Woah, check out these bad boys! Following the release of the evil 'Dark Star' Virus synthesiser from Access, Waldorf have released their own shadowy synth, with deep black Blofeld keyboard and module units now available for purchase! In fact, Waldorf claim that this mysterious colour actually helps the Blofeld to produce it's best sounds - although I'm pretty sure that this isn't meant to be taken literally :P
So, apart from the colour, the deep black Blofeld is exactly the same as it's silver counterpart, but it gives you the chance to get your hands on a limited edition piece of kit! So, if you want one, hurry up and grab yours before someone else does!
Posted on February 10, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
What? Another Novation Ultranova review from Absolute Music? Yes, but this time you're getting the opinions of Tony Long, rather than myself... and you can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music! Enjoy!
Posted on February 10, 2011 by Dan The Man
Check out all these new sexy guitars we've got in. Yummy!
Posted on February 9, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
The Akai SynthStation 25 transforms your iPhone or iPod Touch into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. OK, I admit it, I stole that line directly from the Akai Pro website, but I couldn't think of a better way to explain it! What the SynthStation basically allows you to do is to dock your iPhone/iPod Touch on the front of the Akai SynthStation controller, and then use the controller to trigger the SynthStation application. Essentially, the Akai SynthStation gives you hands on control over the most commonly used features of the application, leaving the touchscreen free for you to affect some of the more experimental parameters within the synth application.
Posted on February 9, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Expanding on the success of the highly popular iRig Guitar/Bass interface, which lets you plug in your precious instrument to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, IK Multimedia have announced the release of the inspired iRig Mic; the first handheld quality condenser microphone for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad! With portable recording devices becoming increasingly popular, I decided to explore further, and discover for myself whether the iPhone really could become the future of music making…
Posted on February 8, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
The MOTU 828 Mk3 Hybrid incorporates both Firewire and USB2 connectivity, allowing it to be connected to a huge range of Mac and Windows computers. The new model uses FireWire "Type B" connectors, and ships with a 9pin to 9pin FireWire cable!
Posted on February 3, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
I'm sure that when Access released their first Virus synthesiser back in 1997, they must have known that they were onto something special. Since that day, the Virus synth series has greatly expanded, and with it has come a mass of loyal followers, who swear by the quality of sounds that it produces. Traditionally, the Virus has been embraced by Trance and Techno artists, with users including Sasha, Snap! and Paul Oakenfold, but it's ability to produce dark, twisted, phat sounds has also made it popular with producers of other types of dance music such as drum and bass, with producers such as Alix Perez and Krakota and Judda manipulating it for deep, 'in your face' basslines.
Posted on February 3, 2011 by Dan The Man
Our resident guitar technician, Robin, shows us how to re-string a Martin acoustic guitar. He also shows how to prevent the bridge pin from popping out when doing so.
Posted on February 2, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
Announcing the 2-part Pro Tools Native promotion! Read on to discover how you can save money with Avid!
Promotion Part 1: Legacy TDM to Native
You can now exchange your legacy TDM Pro Tools system for a Pro Tools Native Core with Pro Tools 9 software! And, customers looking to move up to a high-performance Pro Tools|HD Native system can save 54% by trading in their legacy PCI-based Pro Tools system (Pro Tools 3, Pro Tools|24, Pro Tools|24 Mix family) toward a Pro Tools|HD Native card to gain compatibility with today’s powerful PCIe-based desktop computers.
Posted on January 26, 2011 by Joe Stachowiak
This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music.
DAVE SMITH TETRA - INTRODUCTION
Dave Smith who co-developed the DSI-120 integrated circuit that was used in the famous Prophet 08 in 2007 and the Mopho in 2008, amongst other achievements is also credited with the design of the award-winning small but powerful Tetra. The Tetra which has four DSI-120 circuits, provides us with an analog four-note polyphonic, four-part multitimbral programmable synth at a very affordable price.