Organ.” Built by J. S. Sanford, the instrument can be heard on Neptune’s recent record, “msg rcvd,” available from the record label, Northern Spy.” – Neptune

For more info: northern-spy.com/products-page/neptune-msg-rcvd

Push to Talk

Check out this hand made distortion feedback microphone with an arcade push to talk function. It’s called a Dr Moonstien. I can see this being used at many a live show around 3AM. It’s available on eBay (link).

“This is a hand built noise machine built by me. it is a push to talk mic with very cool arcade style big red button. you can mix your very overdrive mic preamp with 3 extremely nasty octave modulators. this is the ultimate noise crust mic kind of a death metal version of a vocoder can be used as a feedback machine. this is good noise machine for the person that is more into destructive tambor than clarity. great way to juice up those vocals or control feedback to do your evil bidding. runs on 9v battery has 1/4 inch audio out has regular volume knob and 3 volume knobs for the different octaves of crust. on off power toggle blue led.” – drmoonstien

For more info: ebay.com/itm/hand-built-noise-push-to-talk-noise-microphone

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Tiptop Audio HATS909

For years nothing beat having a real Roland TR-909 or 808. Today I would say the Tiptop Audio modules are even better. Just listen to the Tiptop 909 high hats with some Synthesis Technology E355 LFO destroying them on and off. Such pleasure for someone like me.

The HATS909 is the TR-909’s original Closed and Open Hi-Hats circuits adapted for use in Eurorack modular synthesizer format and was tested to sound like a machine coming fresh off the assembly line back in the 80’s. Improving on the original, we have added some great new features that expand the sound palette of hats that can be produced with this small, powerful module. The original TR-909 circuit is made with a combination of low-fi 6-bit samples that pass through a series of analog elements to provide envelope and filtering to the source sound. The HATS909 module allows for manual and voltage control of the sample’s tuning, which provide anything from crushed hats and short ticks to the original sound and anything in between. A modulation with external control signals or for adding AM or FM synthesis in the audio range from external oscillators, other drum sounds, or just about any sound source. HATS909 also offers a switch for a direct tap to the output of the original sample, bypassing all other internal analog processing, giving you the pure source sound for synthesis any way you want with your own modules.” – ctrl-mod.com

For more info: tiptopaudio.com/ht909

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon

I’ve never really wanted anything on the Android platform. I also never really cared for a smaller iPad. As a musician I want more touch screen space. Windows 8 is bringing the world just that. In fact, the new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon is so large it comes with wheels. Wheels! A few years down the road imagine a main touch sequencer with multiple music touch apps all on the same screen. I hope SKB makse a nice case so I can use mine live. I really hope Apple combines iOS and OS-X and makes everything they do touch. If not this could be a little “in” for the Windows eco-system.

“How badly have you wanted to turn your iPad or, better yet, touchscreen all-in-one PC into a table? OK, so maybe you haven’t thought of it. But don’t worry, Lenovo has. At CES 2013 the company unveiled its IdeaCentre Horizon, a 27-inch desktop all-in-one that transforms into a table. The all-in-one can actually be purchased with a separate table stand with wheels.” – abcnews

For more info: lenovo.com

The Knobulator

Ned Rush contacted me this morning leting me know about his new Max 4 Live device The Knobulator. I’ve mentioned another one of his devices Supacut previously (link). I like simple fast inspiring effects and putting a bunch of wild parameters on one knob makes a lot of sense. The key to make loops continually interesting/not repetitive is a thousand little edits and effects here and there. This guy can help make that process some fun. $20 USD.

“MaxForLive device for mashing up audio in realtime. Turn the knob and the effect comes on, stop turning it and it turns off. There are other options. Great for live performance as well as audio productions.” – Ned Rush

For more info: nedrush.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-knobulator-by-ned-rush.html

SpheroSampler

Here’s another Sampler for iOS with an innovative and interesting interface called SpheroSampler. Working a track? Try sampling a part of it into this and record your mutations back into your arrangement during a break. That’s one idea for SpheroSampler. It’s free.

“Use your fingers to vary speed and rotation of spheres to create and listen sphero-tracks. There are infinite number of ways to play each your sphero-track, because you have not one, but two dimensions for playing! SpheroSampler can write sounds via microphone, and also has built-in synth. Sphero-tracks can be saved (up to 8 tracks for each sphere). Live mixes can be exported into wav-files (up to 120 sec of recording).” – spherosampler.com

For more info: spherosampler.com

Cthulhu

If you read this blog you know I like song writing helper software. Cthulhu is a VST plug-in thats a simple/complex chord generator and arpeggiator. I would say it reminds me a little bit of the Max for Live Device Schwarzonator. Cthulhu is $39.

“Cthulhu is firstly a chord memorizer and player, allowing you to experiment with creating and reworking chord progressions with single-note presses. Included are over 150 factory chord presets allowing for a near-unlimited amount of possible musical-sounding chord progressions. Import MIDI or ‘record’ chords straight in, Cthulhu is able to analyze the chords you play and allow for various sorting options (Circle of 5ths, Chromatic, low note, etc) allowing for easy access over your chords! The other half of Cthulhu is a unique pattern-based arpeggiator, allowing incoming notes or chords to be manipulated in various rhythmic ways. The 8 tabs of the stepsequencer allow you to completely reshape the incoming MIDI notes, even a single note fed into the arp can become a unique and rhythmic riff! Even if you have other arpeggio software plug-ins, Cthulhu’s arp is unique and powerful with advanced features such as chord-arpeggio mode, ties, duration / velocity sequencing, intelligent transpose, harmony, and more!” –
xferrecords.com

For more info: xferrecords.com/products/cthulhu

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