November 15, 2013
It was only a couple years ago that we saw an explosion of DJ related equipment, especially within the DJ controller market. This trend coincided with the rise of EDM culture and performance across the globe with nearly anyone with some cash and motivation learning to DJ and getting gigs right away. This hasn’t gone away necessarily but the initial high of this DJ over saturation has worn off in a big way. Electronic music is as popular as it has ever been, but a lot of DJs are seeing that their longevity is dependent upon producing their own music. More and more people are becoming or are already aware of the tools used to make popular and even more esoteric electronic music and they want to gain access to those tools in an affordable way. Couple that with the rise of the portability ideology and you have a new …
September 17, 2013
So, I’ll be the first person to tell you I’m a hardware guy. I don’t “do” purism, and you’ll get my computer out of my studio ONLY if you are handing me a newer/bigger/better one. However, when it comes to sound, my computer mainly amounts to being the editing and summing facility. In that arrangement, my computer is where effects are applied and things are locked in. I do it for a few reasons, among them being that I love not even worrying about my CPU load once during the course of very dense productions. That said, as much as I can appreciate a good software instrument, I typically would rather have the hardware equivalent any day. That’s why I was deeply troubled this past January when I was watching Arturia’s Mike Hoska bang out some of the best sounding beats I’d heard from hardware or software from a little …
January 11, 2013
If you read much about the Arturia MiniBrute in synth forums, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the most absurdly elitist of synth snobs saying anything bad about it. While it is their first foray into proper analog hardware, Arturia have brought into the world a tough little synth with features not often aligned with the price point of the MiniBrute. They have been hard to get ahold of, but I finally picked up one during the brief second we had them in stock.
One of the nicer features that I don’t really touch on during this brief overview video is the aftertouch. While I mention it in passing, I don’t go on and on about just how rad aftertouch on an affordable analog synth is. So let me do it here: OMG YOU GUYS!!!! AFTERTOUCH!!!!
That said, it really is quite a nice option to have …
October 10, 2012
Arturia is one of the few vintage synthesizer makers that is still alive and kicking today. Their classic gear is in limited supply (if at all) and in heavy demand, so it’s natural that software emulation of these synthesizers is so common these days. For those that cannot afford a piece of history, there is exceptional software out there like Arturia Modular V 2.6, which runs on Mac’s OSX and comes at a decent price.
Today, Synthtopia takes a look at another piece of emulation software out there, Arturia Prophet V. Neil of airusersblog takes a lot at the sequential circuits the make up the Prophet 5.…
October 3, 2012
The small and portable Arturia Spark drum machine will be receive a new software update, version 1.5, which will include a few handy changes to this capable 16 track mixer. First off, the “Tune Feature” has been implemented which allows for a melodic composition to be created directly from the drums MIDI controlled pads.
The sampling engine has been changed, and adds some new features the enable creative sampling – a “choke group” function has been added that will cut off the sound from one sample when another has been activated, sort of like a drummer how mutes his own hi-hat notes after each hit.