Hardware
Livid Instruments OHM64
Jun 1 2010 1:00AM
Grid controllers are taking off. For musicians and DJs who trigger audio or video clips, a grid of backlit buttons makes more sense than a traditional keyboard. Plus, the blinky lights add to the stage show. The Yamaha
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Neo Instruments Ventilator Best Rotary Stompbox Yet
May 1 2010 1:00AM
HANDS-ON Speed knob varies both the slow and fast speeds slightly.Acceleration varies the transition time between slow and fast speeds.Mix the high and low rotor volumeusing the Balance knob; crossover point is 800Hz like
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PCAudioLabs Rokbox Elite It Does Windows — All of Them In Fact
Apr 1 2010 1:00AM
PROS Great service. Flexible options. Reliable workmanship. Top-end components. Tested for audio applications. CONS Pricier than your average home or office PC. INFO $2,499, plus additional charges for extra OS options,
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Pigtronix Mothership
Jul 28 2010 12:00AM
NAMM’s Hall E: a subterranean world of sordid me-too knockoffs, whackos pitching brilliant solutions to nonexistent problems, ukuleles of every description, and a smattering of truly cool gear shown by startups and one-man
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Korg Kaossilator Pro
Jul 1 2010 1:00AM
With its touchpad approach to riffing, Korg’s original Kaossilator captured our hearts and minds when we reviewed it back in May ’08. Packed into a form about the size of two iPods, the little devil had a hefty array of highly
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Sampler Evolution
Jun 1 2010 1:00AM
1963 MELLOTRON MK.I Using analog tape, it and the Chamberlin were the first keyboards to play recorded sounds of real instruments.     1976 COMPUTER MUSIC MELODIAN Based on a DEC PDP-8 computer, it had
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Onstage and Backstage at the Billy Joel - Elton John Tour
Feb 25 2010 8:55AM
Billy Joel and Elton John’s “Face to Face” tour is perhaps the grandest event in piano-driven rock ever. We recently got to see not one but two full concerts, and to hear both of these legendary piano men in the same night,
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Tom Oberheim The Return of an Analog Synth Classic
Feb 25 2010 6:00AM
In 1974, Tom Oberheim released the first Synthesizer Expander Module, or SEM. Players loved this easy-to-use, ballsysounding synth, and its unique multimode filter gave it a distinctive sound. The SEM went on to become the
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Bleep Labs Thingamagoop 2
Feb 10 2010 3:50AM
A few years back, fellow Austinite and circuit-bending prodigy, Dr. Bleep wowed both the geek-toy and musical instrument community with an ingenious little device called the Thingamagoop (reviewed in the April ’08 issue of
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Doepfer Dark Energy Mainstream Modular Synthesis Has Arrived
Feb 1 2010 3:05PM
PROS Massive sound. Audio-range LFOs. Snappiest envelopes we’ve ever heard. USB-to-CV conversion for controlling vintage synths via MIDI or from your DAW. Fully analog knob pots mean no encoding artifacts. CONS No preset
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Cakewalk Sonar 85 Good Enough To Be Sonar 9
Feb 1 2010 8:05AM
Cakewalk threw a curve at the last AES convention: Instead of introducing Sonar 9, they went for an 8.5 upgrade at just over half the usual upgrade price. So was it just bug fixes? Guess again. Sonar 8.5 has several
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Native Instruments Absynth 5 The Outer Limits of Sound Design
Feb 1 2010 7:50AM
HANDS-ON The browser and main editing windows are accessed with these buttons. Signals flow down; the oscillator modules are at the top. Each oscillator can be followed by one or two processors. Inactive modules
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Native Instruments Audio 2 DJ
Dec 8 2009 10:05AM
In the July 2009 issue, I waxed poetic about my love for Native Instruments’ new Audio 4 DJ interface. It’s built like a tank, has dual stereo i/o, and is wonderfully portable. Since it arrived, the Audio 4 DJ replaced my old box
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Vintage Synth Geekfest at Sonic Reality39s Studios
Nov 22 2009 12:50PM
Recently, Keyboard's Robbie Gennet was gigging and recording near Miami, and got to visit the home of Sonic Reality. Now, we all know them as a maker of Reason ReFills, soft synths, and other music software, but you may not know
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New Gear September 2009
Sep 1 2009 11:45PM
ALESIS DM10 PRO ONE NICE PIECE OF KIT THE PITCH Serious electronic drums at a hobbyist price.THE BIG DEAL Dual-zone pads with real drum heads. “Surge” cymbals feel real and do multi-zone triggering. DM10 sound brain has tons of
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