All posts by Freddy Janney

The Hyve Touch Synthesizer is a New Breed of Synth

The Hyve Touch Synthesizer is a New Breed of Synth   Developed by Skot Weidmann, a technician and instructor, the Hyve Touch began as a soldering kit that could be built in only a few short hours in a workshop setting and then taken home as a playable instrument. Skot thought of the idea to try and inspire interdisciplinary ideas between engineers and musicians at his school’s campus. He wanted to show students how the two seemingly unrelated disciplines were actually very much related and how concepts from one could bring about new ideas in the other. Mainly that music theory and geometry have a commonality that is extremely powerful. The relationship of musical notes ARE mathematical relationships. Here Skot introduces the Hyve Touch:   su_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn-Oo8Gcbpg” showinfo=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes” https=”yes”su_video url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjb4U-cUGSE”/su_youtube_advanced divider style=”clear”   The Hyve Touch brings the human element of “touch” into the synthesizer, and as someone …

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IK Multimedia’s New Fender Collection 2 – Ultimate Fender Amps Emulation?

IK Multimedia’s New Fender Collection 2   Digital emulation of analog gear has become almost unbelievable in the past few years and falling in line with that trend is the new Fender Collection 2 from IK Multimedia – a collection of seven models of Fender’s most classic amplifiers made popular by rock n’ roll legends of the 50s and 60s. IK Multimedia uses their new Dynamic Interaction Modeling algorithm to recreate the intricacies of each amp’s sound with such accuracy Fender has given approval for official use of the certified amp models. The classic amp models available are the ’65 Super Reverb, ’53 Bassman, ’57 Bandmaster, ’57 Custom Champ, ’57 Custom Deluxe, ’57 Custom Pro-Amp, and the ’57 Custom Twin-Amp. Check out this overview video from IK Multimedia to get a taste of each amp model: divider style=”clear” su_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI92rWWxIS4″ showinfo=”no” rel=”no” modestbranding=”yes” https=”yes”su_video url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjb4U-cUGSE”/su_youtube_advanced   As you can see, …

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Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass

Substance by Output: A New Breed of Bass Substance is a heavily produced bass engine that combines processed electric and acoustic basses, full live brass sections, huge polysynths, the dirtiest analog synths, insane sound design and much more into single patches. While realistic emulation is possible, it is not the focus of this engine. Substance gives you the ability to create new, boundary-pushing, high-quality bass sounds by easily blending 3 layers of sound. Output’s powerful engine has an endless list of sound sources that are combined with FX, filters, and modulation. Each preset has its own advanced arpeggiator, flux control, and front page macros. The clean, simple look and functionality¬†of the preset browser allows for more playing and less clicking.   Bass is one of the trickiest things to get right in your mix, and it is often the foundation of people “feeling” your track. On top of that, creating …

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Blokdust: Retro-Futuristic Music Making Inside Your Browser

Blokdust – Retro-Futuristic Music Making Inside Your Browser   A simple and easy to use interactive music-making browser, build synths and sounds all with your mouse and keyboard! Blokdust keeps things simple while providing a variety of source sounds and effects to allow you creative freedom. You can also load samples into the browser and work with those. To get a little more advanced you can can connect any MIDI controller to your synthesizer. This is a great introduction to synthesizers and sampling. With a very simple interface you can intuitively click around and discover all the different synth and sampling options available. The effects browser is limited, but in this case that’s a good thing – without too much to get lost in you can really get a sense of what each effect does to your sound. It’s also extremely easy to share whatever you’ve made at the end …

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