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April 30, 2013

RoughTrade, for Musical Delights

In the past, a trip to the music store was strictly that – a quick browse through the aisles for music that you wanted to listen to.  At times, these stores were smart enough to include headphones and devices that would allow you to sample new music.  The problem is that when CD stores tried to implement this idea, it left customers with a slight problem.  They wanted to listen to some obscure CD that was still shrink wrapped – but the store wasn’t very cool with them opening it just to sample the song.  Trace that back maybe twenty years or so and this problem was nonexistent with records.

In fact, it was encouraged that records could be sampled before they were purchased or picked up from the shop.  Some record and music stores are trying to reunite this idea of the store being a play store rather than …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 5, 2013

Blue Monday vs Lucifer

The art of mixing tracks and even the creation modern music rests of the musicians’ ability to sample and another preexisting song or track.  This is the one popular way that tracks are still created today, and it is does not come without a bad reputation behind it.  Traditional musicians and composers have been at odds with sample producers and musicians of this type ever since they ability to produce electronic music became widely available.  The troubling idea behind all of this is that the music that is created is never really yours.  The drum beats created on a keyboard or computer will never match the sound and performance of an actual drummer on a drum set.  This is the argument.

Had this type of production not become a reality, we would lack an entire genre of 80’s music that dominated the scene for more than ten years.  Today, the …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
October 16, 2012

Chrome Brulée Brings Back The 80s Awesome

Remember when you though music of the 80’s was going to be the future of music?  Well you were half right.  Sure, we have all the computers, technology, and recording devices with us today – but without all the added cheese and videos effects of the 80’s.

For those who love to look inward and laugh at previous times, Chrome Brulee has put together a music video that shares all the aspects of 80’s music video making.  In this video you’ll see some classic analog synthesizers, old school cassette decks, and of course some magical white gloves – with cut scenes that’ll have you blasting off into space.

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October 10, 2012

Arturia Prophet V Review

Arturia is one of the few vintage synthesizer makers that is still alive and kicking  today.  Their classic gear is in limited supply (if at all) and in heavy demand, so it’s natural that software emulation of these synthesizers is so common these days.  For those that cannot afford a piece of history, there is exceptional software out there like Arturia Modular V 2.6, which runs on Mac’s OSX and comes at a decent price.

Today, Synthtopia takes a look at another piece of emulation software out there, Arturia Prophet V.  Neil of airusersblog takes a lot at the sequential circuits the make up the Prophet 5.…

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September 26, 2012

Teenage Engineering Says ‘Print Your Own Accessories’! Should More Companies ‘Open Source’ Their Parts?

Since musicians like to keep hold of their prized synthesizers until they crumble to ashes,  it’s not surprising that repairing these instruments is no easy task.  Unless you have a capable grasp on your engineering and designing skills, the chances of you fabricating your own replacement parts is nil.  Shipping a few odd parts from a manufacturer that lives 3000 miles from your house is also uneconomical and not cost effective.

The folks at Teenage Engineering have been working to combat this problem by offering the blueprints for open source parts.  This allows an average user to ring up the CAD files on any manufacturing system and “print” their replacement parts.…