We recently received some very special packages from Roland... but what could they be? In fact, it felt like Christmas had come early (and not just because of the way they were wrapped(!)), because we had been sent Roland AIRA TB-3, TR-8 and VT-3 modules to place on demo in our pro-music superstore.
Each unit is now up and running and available to try in store (CLICK HERE to find us), so feel free to pop in!
In the DJ world, 'Pioneer' is a name that is synonymous with quality and innovation. Their CDJ CD decks and DJM mixers are still the industry standard for professional DJs and nightclubs and in recent times, they have also entered the software controller market, creating a range of quality devices for a variety of needs and budgets.
From 1st February until 30th April 2014, you can receive cashback on purchases of selected Pioneer gear! Read on to find out more.
M4SONIC shot to fame through Youtube, when he began uploading videos of his out-of-this world performances with the Novation Launchpad. In fact, many of his compositions actually feature more than one Launchpad, where he uses one hand to trigger drum clips and the other to play melodic riffs.
After racking up millions of views, M4SONIC's videos catapulted him into the limelight and he's now getting booked to play sell-out gigs, as well as releasing his own tracks.
For this competition, M4SONIC (in association with Novation) is giving you the chance to remix his track, Virus, using the FREE Novation Launchpad App. Two winners will each bag a Launchpad S and Launch Control combo, but that's not all, as one of these winners will also be crowned the overall champion and get a 1 hour masterclass with M4SONIC!
Roland have been teasing their new range of AIRA products for the last month and now we're finally allowed to reveal what they are! What's more is that a selection of Absolute Music staff were invited to a special, super-secret demo of the new AIRA range before the announcement, where we got to see, hear and play with them. Now that's what you call a perk of the job!
In this article, we'll talk about the brand new AIRA TR-8, which brings together Roland's classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines in one modern design. We'll let you know about its features, as well as what we thought of it and how it sounds.
After all those teases, we finally know what the Airas are! In fact, we have a confession to make... some of us have known for a while and have even got to hear and play them! Unfortunately for the rest of us, those people were bound by a strict contract that meant that they had to keep schtum until the official announcement... but that's now here!
So, the Aira line-up consists of the TR-8, which brings together the sounds of the TR-808 and TR-909 rhythm machines in one easy-to-use unit; the TB-3, which gives you the classic sound of the Roland TB-303 bass synth; the VT-3, which is a compact vocal transformer for adding electronic effects to your voice in realtime and finally; the System-1, which can be loaded with your choice of soft-synth sounds in order to model a selection of classic Roland instruments (including the SH-101), as well as featuring its own, unique synth engine.
Numark's Mixtrack range provides affordable DJ controllers for those mixing at home, at parties or in clubs. Although each one comes bundled with its own free DJ software, Mixtrack controllers can be used with all big name products, such as Serato, Traktor, Ableton, Virtual DJ and more.
I'll provide a brief description of each Mixtrack controller in this article, but before that, we wanted to let you know that there's now an even bigger incentive to buy, as Numark are offering over 380 Prime Loops samples with every newly registered Mixtrack II, Mixtrack Pro II and Mixtrack Quad.
It's that time of year again, with the National Association of Music Merchants show due to take place in California, from 23rd to 26th January. As always, NAMM showcases a plethora of new and exciting products, so we've decided to create a rolling story, which we will update as and when new gear is announced.
This is the place to be if you want a comprehensive round-up of all the new NAMM gear for 2014, so check below for information and videos on the most exciting releases. Alternatively, you can CLICK HERE to view a list of new products in our online shop.
We recently came across this excellent video, which showcases the main features of the Novation Launchpad Mini, Launch Control and Launchkey Mini, whilst also demonstrating how they can be used together. The video comes courtesy of MojaxxVDJ and is well worth a watch if you're wanting to find out more about any of these products.
The Hood Internet are best known for their mashup mixtapes and their quest to deliver dancefloor-friendly tracks to different cities across the world.
Their set-up revolves around two MacBooks, each running Ableton Live software, with each connected to a separate Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface. The Scarlett 2i4s are then hooked up to separate channels of a DJ mixer, allowing them to control each signal in the same way you would if you had two turntables fed into a mixer.
In addition to this, the Scarlett 2i4's preamps make it an ideal interface for use in a home or mobile recording set-up, and that's exactly what The Hood Internet do, running one alongside Ableton again.