Dr. Robert Moog's legendary synthesiser company launched its self proclaimed "grittiest" sounding synthesiser yet at NAMM 2013.
Starting in 1954 with its legendary Moog Theramin and pioneering the synthesiser world in 1964 with its first modular synth, Moog then moved on to create the game changing MiniMoog of 1970; a machine that is proclaimed to have changed the world of music forever!
The Roland HP-507 is a professional digital piano that offers the sound, look and feel of a real acoustic grand piano! However, because it's digital, it can also do things that an acoustic can't. For example, plug in headphones and practice without disturbing anyone else! Or, connect a USB stick and play along with your favourite songs! You can also do things like splitting the keys so that a student can play on one side of the piano and a teacher can play on the other!
Better still, throughout March 2013, anyone purchasing a Roland HP-507 can grab a FREE iPad Mini for running compatible apps! Hurry though because the month is almost over!
Croydon-based music production team Disclosure have achieved a rise in success of epic proportions in the past two years. In a short space of time they've gone from creating underground House music to hitting the UK charts at number 2 with 'White Noise' alongside AlunaGeorge.
Point Blank Online's Ski Oakenfull has taken it upon himself to deconstruct this tune in Ableton 9 and he gives a fantastic overview of how they got their sound, covering everything for root key location to programming of effects & sound design within Ableton's own soft synths.
Berlin Deep House legend Henrik Schwarz (!K7/Ibadan) is world renowned for taking live House and Techno to newer and more exciting levels. Alongside Dixon (Innervisions) & Ame, their live House music shows are second to none; however, Henrik admits that he is not musically trained in any way, and shows us in this video how his self-created Max for Live/Ableton Live 9 plug-in "The Schwarzonator" does all the hard work!
If you, like Henrik, produce and want to expand your musical prowess then watch this video; you won't believe what this FREE plug-in can do! Click here to grab it for yourself from Ableton's website!
Electro-Harmonix is certainly a company that has earned a reputation for innovation over the years &, with their new 'Next Step' line of effects, they seem to be at it again!
Next Step is essentially a line of expression-based effects pedals that contain no moving parts & instead utilise the same technology as you would find in a smartphone to ascertain the position of the pedal as you rock it back & forth. The advantages of this are two-fold: firstly, the lack of any moving parts should mean zero maintenance, as well as increased reliability &, secondly, it allows for much smoother, friction-free operation.
The Waldorf Rocket is a brand new compact synth module with a HUGE sound! It features an analogue filter with 3 modes (low, high and band pass), a special booster circuit for adding further aggression to your sounds, an arpeggiator, it allows you to use up to 8 oscillators in unison for thick, in-your-face basses and leads and it has plenty of other tweakable controls for extreme sound-shaping fun. Check it out in the video below!
The really great news is that we've just received our first shipment of the brand new Waldorf Rocket synth, available on a free next-working day delivery service!
We were recently joined by Chris Calcutt from Focusrite Novation who talked us through their new Scarlett 18i20 interface! With 8 analogue inputs/mic pres, 10 analogue outputs, plus S/PDIF and ADAT connectivity, this powerful USB 2.0 interface can provide a maximum of 18 inputs and 20 outputs! It even ships with Mix Control software, which allows you to configure all the routings of the interface with ease!
So, you've got a home-studio, you want to record your vocals and you want the best quality possible, but you don't have the cash or space to create a professional vocal booth. What's the solution? Luckily there is such a thing as the sE Electronics Reflexion Filter, which provides the benefits of recording in a pro-studio vocal booth for a fraction of the price and space! In this little round-up we will look at the differences between each version of the Reflexion Filter as well as highlighting some of our money-saving Reflexion Filter deals.
Sound engineer Adrian Bushby has worked with Foo Fighters and Muse, among countless others, picking up numerous accolades along the way, including a GRAMMY in 2008 for recording the Foo Fighters album, 'Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace' and then in 2011 for Muse's multi-platinum album 'Resistance'. (Video courtesy of Focusrite).
For a limited time you can make a HUGE saving on the professional Focusrite ISA Two dual mic preamp!
I haven't reviewed a Focusrite preamp before but there are many people out there who shout about how good their ISA One preamp (introduced in 2008) is. The ISA One is undeniably a fantastic single preamp, designed to be very portable with its compact design and carrying handle. It has been some years coming but to cater for the people that really wanted two preamps to record in stereo for example, Focusrite announced the ISA Two dual-mono mic preamp at Musikmesse 2012. With the design of the ISA Two, Focusrite went for a rackmount unit, providing two independent channels with those classic mic preamps.