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Taylor

Taylor
November 15, 2013

Mini Synthesizers: It’s a Small World After All

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 …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 16, 2013

Novation Bass Station II Updates Classic Analog Design

If you are looking for a small portable keyboard synth that comes packed with many features you’d find on a larger model, your first guess may be to look for a Korg product.  After all, they engineered the microKorg which was to become the standard for many producers and music artists.  Since that time, the microKorg has seen many updates and revision – but even more compelling is the competition and what they have produced.  The original microKorgs has a lot of charm to them; they were small yet they had wooden accents and quite a bit of weight for such a small unit.  Novation, much like Roland has also had their share of smaller portable synth keyboard on the market, but their comparisons to the original Korg models have never been closer.

Novation has unveiled the Bass Station II, and while the look of it has not been altered …