September 30, 2013
The history of your favorite sport or hobby is always something that you would not usually expect. The history of sports in general is somewhat eerie to think about. Soccer came from a game where player would kick around the decapitated head of an individual. Baseball came from a game where players would actually hit each other with the ball to score an out. Digital music has its own weird history, but unlike other hobbies, its original form has also been preserved by many enthusiasts and gear lovers of all types. Synthesizers are nothing new, but at the same time they are constantly being reinvented.
Some think of an innovation as a way to free ourselves from having to put in extra work, while others look at innovation as a way to preserve the old while updating old gear. A history on the invention of the synthesizer is far from …
June 28, 2013
So what is the difference between a nu-school and an old-school producer? Perhaps the amount of grey hair they have on their head? It would really be hard to distinguish one from the other without knowing something about them. I will say this – modern producers often have the luxury of being able to work with modern gear, but as a consequence they lack some of the older techniques that had to be used when gear wasn’t up to par. This is a common phenomenon with scratchers and DJs. You can tell by what techniques they use, just how long they have been performing in the business.
A modern producer is likely to have a slew of keyboard synthesizers, a few drum pads and drum machines, and of course, a computer to wire it all together. An older producer may have some gear that a modern producer would see as …
June 7, 2013
Some synthesizer players come from classically trained families who have learned to play such instruments as piano and guitar. They look at a synthesizer and see a piano that can be shaped to play strange sounds in place of a regular piano tone. Some synthesizer plays grow up without ever having touched a piano in their lives. They look at the white and black keys on the piano and they do not see a thousand different types of “piano”, they see a unique instrument that is unlike any other. In fact, some would have a hard time calling it an instrument in the classical sense; they see it as a machine to produce strange noises and effects.
The second camp of users might be seen as the geeks of the synth world. The stuff they create may not be agreeable with your sense, and it may lack certain qualities like …