January 17, 2013
The world of DJ controllers really opened up to new possibilites with the release of the Novation Twitch DJ Controller. Sure DJ’s were already using control surfaces that did not reflect a traditional DJ setup, but this was the first time we saw the replacement of jog wheels with touch strips, and a DJ controller that seemed designed specifically for the new breed of controllerist. This of course sparked debate amongst DJs and controllerists as to what constitutes a proper DJ setup or the proper way to DJ. But the truly creative and innovative controller connoisseurs saw this as an exciting prospect for the future of digital DJing. It was also one of the first DJ controllers to offer 8 pads on both decks which could be used to setup hot cues, launch one shots, or control FX and their parameters. With controllers like the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol F1 and the latest …
December 26, 2012
So it’s the holidays, and you finally have that week coming up that you’ve been saying you’d spend in the studio. It’s time to finally drop that opus in your head, or at least figure out how some of your new toys work. On the other hand, what if you get in the studio and hit a brick wall, or just end up chucking unfinished file after unfinished file on the hard drive? It happens to everyone. Sometimes just the pressure of having the time we always wish we did causes us to choke in the studio, only to be filled with inspiration on the drive back to work at the end of vacation. I’ve stared this form of writer’s block down more than once. Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot better at forcing myself out of the rough spots, and today I am going to share a few …
December 12, 2012
inMusic, the parent company that owns Numark, Alesis, and Akai, has been pretty busy this year. All three of their leading companies have been releasing much of the gear featured at Winter NAMM 2012 and teased through YouTube videos and company press releases. Gear like the Numark 4TRAK, the Alesis QX line of MIDI keyboard controllers, and the very popular Akai Synthstation 49 and MPC Renaissance. In addition to releasing tons of new gear this year they also acquired formerly AVID owned M-Audio to round out their line of professional audio equipment. We will likely see more from inMusic this year at Winter NAMM 2013 in January and we will have plenty to report from the show room floor.
We first saw the Akai MAX 49 almost a year ago at Winter NAMM 2012 and our first impression was that the MAX 49 was a collection of improvements …
October 26, 2012
We first saw the QuNeo in 2011 when it went from a being Kickstarter project with modest ambitions, to a full blown “holy crap we raised a lot of money” project. Buoyed by enthusiasm, the prototype that could next introduced itself to us on the floor at NAMM this year, where we got to see a capable Keith McMillen rep demo the device with Ableton Live.
I know what you’re asking: what the heck is a 3D Multitouch Controller? Well, in this case, it is a very slim little control surface, not completely unlike a Novation LaunchPad. 16 square pads, two circular pads, a number of arrow buttons and a slew of slider type pads. Each different kind of pad sports a different kind of LED light for visual feedback and the majority of controls are touch sensitive. Herein lies the difference that makes it standout from the LaunchPad, …
October 16, 2012
Sourcing a classic analog synthesizer is a small task on its own, and this is assuming you have the cash and bargaining skills to take it home with you if you do find one. Roland’s SH-101 is not an easy find, and I’m sure synth lovers who own one would have a hard time letting it go. Of course there are other options out there like the newer Roland GAIA SH-01 Virtual Analog Synthesizer if you want something you can touch or feel.
If you’re just looking for the audio and effects, Francis Preve has created his own patch for Ableton Live, which feature the sounds of the SH-101, complete with the basic simpler instruments (saw, square, pwm, noise, etc.)…