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  • YAMAHA MOX REVIEW

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by Tony Long

    You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music

    YAMAHA MOX - INTRODUCTION

    How do you fancy having a professional Yamaha Motif in a very lightweight and affordable package? Well, Yamaha have just released two new synths - the MOX 6 (61 semi-weighted keys) and the MOX 8 (an 88 note graded hammer action keyboard). The new MOX has 1217 voices as well as 6720 Arpeggiator patterns taken from the Yamaha Motif XS range. The MOX 6 weighs an incredible 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs.), whilst the MOX 8 only 14.8 kg (32.6 lbs.) despite its full size keyboard. The prices are such that there is currently nothing on the market that provides this much by way of price, portability and professional sounds. This sounds like an ideal home studio keyboard workstation synth... it has a sequencer but its weight obviously lends itself to the live situation as does the new layout and controls. Well, it all sounds good but I need to put this through its paces and determine whether this light weight keyboard can stand the rigours of the road. Perhaps only time will tell, but it certainly appears to provide the ideal carrying weight for someone who needs 88 hammer-action keys.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with keyboard, yamaha

  • PROPELLERHEAD REASON 6 - A PREVIEW

    Posted on August 2, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    With the all new version of the popular Reason DAW just around the corner (it’s due for release on 30th September 2011), I felt that it would be useful to do a little bit of research for you (and for myself) to discover what we can expect from this highly-anticipated update….

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Product Previews and was tagged with daw, propellerhead, reason, reason 6, software

  • NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE 8 KOMPLETE 8 ULTIMATE - A PREVIEW!

    Posted on August 1, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The big, BIG news for this month is that Native Instruments have announced the release of the Komplete 8 bundle, due September 1st 2011 - so we only have one month to wait! Being a user and a HUGE fan of the current Komplete 7 software, I felt that this was something that deserved a little bit of on investigation in order to inform you all of what you can expect from this updated bundle, which is set to include over 11,000 sounds and 110GB of samples…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Product Previews and was tagged with komplete, komplete 8, Native Instruments, software

  • ALLEN & HEATH GS-R24M REVIEW

    Posted on July 29, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    I've really been treated this month when it comes to DAW controllers! I thought that my luck had peaked when I was asked to review the awesome SSL Nucleus last week, but no sooner had I stopped typing the final sentence, I received an e-mail asking if would mind taking a look at the new Allen & Heath GS-R24 mixer/control surface/interface. Would i mind? Let me think... this job certainly has its perks! :D

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews, Live Sound and Light, Recording and was tagged with controller, daw, interface, mixer

  • KORG SV-1 REVIEW

    Posted on July 27, 2011 by Tony Long

    You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music.

    KORG SV-1 - INTRODUCTION

    Here is an instrument that I have been longing to get my hands on - The Korg SV-1 Piano. The SV stands for 'Stage Vintage' and that it exactly what it appears to be; a Stage Piano that looks as if it would have felt very much at home in the Seventies. I know that many people like me would wish that it was more of a Synth and Piano combination, but it is not! I therefore intend to concentrate this review on what it is rather than what it is not. I will be looking at the 73-note version, which is a lovely rich burgundy colour with black rounded ends...

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews, Keyboards & Synths and was tagged with electric, Korg, piano, stage, sv-1

  • SSL NUCLEUS REVIEW

    Posted on July 26, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Solid State Logic (SSL)… a name renowned in the music production world for manufacturing some seriously tasty professional mixing desks! Honestly, if you have never heard of this company before, their products really are something to get very excited about, having found homes in numerous top-end professional studios across the world. Their latest offering, the Nucleus, is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) controller and audio interface and despite still costing over three grand, it is most definitely a significant step towards allowing the home user to incorporate an SSL product into their set-up. But what exactly makes this product so special? Does it warrant its price tag? How does it stand up to the Mackie Control Universal Pro? These are all things that I am going to investigate in this review, so stay tuned…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with controller, daw, mackie, universal

  • TASCAM DP-004 REVIEW

    Posted on July 19, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    Tascam DP-004The Tascam DP-004 is a highly popular product that has received huge praise from users all over the world. I thought that I would do a bit of digging around to discover why this miniature box has become such a hit…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with portable, recorder

  • NUMARK NS6 REVIEW

    Posted on July 15, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    What up gangsters! It’s an exciting day for me because today is the day that I get to review the awesome looking Numark NS6! Being a D-D-D-D-DJ, these are the types of review that I look forward to the most! So instead of blabbering on for ages, I’m just going to jump straight on in behind these digital wheels of steel and see if they live up to the hype!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with controller, digital dj, itch, serato

  • RME BABYFACE REVIEW

    Posted on July 8, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    RME BabyfaceThe Babyface… I’ve often wondered exactly what these products are! I mean, I’ve seen them sat on the shelves in our warehouse, but their soothing blue packaging displaying a large picture of a wide-eyed baby in a nappy always made me think that this was a product for the absolute beginner… either that or it was a box of Pampers! How wrong I was!
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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, In-Depth Reviews, Recording and was tagged with audio, babyface, interface, midi, RME

  • TOONTRACK SUPERIOR DRUMMER 2.0 REVIEW

    Posted on July 5, 2011 by Dave Gale

    TOONTRACK SUPERIOR DRUMMER 2.0 - INTRODUCTION

    If, like me, you grew up programming drum machines, then the advent of sampling technology was a complete breakthrough, because for the first time you could take the sound of an acoustic instrument, sample it and then replay it at will, and nowhere was this more successful than with drums. For the first time, you could actually get the sound of a drum kit, without the use of a drum kit, if you see what I mean. But is it really that simple? Well, no it wasn’t! Sure enough, equipped with a good set of sounds, you could play a basic groove, but it was at this point that us keyboard players discovered what an art there is to programming drums to sound realistic and so lo and behold, loads of drummers stepped into the frame and became drum programmers... and many of them were rather good at it! Why? Well, mainly because when they programmed the drum machines, they thought like a drummer, giving rise to jokes such as ‘What’s the difference between a drummer and a drum machine? You only have to punch the information into a drum machine once!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Drums, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with drum, software

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