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Taylor

Taylor
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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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
July 3, 2013

5 Ways To Get Creative With Samples

Sampling to create music is not a new idea, and has been used since the days of tape recorders and records.  Rappers and music artists would often directly sample part of a song to use for their song.  No harm, no foul.  More advanced users actually take samples and brilliantly compose music from them, making it seem as if they took instruments and created a totally different song than the original.  These are the sample producers who can do anything from studio production to live performances, all based on pieces and bits of audio files that were found somewhere else.

A DJ also has the ability to sample music, but the tools we have available to us now make us much more creative than your standard drum machine users or your desktop producers.  Sampling on the fly allows a DJ creatively remix without a second though – which is the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
December 15, 2012

DM-1 Drum Machine For iOS, iPad Now Free

Let’s face the facts – if you’re out to create an app for the iPad or iPhone, you shouldn’t expect it to take in millions of dollars in profit.  The business strategy for those who create apps seems to be: create an app, and sell it at low cost to hopefully millions of people with an iOS device.  For some companies out there who are creating innovative and original apps, they may very well have a decent future in app creation and some money rolling in to pay the light bill – but for others, maybe not so much.

The problem comes down to creativity.  Many apps out there are just iterations of older apps.  Drum pads and sequencer are literally a dime a dozen, and sometimes they’re the same beast in a different colored package.  For those of us on a budge, who cannot afford a real life Akai

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Taylor

Taylor
January 23, 2012

Dave Smith Tempest at NAMM 2012

Dave Smith has quite a synth development history. Dave was responsible for the Prophet 5. He is commonly referred to as the “father of MIDI” after his involvement with the development of the system. Pioneering physical modeling synthesis research and developing the Wavestation over at Korg are just a few stops in an amazing history of seeing Dave appear from one breakthrough to the next. you might have even had one of Dave’s creations in your old computer if you ever owned an AWE 32 or 64 from Sound Blaster; as these cards contained Dave’s first software based synthesizer to drive it’s 32/64 voices. Since opening his own brand, Dave Smith Synthesizers, Dave has created some of the most popular analog synths currently on the market and the devices bring a signature modern appeal to devices that feel as classic as the vintage beasts that inspired them.

Now that they’ve …