August 29, 2013
While Angela Sheik provided us with a great overview of the BOSS RC-505 tabletop looping station, we wanted to see it in action. In the video above Angela demos the RC-505 with her signature style, but also gives some insight into how she became a looping artist, what looping has done for her compositions and performances, as well as other loop artists that inspire her. If you are a loop artist or interested in becoming one, Angela has some great tips on what something like the BOSS RC-505 can do for you.
Angela was quick to prove why she was the 2011-2012 BOSS Looping Champion. She is quick to turn vocal beatboxes, hummed bass lines, and vocal melodies into performance pieces that lend themselves to fully formed compositions very easily. With influences like Imogen Heap and Massive Attack, it’s interesting to see and hear how Angela’s live looping has …
January 11, 2013
If you read much about the Arturia MiniBrute in synth forums, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the most absurdly elitist of synth snobs saying anything bad about it. While it is their first foray into proper analog hardware, Arturia have brought into the world a tough little synth with features not often aligned with the price point of the MiniBrute. They have been hard to get ahold of, but I finally picked up one during the brief second we had them in stock.
One of the nicer features that I don’t really touch on during this brief overview video is the aftertouch. While I mention it in passing, I don’t go on and on about just how rad aftertouch on an affordable analog synth is. So let me do it here: OMG YOU GUYS!!!! AFTERTOUCH!!!!
That said, it really is quite a nice option to have …
December 7, 2012
In our last piece of exclusive content on the Moog Minitaur and Moog Moogerfooger pedals, Amos showed off how to integrate multiple analog synthesizers into your performance or production. This time Amos shows off the control voltage functionality on the Moogerfooger pedals. For those of you already familiar with control voltage and its applicable uses, you can watch the video to see how Amos uses CV with the Moogerfooger pedals. For those of you unfamiliar with control voltage, here is a brief explanation:
Control Voltage Explained
Voltage is the measurement of how much power is passing through a circuit. Control voltage is typically used to control the pitch or the parameters of an analog synthesizer. This varies in application based on the type of electronic device you are using. For example when voltage is increased on an amplifier it increases the volume. Control voltage for analog synthesizers is used to control the …
October 30, 2012
In this overview we cover the features of the Casio XW-P1. The XW-P1 is one of Casio’s latest professional synthesizers and comes loaded with all kinds of cool features. But let’s start with the basics. There are 61 semi-weighted keys on this unit. Two large transpose buttons give you easy access to five different octaves. The P1 has all of the standard PCM voices you expect from any synthesizer both sampled and synthesized. You’ve got your piano, brass, strings, and some great drum sounds. Four large assignable knobs control of some basic filters and envelopes on each of those voices by default.
But there’s a lot more going inside the brain. You’ve got your sine, triangle, sawtooth, ramp, pulse width, hard sync, etc. waveforms with many variations including waves like sub-octave sine. You can layer them as well, so if you layer a bunch of sine waves, you can do …
October 4, 2012
Andrew W.K. isn’t known for being a boring man or one to keep himself behind the scenes. Aside from his musical talent, he’s been busy giving speeches at “My Little Pony” conventions, and performing on late night talk shows. Perhaps his personality shines through, even more than his music.
He’s decided to team up with an even more eccentric entertainer, David Blaine. Blaine’s new stunt will involve a Tesla coil and millions of volts of electricity surging through his body – while Andrew W.K. deviously plays the score to his shocking new test of human strength. It will definitely be a show.…