Archive | January, 2013

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Moog in white & new Sub Phatty

Posted on 26 January 2013 by diode

Moogs in white. Beauty, what’s not to like?

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They also introduced a new lower cost Phatty. The sub phatty. With it’s new distortion circuit, it sounds downright nasty.

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NAMM 2013 – Dave Smith Prophet 12

Posted on 25 January 2013 by diode

Holy smokes this thing looks awesome! 12 voices and an amazing architecture. I talked with their head embedded engineer and he said it used six SHARCS. Yes, I said SIX.

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NAMM 2013 – MIDI turns 30

Posted on 25 January 2013 by diode

MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) has turned 30 this year. Originally conceived by Dave Smith of Sequential circuits as a way to control one synth with another, MIDI has been one of the most useful and enduring standards in the music intsrument manufacturing world. Happy Birthday MIDI! I don’t know of many other standards that have had such staying power.

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a couple of the first MIDI capable synths

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the 20th anniversary sign with Bob Moog’s signature

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What the Future Sounded Like

Posted on 14 January 2013 by diode

“What the Future Sounded Like” is a documentary from 2006 highlighting the rise of electronic music in the UK. It’s an interesting peice because it shines a light on EMS, who often only get attention for the VCS3 and SYNTHI instruments but not for their role in pioneering the sequencer and computer controlled music.

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