In September 2011, Roland updated their now discontinued PM-01 Personal Drum Monitor with the release of PM-03; the first 2.1 channel monitor in the V-Drums series.
Personally, I have always found that amplifying electronic drums in a pleasing way can be a little tricky, mainly because most of the time, you're going to want it to sound as close to an acoustic kit as possible, with all those little details and nuances. However, there are naturally going to be differences - for one thing, all sounds from an electronic drum kit will be emanating from the same place, rather than from each individual drum as you hit it.
Having reviewed the original Voicelive Touch and experienced what a great product it is both in terms of sounds and ease of use, I was extremely excited to get my hands on the next generation model, the VoiceLive Touch 2, which was announced at NAMM this year. I'm looking forward to seeing just how much improvement the VoiceLive Touch 2 offers over the original.
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.
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I am always excited when a new new analogue synth enters the market. This one, the Arturia MiniBrute, seems to have been a long time coming since it was first announced, although this may be to do with the fact that Arturia have not released an analogue product in the past, so this is a new venture for them. I am hoping it will have all the grit and guts that the controls seem to hint at!
2017 UPDATE: If you are a fan of Akai and their MPC range, check out the announcement of the new MPC X and MPC Live HERE.
Well, having just reviewed the Native Instruments Maschine Mk2, I am now lucky enough to get my hands on the recently released Akai MPC Studio with its slim silver looks to tempt anyone who is into the world of grooveboxes, loops and samples. There are many discussions and comparisons between Maschine and the different Akai MPC products and when you are trying to make the right choice it is therefore understandably very difficult. For this reason, whilst the main focus of this article will be on the Akai MPC Studio, I will also throw in the occasional comparison to the Maschine Mk2 to assist you folks sitting on the fence.