December 13, 2012
The Apple iPad has quickly become more than just a tablet for reading books and watching video. It is now a fully functional tool for doing all sorts of things including controlling your home security system, creating music, or having control of your home entertainment system. The pro audio world has found new and interesting ways of incorporating the iPad as well. Keyboard controllers, audio interfaces, DJ controllers, and live sound mixers are all getting a tech facelift with the application of the iPad. One of the more practical and prominent uses has been the iPad’s ability to sync with digital mixing consoles to control everything from monitor mixes to EQ settings. We first saw this with the introduction of the Presonus StudioLive and the StudioLive Remote application.
Since we first saw this at Winter NAMM 2011, more mixing consoles have been showing up which allow for intuitive and wireless control …
October 16, 2012
Sourcing a classic analog synthesizer is a small task on its own, and this is assuming you have the cash and bargaining skills to take it home with you if you do find one. Roland’s SH-101 is not an easy find, and I’m sure synth lovers who own one would have a hard time letting it go. Of course there are other options out there like the newer Roland GAIA SH-01 Virtual Analog Synthesizer if you want something you can touch or feel.
If you’re just looking for the audio and effects, Francis Preve has created his own patch for Ableton Live, which feature the sounds of the SH-101, complete with the basic simpler instruments (saw, square, pwm, noise, etc.)…
October 8, 2012
Here we see a classic Roland Juno 6. Without midi outputs, it functions as a basic six voice polyphonic synthesizer with 1 oscillator per voice. Just judging by the looks of the frequency controls on each segment above the keys, it’s obvious that this thing has been around a while. The Juno’s chorus and filters are which allowed it to produce big sound, even with limited on-board instruments.
The Roland Juno like is still alive and kick today, with offerings like the Roland Juno-Gi mobile synthesizer with digital recording. A lot has changed since its birth and it now includes a digital recorder and of course, midi control.
June 18, 2012
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 …
May 11, 2012
We stumbled upon a bit of a debate while looking into how to deal with some upcoming tutorials. Apparently, a very hot topic of debate out there is being approached as “should I get Ableton or Maschine?” In other cases it manifests as just, “Ableton vs. Maschine.” I think this is an interesting approach to the topic. I’m not going to say this is the wrong way to approach these kind of decisions. I do, however, want to suggest that this mentality suffers from some critical issues that often make the discussion derail itself early on in a forum context.
Forums are a blessing and a curse. Some forums are extraordinarily helpful and even have policies in place about not having “flame wars” and generally being polite to one another. Other forums are less worried about this and the admins don’t intervene until the last possible second, if …