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April 23, 2013

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 MKII Review

Very recently, Taylor found himself trapped in a situation reminiscent of Groundhog Day where I was repeatedly rattling off complaints about my drum situation. Having gone to an entirely hardware synth driven arrangement recording, my drums situation had started to seem like more of a time sink than ever. I had been alternating between using Maschine and some old favorites in a loopmasters sample library for a while, and then gradually got around to beating up the same set of samples from 505, 606, 707, 808, and 909 sample sets for every track. Sometimes I would drop these samples straight into an Ableton timeline, or I would use them in Maschine, Drum Racks or Reason’s Kong, depending on what software combinations I was using for the project.

Lucky Taylor sat through quite a long process of me rambling about why this or that device didn’t work.

While I will swear …

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December 26, 2012

10 Tips and Tricks for Starting and Finishing Tracks

So it’s the holidays, and you finally have that week coming up that you’ve been saying you’d spend in the studio. It’s time to finally drop that opus in your head, or at least figure out how some of your new toys work. On the other hand, what if you get in the studio and hit a brick wall, or just end up chucking unfinished file after unfinished file on the hard drive? It happens to everyone. Sometimes just the pressure of having the time we always wish we did causes us to choke in the studio, only to be filled with inspiration on the drive back to work at the end of vacation. I’ve stared this form of writer’s block down more than once. Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot better at forcing myself out of the rough spots, and today I am going to share a few …

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December 12, 2012

Akai MAX 49 Keyboard Controller Overview

inMusic, the parent company that owns Numark, Alesis, and Akai, has been pretty busy this year. All three of their leading companies have been releasing much of the gear featured at Winter NAMM 2012 and teased through YouTube videos and company press releases. Gear like the Numark 4TRAK, the Alesis QX line of MIDI keyboard controllers, and the very popular Akai Synthstation 49 and MPC Renaissance. In addition to releasing tons of new gear this year they also acquired formerly AVID owned M-Audio to round out their line of professional audio equipment. We will likely see more from inMusic this year at Winter NAMM 2013 in January and we will have plenty to report from the show room floor.

We first saw the Akai MAX 49 almost a year ago at Winter NAMM 2012 and our first impression was that the MAX 49 was a collection of improvements …

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October 18, 2012

Nektar Panorama P4 Demo

To give everyone a sense for how the Nektar Panorama P4 integrates with Reason and its extensive library of plugins, we decided to shoot a brief demonstration on how all of that works. In this demo we feature the plugins Thor Polysonic Synthesizer, The Echo and The Aligator Triple Filter Gate. This is obviously a small sample of the library of plugins featured in Reason which is a software worth checking out if you havent already.

Be sure to read our overview of the Panorama P4 as well as watch the overview video.

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June 18, 2012

Music Programming Methods – Part 1

It is probably a funny word choice that keeps the recording field intimidating to the casual observer, or the hopeful novice; but the act of building songs in the world of sequencers and synthesizers has long been stored under the catch all term of “programming.” The word probably becomes more accurate or inaccurate depending on how one chooses to equip one’s studio. The controllerists can easily imagine themselves as device wrangling borgs from outer space as they tie feature after feature to conveniently placed knobs and indulge in wild bursts of inspired creativity after a hard day of device building. On the other hand, the guy sitting with an acoustic guitar and a microphone probably looks at what they do as simply recording.

Programming has always been what I called it, but I also started at a time when a hardware sequencer was tied to hardware synths, drum machines and …