January 3, 2013
Quite frankly, I grow tired of seeing countless apps being created for the Android or iOS that do the same thing as the next. It seems like an open source code is being tossed around the internet, with the only real innovation being the interface or the next app to be released. If you search the app store for sampler, sequencer, or drum machine you will find more apps that you know what to do with. How could you possible ever know which is the right one for you?
I understand the appeal as well. They’re cheap and easy to make, not to mention easy to buy. They can be routed directly through a hand-held device which is only a bit more than the cost of buying a stand alone unit. Still, it would be nice to have some of these tools in hardware form and the ability to skip …
December 19, 2012
Although DJs have the option to add a few controllers here or there, or to remove a deck if they wanted by replacing it with a virtual deck – there really isn’t much going on in terms of modularity. As it stands, there is no real “modular” solution for DJs, where one piece of hardware, that has one simple purpose, can be added or removed to an existing setup.
With that said, there are plenty of external controllers that can be programmed to do specific things, like the QuNeo, but nothing quite as modular as something you’d see attached to a modular synthesizer or effects setup.
Those of you that own a Eurorack already know the benefits of modularity. In the war of synthesizers you can strap on as many extra panels as you’d like only to remove them when you find them slowing you down or getting in …
November 21, 2012
I don’t see digital DJs and producers mixing very well with the classic and contemporary crowd of musicians. To give you an idea, I once saw an advertisement for a classical music school that depicted a Vestax turntable being melted into goop under a flaming torch. That doesn’t mean that someone who plays the violin won’t be compelled to taking up DJing, but the two camps really don’t have much in common as far as how their music is produced. That’s what I thought at least until I saw another man’s creation on Synthtopia that attempts to blend the two art forms.
I’ve seen electric violins and stand up basses before – but never have I seen a bow used in conjunction with a synthesizer. Peter Speer shows off a quick demonstration of his newfound invention which he calls the Euro Bow interface. Using a crudely constructed bow created from …
September 13, 2012
Modularity and the ability to combine and dismantle synthesizers are becoming easier and easier with the help of computer controlled microcontrollers to do most of the work. ADDAC System has been busy working on its Voltage Controlled Computer, which is built upon an Arduino setup and promises to help micromanage the task of chaining applications and hardware together.
The included software comes complete with preset programs to get you started on controlling your modular setup. The expansion modules are there to help you deal with wifi and midi connectivity, communication with Apple mobile devices, and USB input/output interfacing.…