Roland TR-606 The Beast

some pics via Leave Luck to Heaven, via Hermetech Studio where you'll find some audio here and info here.

See this post for images and info on the prototype that went up for auction in October of 2008.

Peter Vogel comparing Fairlights

Fairlight Instruments

via Nino: "Vogel already started testing CMI-30A next to CMI II and Series III to compare sound."


"Los Angeles, CA, November 30, 2009 — Roland Corporation U.S. is pleased to announce general availability of the SP-404SX Portable Sampler. This update to the popular SP-404 offers 44.1kHz/16-Bit sound quality, improved DSP effects, a more versatile pattern sequencer, and easier data management.

The SP-404SX includes 29 DSP effects — including filter, delay, unique voice effects, subsonic, and looper — that switch seamlessly for a smooth performance. Twelve trigger pads, three control knobs, and a Sub Pad for rapid triggering allow DJs, musicians, and sound engineers to trigger samples and jingles and apply effects on the fly at the club, gig, or theater.

The built-in microphone, simple user interface, and optional battery operation enable recording with the SP-404SX anywhere inspiration strikes. It is also easy to import samples and utilize the high quality effects onboard for sound design or unique live performance purposes. The more versatile pattern sequencer now includes an improved quantize mode with new shuffle feel for creating the latest in hip hop, R&B, and reggaeton grooves.

“Roland’s SP-Series samplers are popular worldwide among DJs, musicians, and sound engineers alike,” says Vince LaDuca, Product Marketing Manager. “This year Roland celebrates over 3,000,000 SP samplers sold across the world and we are excited to add the SP-404SX to this legacy.”

The SP-404SX is now available with an MSRP of $465.50.

About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With over 35 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit"

SP-404SX Sampler Introductions

YouTube via RolandChannel
Rolands acclaimed SP-404 performance sampler takes an exciting leap forward with the new SP-404SX. In addition to the fun, fast, hands-on features of the original, the new model offers enhanced sound quality with pure 16-bit linear sampling, improved DSP effects, smooth FX switching, a more versatile pattern sequencer (with a new shuffle feature), and easier data management with SD-card compatibility. Its a creatively stimulating, powerful tool for DJs, musicians, producers, and live-sound engineers who trigger jingles."

Imogen Heap @ QET, Toronto, 2009 - Hide and Seek

YouTube via ghostryderx
"After an amazing set, Imogen Heap returns for an encore with Hide and Seek.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto - 11/26/09"

via Ryder:
"Fantastic show last week. Lots of cool gear and help from Back Ted N-Ted & Tim Exile for live performance. Check out the Roland AX-Synth!"

Imogen Heap @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, 2009
flickr by Ryder Mackay

minimoog voyager OS vs korg monopoly featuring tr-626

YouTube via LF0
"TR-626 triggers arp of Korg monopoly which then triggers the LFO of the Voyager OS (when used for filter) drum beat put over top of recoding and also an extra minimoog lead"

Finally a modular euro rack rhythm in 4.mp4

YouTube via RothHandle
"Today was a productive day in two paralell ways...I have been making CDs with files for Jacob and White Willow.

So while Akai dps-24 #2 was working away on the discs...I could explore my new euro rack modular system. I have had some issues trying to figure out the doepfer a-155 trigger sequencer. But today I actually managed to make a useable beat in 4. Good times are guaranteed for all...While I was at it I also made a tonal sequence than ran beside it...There is of course nothing wrong with the gear...its all my fault. I have no idea what I am doing.

This film was recorded at Roth Händle studios in Stockholm. If you are curious to find out more...please visit"

SequencomatV2 and Ableton Impulse

YouTube via tonvibration
"Midisequencer on the Jazzmutant Lemur triggering Ableton Impulse for Drumsounds.
for more details see:"

Oberheim OB-X 8 Voice Analog Synth pt.2

YouTube via retrosound72. Part 1 here
"vintage synth demo by RetroSound

Oberheim OB-X 8 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer from the year 1979.

part2: demo of some features (not all) of the OB-X

part1: with some self made classic OB-X sounds here:

The Oberheim OB-X is one of the best analog poly-synths ever. The sound is stunning, organic and very powerful. The sound character (based of the discrete circuits and the SEM design VCF) is different to the later curtis chip based OB-Xa and OB-8.

more info: and"

Yamaha AN1X Easy Synthing 1: Making a Juno-type stringsound

YouTube via
"Check my space at
I just got this AN1X. I traded it for my AN200. It's capable of the same wicked sounds, but with 10 voices of polyphony and more hands-on editting possibillities.

If you're short on cash, and you would buy one synth, and only one, this one might just be the one for you..."

Serge Animal (Animoo)

flickr set by nilspils73
(click for more)

Serge and Elektron Mono Machine

Treat Yourself :)