August 21, 2013
Some may look at all the new controllers we have out there and see that it lacks a certain quality that was found in earlier synthesizers. Synths that are not produced at a manufacturing speed, as created slowly because it takes time for them to be produced. They cannot be packed together by a machine, and a robotic arm might be accurate where the production requires eyeballing and a sense of style. It is sort of like how custom concrete sidewalks are made from imperfect pieces of stone, rather than machine cut pieces which are easily done at the factory. This is perhaps why expensive synths are usually made of wood trimming, and it is not easy to have it all done in one sitting.
Small developers have found ways to combine both art and technology, getting the best of both worlds in one piece of equipment. The “Shnth” looks …
June 12, 2013
Many hardware based companies have made the choice to create software alternatives of their produces, and likewise software companies have tried their hand in the hardware market. The Ableton Push comes to mind when thinking of a software company – and Microsoft comes to mind when thinking of a hardware company that has gone with software. Some might think that they are better off sticking to what they know, but in today’s world where instruments exist on both ends, it might be better to cater to both parties. The type of equipment that sells this argument the best is synthesizer gear. Synths aren’t cheap, and collecting the nerve to buy one is not a small move.
Software synthesizers are a dime a dozen in any app store – but these are never model specific and god knows where they are getting their samples from. But when a company like Moog …
February 11, 2013
Have you ever wondered why problem with computers are called bugs? There’s a lot of word play that goes on in computing, and most of these terms make sense to us – like a virus or a bug, but very few people question where the terms were actually originated. Older computers were nothing like the computers we have today. Before the invention of the first personal computer, computers were large and daunting machines; they were also difficult to maintain. Many of these mainframes actually had problems with bugs entering the machine and screwing things up. These large computers did not make use of transistor technology, and actually had to use vacuum tubes.
The same can be said about classic synth devices and other analog types. They used oscillators that were analog in nature, and needed to be cleaned and maintained often. This tube technology was actually cutting edge at the …