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November 26, 2013

Elektron Analog Keys Preview

The Elektron Analog Keys synthesizer was unveiled on November 23rd at a very intimate showcase in Berlin, Germany. A few blogs and other media outlets were on hand to capture the first real glimpses of this new hyped up synthesizer and eager synth nuts were glued to their browsers for the unveiling. A few days have passed since the unveiling and Elektron have released a full set of specifications for us to peruse. A quick look at the Analog Keys leads one to believe that this is simply an Analog 4 with keys. It sure does look that way and Analog 4 owners are asking, “so what are the actual differences between the Analog Keys and the Analog 4?” Those that do not already own an Analog 4 are simply asking, “do I need this synthesizer and why?” These are great questions to ask in a marketplace that has …

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June 20, 2013

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

It has been a long time since the last Boards of Canada release. Affectionately known as BOC among fans, Boards of Canada occupy a space in music reserved for a rare few cult heroes. Within this space, an entity can communicate cryptically with their fans, follow almost none of the rules of the promotional game that is music marketing, and still expect an insane amount of orders on release of their record trailing at least a half decade behind their previous release. BOC are perhaps more suited to this space than anywhere else. Figures like Daft Punk or Gorillaz have releases anticipated by a press asking “can this band still thrive in the landscape they created?” BOC’s latest release was anticipated by hordes of press, design nerds, music lovers, synth tweakers, and controllerists; most of whom were more likely wondering how long it would take them to acclimate to the …

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April 23, 2013

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 MKII Review

Very recently, Taylor found himself trapped in a situation reminiscent of Groundhog Day where I was repeatedly rattling off complaints about my drum situation. Having gone to an entirely hardware synth driven arrangement recording, my drums situation had started to seem like more of a time sink than ever. I had been alternating between using Maschine and some old favorites in a loopmasters sample library for a while, and then gradually got around to beating up the same set of samples from 505, 606, 707, 808, and 909 sample sets for every track. Sometimes I would drop these samples straight into an Ableton timeline, or I would use them in Maschine, Drum Racks or Reason’s Kong, depending on what software combinations I was using for the project.

Lucky Taylor sat through quite a long process of me rambling about why this or that device didn’t work.

While I will swear …

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February 21, 2013

Dave Grohl, Sound City, and The Great Analog Debate

On January 31st 2013, the limited theatrical release of Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City premiered to an eager public. Those who couldn’t make it to the screening got to digitally download the film on February 1st. For those of you who don’t know, Sound City tells the story of Sound City Studios, the birthplace of seminal records from bands such as Fleetwood Mac, REO Speedwagon, Tom Petty, Rick Springfield, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and many more. The story is as much about Sound City, its staff, and the records made there, as it is a story about the famed Neve recording console, Grohl’s all star compilation record, and a much larger discussion about analog recording techniques, when compared to the introduction and proliferation of digital technology from the 80s into today. 

Despite what some critics are saying, it’s a very well done documentary, especially from someone that …

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January 15, 2013

Moog Factory Tour: Testing and Calibration

In this part of our Moog Factory Tour series, Jim Debardi discusses the testing and calibration process involved after the manufacturing of the Minimoog synthesizer. The testing and calibration process described here is not just for Minimoogs, but it’s a careful and precise process that is done to every instrument before it leaves the factory. Having every instrument go through a rigorous quality control process is something Moog prides itself on and is a great peace of mind for Moog instrument users. This process is often times very specific to a certain instrument so Moog tapped their engineering department to develop testing devices that exist solely for the purpose of testing Moog instrument functions. Because Moog is dedicated to manufacturing their instruments by hand, they similarly dedicate time and effort into having a human element involved when testing the quality of an instrument’s build. This shouldn’t be a surprise to some when considering …