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Taylor

Taylor
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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Taylor

Taylor
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 …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
April 18, 2012

Controllerist – Breaking the Mold – Part 2

There are a few different schools of thought that exist these days in the DJ universe when it comes to using a DJ controller.  I touched on some of these in Part 1 from my own point of view and personal experiences having made the switch just less than 2 years ago.  The debate over the use of a DJ controller versus using either turntables with vinyl, CDJs with CDs, or a DVS has provoked much thought and discussion over the past few years, but continues to gather momentum as controllers evolve and become more prominent among touring professional DJs.

To be fair, the founding father of controllerism, Moldover, is considered to be more of a pure controllerist rather than a DJ.  He created the art form, based on the need to perform and live produce as a musician, going far beyond the expectations of conventional DJing through the …

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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
March 22, 2012

Reloop Beatmix Announced

Direct from Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Reloop announced their newest prime time controller, the Beatmix.  This is a hot new 2-channel Virtual DJ controller coming with a version specifically for the Beatmix.  It boasts shiny new, ultra flat, 14cm aluminum jog wheels, designed for deadly scratching and quick browsing of tracks.  The large transport section is clean and minimal and the (3) Hot Cue panel allows triggering and remixing whilst having a double functionality via a shift layer for all control elements.

The effects and looping sections are also grouped very nicely above the large platters making it very easy to loop and tweak with ease with dedicated knobs for loop size, effect parameter, select, and filter.  There are also dedicated buttons in this area for auto loop, FX on, and the super cool Beat Mash.

Beat Mash closely emulates the popular Beatmasher effect in Traktor Pro, allowing you to chop and glitch out …

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Taylor

Taylor
January 24, 2012

Alesis Vortex and DM Dock at NAMM 2012

Alesis were on the floor peddling their wares with all the other folks at NAMM. While they didn’t jump in on the spectacle hogging DJ controller bonanza (2012 Namm was all about iPads and DJ Controllers if you haven’t figured that one out yet), they were front and center on the iPad, and are a solid reminder that DJ controllers aren’t the only controllers out there.

The Alesis Vortex Keytar

Alesis Vortex at NAMM 2012 UniqueSquared

While one has to lean on technicalities to call it the “first USB keytar controller,” the Alesis Vortex Keytar certainly has one feature that is new to the device. With their accelerometer control built to wire to any midi controllable parameter, it is to be assumed that the keyboardist who has always wanted to charge other players on the stage while triggering pitch bends with their aggression will finally have their day. While I …