Music Technology

ZOOM ARQ – From Recorders to Controllers

ZOOM ARQ – From Recorders to Controllers   Japanese based company, Zoom, known for their high quality portable recorders, released a new performance based piece of equipment that allows the user to run free from the booth. The Zoom Arq is a sequencer, drum machine, synthesizer, clip launcher, looper, and a MIDI controller, packed into a portable ring.     When looking at the ARQ, we notice two main components: the ring and the deck. Deck The base deck is essentially the brain of the machine, programmed with 468 different sampled drum sounds, 70 synthesizer sounds, and different types effect types. The samples are one shot samples meaning that what you hear is what you get. It is equipped with a 1/4 headphone jack, 1/4″ line-level outputs, a USB for MIDI, and an SD card slot which lets you save drum loops and synth sequences, and import your own sounds for …

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Korg Minilogue – Powerful Analog Synth on a Budget

Korg Minilogue – Powerful Analog Synth on a Budget   Korg has been a front runner of the analog synthesizer world since the production of the Prototype No.1 in the 1970’s. Since then, they have continuously pioneered the scene by reinventing themselves, while sticking true to their roots. Korg may have just pushed the envelope again with the release of the Minilogue, a compact, powerful and affordable polyphonic synthesizer. The Minilogue provides you with a classic analog sound with a maximum of four voices. There are 200 programs, with 100 presets and 100 programmable slots. There is a 16 step polyphonic sequencer with a motion sequencer that can be assigned up to four different parameters. Korg provided you 41 control parameters which allows you to have immediate control over your sound. Some of the more noteworthy, the “standout,” features if we may, is the OLED oscilloscope and the voice mode option.     The oscilloscope …

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Apple Music Memos

Apple Music Memos   The musical process can be highly methodical or extremely spontaneous and in those spontaneous moments potential ideas can get long lost in the motion of a moment. Apple has developed an app to not only capture those moments with clean uncompressed audio, but to work off of those ideas, through an iPhone or iPad, right there in the moment. You are able to use Music Memo with your iPhone or iPad’s built in microphone or plug in an external microphone to record audio. (The app is optimized for guitar and piano but you can use other instruments as well.) The coolest part, what makes the Music Memo the Music Memo, is the intelligent audio analyzer. The app recognizes the feel of your audio recording and backs you up with a suggested chord progression and a synced up drum pattern.     Apple allows you to move your audio …

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Celemony Melodyne 4 – Advanced Sound Editing

Celemony Melodyne 4 – Advanced Sound Editing   The long awaited Melodyne 4 has been released with its most extensive update in the history of its existence. Packed with new features, enhanced elements, and a modernized facelift, the Melodyne 4 is a whole new sort of monster, awarded with a ProTools Editors Choice Award. A new sound editor analyzes and enhances your sound by working off of note recognition technologies, which adapt to the timbre and overtones of your sound, rather than shaping them. You are also able to play with multitrack note editing, which allows you to dive into an unlimited amount of tracks and edit any given note, which is extremely useful when you have a number of tracks. Since the Melodyne 4 is semi-suited for live recording, a brand new tempo technology adapts to live tempo as oppose to setting a static beat.     These are …

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Misa NSC-32 – A Massive Sequencer

Misa NSC-32 – A Massive Sequencer   The Misa NSC-32 is a ridiculously big MIDI sequencer, that allows musicians and producers to manipulate and create melodic riffs, bass lines, drum sequences and much more, in a fluid flow of expression. The NSC-32 is compatible with samplers, synthesizers and a variety of different DAWS, through MIDI or USB.     This massive piece of equipment is essentially a giant step sequencer, packed with 768 button grid, which is used as the live visual of your sequence, or pattern. There are 16 control buttons that allow you to sift through a variety of actions, like looping, octave drops and bumps, banks selections, play and stop buttons, etc., along with 6 faders that are MIDI assignable. The 768 buttons can be loaded with preset sequences, making the entire grid into one big soundbank. The video below gives a good look at the basics …

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Ableton 1.0 Review (!!)

Ableton 1.0 Review (!!)   In the world and era of DAWs, frequent updates, the ever inventive market, and constant discoveries of sound, change the face of our favorite software we’ve come to know and love. It’s hard to recall or imagine how they came in original form. Today we’re going to throwback our personal favorite DAW to when it was a little baby. Check out the link below to see a review of Ableton v1.1, where it received a 10 out of 10 score by audiomac.net. When reading about the groundbreaking innovations Ableton brought to the table, it’s easy to catch yourself daydreaming about where software and electronic music will go and what can change the ever-changing game. Click the photo below for a vintage review!    

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K-Mix – MIDI Controller & Programmable Audio Interface/Mixer

K-Mix – MIDI Controller & Programmable Audio Interface/Mixer   Kieth McMillen has recently released the K-Mix, pitched as a the unbreakable mixer, control pad, and audio interface. Loaded with 8 inputs and 10 outputs, with sample rates at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, the K-Mix makes for a durable, all in one piece of hardware. At first glance, you will notice the similarities to Kieth McMillens breakthrough controller, the QuNeo. Working with similar, ultra sensitive mixing and rotary pads, the K-Mix hints at familiarity with a punch of power. Beyond the use as an ordinary controller, the K-Mix can be used in three ways, which you could swap between, an audio interface, a programmable mixer and a not-so-ordinary control pad. The audio interface feature is equipped with transparent uPre Amps that provide a clean, low noise pre amp. The K-Mixer mirrors your audio input with a colorfully lit display for an easy detection …

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Santuri Safari – East African Live Pack

Santuri Safari – East African Live Pack   It’s an absolute delight to see and hear such ambitious projects as this one. A brand new instrument rack has been developed by Ableton’s own Emile Hookenhout, (a.k.a Behr,) that captures the excitement and authenticity of a revitalized East Africa. Attempting to stick as true as possible to the cultural roots of the instruments and sounds recorded, Hookenhout came up with the Santuri Safari Instrument Pack. East Africa is going through a refreshing look at their regions music, revitalizing it into something totally new. Musicians from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are working to move the regions sounds towards the global trend of electronics. Though with limited access to recording studios and equipment, the emergence of labels and collectives such as Santuri, who is taking it upon themselves to represent and put the region on a global stage, and third parties like Hookenhout, are allowing the …

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