The new Bass station II is the successor of the well respected Bass Station that came to light 21 years ago. I still remember the original Bass Station as a good sounding analog synthesizer, and a brilliant small midi controller that had its twerps with the pots but made up for its characteristic sound. During the renaissance of the analog synthesizer we have seen a lot of reissues but also some new designs with innovations that simply weren’t possible a few decades ago. The Bass station II is one of these. It still has the hands on approach you’d like to see with programming a synthesizer and added functionality for further tweaking with use of a function switch.
Is it already? Yes, it is! The year is moving towards its end and 2014 is ready to take its place. And like the years before, this is the time many manufacturers are announcing sweet offers, rebates, deals and discounts for their products. So this post is a service to all our visitors. Below is a list of the ‘good deals’ we came across. This is the season the Holiday Deals are launched. We collect the interesting deals we come across and share them with you. This way you can get the best deal out of this season for the gear you really want!
Dutch, pro audio magazine, Interface presents Pro Audio Summit. This is a intimate gathering of audio engineers and musicians in search of knowledge and new contacts. The event serves the educational needs of like minded individuals operating in the music industry through technical seminars. The extraordinary network area and exhibition floor will offer great opportunities to create new business. The organization is a co-operation between Wisseloord Studios, Gearslutz, Interface and Dancefair.
Well, just before we lock up the office for a couple of days we would like to wish you all a very loving and warm holiday. Around our parts we say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
U-HE DIVA – which stands for (Dinosaur Impersonating Virtual Analogue Synthesizer) has been out for a while now and its latest incarnation is version 1.3. This update brings you the new digital osc which faithfully recreates a famous synth that was introduced at the end of the 90s. Famous for the classic ‘so called’ Super Saws. Also theres a new UHBIE filter this is an emulation of the OB-X/SEM filter and an arpeggiator.
Novation is pleased to announce a free update to its hugely popular Launchpad app for iPad, introducing the ability to record performances and share them via Dropbox, Soundcloud, and email. In addition, improvements to the Audio Import upgrade allow users to categorise their sounds and create individual libraries.
If you’ve been following things around here lately, you’ll already know about the Push instrument and its unique interface for playing melodies & beats and triggering clips. If you’re using hardware instruments, Push can also be a complementary performance and controller interface. Play scales according to Push’s scale mode, tap out drums on Push’s velocity-sensitive pads or go in deeper to tweak parameters straight from Push’s touch-sensitive knobs.
Yamaha Corporation and Line 6, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement for Yamaha to acquire Line 6, a leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for musicians. The acquisition expands Yamaha’s portfolio of modeling guitar processing products as well as pro-audio equipment, and offers new and exciting opportunities for accelerated growth for both companies.
Below are some of the new 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.
Mixed In Key have announced that their professional and harmonic Key Detection software has been updated to version 6.0. With many improvements and new features the software is available now for purchase for 58 dollars from the Mixed In Key website.
Rudimental are an electronic act from Hackney, London who continue to go from strength to strength. Their debut album “Home” went straight in at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart (featuring two Number 1 singles “Feel The Love” and “Waiting All Night”), and the now Platinum album also won a MOBO Award this year, as well as picking up a Mercury nomination. Live-wise, they’ve played more than 40 festivals in 2013 alone including Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Benicassim and Made In America, and have a UK tour coming up in February 2014.
In 2003, the British broadsheet newspaper The Guardian famously declared that ‘dance music was in terminal decline’. Citing the greed of superstar DJs and unimaginative, uninspired music as the reason fans were leaving the genre, it seemed at the time to be the lowest point for dance.
Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce availability of PunchBD-RE, a versatile and easy-to-use bass drum synthesizer Rack Extension for Propellerhead Reason 6.5 (or higher), as of yesterday.
Korg have announced that the KR Mini portable rhythm machine is now on its way to a retail store near you. The KR mini – an easy, simple and compact rhythm machine with a built-in speaker and optional battery power for play-anywhere convenience. It’s a great companion for practicing and performing with guitar, bass, keyboards, winds, or any type of instrument