Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Akai MPC5000

Realized I hadn't put up a demo of the new Akai MPC5000. Digital Village have it at €1'930 but it's not in stock yet. I've wanted an MPC for a while now... my credit card is getting itchy :)


An obvious alternative would be the Roland MV-8000 or MV-8800

Monday, February 25, 2008

Creating Whooshes & Doppler Shifts

There's a great post on The Music Of Sound blog on how to create realistic sounding whooshes for TV and film. There are 2 posts Whooshes 101 and Whooshes 201. Whooshes 101 concentrates on creating natural whooshes and Whooshes 201 concentrates on using software help to create realisitc sounding doppler shifts. Both posts are accompanied with lots of audio and video examples.

The blog as a whole is pretty cool and definitely worth checking out.

MIDIbox 808

"An introduction of MIDIbox 808: Roland TR-808 Clone + 16 Track Sequencer" - thanks to ucapps

Sweet a DIY 808... you can find out more @



Sunday, February 24, 2008

"Just testing out my new Vermona DRM Mrk3.
Just did some tr style sequencing with my electribe.
No effects and no electribe sounds." - thanks to H4NDCRAFTED

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monitor plays Beethoven

This video shows the effect of eletromagnetic interference in a very cool way. You can use your computer monitor to send out AM radio signals that you can hear in your radio.

Glitch Station

The EDdi appears to be an impressive master controller for circuit bent toys etc. Shown connected to Casio SK1.

More at Glitch.tv

Wii Remote Strumming

Using the Wii remote to trigger guitar strumming and picking on a computer. Software (OsX only I'm afraid) is here

Sunday, February 17, 2008

GEMA take on RapidShare.... and win!!!

File-sharing service RapidShare has been dealt a blow by a German court and faces severe penalties if it fails to take appropriate measures against the uploading of copyrighted content by its users. The Düsseldorf Regional Court ruled against RapidShare last week in a case brought on by the German version of the RIAA, GEMA. GEMA hailed the decision as a huge victory, and concluded that RapidShare could face shutdown if it's unable to comply.

It's a decent article by Jacqui Cheng. You can read the rest of it over at arstechnica.com

vestax controller one & ableton live composition by dj loomy

"In this video you can see a loop-composition maked with the controller one vestax and ableton live, the notes has been recorded previously on the controller one bank memory, you can see that, in another previous video." - Vestaxspain

Looks pretty easy.... very fluid way of putting loops together.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Virtual DJ on Paper

Not strictly a paper instrument...but good use of a laptop with a broken screen!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Frostwave Resonator Mashup

"This is the Frostwave Resonator, a very cool MS-20 filter clone. We're using a Jomox XBase999 drum machine as a sound source. The first clip is just a few simple filter sweeps to give you an idea of the musicality of this great filter. In the second clip we're using the Moog MF-101 as an envelope follower to the cutoff of both the low and high pass filters(which we multed). In the third clip we run the Moog Voyager's LFO and Sample & Hold outputs into both filter cutoffs (out of the VX-351). In the fourth clip we use the Analogue Systems rs600 Performance Wheels LFO as a modulation source. Mashup! bigcitymusic.com" - via bigcitymusic

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The ARP 2600: Oscillators Part 1

"Here is a more in-depth series of videos about the sound, functionality, and operation of the ARP 2600.
If you want a quick and entertaining intro to the ARP 2600, you should watch the intro and overview videos" thanks to
AutomaticGainsay - Just follow his account back to YouTube to get more 2600 goodness :)

Roland Tr-808 Demo Video

This is a demo video for an eBay auction. You can check out links by following GPDII back to his account.... All these years and nothing beats the 808.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hand Trackin DJ software

A little demo of a potential use for a hand tracking system developed by VTS project for his PhD. Tho apparently he's not much of a turntablist...check the decks revolving in the wrong direction! ;D

moog modular + drum controller

"moog modular playing a simple sequence + moog drum controller" -thanks to polyvoks

HardSid 4U - New Product

HardSid are have released details of a new product and it looks pretty interesting. It's 4 SID chips from the Commodore 64 housed in an external box that connects to your computer via USB. It'll support up to 4 SID chips in any combination 6581/8580/6582. You can control the SID chips with an included VSTi editor... all fully automatable.... very nice. So far all you see is a photoshop mock-up but they are taking pre-orders at €249 and original are going for €299.

