May 8, 2013
If you’ve ever played a guitar, you’ll notice that most of them come with dots and frets to let you know the span of a single note. This is not a crutch to make a weak player a better one, but rather a way to indicate where one note beings and the other ends. Imagine how difficult it would be for a pianist to play piano without knowing where the half steps and whole steps are drawn. It would not be impossible, but having a piano with no keys would not necessarily show that the pianist is any more skilled then the rest.
Be that as it may, it is not uncommon to see a bass guitar or a violin without the frets marked in perfect lines. The guys who play these already have a common understanding of where each note begins and ends – but take something like a …
March 5, 2013
If you get down to the nitty gritty of many of the sound accessories musicians have available to them, one of the most underappreciated devices is the effect unit or effect machine that is stationed between your speaker and your source of audio. From guitar pedals to DJ FX boxes, each of the units perform the same basic tasks, using a method that dates back to a time long before any digital technology was implemented into consumer instruments. The most basic of these effects is the delay effect, which is still one of the most sought after effect for guitarists looking to purchase a guitar amp.
The delay and its brother, the echo, use a system that relies only on the live sound that is inputted into it. It takes what it hears and then captures a brief part of the recording to be replayed again. All of this …
August 27, 2012
The mini Kaoss Pad and the Kaossilator are back again in their second rendition; true to their original form. Like their earlier models, they retain the small size and use AA batteries. Some new changes have been added like the use of a microSD and the change to a “handheld” design. While not rugged or as robust as their bigger brothers, they are easy to use, especially in conjunction with each other. They aren’t a genuine production tool, but they make up for that by being a blast to use.…
DJ Scott Mad Flip
May 10, 2012
We have just received the Kaossilator 2 and the Mini KP2 and we are stoked to get our hands on them. Korg first introduced the Kaoss Pad in 1999 and it was a one-of-a-kind touch pad effects unit that took the world by storm.
I remember the first time I used the original Kaoss Pad during a gig many years ago; it was a lot of fun to use because it had a lot of cool effects and it was really the first FX touch pad that I had ever seen. I could plug a mic into it as well and do cool vocal effects whenever I performed in a live PA environment. I also remember watching a guitarist run a Kaoss Pad inline with his guitar pedals, using the pad FX with his bare foot while he played. It was really versatile and super fun to see.
Korg has …
January 21, 2012
Korg just seems to chug along at a very pleasant pace these days. So many announcements fill the year for them and it is easy to overlook the quiet additions to their many lines of staple products. This year, however, it looks like Korg used NAMM as an opportunity to show off updates for many of these.
Notably, on display were the recently released Monotron Delay and Monotron Duo. If you haven’t considered the devices in the Monotron family of pocket-size, analog ribbon synthesizers; they really are worth picking up. They are built with the same VCF circuits as the MS series of analog/ semi-modular synths Korg released in the late 70′s/early 80′s and sound great. The DUO offers a second oscillator for wide detuned and chorused sounds. This makes the DUO fantastic for generating synth solos and dissonant effects. The DUO also borrows the cross modulation, “X-MOD,” from the classic Mono/Poly. …