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May 22, 2012

Native Instruments Kontrol F1 – First Look

We were expecting the Kontrol F1 sometime in the next week so it was completely unexpected that someone with one would show up unannounced. By the time I had arrived in the office, I found the team frantically skirting around the room setting up the set.  I had been planning on doing an F1 demo when the unit was released and had only began to plan something out in the days prior to our unexpected visit and was unprepared to demo the unit on a whim.  I made a call to one of my friends that produces tracks with me and asked if he would send the stems from our latest track for a demo.

At about 11 o’Clock the artist made his way back to the video room carrying with him a suitcase full of just about any piece of NI gear you can imagine.  His name was Phillip and …

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January 20, 2012

TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play and VoiceLive Play GTX – First Look at NAMM

TC Electronics want you singing silky smooth. We don’t know where the fixation came from, but they seem fairly certain they want to raise your production value. Who knows, maybe it was one open mic night too many.

Either way, it appears that the movement started with VoiceLive Touch will continue in floor pedal format.

The VoiceLive Play is a floor based vocal effects processor made to meet your needs out of the box. Boasting a “pick a genre, any genre” preset scheme, the VoiceLive Play has 200+ presets indexed by artist/song “inspiration.” Auto key detection helps provide pitch perfect harmonies and everything from doubling to pitch correction are there to thicken, enhance and polish the singers performance. The device offers USB direct recording functionality on top of the already present headphone and XLR outs. Practice, looping and vocal cancel functions round out a device that seems rack powerful despite …

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January 20, 2012

Vestax VCI 400 – First Look at NAMM

NAMM is not slouching on new DJ controllers. It has been a serious gatekeeping effort to make sure that  we show you the ones that really made an impression on us, if for no other reason than digging into all of them and looking for new/sellable features being a time consuming process.

This was not the case with the VCI 400. Vestax have really made a flexible, infinitely mappable surface here. I actually kind of walked into it because I noticed a girl was messing with video software and thought maybe I was looking at a new VJ controller. Then when I got to ask her what she was working with, she informed me that she was not a DJ, she was a specialist with her video software package. She was, in fact, mapping on the fly to her software with the VCI-400 to demonstrate just what a flexible surface …

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January 19, 2012

Moog MiniTaur- First Look at NAMM

File this one under: I begged and begged and cried and sighed and pleaded and finally it happened. This is the second part of my NAMM analog love triangle. Moog have struck gold with the MiniTaur. As the name suggests, this is a desktop analog module based on the original Taurus synthesizer. If you don’t know, the Taurus was actually a floor based bass synth that allowed players to play amazing bass sounds by foot while still performing with their other instrument of choice. That said, the standards are high for this little wonder- and it doesn’t disappoint.

Unlike some desktop synths, this one sticks to a “one function per button” mantra. Built with a simple two oscillator layout, the MiniTaur offers an oscillator mixer that allows you to use different combinations of square and sawtooth waves to blend classic Moog bass sounds. A robust mod matrix offers LFO Rate, …

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January 19, 2012

Arturia MiniBrute- First Look at NAMM

Is it professional to start a post telling you about my erect nipples?

No? Ok, well, I won’t talk about them. However, I think I am caught in an affordable analog synth love triangle. While the other player is to be named later, the Arturia MiniBrute is definitely pretty close to talking me into marriage. Arturia have effectively surprised me with their current star of the floor: The MiniBrute.

Unlike Arturia’s typical offering, this is a 100% self contained analog synth. That’s right, not just a super realistic, tightly integrated machine thing; but a full fledged analog synth. I’m not talking “mostly analog” here, I’m talking cv outputs, voltage controlled oscillators (with sub oscillators) and amazing sounds. We got to spend a few minutes with Romain from Arturia and he showed us the ins and outs of this thing. Between USB, 5 pin DIN MIDI and the CV outs, this …