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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
February 27, 2014

Using A Hardware Synth With Ableton Live

There is good reason why many producers are unwilling to shell out the money to buy a hardware synthesizer for their production setup.  For one, they already have hundreds of different types of instruments available at their fingertips – so actually running out to buy an instrument may seem like an investment made too soon.  Another problem with buying hardware is that you actually have to learn how to use it – and there is usually nothing in common with the layout of Ableton and the layout of your brand new workstation.  Getting the hardware and software to place nice with each other also takes some doing; so there are different strategies for this.

One of these strategies involves just playing around and finding things you like.  You plug your instrument into a recording device and start noodling away on your gear.  You may end up a few licks that …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 16, 2012

3D Printing, From Headphones to Synth Accessories, Shows Both Promise and Obstacles

The future of 3D printing looks promising – after all, who wouldn’t want to print out an odd part that might take months to ship otherwise?  While it’s easily stated, it is the proverbial “not easily done”.  The first obstacle in this industry is the “know how” and requires knowledge of computer aided design software.  The second obstacle is finding the tools and materials to actually print objects.  You would take a small hit in cost as well as the time to get this properly calibrated.

While these two obstacles can be overcome, the issue of materials is not one that can be defeated.  Common household plastic devices, such as those that are used to create headphones, can be toxic or deadly – which is why they are created in factories far removed from people’s houses.  Can the same properties of plastic be mimicked without creating hazards?…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 24, 2012

Open Mic: What’s The Best Synth Song Of All Time?

We are spoiled with the amount of technology that goes into synthesizers these days.  A synthesizer that performed simple functions in the 70’s could be as large as a piano top and cost several thousand dollars.  Before they were taken seriously, rock bands of the era would produce “switched on” versions of their hits, using synthesizers.

It wasn’t until Kraftwerk arrived with their customized synthesizers and showed the world just what a synthesizer was capable of producing.  Of course, this sound quickly became commercialized, giving us the Gary Numans of the era, as well as a boost in synthesizer technology.  The question is: What is the best synthesizer out there?  Is it a classic Moog variant?  Or is something digital and more advanced?…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 17, 2012

Gary Numan Cleans Out His Attic, Finds Cooler Stuff Than We’ve Got In Our Attic

While the thought of early 80’s synth pop bands might make us feel a bit embarrassed about how we used to dress or what we considered cool, the fact is – synth music would not be where it is today without bands like Depeche Mode or Gary Numan cranking out their classic hits.

Mr. Numan snapped a photo the other day, after cleaning out the attic of his house, and found an old Moog Minimoog that had been locked away for decades, collecting dust.  It’s probably the most interesting synth find anyone has stumbled upon in a while, and I’m sure it will be worth a pretty penny if it goes on sale.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 17, 2012

Nitro Powered House Music On The OP-1 Synthesizer

A new OS update is out on the market for Teenage Engineering users, known as the Nitro effects processor.  DJhomaswhite was nice enough to post a video describing the changes in design and what it has new to offer.  At its most basic, Nitro is a resonant bandpass filter with an envelope follower.

There are a few different modes that Nitro can be used with which includes, lowpass filter, highpass filter, bandpass filter, auto wah, and a sine generator.  He claims that he was able to remove the low end frequencies from patches and audio samples, leaving you with less work that originally expected.…