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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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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 time… it kind of opened up a whole new industry.” -Dave Smith

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Andy Summers on dynamics and guitar synth

Posted on 07 April 2010 by diode

Andy Summers explains the importance of dynamics in music, and specifically how they used dynamics with the Police. Bonus shot in this video: Andy playing guitar synth!

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Moog debuts Tarus III pedals at NAMM 2010

Posted on 20 January 2010 by diode

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Moog was showing off their newly unveiled update of the Taurus bass pedals. They looked great in person and it seems as if the design draws heavily from the Little Phatty line of synths. As an owner of the Little Phatty I can say that the bass sounds in the Taurus III are going to be astounding. Taurus II will be a limited quantity product with less than 1000 units produced.

From the moogmusic site: Long requested by many of our very best customers and used by the likes of Rush, The Police, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Phil Collins, Asia, Weezer, and many more. This is a one time opportunity to own a new set with a new warranty but one absolutely faithful to the original Taurus I sound.

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Monome

Posted on 02 September 2009 by diode

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Monome has been around for a while now but I’m always impressed when I see demo videos such as the one below. Brian & Kelli are a small team working on what they love and they are also very conscious of the impact they have … from the monome.org site “we strive for economic and ecological sustainability. careful design practice allows us to contribute to culture and preserve the environment by choosing domestic, high-quality, and responsible providers and production facilities. we acknowledge that our future will depend on our ability to support and maintain a local, regenerative economy.”

ro + 256 + milkcrates + monks from ro on Vimeo.

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Moog Exhibit Lecture with Brian Kehew and Larry Fast

Posted on 01 September 2009 by diode

Very interesting and informative lecture by Brian Kehew and Larry Fast filmed and streamed live on the web. This was done on opening weekend of the new Bob Moog exhibit we posted on earlier. The exhibit is at the museum of making music in Carlsbad, CA.

Click here for the video lecture

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Moog MIDI MuRF

Posted on 17 August 2009 by diode

Moog has combined the guitar and bass MuRF pedals and added a full midi implementation in the new MF-105M. At $479 it’s definitely not cheap but it is very cool sounding.

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Doepfer Dark Energy analog synth

Posted on 31 July 2009 by diode

Doepfer recently released the Dark Energy single VCO monophonic analog synth. It looks like a very compelling product and the audio demo sounds great. Very fun little package and the inclusion of USB and MIDI is handy.

Dark Energy is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface. The sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components. Dark Energy is built into a rugged black metal case with wooden side plates. High quality potentiometers with metal shafts are used and each potentiometer is fixed to the case (no wobbly shafts and knobs). The distance between the controls is a bit wider compared to A-100 modules and knobs with vintage look are used.”

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Listen to the audio demo.

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Novation Automap for iPhone

Posted on 08 July 2009 by diode

From their site:  “Now you can turn your iPhone / iPod touch into a MIDI controller, with multiple faders and buttons easily assigned to parameters in any software that allows MIDI control, and even some that don’t”

Can’t wait to use this for controlling Protools during band practice impromptu recording sessions. I had been thinking of getting a Tranzport from Frontier for a while but it looks like Automap may fit the bill and be easier all the way around.

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