Korg Monotribe

A real analog synth and drum module from Korg. No MIDI or USB. If it sounds good… yeah if it sounds good that’s all that matters. I really like this a lot.

“DO WANT. SO MUCH WIN. love the tribes” – liliththekitten (Harmony Central Forums)

For more info: korg.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm, filed under drum machine, hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



LoopMash, Mike, SuperAnalog808

Here’s a trio for Tuesday. Three new interesting pro-audio related products. Number one we have Steinberg LoopMash. LoopMash mangles four loops. It’s an iPhone App. I grabbed it and it has a pretty cool faux 3D swipe to different screen effect worth checking out. Years after abandoning Cubase I’m using a Steinberg product again. Number two is Mike. It’s a microphone from Apogee that goes directing into your iOS device. It’s from Apogee so it deserves mention. Convenience and AD/DA conversion wise it should be a winner however I’m all about high end mic pres and Mike can’t use one. Number three we have SuperAnalog808 a Roland TR-808 sample pack from Goldbaby designed for Loopmasters. If you don’t own a real 808 or Acidlab Miami then samples are your friend. Goldbaby does them right and there’s a million suble differences between 808s and ways to record them so another sample set is always welcome.

For more info: LoopMash, Mike, SuperAnalog808

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 15, 2011 at 2:35 am, filed under drum machine, hardware, iPad, iPhone, sounds and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Lots of Hardware in Action

If you make electronic music you will enjoy this video. There’s some pretty cool moments and some gear I wasn’t to familiar with such as the Evans EVD-1000 Digital Delay (1:25 in).

“Roland TR-626, Roland TR-727, Roland EF-303, RolandDG CMU-810, KORG MS-2000R, KEIO GIKEN MiniPops-7, YAMAHA EMT-1, YAMAHA ED-10, SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS Drumtraks, Futureretro REVOLUTION, NOVATION BassStation and Talking calculator” – Caknobs

For more info: youtube.com/user/Caknobs

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm, filed under drum machine, hardware, synthesizer and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Wire to the Ear’s Winter Namm 2011 Picks

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest. An all new analog drum machine. Awesome. If you listen carefully the demo goes from all the way from 606 to 909ish with some nice Simmons tom emulation and synth stabs. There are a lot of specs but does it matter? A lot of buttons and analog stuff. $2000. link

Avid Torq 2. I secretly always liked Torq better than Traktor. I don’t know why I’ve keep it a secret. It’s just more fun to use and I like the flat interface a lot. I’m not sure 4 decks is better than two. Can you say tiny things to see in a big display? The new Traq Morph feature “blends music tracks in exciting new ways by intelligently applying audio effects during crossfade.”. That could be cool right? Lastly, the software is decoupled from any hardware so you can use it stand alone or with any controller. $250 link

Akai Synthstation 49. I want my car dash to be an iPad. Just the same let’s make my keyboard interface and sound source and iPad too! It’s from Akai so a few MPC pads are included. This will win or loose depending on quality. link

Alesis Studiodock. Professional audio and MIDI I/O for your iPad. Oh… and composite video out. I’m getting very close to being able to play an entire live show off my iPad! link

Izotope Stutter Edit. I love plug-ins like this. Stutter, a Stutter Matrix, Buffer Tricks, Bit Reduction, Pan, Gate, Delay, Filters and more take normal audio and mess it up. $149 link

Arturia Spark. I’m going to tell you right now that this new drum machine from Arturia won’t sound as good as the DSI Tempest. Your going to pay a lot less though and it does have a super fun TR style roll by sequencer. All drum machines are awesome. All of them. $600. link

Rob Papen Punch. I sense a theme at this year’s Namm. I remember it used to be work making killer electronic drum sounds, loops and patterns. Boy to kids have the toys today! If your not an analog purist Dutch Papen’s new VST punch could be of use to you. Will it compete with products like uToniq? Time will tell. link

Introducing Venom from Avid on Vimeo.

M-Audio Venom. I wasn’t excited about a new VA synth. Then I learned the price would be $499. I also learned it came with a VST editor. The marketing hype is pretty good for the new Avid synth too. link

MORE UPDATES TO COME. I will be adding things I find worthy to this post as the weekend continues.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm, filed under drum machine, hardware, iPad, plug-ins and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



3rd Graders Learn the TR-808

Grade 3 and a Drum Machine from Selwyn House School on Vimeo.

This is how it all begins with a little honest playtime. One of these kids will go home and dream of drum patterns. They will hear 808s on records and know where the sounds came from. They will realize how special that machine they played with was. One may become the next Hawtin. I started young obsessing over a TRS-80 Color Computer. When I hit my teenage years, fell in love and heard Depeche Mode it was all over. I knew my calling.

