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August 1, 2014

Nord Drum 2 Electronic Drum Module Overview

Debuting in the Spring of 2013, the Nord Drum 2 added some interesting improvements to the already popular Nord Drum Electronic Drum Module. A little over a year after its release and a lot of people are still singing its praises. We can barely hold on to them when they come in because so many people love this little Modeling Percussion Synthesizer.

The inspiration for the Nord Drum 2 was a box that could mimic some of the drum machines of the past into a single unit. There was also a motivation to get away from samples and explore the sounds of synthesized drums. Other products that have hit the market in the past 2 years signal a growing interest in synthesized drums over samples. The Nord Drum 2 eliminates the tiring task of endless sample hunting and replaces it with intuitive control to create unique and inspiring drum sounds. It’s …

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January 27, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Korg RK-100S

Korg had an interesting showing this year at Winter NAMM 2014 from the more niche oriented build-it-yourself MS-20 to the teeny tiny baby grand pianos. They also had showings like the new keyboard controller the Korg Triton taktile. But one thing that stopped us in our tracks was a reissue of the classic Korg keytar. The RK-100S looks and sounds great with plenty of control via the keys as well as two separate, assignable ribbon controls.

With the same modeling engine as the MicroKorg XL, you have plenty of options for sounds. You can have analog modeling, digital synthesis and PCM sounds. The RK-100S also acts like a controller and can connect via MIDI out and USB. There is also a connection for a microphone for use as a vocoder. With colors ranging from red featured in the video above to black and white versions, you can pick a design that …

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January 27, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Pittsburgh Modular System 10 Demo

Richard from Pittsburgh Modular shows us some of the sounds you can create with their brand new System 10 semi-modular synthesizer. In case you came here and never saw our overview of the System 10, be sure to visit our blog post of the System 10 from NAMM 2014. While we weren’t able to get a direct line from the System 10 for the most pristine audio fidelity, this demonstration should give you an idea of some of the sounds you can create and manipulate with this compact and affordable semi-modular synthesizer.

Feel free to give us your thoughts on the System 10 in the comments section below and keep looking out for more videos from the show floor at the Winter NAMM show 2014.

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January 27, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Pittsburgh Modular System 10

Modular synthesizers are typically out of reach for most consumer level buyers considering their large size and even larger price. This is usually because these devices are hand made and with the best components money can buy. In the case of a company like Pittsburgh Modular, they used the same core low pass gate filter from the original Korg MS-20 in their brand new System 10 semi-modular synthesizer, but somehow managed to keep the price point appealing to a wide range of budgets.

Pittsburgh Modular says that the System 10 is a very modern and aggressive sounding synthesizer which is exactly what it delivers. But the real standout feature is its unbelievably low price for what you are getting. It is fully patchable, has a complex waveforms oscillator, and a high quality, linear response, voltage controlled amplifier transcript. This is a very practical and fun device for the synthesizer enthusiast…

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January 24, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Moog Sub 37 Demo

While Amos gave us an excellent overview of the features on the new Moog Sub 37, we still weren’t satisfied. We got a chance to hear how the Sub 37 sounded but we wanted to share with you guys how this beast of a synth operates. If you missed our NAMM video with Amos, be sure to check out our overview of the Sub 37 where he covers all of the features of this new offering from Moog. Be sure to leave us your questions and comments below and let us know what you think about the Moog Sub 37. Keep watching our YouTube Channel as well as our NAMM 2014 Playlist for all of the latest videos from the NAMM show.

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