Synths

Ugo Ironhead:Spawn v1.0

http://www.ugoaudio.com/
"Ironhead:Spawn v1.0
13 Plug-in Morphing Synthetic Junk Yard Instrument Bundle. Includes Tunguska at no additional cost!

Ironhead:Spawn Overview:
Meet the Spawn of Ironhead! Going well beyond the original Ironhead, the Spawn plugs have been mutated and modified to provide a far wider range of percussive and melodic sounds, and they can be played like normal synths...tracking pitch across the entire keyboard. If you like tuned percussion, you're going to love this."

It looks like I haven't put a post up on Ugo since back in 2006. Be sure to check out their site for more.






m185 Sequencer PCB + PIC

flickr by parasitk

click here for prior posts on the Roland M185 DIY sequencer clone including video.






Way Out Ware iSample

Note Way Out Ware are the makers of the highly acclaimed ARP 2600 and ARP Axxe emulations, the TimewARP and kikAXXE (see the Way Out Ware label below for more info).

You can find full details on iSample here.
# Features: 6 sample pads with direct to disk recording.
# Very fast response to pad touches.
# Up to 6 samples can be played at the same time.
# Banks of pads can be saved and loaded.
# Each sample can be looped.
# A loop lock feature allows you to loop a pad as long as you want.
# No need to interrupt audio play for any tasks.
# Samples can continue looping during load and save.
# Ergonomically designed for the iPhone or iPod touch screen.
# Even large fingers can play easily.
# Unique multi-touch recording makes for very fast and accurate mutiple sample captures and accurate slicing of sounds.
# Record lock feature allows you to create longer recordings without touching the pads.

You can find iSample on iTunes here:
iSample - Sampler / Recorder






The Road to 1988

via Khoral's Cafe 80 where you'll find the track accompanying this image.

DSI Prophet '08






ALESIS USB-MIDI CABLE CONNECTS MIDI TO COMPUTERS

"Problem-Solver Is An Ideal Addition To Any Electronic Musician’s Gig Bag

Cumberland, R.I. (Jul. 17, 2009) – Alesis, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and studio electronics, announces the USB-MIDI Cable a cable that links MIDI instruments with computers via USB. The USB-MIDI Cable will make its debut at Alesis' booth, number 400, at the Summer NAMM Show held at the Nashville Convention Center, July 17 – 19.

The USB-MIDI Cable is the latest addition to Alesis’ AudioLink Series of problem-solving cables for musicians. The MIDI-to-USB cable has traditional male and female MIDI (DIN) connectors on one end and a USB connector on the other. Musicians can use the USB-MIDI Cable to control virtually any MIDI-compliant software using any hardware device with a MIDI output jack, such as a keyboard, drum pad or MPC.

The USB-MIDI Cable is class compliant for plug-and-play USB connectivity on Mac and PC, requiring no software-driver installation or external powering. Musicians can use the USB-MIDI Cable with virtually all music production, sequencing and recording software.

“This new cable is perfect for bringing older MIDI controllers into today’s computer-music age,” said Jim Norman, Product Manager, Alesis. “The USB-MIDI Cable is one of those problem solvers that should be in every studio as an insurance policy, if nothing else.”

The USB-MIDI Cable will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers Q3 2009.

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About Alesis

Alesis manufactures a full line of professional audio and musical instrument products capitalizing on its strengths in digital, analog, semiconductor, and transducer technologies. Alesis delivers revolutionary product solutions to the music and audio production industries. For more information, visit www.alesis.com; images are available at http://www.alesis.com/media."






ALESIS INTRODUCES NEW DM10 ELECTRONIC DRUM SET

"DM10 Pro Kit Features New Sound Module, New Pads, New Rack and New Pedal

Cumberland, R.I. (Jul. 17, 2009) – Alesis, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and studio electronics, announces its new flagship drum set, the DM10 Pro Kit. The drum set will make its debut at Alesis's booth, number 400, at the Summer NAMM Show held at the Nashville Convention Center, July 17 – 19.

The DM10 Pro Kit is the product of extensive research and development efforts. Based around the completely new DM10 sound module, the DM10 Pro Kit features Alesis’ RealHead drum pads, SURGE Cymbals made of real cymbal alloy and an ErgoRack mounting system.

Drummers will immediately notice the DM10 module’s outstanding sound quality. This new drum sound module contains true drum, cymbal and percussion sounds built from real samples of classic studio drums and prized cymbals. Drummers will find some of the most in-demand acoustic drum sounds from legendary drum brands, a huge arsenal of top producers' go-to snare drums, real American, Canadian, Chinese, and Turkish cymbals, and electronic beat-machine sounds that have fueled the biggest hit records.

