October 1, 2012

The Sormina – A New Wireless Instrument From Finland

Does form follow function?  Or is it the other way around?  Lately we’ve been seeing handheld, one-off instrument creations that are built to trigger notes via MIDI mapping.  While some creators like to keep their instrument designs more modern, with flashing lights and rough edges – some, like Juhani Raisanen, have put more of a humanistic touch to their creations.

The Sormina does not resemble any traditional instrument available today, other than its wooden wheels that activate triggers wirelessly.  The placement of these “wheels” resemble that of a clarinet, but the entire piece looks more like a back massaging device, if you ask me.…

The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011

What’s a preamp? And why do I need one?

When I used to think of preamps, I used to think of them as a lifeless utility device. I suppose they are, ultimately – I’ve never had a conversation with one and they do serve a function. But, preamps also have their own personalities. Let’s go back to how I first really knew they existed.

Way back in time (a land before the laptop computer) I owned an acoustic guitar and bought a pickup to put in the guitar because I was too broke to own both an acoustic and an electric. But, recording the guitar was always awful because I captured a ton of noise and it was always so darned quiet. I don’t even want to tell you what I was recording on, it’s too dark, I can’t go back there – just know that there were about 10 people recording audio on the computer back then and …