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Valhalla DSP Bladerunner demo

Posted on 11 October 2013 by diode

Just heard this Valhalla DSP demo of the bladerunner theme performed on the Korg Volca keys through an unreleased reverb algorithm. Pretty good Valhalla, pretty pretty good.

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Korg Volca Beats

Posted on 11 October 2013 by diode

Korg has been on fire lately with their analog revival. It seemed at first that they were just tipping a toe back into the analog water but now with the MS-20 mini and the volca series, they are doing some really great things. Check out this demo of the Volca beats analog drum machine.

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Herbie Hancock CMI on Sesame Street

Posted on 29 August 2013 by diode

This is some great footage of Herbie Hancock explaining some rudiments of what a sampler does. This is of course one of the first samplers available, the Fairlight CMI.

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Studio Sessions – Recording Strand of Oaks’ Spacestation

Posted on 05 April 2013 by MasterDelight

Here’s a fantastic behind the scenes video on recording the song Spacestation by Strand of Oaks. Personally, huge fan of this guy and his group. My wife and I recently traveled over three hours to see him (and Phosphorescent). This song is especially good, I was really happy when my wife sent me the link of this video and happier still to be able to share it with all of you.

Strand of Oaks and other such recording artists have been very successful creating spaced out mixes with a full sound. In the video they explain, in detail, how they achieve this.

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The Echo 2 USB Audio Interface

Posted on 01 April 2013 by MasterDelight

The Echo 2 is a USB audio interface from Echo. It is the first USB interface from the company that makes some pretty quality gear at a decent price point. I have always been a fan of the Echo from way back when I traded some studio time for their Layla box. It was one of my first audio recording interfaces and I used it extensively for recording demos and live tracks. I will admit, not having XLR inputs is a bit of a downside when it comes these boxes but with The Echo 2, Echo throws in 2 adapter cables with purchase.

Check out the below video for more information:

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Roland TB-303 with Acidlab Mod – MGD Wishlist

Posted on 19 March 2013 by MasterDelight


Perhaps one of the most coveted TB-303 mods in the history of the synth. Almost impossible to find on eBay (units have been sold for over a grand) and, to make matters more confusing, there is another Acidlab synth company that has a similar product but is not the same. Also, this picture: Venetian Snares¬†using one of these mods (although he’s got colored knobs ’cause he’s cooler than most of us). So, all that adds up to an MGD wishlist item.

Venetian Snares playing acidlab modded TB-303 on a train

Here are some details about the mod found at Matrixsynth (with more information at Synthfind):

Mod details:

  • The inputs are q- accent- gate- slide- vcf- vcf cut off-vca-cv these are for use with a midi-cv converter, analog synth or tb-303.
  • The outputs are eg- accent- slide- square- saw- vcf these could be patched to an external filter or effects unit or tb-303.

Toggle switches:

  • Accent – up normal, down accents on all notes
  • Slide – up normal, down slide on all notes
  • Waveform modulation – saw, square
  • Resonance – up normal, down rear vcf input.


  • Decay – from off to standerd
  • Resonance – adds q level
  • X-mod – modulation level
  • Overdrive – volume control of vco to filter
  • Pots come with 303 type knobs to retain original look.
  • LEDs: three new LED show programming accent, slide, bend.

Acidlab kit comes with faceplate overlay: 4 knobs, 4 pots, 4 switches, 3 LEDs, 8 inputs, 6 outputs, color coded instructions with wires- all resistors, caps, diodes, pot mounts and rear sticker.


Photos by Maxtrixsynth

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Posted on 18 March 2013 by MasterDelight

The Doepfer Dark Energy II is a redesign of the Dark Energy I (discontinued because of an important component the CEM3394 being no longer available). The Dark Energy II is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface that allows for plenty of plug, play and tweak fun. Check out the Doepfer Website for full details and the video below for a demonstration of the kind of sounds you can get from the Dark Energy II.

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Motherbrain’s Custom Console

Posted on 05 March 2013 by diode

Motherbrain, a recording studio in Brooklyn has just been outfitted with one of the most gorgeous consoles on earth. To be exact, it’s actually (now) an analog console / DAW control center. UM Project did an absolutely amazing job retrofitting and modernizing this late 60′s¬†Wiener Schwachstromwerke board. It’s been lovingly appointed in a custom bent ply and steel chassis. From the small pictures on their site, it is a little bit difficult to see exactly what is going on but it looks as if on the left there are 14 channels of original analog input, 4 aux returns or busses and a master fader. The center section has been fitted with an Avid/Euphonix protools control surface and what looks to be some tonelux 500 series outboard. The whole right section of the board is set aside for two rows of full size 19″ outboard mounted horizontally and containing an LA-2A, Retro Audio and more.

motherbrain custom console

This desk is just stunning. I’m sure gearheads will make the trek to motherbrain just to feast their eyes on this piece of art.

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Ableton Live 9 and Push

Posted on 04 March 2013 by MasterDelight

Coming March 5th, Ableton’s newest version of Live, 9! It represents a three year gap between the last version of Live so you can bet that it’s going to be amazing. Below is a video of Robert Lippok using Live 9.

Also from Ableton comes Push. Which is essentially a Live controller to beat all Live controllers. Below is a video displaying how it works.

For those of you who love Ableton, it’s time to get excited. This will change your life :-)

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Focusrite iTrack Solo for iPad

Posted on 26 February 2013 by MasterDelight

For those of you interested in recorded directly into the iPad, Focusrite’s iTrack Solo could be your solution. The magic to connecting the device comes from its “Device Link” port which plugs directly from the iTrack Solo into your iPad (it also has a USB port to plug directly into a laptop or desktop). It does require a power supply as well. Simple and easy way to get a clean signal into your iPad for less than $200.

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