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Taylor

Taylor
August 11, 2014

Korg MS-20 Mini Overview

Debuting in the late 1970s, the original MS-20 was an extremely popular synthesizer well into the 1980s with the explosion of synth-pop and other experimental electronic genres. Along with companies like Moog, Korg are among the champions of classic synthesizers still heralded today for their signature sound. We first saw the MS-20 Mini on the NAMM show floor back in January of 2013. It was a little hidden gem amongst the onslaught of new synthesizers and drum machines coming from some of the most popular brands in the market.

A little over a year and a half later and we have begun to see countless artists using the MS-20 Mini in their production as well as on stages around the globe. So what makes the Korg MS-20 Mini such a popular synthesizer the world over? Well we decided to break down the features that make the MS-20 Mini such an …

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Taylor

Taylor
August 5, 2014

Nord Lead 4 Overview

Debuting in the late spring of 2013, the Nord Lead 4 is aptly named as the fourth generation performance synthesizer in the Lead series. It’s a four part multi-timbral instrument with each part having access to all of the front panel controls independently. It’s most notably a two oscillator synthesizer with an easy to use modulation system. It’s lightweight and compact making it a great gigging synthesizer and a low profile instrument for your studio. It’s got 6 different filters or 7 really if you count the bandpass filter in there. It also has a robust FX section making it fantastic for dynamic performance.

After a little over a year on the market, the Nord Lead 4 has been championed by artists and producers across a plethora of different genres of music. So what makes the Nord Lead 4 such an appealing synthesizer? We dive head first into the Nord

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
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.…

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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 …