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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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Roland TB-303 with Acidlab Mod – MGD Wishlist

Posted on 19 March 2013 by MasterDelight

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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.

Potentiometers:

  • 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.

Yummy.

Photos by Maxtrixsynth

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DARK ENERGY II by Doepfer

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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Arturia iMini

Posted on 28 February 2013 by diode

I fired up the app store today on my ipad, typed in “moog” and surprisingly found a new offering: the iMini from Arturia. Famous for their line of plug-in and standalone soft synths for Mac and PC, Arturia have carved a nice place for themselves in the sythesizer market. The iMini doesn’t dissapoint. It’s UI is rendered beautifully, it sounds great, features nice additions like delay and chorus …and it’s $9.99. A minimoog for 10 bucks (well not a real one but what do you expect!)
Young musicians are spoiled these days to have access to such high quality, low priced tools. As a teenager, I remember drooling over an 8-track cassete portastudio that was $1200. Way out of my price range at that age. Anyhow, it’s a great little synth! Check it out… a portion of each sale goes to the Bob Moog Foundation

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TR-808 vs MFB-522

Posted on 20 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Making beats is paramount to making music. The TR-808 is a cornerstone to so many hip-hop (and more) musical compositions that it’s hard to think that another machine nearly half its size could ever compete. However, the MFB-522 has been making steady strides as a competitor to the 808. Purists would poo poo the argument that anything can touch the 808 but we think those open minded could see the value in the 522.

Here is a great video by lesingemonotone that helps compare the two machines.

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Dave Smith’s Mopho

Posted on 18 February 2013 by MasterDelight

You like that big bass? You like that fun, easy sequencing? You like that quality sound? You will love the Mopho by Dave Smith. Check out the video demo below to check out just how fun this little synth can be.

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MGD Wishlist: the UPIC by Xenakis

Posted on 16 February 2013 by MasterDelight

Here at Music Gear Daily we know there are a lot of magical people behind each and every piece of gear we use on stage, in the studio and in the jam room. The MGD Wishlist highlights some of those extra-ordinary pieces of gear that would be a dream to own.

The Xenakis is one of those pieces of gear. It’s like a giant Chaos Pad for digital synths. The video below may be in French but Aphex Twin says it all: “UPIC by Xenakis puts almost everything else to shame. It’s under 1mb and it shits on everyone.” – Aphex Twin

We’re not exactly sure what Mr. James is referring to when he says “it’s under 1mb”, it may be either HighC or MetaSynth, regardless the piece of gear in the video below looks like the shit for sure.

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Tutorial – Propellerhead Reason – Subtractor Basics

Posted on 15 February 2013 by MasterDelight

I’m a huge fan of Reason, ever since I got my hands on it about 7 or 8 years ago I knew this was a music software playground. Fast forward to present day and I am still figuring out all the knobs and cabling that lead to more awesome sounds and better songs. So, when this came in my email box yesterday I couldn’t wait to share it on MGD. Enjoy!

“Product Specialist Mattias Häggström Gerdt is back with another tutorial for you. This time, he returns to synthesizer square one with a look at the most basic but very powerful Subtractor synthesizer. Become a subtractive synthesis sound design powerhouse with this new tutorial from Mattias.”

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