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Product Previews

A section for in depth previews of new and existing products.

  • ROLAND JUPITER-80 PREVIEW

    Posted on April 15, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The Roland Jupiter-8 is perhaps my favourite synthesiser of all time! If you listen to some of the demonstrations on Youtube then you will understand why. It just produces such a beautiful, warm and distinctive analogue sound, and it can create a huge variety of different timbres from dynamic pads to in-your-face basses. It provides you with that real 80’s sound, and has been used on a countless number of hit records by artists ranging from ABBA to the Prodigy, from Michael Jackson to Jean Michel Jarre and Enya, and it is even a popular instrument today (despite being introduced in 1981, featuring no MIDI connectivity, and later being discontinued), with artists such as Lady GaGa and Alicia Keys making use of it’s great flexibility. And just to prove how massively popular this instrument is, I just checked on ebay and there was a second hand one going for £4,500! That's more than most brand new synths!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Keyboards & Synths, Product Previews and was tagged with roland, synth, synthesiser

  • ABLETON LIVE 8

    Posted on April 15, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    If you’re looking for a creative DAW program that you can use for mixing, recording and composition but also perform with live, then Ableton Live 8 is for you…

    Forgive us for stating the obvious but the clue is in the name: that word ‘Live’ is the absolute key to Ableton Live 8 and its bigger brother Ableton Live Suite, but if only it were that easy and quick to sum up. To get to the bottom of what Ableton Live is all about, we’re going to need to delve a little bit deeper…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Magazine, Product Previews and was tagged with ableton, daw, intro, Live, live 8, software, suite

  • KORG WAVEDRUM MINI PREVIEW

    Posted on April 13, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    I’ve got to say that Korg are really on a roll at the moment! At NAMM 2011 they brought out the Kronos, which in my opinion blew all the other products out of the water (with the exception of the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest, which I also thought was REALLY cool)! And now at MusikMesse, they seem to be following a similar trend! Of course, they’ve not done anything in the same monstrous league as the mighty Kronos, but once again they have released some of (if not THE) most exciting products of the show! I thought the Monotribe was a brilliant little idea! It’s not one of those products that is going to change the scene, but it does offer something a little bit different and unique compared to what is currently on the market, and it also sounds great, which always helps! Click here to read my Korg Monotribe review.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Drums, Product Previews and was tagged with drum, Korg, mini, wavedrum

  • KORG MONOTRIBE PREVIEW

    Posted on April 12, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    What do you get if you lock a Korg Monotron and a Korg Electribe in a romantic, candlelit Honeymoon suite in an expensive Paris hotel? Yes, that’s right… absolutely nothing… apart from your Monotron and Electribe back, assuming one of the candles didn’t blow over and set fire to the curtains… in which case you will just receive a few useless ashes and a hefty bill from the hotel for the room that you destroyed with your carelessness! So, that’s probably why the clever team at Korg decided not to take this approach, as it is highly unlikely that a burnt-out Monotron and Electribe would have caused a stir at this years MusikMesse festival. Instead, what they decided to do was to take some of the technology from the Monotron and some of the technology from the Electribe, and combine them to create a completely new product called the Electotron!…. oh, wait a second, no…. what they decided to do was to take some of the technology from the Monotron and some of the technology from the Electribe, and combine them to create a completely new product called the Monotribe! That’s better!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Keyboards & Synths, Product Previews and was tagged with analogue, Korg, monotribe, monotron, synth, synthesiser

  • APOGEE SYMPHONY I/O

    Posted on April 5, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The pinnacle of analogue/digital conversion technology has to be the new Apogee Symphony I/O. It will truly revolutionise your expectations…

    Within the pro audio industry very few companies can claim to be consistently viewed as world leaders in their field. However, over the past 25 years Apogee Electronics can claim just that. Its analogue to digital converters and Big Ben master studio clock are revered in the industry and have been the complete studio solution in countless recording studios worldwide and countless multi-platinum selling records.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Magazine, Product Previews, Recording and was tagged with hardware

  • FOCAL CMS SERIES

    Posted on April 4, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    These award-winning monitors have been designed to deliver great sound in the professional environment or the home studio. Meet the Focal CMS series…

    Here in the Absolute Music studios we love a bit of French chic, and that’s what we get every time we install a new set of Focals. Ideal for any level of music-making, the CMS series are first choice and here’s why…

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Magazine, Product Previews, Recording and was tagged with active, cms 65, focal, monitor, speaker, studio

  • MACKIE ONYX 1640i

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The Onyx range of digitally infused premium analogue mixers are perfect for live and studio applications. We plug in the 16-channel Mackie Onyx 1640i…

    Mackie is widely known for designing high-performance, professional audio gear that fits into the budget of the working musician. The Mackie boffins know mixers and continually create innovative new products that blur the line between professional studio applications and the world of live sound.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Live Sound and Light, Magazine, Product Previews, Recording and was tagged with Live, mackie, studio

  • AVID PRO TOOLS 9

    Posted on March 30, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The newest update to the professionals’ favourite DAW brings it within reach of us mere mortals at last. We take a long, hard look at Avid Pro Tools 9…

    The introduction of version 9 of Pro Tools last autumn has to be the music industry’s hottest news in years. On launch day Avid was selling one copy every two minutes and it’s no surprise as Pro Tools 9 isn’t just any update… it’s a killer!

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Magazine, Product Previews and was tagged with avid, daw, pro tools 9, software

  • STEINBERG CUBASE 6

    Posted on March 30, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    The major new update to Cubase has us dead excited with its massive editing tools, virtual instruments and groundbreaking VST Expression 2…

    Are you producing your music on any old DAW? Are there any plug-in effects or editing tools you’re missing and would like to call your own? With Cubase 6, you get the whole package: top-notch instruments, great effects and a deluge of high-quality content for any music production neatly tucked away in Steinberg’s latest advanced music production system.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, Computer Music, Magazine, Product Previews and was tagged with cubase 6, daw, software, Steinberg, studio

  • QSC KW SPEAKERS

    Posted on March 28, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak

    We were so impressed with QSC’s K series speakers that we immediately pre-ordered the new KW series, so here’s an exclusive first look at them…

    When we reviewed the K-series PA speakers from QSC a couple of issues ago (in our Absolute Music brochure), we were blown away, so much so that we installed them on our live stage and added them to our Hire Department stock. When we heard about the new KW series that was to follow, we put in an advance order and were lucky enough to get the first KWs in the country. Here’s what we thought…

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