“During computer class some of the grade 3s decided to teach themselves how to program a 30-year-old Roland TR-808 drum machine.” – Selwyn House School

photo credit: fr4dd

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 12, 2011 at 8:36 am, filed under drum machine and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Mira Cook – Drum Machine

Mira Cook – Drum Machine from Sean Gillane on Vimeo.

Here’s a pretty cheesy indie video from Mira Cook about at Mattel Synsonic drum machine. The one in the image above is on eBay right now for $39: click here. I wouldn’t mind having one in my collection. Did I ever tell you I love drum machines?

“It was a cheap and cheesy toy and it sounded fairly horrible… but what else would you expect from a toy manufacturer’s attempt to cash in on the emerging drum machine market of the early ’80s?” – hollowsun.com/vintage/mattel

For more info: hollowsun.com/vintage/mattel

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 15, 2010 at 6:05 am, filed under drum machine and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Ron Winter Drum Kit

Stuck at your desk today at lunch? Need to get your Electrohouse on for a few minutes? I’m not sure if director Ron Winter created this “bangin” browser sample player or it’s from someone else. Nevertheless it’s a good five minute time waster. To try it out: click here

“In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a different sound recording of a song. The wide spread use of sampling in popular music originated with the birth of hip hop music in New York in the 1970s. This is typically done with a sampler, which can be a piece of hardware or a computer program. Sampling is also possible with tape loops or with vinyl records on a phonograph. Often “samples” consist of one part of a song, such as a break, used in another, for instance the use of the drum introduction from Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” in songs by the Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mike Oldfield, Rob Dougan, Coldcut, Depeche Mode and Erasure, and the guitar riffs from Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded” in Tone L?c’s “Funky Cold Medina”. – wikipedia.org/Sample

For more info: wikipedia.org/Electro_house

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 9, 2010 at 4:11 am, filed under drum machine, promotion and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Vintage into New

Last night i picked up an Amplitude iRig from Best Buy (about $40). It wasn’t too long until I had some old gear going through any music Apps that allowed input. The photo above shows a Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-110 into the Moog Filtatron app. iRig works as advertised and I was very impressed with Filtatron. I think that Moog hired some good coders because it sounds right. I also think it was smart of them to release this on touch devices and not as a plug-in that you would have use a mouse with. This thing begs to be played with. The feedback and tape delay effects are great. I tried to plug a Shure SM58 directly into the iRig but I think I need a pre-amp to get my signal much hotter before it will be of any use.

“Simply plug the iRig interface into your mobile device, plug your instrument into the appropriate input jack, plug in your headphones, amp or powered speakers, download ‘AmpliTube FREE’ version for iPhone or for iPad, and start rocking!” – ikmultimedia.com

For more info: ikmultimedia.com/irig

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 21, 2010 at 6:08 am, filed under apple, drum machine, iPad and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Korg MS-20 Drums Ableton Live Pack

Drum kits made from vintage analog synthesizers are a good thing. Here’s one set up for you in an Ableton Live pack created with a Korg MS-10. It’s $10 AUS via Paypal. Audio samples and more info: click here

“All the samples have been programmed on the MS-20 from the ground up and treated with the utmost care to provide you with pristine and unique sounds you wont find anywhere else.This is our most comprehensive pack to date as it includes 6 unique LIVE sets, 6 Drum Racks, 77 samples, 58 midi clips as well as unique FX such as our Geiger and 3F-Sat.The samples and FX have been grouped within the racks and have useful macro controls assigned to them to broaden the pallet of sounds you can produce.” – voltagedisciple.com

For more info: voltagedisciple.com

photo credit: aliasfreq

via sonicstate

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 20, 2010 at 5:12 am, filed under Ableton Live, drum machine, sounds and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Transistor Rhythm

808 Drum programming (by Eekkoo) from Eekkoo on Vimeo.

Roland TR-727 from Clocklife on Vimeo.

I start my songwriting with the drums. Touching actual buttons and watching flashing lights go left to right as the sequencer plays is more fun than pushing around a mouse. My iPad is getting a lot of attention these days for the fun factor too but the sound is not exactly the same.

“The famous Roland TR-808 was also launched in 1980. At the time it was received with little fanfare, as it did not have digitally sampled sounds; drum machines using digital samples were much more popular. In time, though, the TR-808, along with its successor, the TR-909 (released in 1984), would become a fixture of the burgeoning underground dance, techno, and hip-hop genres, mainly because of its low cost (relative to that of the Linn machines), and the unique character of its analogue-generated sounds.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/Drum_machine

photo credit: Ethan Hein

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 25, 2010 at 3:56 am, filed under drum machine and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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