Discerning drummers will notice that each sound is actually a series of different samples: multiple dynamic-level samples and articulations are all built in so as the drummer plays harder and softer, the drum or cymbal changes its timbre, not just its dynamics. This engineered realism is known as Dynamic Articulation™, an Alesis exclusive. Drummers can play with or without reverb for different room sounds and enjoy a wide variety of rimshots, rim clicks and different stick-placement sounds on the cymbals. For example, a hi-hat’s sound depends on a number of factors: how open or closed the pedal is, how hard it is struck, and other variables resulting in 40 different sounds – plus foot chick and heel splash.

The DM10 module not only has a breathtaking collection of sounds on board, it is also the world's first drum-sound module that enables players to load new sound sets via USB connection to their computer. This means that owners’ sounds will always stay fresh, current and cutting edge. Drummers can also use the DM10 as a trigger-to-MIDI interface for performing and tracking with software drum modules such as BFD, Toontrack and Reason. Drummers can play along with the tracks in the DM10’s internal sequencer, mix in an iPod or other MP3 player and play along.

The DM10 module has 12 TRS inputs, enabling drummers to create custom configurations with up to 24 different pads. Its top-panel mixer gives drummers easy access to creating custom mixes.

The DM10 Pro Kit has acoustic-feeling RealHead pads in eight-inch and 10-inch sizes. The dual-zone pads feature real mylar drumheads and real triple-flanged counterhoops for the feel professional drummers demand. The snare and tom pads are dual zone, enabling players to perform rimshots, rim clicks or assign other sounds such as wind chimes, cymbals, gongs and cowbells on the tom rims.

The DM10 Pro Kit comes with premium SURGE Cymbals, the only serious choice in electronic cymbals. The kit comes with a 12” SURGE Hi-Hat Cymbal, a 13” SURGE Crash Cymbal with choke and a 16” SURGE triple-zone Ride Cymbal with choke. Based around a genuine alloy cymbal and coated with a clear sound-dampening layer, SURGE Cymbals feel like acoustic cymbals because they begin life as just that. The Crash and Ride cymbals feature large choke strips on the undersides for even more attention to accurate cymbal control. The SURGE Ride also features multiple-zone triggering on the bell, face and edge. The SURGE Hi-Hat Cymbal is continuously controllable using the included pedal.

Drummers will appreciate the DM10 Pro Kit’s ergonomically curved, chrome-plated ErgoRack. It is heavy gauge, heavy duty, and supremely adjustable. The ErgoRack is large enough to enable drummers to add on additional drum pads and SURGE Cymbals. They can even mount acoustic drums, cymbals, and percussion instruments on this roadworthy system. It employs standard one and one-half-inch tubing for compatibility with virtually all drum manufacturers’ rack hardware. The rack features quick-release, metal clamps for fast setup and tear down. The Crash and Ride cymbals mount on large, knurled boom cymbal arms that are height adjustable right in the rack down tubes. The DM10 Pro Kit comes with tom mounts that enable freely adjustable mounting. Drummer-friendly wing-screws are present on all important rack clamps and pads for ease of adjustment without reaching for a drum key. The drum pads mount on standard 10.5mm L-rods with low-slip, knurled mounting surfaces.

“The DM10 Pro Kit is a giant leap forward for us,” said Jim Norman, Product Manager, Alesis. “We’ve taken everything we’ve learned about electronic percussion, and built the DM10 Pro Kit from the ground up to deliver an incredible playing experience at a breakthrough price point.”

The DM10 Pro Kit will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers in Q3 2009.

BFD is a trademark of FXpansion Audio UK Ltd.

Toontrack is a registered trademark of Toontrack.

Reason is a trademark of Propellerhead Software AB.

iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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About Alesis

Alesis manufactures a full line of professional audio and musical instrument products capitalizing on its strengths in digital, analog, semiconductor, and transducer technologies. Alesis delivers revolutionary product solutions to the music and audio production industries. For more information, visit www.alesis.com; images are available at http://www.alesis.com/media."

Update:
"ALESIS ANNOUNCES DM10 SOUND SET FROM FXPANSION

Partnership Established With BFD Developer

Cumberland, R.I. (July 17, 2009) – Alesis, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and studio electronics, announces a partnership to develop custom sound sets for the new DM10 Pro Kit. The drum set will make its debut at Alesis's booth, number 400, at the Summer NAMM Show held at the Nashville Convention Center, July 17 – 19.

