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November 29, 2012

Beyoncé to Direct Autobiographical Doc for HBO

When you see pop artists performing on stage and putting out music videos that cost a small fortune to produce, the question of tech savviness never really crosses your mind.  If you take somebody like Skrillex, who produces his own music on a laptop, then yes, of course he knows how to use a computer.  But what about a singer or songwriter whose only responsibility is to sing into a microphone?  Does this mean that the rest of the song is edited by a professional?  Does this mean that the artist has no producing skills or does not know how to navigate their way around a computer?

If Twitter has accomplished anything, it has taught celebrities in the public eye, who’ve never used a computer before, how to make posts on the internet.  Beyonce is not an artist we’d consider to be a computer guru by looks alone – but …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 29, 2012

U.S. State Department Pulls the Plug on Andrew W.K.’s Party Trip to Bahrain

As Americans, we understand that in many parts of the world we are subjected to intense scrutiny.  After all, if you live in one of the greatest countries in the world you are bound to have many friends and many enemies.  Those who frequently travel around the world already know what it’s like to be seen as an outsider in another country.  Americans also tend to travel and explore the world less than citizens of other countries – so the shock may be even greater when you find yourself facing critics; but what about if the criticism comes from your own state department?

Musicians are more likely to travel the world on tour that any other type artist in the entertainment industry.  There is also the fact many of these artist aren’t there to explore the countryside – they’re there to party and put on a good show.  Such is …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 29, 2012

The Borgatron – A Korg Monotron Hacked Into A Gesture Synth

The Korg Monotron is one of the better examples of a cheap analog synth that can be treated like a toy by amateurs, and used as a complex piece of machinery by enthusiasts at the same time.  In the past, we’ve seen the Korg Monotribe (similar to the Monotron but with the addition of sequenced drums) being used in conjunction with other Monotribes to produce some pretty cool riffs.  For those who are trying to get into the realm of synth produced music – the Monotron is a gentle stepping stone that provides enough functionality to show you the basics.

The reason why this little instrument is still favored by experienced by hardcore synthesizer users, is that it is cheap enough to be hacked and modified to do other things, and you won’t be set back too much if you end up breaking things.  In this video clip above, SolarisBorgatron …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
November 29, 2012

Da Capo Symphonic Sound Library For Mac, Windows

There is an unusually high demand for DAWs and other types of software that can faithfully replicate the sounds of a classical orchestra and other contemporary instruments.  The producers who seek this type of software usually aren’t looking to create pop music from their computers – instead they are looking to create scores for films and documentaries; and it’s not an easy task.  This is why soundtracks are usually created from actual orchestras and live musicians, as it is difficult to replicate the true sound of an orchestra.  Still, software engineers are getting better at creating these programs, and have taken various approaches to give the producer the best set of tools.

Programs like Native Instruments Batter 3 use state of the art sample engines, but really shine when it comes to the amount of samples you have to produce with.  It would be hard not to find a drum …

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UniqueSquared
November 29, 2012

Classic KORG Polysix, Reimagined for iPad

Some of the more classic examples of synthesizer use can be found in old pop music videos.  When Gary Numan produced hits like “Are Friends Electric?” and “Cars” the music world was taken by storm, and seeing musicians on stage activating instruments with the press of a key (snare hits etc.) was shocking, to say the least.  Many analog musicians (guitarists, drummers, pianists) were slightly upset – knowing that their talent was being replaced by a digital machine.  Synthesizers of that era were not capable of doing more than one thing at a time, nor where they capable of looping and sequencing.

When the Korg Polysix was invented, it was considered a major achievement for synth users.  Of course, it was also a massive beast that out-sized and outweighed a fully-loaded turntable coffin.  In recent years, the Polysix was ported to the desktop computer and once again became adored by …