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The Fairlight CMI

Posted on 09 February 2013 by MasterDelight

On a recent trip over to Venice my wife and I stumbled into this guy’s tie shop. What was interesting was he had a hold bunch of music equipment right in the middle of his shop. After talking with him for a couple of minutes he dropped the name Fairlight CMI. This was something I had never heard of before. After doing some research I stumbled upon this video of Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones rockin’ on this piece of gear.

The great news is the creator of the Fairlight CMI, Peter Vogel, is remaking these instruments (for about the price of a decent car). So, if this synth is your particular poison then enjoy this video and if you have never heard of this instrument before, welcome to the world of Fairlight CMI

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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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BBC article on how MIDI changed the world

Posted on 30 November 2012 by diode

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From the article:
“What MIDI did is it allowed the first home studios to be born,” “The computers were fast enough to be able to sequence notes, control the number of keyboards and drum machines at the same timeā€¦ it kind of opened up a whole new industry.” -Dave Smith

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Elektron Analog Four synthesizer video

Posted on 19 November 2012 by diode

This has to be the most unique and original product introduction video I have ever seen. Big applause to Elektron for taking the risk. The synth looks amazing and the originality of this video makes me want it even more.

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Hilarious April fools from Moog

Posted on 03 April 2011 by diode

Introducing … the polyphonic theremin!

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Dave Smith Tempest analog drum machine

Posted on 03 February 2011 by diode

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The newly announced Tempest digitally controlled analog drum machine from Dave Smith instruments looks amazing. I was fortunate enough to speak with Dave Smith himself at their namm both this year. Very nice guy … he even answered my question about how they still manage to acquire curtis chips for production. They apparently have them fabbed custom in batches to make it still possible to use in their new designs. Back to the tempest … it has 6 drum voices with 2 analog oscillators and 2 digital oscillators per voice. The OLED display looks beautiful as well. Watch the video below!

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Korg Kronos synth

Posted on 01 February 2011 by diode

I have to say, I don’t often get excited or impressed when Korg, Roland or Yamaha release a new rompler. But, this new Kronos looks amazing. Seems to be the first of it’s class with really nice graphics.

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