You can read more about it at http://www.hardsid.com/

Monday, February 11, 2008

Mitchell Sigman's Synthesizers.com Modular System!

Filmed by Maf Lewis in December 2007, Mitchell Sigman takes us for a divine tour of his beloved synthesizers.com modular system from his North Hollywood studio." - thanks to

A great demo of the synthesizer dot com modular and an LFO from Cat Girl Synth...
I am one of those people that prefer the smaller Eurorack and no broken patch cables yet ;)

Semtex XL

Semi-Modular analogue synth from Anywhere Instruments the Semtex XL being sequenced by the Doepfer MAQ16/3. - thanks to pac209

Friday, February 08, 2008

LL Electronics Poly RozzBox

Here is the LL Electronics Poly RozzBox being played by Randy Kerber. There are no effects on this. It's just the RozzBox. www.bigcitymusic.com

I've been waiting to see the Rozzbox for a while... a 4 operator FM synth using 7 algorithms with knobs on and analogue filters.

The ARP 2600: A Short Overview

Part 1

Part 2

"Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the ARP 2600 analog synthesizer.
Something about the source material (despite having been recorded in the same fashion as all of my videos) has resulted in the YouTube compression generating a lot of audio artifacts. No attempt I've made has resulted in a removal of this effect. Hopefully, you can listen past the effect of YouTubes compression to hear the sound of this synthesizer in these two videos! Hopefully, this problem won't exist in subsequent examples." - thanks to AutomaticGainsay

My favourite synth I have never touched :) - and the sweet voice of R2D2. If you haven't visited AutomaticGainsay's YouTube account you should have a look, he has tons of classic synth clips.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Nick's World Of Synthesizers Trailer

Nick has some pretty interesting looking home brews like The Beast below... it's so pretty :)

you can see a few more of his synths, have a listen and watch some video at his website http://nicksworldofsynthesizers.com

Monday, February 04, 2008

eagleroad - machinedrum uw MDUW

"gear used:
elektron machinedrum UW (drums+MIDI sequencers),
nord modular G2 engine (wonky synth+MIDI step sequencers,
juno-106 (bassline)
jx-8P (klang synth)
dx-7 (percussion/bass)
Boss Dr Pad (hand claps)
some analog echo boxes, and distortion.

sorry for the bad image qulaity. the camera was hanging from a mic stand hence the shakes..."

- thanks to
eagleroad - why don't albums come with gear used lists anymore... ah th old days :)

Adventures in Paradise (Point Loma - Monome - NORTEC )

"Ramon Bostich (nortec) playing live monome 256 , Bostich uses Point Loma as an excuse for experiments with monome and modular synthesizers.

Instruments sampled:

4ms Picogenerator
QMF Sherman Quad Modular Filter





http://www.4mspedals.com" - thanks to

Doepfer Matrix Module

Doepfer is bringing out a new 8x8 Matrix Module... you can read more details at http://www.doepfer.de/a1831.htm. It's kind of like the SteckBox from SchniedersBuero. It's down as a preliminary €100... might bring your modular into more VCS3 territory. Doepfer have brought a fair few modules in the last while. The Matrix and the Bit Cruncher are definitely going on the every expanding wish list ;)


Bored just playing those old records, flares, orbits and hydroplanes just not doing it for you anymore..... then try the fun new game sleevefacing. You can see a few more covers at sleeveface.com. I especially like the Leonard Cohen as a fluffly little kitten sleeve... made me smile
- sent my way thanks to The Mull.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Synthesizer.com Modular Demo

"This is my little demostration of a analog modular synthesizer from www.synthesizers.com(Great company)
Its the studio 22 with these modues:
(left to right)
Q105 Slew Limiter
Q106 Oscillator
Q106 Oscillator
Q141 Oscillator Aid
Q106 Oscillator
Q110 Noise Source
Q116 Ring Modulator
Q125 Signal Processor
Q130 Clipper & Rectifier
Q124 Multiples
Q113 8-Channel Mixer
Q150 Tran Ladder Filter
Q109 Envelope Generator
Q108 Amplifier
Q109 Envelope Generator
Q108 Amplifier
Q118 Instrument Interface

On the back I have the Q137 and Q104.

If you dont like what you hear its not the synthesizers fault,but the owner(me) It take some time to learn using this powerful system wich again is a rather small system in the modular world. I hope you like it!

Kjell Gierstae" - thanks to