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Taylor

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January 26, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Arturia BeatStep

Arturia have been impressing us consistently from the Spark and SparkLE controllers to their foray into the analog synthesizer market with the MiniBrute and MicroBrute. Their products are incredibly inexpensive which makes them a great go to brand for a great mix of quality, reliability, and affordability. Their latest addition to the line is a sequencer controller dubbed the Arturia BeatStep.

With sixteen pads and sixteen knobs, all of which are completely assignable to nearly any DAW, you can have total control over your software and DAW controls. It includes MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity making it a very versatile controller. With a street price of $99 and a March release date, you can expect many folks to be talking more about this throughout the year. Check out the video above where Rebecca from Arturia walks us through the features on the BeatStep and let us know what you think …

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Taylor

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January 25, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Elektron Analog Rytm Demo

Just showing off the features on the Elektron Analog Rytm is clearly not enough. We wanted to hear how this thing sounded and we are pretty sure you do too. To quell your insatiable appetite for all things Elektron, we shot a quick demo video with Cenk from Elektron Music Machines at Winter NAMM 2014. Elektron should have more demo sounds in the near future but hopefully this will tide you over until then. Be sure to check out our overview of the Elektron Analog Rytm from NAMM 2014 in case you missed it and keep looking out for more videos from the show floor in the coming days.

SLAM!!…

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Taylor

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January 25, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Elektron Analog Rytm

Elektron’s PR campaign is something to admire. They were fantastic at teasing the Analog Keys but their latest analog music machine has been teased since the launch of Analog Keys in Berlin. After being hidden behind a hazy lock box for months we finally caught a glimpse of their brand new machine the Analog Rytm. This drum machine centric device has all of the control functionality that you have come to be familiar with on other Elektron machines like the Analog 4 and Octatrack but with an emphasis on fully analog groove production. All of the I/O is similar to other machines in the line with USB, MIDI, and stereo outputs for all of your tracks.

The FX control is superb with reverb and delay control but also the inclusion of  distortion control which gives you control for very angry sounds. With master distortion and master compression control and the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
April 16, 2013

Nord Drum 2, Playable Drum Synth

The type of drums used in a song is unique to each genre, and it is sometimes only the beat and rhythm that dictate how a song will be classified.  Some songs don’t even require a steady tempo or the use of beats to become a “song”, but popular music and the types of music we listen to on the radio typically have some type of rhythm that we have come to expect.  The roots of rhythm and beats can be traced back to perhaps the earliest man, who somehow understood that every human being was able to respond to a rhythm.  Percussive drums are naturally the more organic way or producing beats, and even modern beat machines are designed to simulate that effect.

What is great about digital beat making units is how easy they can be to use.  Creating a melody on a piano is quite difficult in …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 17, 2012

Akai iMPC Turns Your iPad Into An MPC

The feeling of sixteen soft pads at your fingertips is something that cannot be easily replaced.  However, it can be weaned from underneath your fingertips with a careful substitution – as long as that substitution is unnoticeable.  I’m betting that Akai has seen sales of their drums machines and line of MPCs drop thanks to new technology and better controllers out there on the market.  The need to store samples in a sound bank with an external SD card seems kind of archaic when you starting added a computer to the situation.  Their decision to port the MPC to the iPad is more of inevitability than a conscious move.

Obviously you would be a sucker to think that you can use this on your iPhone, I mean you can – but it’s not ideal whatsoever.  Looks wise, the GUI seems very organic and traditional; not far from any of …