A big hit on the past MusikMesse in Frankfurt, the Arturia Spark ‘creative drum machine’ should be avialble worldwide now. Combining the power of analog synthesis, physical modelling and samples, through the intuitive workflow of a hardware drum machine, Spark is a highly creative beat production center.
Numark is famous, in the turntablist/scratch scene, for its CD players but also mixers. For Gearjunkies I had the pleasure to take ‘a closer look’ at the Numark NDX800, media player and midi controller. The NDX800 is a versatile media player as you can use oldskool CDs but also other formats via USB. It can even be used as a MIDI controller for Traktor LE, which comes with the NDX.
Turnado is a revolutionary multi-effect tool, crafted especially for massive real-time audio manipulation. It combines unique and dynamic effects with the most intuitive and immediate control you can imagine. Just turn it on and crank it up.
Percussa were really impressed when receiving a message from Samantha Ewart, a PhD student at the School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney (Australia). She is an unusual customer of the AudioCubes or the “Music Cubes” as she calls them in her work.
Studio by day, on stage in the evening, at home by night … play loud without being loud. The Reducer attenuates the power output of the guitar amp. This means that all sorts of amps, especially tube amps, can now be overdriven without the need of having to be too loud.
In October of 2009, Harrison launched a product that changed the industry expectations of what a DAW could and should be. Mixbus is a progressive workstation that combines open-source development with Harrison’s 30-year heritage of building world-class mixing systems. Mixbus provides an integrated “analog-style” mixer along with a world-class editor in a very cost-effective package. Version 2.0 represents a dramatic leap forward for mixing and editing in the box.
The American Audio Versadeck is a 2-channel Midi Controller that includes Virtual DJ LE software so you can start DJing right out of the box. Versadeck includes a built-in 4×4 Audio interface, two USB slots for thumb drives or hard drives *, two microphone inputs and XLR balanced outputs.
This morning after ‘firing up’ my Twitter account, I pretty soon got to read the tweets about the loss of another great musician and artist, Gill Scott-Heron. An artist who has, undoubtedly, played a big part in the rise of soul and rap music and was a big influence for many of todays artists.
These are the releases we have encountered this week on the Loops and Samples front. Just like the quality of the audio software we use these days the quality of the content we use (loops and samples) equally matches the high standards of this software. Below is this weeks selection.
American transistor organ enthusiast Barry Carson has created a great set of presets for the Farfisa and Vox-organs in the Nord Electro 3, Nord Stage 2 and Nord C2, recreating many of the legendary organ sounds known from the popular music of the 60’s.
Time+Space, the exclusive UK and European distributor for synth extraordinaire Rob Papen, has announced the release of PUNCH – a brand new speaker busting, body rattling software instrument that combines sampled and synthesized drums with breathtaking features for the contemporary music producer.
Nova*Musik have teamed up with Moog Music once again to bring you another piece of synthesizer history. They are proud and excited to announce the MOOG VOYAGER PERFORMER LUNAR IMPACT!
Celemony published a video Interview with legendary singer Midge Ure. He talks about Ultravox, his work in the studio and which role Melodyne has in the process. Midge Ure is fascinated by DNA Direct Note Access and the possibility to edit individual notes in polyphonic audio: “This isn’t a piece of software, this is black magic!” His workflow today: “Now everything I do, I stick it into Melodyne and see if I can make it better“.
Developed in association with Eddie Kramer, the MPX Master Tape plugin is modeled on a rare machine consisting of an Ampex 350 transport and 351 electronics. With adjustable tape speed, bias, flux, wow & flutter, and noise parameters, the MPX provides comprehensive control over the contours of your sound. And to top it off, we’ve added a flexible slap & feedback delay, ideal for rock, dance, dub, you name it. For recording, mixing, mastering, and more, bring the richness and warmth of real tape saturation to your DAW with the MPX Master Tape. It’s the reel deal.
Last april Sugar Bytes announced Turnado. This week they released a demonstration video. Turnado takes realtime audio manipulation to the next level. Just assign effects to knobs and crank them up! Lots of new granulizing, freezing, filtering, slicing, looping and scratching effects have been developed to make Turnado the best effect you ever had!