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September 5, 2014

Novation MiniNova Review

This is the era of the affordable, portable, and playable synthesizer. Every manufacturer from Korg to Arturia and Moog to Dave Smith Instruments are all releasing the cumulative years of innovation and technology into packages that are accessible on nearly any budget. For this reason we decided to take a look at a synthesizer which saw a lot of popularity upon its release and is still a solid instrument for electronic instrument enthusiasts and beginners alike: the Novation MiniNova.

The Novation MiniNova is a compact and affordable synthesizer. It has 37 mini keys (3 octaves) and an entire host of controls for creating and manipulating sounds. The MiniNova is based on the UltraNova with the same synth engine design in both. It has 18 voices with three oscillators as well as nice blue backlit controls for everything from the pad controls to the pitch and modulation wheel.

We decided to …

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July 21, 2014

Best of Summer NAMM 2014

Summer NAMM might not have all the pageantry and hype that surrounds Winter NAMM, but Nashville’s conference always serves up some new and interesting products from top manufacturers. Sometimes products that weren’t ready to show at Winter NAMM get passed along to Summer NAMM and they can be just as hype-worthy as some of the offerings at the top of the year.

So what came out of Summer NAMM 2014 that’s got us intrigued? We break down the top products from this years show.

Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) have been putting out some sought after synthesizers over the decades. They have seen a resurgence in popularity within the past few years and have been putting out some pretty fantastic gear like the Tempest and the Prophet 12. Their latest instrument is the Pro 2 which Dave shows off in the video above. It’s a monophonic …

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July 3, 2014

Novation Launchpad S & Novation Launch Control Review

Before Ableton Push and Livid’s line of controllers, the APC 40 and the Launchpad were the go to controller solutions for performers using Ableton Live on the stage. They are arguably still the best controllers for the job when you consider how Push is built best for crafting and arranging your productions before hitting the stage. At NAMM 2014 Novation brought us two new solutions for performers using Ableton Live with the Launchpad S and the Launch Control. These devices work great for controlling Ableton Live but they are also able to connect to your iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit which will also power the Novation controller.

These are all redundant talking points if you have been watching these Novation controllers from afar, so it should be noted that there is some pretty fantastic integration between the controller and Ableton Live. Let’s take a look at how …

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January 3, 2014

Our 10 Picks for Best Music Tech of 2013

There were a lot of great new musical instruments, audio software developments, and music technology that came out this year. As NAMM 2014 approaches, we wanted to take a retrospective look at some of our favorite releases from the past year. While this is not an exhaustive list, and there were certainly some things that got left off, we encourage you to post your amendments in the comments below so we can all revel in all of the great releases of 2013. As we gear up to cover all the secret new products from NAMM 2014, here are our top 10 picks of 2013 in no particular order.

Ableton Push & Ableton Live 9

Arguably one of the top releases this year was the Ableton Push controller as well as the update to Ableton Live 9. The Push controller was one of the most talked about pieces at Winter …

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November 15, 2013

Mini Synthesizers: It’s a Small World After All

It was only a couple years ago that we saw an explosion of DJ related equipment, especially within the DJ controller market. This trend coincided with the rise of EDM culture and performance across the globe with nearly anyone with some cash and motivation learning to DJ and getting gigs right away. This hasn’t gone away necessarily but the initial high of this DJ over saturation has worn off in a big way. Electronic music is as popular as it has ever been, but a lot of DJs are seeing that their longevity is dependent upon producing their own music. More and more people are becoming or are already aware of the tools used to make popular and even more esoteric electronic music and they want to gain access to those tools in an affordable way. Couple that with the rise of the portability ideology and you have a new …