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Should You Buy It? – Genki Instruments Wave Ring

Should You Buy It? – Genki Instruments Wave Ring A while back we covered the now available MIDI controller – Wave – by Genki instruments. They eventually made their crowdsourcing goals and have produced fully functional models of the ring controller. We reached out for a demo unit and were glad we did, it’s as fun as it looks. A video review is to come but for now, read this article breakdown of the Genki Instruments Wave.     Breakdown The Wave Ring controller is a sight to behold, it looks great and feels good too. Despite the form factor being familiar (I wear rings) I wanted it to feel more natural right off the bat. It’s almost perfect, and after a few minutes, I got used to the ring’s size and weight. As a MIDI controller, the Genki Wave allows for very expressive modulation control. There are six control …

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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:     The Hyve Touch brings the human element of “touch” into the synthesizer, and as someone who grew up playing live instruments this is incredible. …

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How To Choose The Right Audio Interface

How To Choose The Right Audio Interface For those of us just getting into recording, producing, and performing, or for those of us looking for an upgrade – there are a few common factors to consider and understand when looking for an audio interface. There are A LOT of choices today and the difference in quality in relation to price is not as obvious as it once was. You need to consider your immediate interface needs but also think about what you might need a year or two down the line. Joe Albano from Ask Audio recently wrote a great article about this topic, so combined with Joe’s tips, I will go over 5 factors to consider in your new audio interface. 1. Price An obvious place to start, but as mentioned above you can find the quality you need in budget interfaces these days. You need to consider what …

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Floppy Disk Orchestra Plays The Star Wars Theme

Floppy Disk Orchestra Plays The Star Wars Theme   Just when we thought floppy disks were becoming a thing of the technological past, this genius of a man decided to build an old- school electronic orchestra which could play classic tunes such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Hawaii 5-0 Theme”, and my personal favorites, “Star Wars Theme”, and “Imperial Death March”. The Floppotron, created by Pawel Zadrożniak, is a serious work of art. He explains a bit in his blog how he came to coding this throwback masterpiece: “Host application was written in Python 2.7. I wrote it mostly on some boring lectures when I was still studying at the university, so it’s a one big mess, but… at least it does the job. It parses the simple language used for writing note sequences arranged in tracks tied to a specific controller / channel and merges those parallel tracks into one command list which is …

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Zont – The Gameboy-like Digital Synthesizer

Zont – The Gameboy-like Digital Synthesis     This slim pocket-sized digital synthesizer is taking the producer community by storm with its futuristic design and modern digital interface. Zont is designed by New York based industrial and motion graphics designer- Pavel Golovkin. Cartridge-like Sound Engine     Zont comes with four basic cartridge-like sound engines that are interchangeable like gameboy cartridges. The four sound engines are: Lead, Bass, Rhythm and Noise Lead: “Hundreds of original presets from soft melodic to huge monophonic leads. Customise presets or create your own unique sounds and tones.” Bass: “Beef up even the most bass driven genres, from hip-hop to drum-n-bass. Customise presets or create your own unique sounds and tones.” Rhythm: “Original rhythm synthesizer let’s you create punchy electronic and acoustic drum sounds” Noise: “Pure sound design with no presets or patterns. Perfect for warm ambience or meditative soundscapes.” Zont will also be issuing limited …

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Basslet – The World’s Most Portable Subwoofer

Basslet – The World’s Most Portable Subwoofer   We’re currently living in an age where possibilities are endless. Since the creation of the laptop we’ve been able to create amazing pieces of music and art unrestricted to a studio space.  One possibility that’s soon coming to life is a subwoofer that you can wear around your wrist. This breakthrough technology is called the Basslet.     The Basslet is created by the startup company Lofeit, and its founders come from leading music tech companies Ableton and Native Instruments. The device has been in production for nearly two years. It can be connected to any device: Laptop, smartphone, gaming console, virtual reality headset, DJ mixer.. you name it! This technology expands our audio experience to a new level. As we all know lower frequencies beneath the 100-125 Fhz range are better “felt” than heard. This makes it a must-have for producers who …

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Removing Breath Sounds Using Ableton Live Effects

Removing Breath Sounds Using Live Effects The amount of hardware equipment, software programs and plug-ins designed for the current-day music producer is mind-boggling. There are tools and technology that can help you better forge through every aspect of production. With the seemingly endless array of tools available designed to enhance workflow and improve audio quality, it is important to know when it’s time to make that investment, and when it’s time to troubleshoot and problem solve on the fly. Maybe you’ve got your track well underway, but it feels like it’s slightly off. Or maybe you’ve just laid down your vocal track but wish it were a bit more crisp and clean. The take is great, but some breathing can be heard and some of the frequencies just seem to clash when you try to mix. Either way, there are ways around these issues that you can tackle right in …

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LOOP- Music Maker Summit

LOOP- Music Maker Summit Where does music stand? Where is music headed? What are the newest techniques being used? All this and more will be thought of, imagined, and answered at LOOP: an Ableton event held in Berlin, Germany. What LOOP aims to do is connect over 400 creative minds to bring forward there techniques, ideas, and visions into conversation. Over the course of three days, from October 30th to August 1st, there will be a series of lectures, workshops and performances covering the newest innovations in Ableton. During the day talks will be given by various creators like Robert Henke, Holly Herndon, Young Guru, Matthew Herbert and more. From the sound of it, LOOP comes off like a TEDTalk event aimed specifically to the depth of musical conversation. During the night ABleton and CTM will hold performances by various artists like James Holden, Robert Aiki, Mykki Blanco,  Low Jack,  and …

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