505 Views· Posted 06/27/2019
In this video, AB demonstrates Arturia’s latest offering, the MicroFreak keyboard, a powerful little addition to any musician’s inventory. Shot on location at Brooklyn’s Brown Note, a live-performance space with a Tsunami Bass System capable of reproducing bass down to 5 Hz, AB explores the functions, controls, and features of the MicroFreak, offering a general overview of the oscillator section, filter manipulation, onboard
3,079 Views· Posted 12/18/2017
In the following video, Rob Rives compares several hardware synthesizers for anyone looking to acquire their first synth. This video explores analog versus digital and module versus keyboard. We showcase the Roland SE-02, the Waldorf Bloefeld, and the
706 Views· Posted 12/26/2016
In this video, Greg Johnson demonstrates the Korg Monologue, a monophonic all-analog synthesizer with a fully programmable single-voice architecture and 100 fully editable presets, well suited for musicians and analog enthusiasts. Building upon the success of the Minilogue Polyphonic Synthesizer, Korg
2,450 Views· Posted 02/23/2016
In the following “Quick Listen” video, Greg Johnson demonstrates the Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Synthesizer and shows how this powerful new synthesizer can be a useful addition to any musician’s inventory. The video explores some of the 100 Factory/User presets and how to utilize the onboard true-analog oscillators, filter, amplifier, envelope generators, and LFO. Johnson shows us each of its eight modes including 4-Voice, Duo,
1,570 Views· Posted 01/21/2016
We're taking a look and a listen to 3 new additions to Teenage Engineering's line of pocket synthesizers.
2,442 Views· Posted 09/08/2015
In the following video, we demonstrate the Roland JD-XA Analog/Digital Hybrid Synthesizer, giving a quick listen to this powerful new synth, exploring its functions, controls, and features. The sequencer, which allows you to record up to 16 tracks, mute parts, and record knob and fader moves, is put through its paces. Finally, our very own Rob Rives and Greg Johnson paint an audible picture of what this machine can do when
3,285 Views· Posted 03/13/2015
In this video, Rob Rives shows us three new pocket synthesizers from Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday: the PO-12 Rhythm for drums, the PO-14 Sub for bass, and the PO
474 Views· Posted 11/24/2014
In this video, Rob Rives shows us four different portable keyboards that make great starter keyboards for kids. Rives takes a look at the Casio SA-76 and CTK-6200, the Yamaha EZ-220, and the
1,368 Views· Posted 09/18/2014
In the following video, Rob Rives, with guest Prentiss Thompson, demonstrate the Moog Sub 37 Analog Synthesizer, the most recent synthesizer available from the company. The video explores the synth's capabilities, including its monophonic and paraphonic modes, its arpeggiator, and sequencer. Rives also delves into the 37-key keyboard and how it can be used as a MIDI controller for other synths or software. We showcase its ladder filter and
1,002 Views· Posted 08/26/2014
The arrival of the Rytm drum machine from Elektron has been highly anticipated due to its design, which combines analog sound generation with digital sample playback, forming a versatile tool for musicians, producers and sound designers alike. In this video, Rob Rives takes us on a guided tour of the Rytm, demonstrates some of the unit’s extensive capabilities, and gives us a sampling of its vast sound-generating functions.
1,443 Views· Posted 01/22/2014
The new Studio model is the largest of NI’s Maschine controllers and ships with the 2.0 version of the software. Featuring pads for playing drums and melodies, sequencing, sampling, effects, and an 8GB library of drum sounds, loops, and instruments.
280 Views· Posted 12/18/2013
In this roundup we check out several gift ideas including a metronome/tuner, two ultra-portable looper and FX machines, a drum programmer, and an amazing portable synthesizer and workstation among other items.
311 Views· Posted 12/13/2013
In this video we take a look at 2 portable keyboards and 2 digital pianos that make great gifts.
565 Views· Posted 09/18/2013
The Novation Bass Station II features two oscillators, a sub-oscillator, Classic and Acid filters, an arpeggiator, and effects, making the Bass Station II a powerful machine for bass sounds and more.
355 Views· Posted 02/06/2013
"Analog warmth, digital precision, macro performance knobs, multi-track step sequencing, arpeggiators, and effects add up to an impressive machine for electronic musicians"