January 11, 2013
If you read much about the Arturia MiniBrute in synth forums, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the most absurdly elitist of synth snobs saying anything bad about it. While it is their first foray into proper analog hardware, Arturia have brought into the world a tough little synth with features not often aligned with the price point of the MiniBrute. They have been hard to get ahold of, but I finally picked up one during the brief second we had them in stock.
One of the nicer features that I don’t really touch on during this brief overview video is the aftertouch. While I mention it in passing, I don’t go on and on about just how rad aftertouch on an affordable analog synth is. So let me do it here: OMG YOU GUYS!!!! AFTERTOUCH!!!!
That said, it really is quite a nice option to have …
December 27, 2012
In this part of our Moog Factory Tour series, Jim Debardi explores the history of the theremin and its relation to Moog Music Inc. The theremin is not only the oldest electronic instrument, but it’s also the instrument that laid the groundwork for Bob Moog’s legacy with electronic instruments and synthesizers. Be sure to check out our Moog Factory Tour Introduction and be on the lookout for the remaining parts of this series.
Just like in our last post, we will use this post to give you the latest news from Moog Music Inc. On the heels of the release of the Animoog V2 iPad App comes the incorporation of the Grateful Dead Expansion Pack. This pack takes the sounds from the Grateful Dead’s Feb. 14th 1968 performance at the Carousel Ballroom and turns it into a pack that features 82 presets and 45 timbres for use within the …
December 20, 2012
While at Moogfest 2012 we were fortunate enough to have Orbital and Chad Hugo demo the sounds they created for the new all white Moog Slim Phatty. We also got an exclusive demonstration of using control voltage with the Moog Minitaur and a selection of Moogerfooger pedals. Even after the amazing shows at Moogfest we still wanted more Moog so we asked Jim Debardi to take us on a tour of the Moog Factory to show us how they make their instruments, the history behind Bob Moog and the factory, and a sneak peek into the new technologies they are designing.
In our introductory video Jim gives us a brief history of Bob Moog while also providing some infromation as to how the inner workings of the factory function. All Moog products are hand made (with the exception of the t-shirts, hats, and knick-knacks we couldn’t leave Asheville without) …
October 30, 2012
In this overview we cover the features of the Casio XW-P1. The XW-P1 is one of Casio’s latest professional synthesizers and comes loaded with all kinds of cool features. But let’s start with the basics. There are 61 semi-weighted keys on this unit. Two large transpose buttons give you easy access to five different octaves. The P1 has all of the standard PCM voices you expect from any synthesizer both sampled and synthesized. You’ve got your piano, brass, strings, and some great drum sounds. Four large assignable knobs control of some basic filters and envelopes on each of those voices by default.
But there’s a lot more going inside the brain. You’ve got your sine, triangle, sawtooth, ramp, pulse width, hard sync, etc. waveforms with many variations including waves like sub-octave sine. You can layer them as well, so if you layer a bunch of sine waves, you can do …
September 19, 2012
We want to thank all of those who entered our SMS Audio Giveaway on Facebook. We have given away 14 pairs of headphones over the past month! Check out our list of winners. If you were not one of the lucky winners there’s still great prizes to be had! Head over to our Pro Audio Forum and join the discussion for a chance to win a new iPad 2. Our Forum Giveaway ends tomorrow so get to posting!…