The kit’s DM10 module contains a breathtaking collection of sounds on board, and is also the world's first drum-sound module that enables players to load new sound sets via USB connection from their computer. This means that owners’ sounds will always stay fresh, current and cutting edge. To that end, Alesis has established a partnership with FXpansion. FXpansion pushes the boundaries of audio software technology, with software such as the award-winning BFD series of software drum modules.

“We are proud and honored to partner with a first-class name in drum sampling,” said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Alesis. “Drummers and producers alike will truly be impressed by these sounds.”

Alesis plans to announce additional development partnerships in the near future; visit www.alesis.com for the latest news.

The DM10 Pro Kit will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers in Q3, 2009. Sound sets from FXpansion will also be available in Q3, 2009."

Remember you can click on the NAMM label directly below to filter just NAMM announcements. Be sure to check the dates so you don't mix the old with the new.






Nice Roland Jupiter-8 Find

via John
"I really enjoy the Matrixsynth website and all the time you take maintaining it. I do have a story that might be of interest to those that visit it. I always wanted a Jupiter 8, and every one that I went to buy was never in good condition—until last week when after 20 years of waiting, I landed what might be one of the best Jupiter 8’s left on the planet. This unit was owned by a music teacher and never left his home. It was covered for nearly 25 years, only powered up intermittently and when the curator of his estate sent me photos of it, I knew it was mint. It arrived yesterday.

I can honestly say it looked as it was just out of the box, brand spanking new with every bit of documentation right down to the packing slip. I have found not even the slightest mark on the screening, not even a nick on any aspect of the keyboard. The only cosmetic flaw is when they packed the unit to ship to me, they put the keyboard on end vertically and cause a very slight warp on a small corner on one of the metal side panels, (I think I can remove the bend). I’m beyond stunned. I can send high resolution photos but this board was hardly played. The keys feel perfect; the only hint of use was some light dusting near the bender controls; that is it! This 30 year old analog beast is in better condition then my 7 month old Korg Oasys. Dreams do come true and I wonder what a Museum quality JP-8 would sell for, any ideas?"

How much would you pay?






Moog Moogerfooger MF-107 FreqBox Guitar Demo

YouTube via penguinrock.
"I got tired of watching demos for the Moog FreqBox where studio cats were simply running a drum machine through it and tweaking the knobs without EXPLAINING anything, so I wanted to really describe what it can do. This is my first guitar gear demo, so any questions, comments, and constructive criticism are appreciated."






AKAI PRO FURTHER EXPANDS CONTROLLER LINE WITH MPK61

"New MPK61 Is Fourth Model Of Unique Keyboard and MPC Performance Controller

Cumberland, R.I. (Jul. 17, 2009) – Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces the MPK61, the fourth model in the company’s unique line of keyboard/MPC performance controllers. The MPK61 will make its debut at Akai Professional's booth, number 400, at the Summer NAMM Show held at the Nashville Convention Center, July 17 – 19.

The MPK61 is a keyboard performance MIDI controller that expands the popular MPK line. Each MPK controller combines a piano-style keybed with a bank of genuine Akai Professional MPC pads, assignable Q-Link controllers and some of the technologies from the icon MPC. Producers, performers and DJs will appreciate the MPK61’s mix of 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 16 MPC pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity, 72 assignable Q-Link, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and an arpeggiator. The MPK61’s size is ideal for performers who need a larger range than the original 49-key MPK49 offers, but also prefer the lighter weight and associated portability of a semi-weighted keyboard. The MPK61 retains the key split features from the MPK88, enabling the performer to divide the keyboard into two zones for performing with two different programs at once.

Like its 25, 49 and fully weighted 88-key siblings – the MPK25, MPK49 and MPK88, respectively – the MPK61 empowers musicians to create and manipulate melodic, harmonic and rhythmic content and manipulate quickly with its arpeggiator, MPC Swing and MPC Note Repeat technologies. The MPK61 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs worldwide. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. The MPK61 is a MIDI controller that sends MIDI values over USB for plug-and-play performance with Mac and PC. Because they are MIDI compliant, the MPK series works with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and VJs.

“The MPK61 was designed to meet the requests of many keyboard performers,” said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Akai Professional. “They loved the MPK49’s portability and ease of integration into their setup; they liked the large scale of the MPK88, and requested something in between: the MPK61.”

The MPK61 performance keyboard controller will be available from professional audio and musical instrument retailers Q3, 2009.

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About Akai Professional

Since 1984, Akai Professional products have been a staple of modern music both in the studio and on stage. With intuitive design and cutting edge features, Akai Professional is one of the world’s most influential manufacturers of musical electronics. For more information, visit www.akaipro.com; images are available at http://akaipro.com/media.php."






Treat Yourself :)

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