March 26, 2013
When you ask drummers, “Which brand has the best electronic drum kit?”, the typical answer is Roland. However Roland V-Drums are rather expensive even if you are getting what you are paying for in terms of build quality, performance, and overall fidelity. Roland has delivered a kit that is not only affordable, but also makes portability a staple feature on the new Roland TD-4KP V-Drums Portable electronic drum kit. Following in the footsteps of previous models within the TD-4K line, the TD-4KP retails for under $1000 with all the quality you can expect from a Roland V-Drum kit. Included in the kit are the TD-4 drum module, eight pads total (kick, snare, toms x3, hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals), the FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller, and drum rack for mounting your drum and cymbal pads. Not included are a drum throne and kick pedal but you can purchase the Roland DAP-3X V-Drums Accessory Package which …
February 15, 2013
Bose is known for having some of the best sounding audio devices from headphones, to media players, to surround sound systems. To add to their existing line of quality professional audio equipment, Bose put out a collection of portable PA systems. Initially released in 2003 the L1 Speaker Systems looked to change the way we look at live sound setups. These systems have been used in multiple applications from PA for the acoustic performer to monitor systems for full bands. In 2012 Bose added a new product to the line with the L1 Model 1S and its companion bass speaker the B1 Bass Module. The L1 Portable Systems can also be used for any type of performance or live sound application from a mobile DJ to an orator. Not only do these speakers have great sound but they are also aesthetically pleasing for use as an audio source/entertainment hub for your home or business. There are …
October 16, 2012
One of the most memorable devices to be demo’d at the BPM 2012 show was the Reloop Tape mp3 recorder. There are already dozens of quality, lossless recording devices out there for live sound or inputted audio, however, the Reloop Tape has its own charm factor and it simple enough for any DJ to use.
What makes the Reloop Tape so unique is that it will transfer audio directly from the unit to a USB flash drive, without having to edit or play with settings in some sort of external editor. Overall, it’s quick and does the job that it was designed for.…
October 16, 2012
You can’t really go wrong with Korg’s microKorg design. There is simply nothing to complain about in terms of size and functionality; everything from the jogwheels to the keys are sized perfectly, and the entire synth still manages to be small and light enough to cram into a backpack. Novation has taken these characteristics to heart, creating their own version – called the MiniNova.
It keeps the same rugged build, with pitch wheels to the left and a mounted microphone for those who want to play with the vocoder effects. What differs from Korg’s offering is that the Mininova was designed as an entry level device, with options clearly laid out for the novice user.…
January 21, 2012
Tascam are one of those companies that manage to re-appear throughout your career as a musician. In my life they first appeared as a Portastudio. Many nights were spent with this thing, piling tracks, bouncing down, piling more, cursing the fidelity of tape and it’s lack of capacity for regeneration, playing tracks backwards and passing out listening to my crazed creations. Years later, with the magic of sequencers in my life, the Porta-DAT entered my studio. I would use it to capture sequences using multiple synths and drum machines that I would track vocals or guitar with, then bounce to MiniDisc and add more, vox, bg vox, overdubs whatever. It sounds ghetto, I know, but you guys wouldn’t believe how expensive digital multi-tracking once was.
Well, Tascam are trying to get into my process again. The new DR-40 takes square aim at the H4N and seems poised to give it …