The weird and wonderful world of stompboxes is quite simply a magical place where’s one’s imagination and creativity take hold and time simply slips away, endlessly tinkering, in the best possible way of course. There are some wickedly inventive pedal makers out there and we’re
Erica synths continue their expansion into standalone units, this time packing the monstrous gritty tones of their big analogue modular systems into a small, more affordable bass line sequencer dubbed the DB-01. Featuring 16 buttons along the bottom for sequencing and secondary functions, its sound
Source Audio will be revealing their EQ2 second-generation Programmable Equalizer at NAMM 2020 which is an upgrade to their immensely popular Programmable EQ, a multi-preset, MIDI controllable pedal. This updated version is not only a combination graphic and parametric equalizer with 10 adjustable frequency bands,
This one’s bound to make a lot of Eurorack modular people happy, Empress have announced the ZOIA Euroburo — a Eurorack module version of their incredible ZOIA pedal. It features 4 CV ins and outs, a headphone jack, stereo ins and outs and MIDI jacks.
Katoomba is a little town nestled amongst New South Wales’ beautiful Blue Mountains, and right smack in the middle of Katoomba (directly opposite the train station), a fresh take on the music retail experience has come into the world. Introducing Steep St, a concept store
Something that is little known and doesn’t seem to receive the attention it should (at least in my opinion anyway) is Maschine’s ability to control hardware synths right from the controller. Native Instruments has created stacks of presets from different synth manufactures all with pre-mapped
In early September, the Noisegate team went to the BIGSOUND festival/conference in Brisbane to host music-making workshops with Ableton Live. In my ‘Push New Ideas’ presentation, I demo’d a performance setup using Push 2, that was controlling external hardware synths and drum machines (see video below).
What happens when a founder of one of the most influential and forward-thinking electronic music labels (and a well respected electronic music performer in his own right) goes to the Superbooth Synth Show and gets chatty with a synth company that’s never shied away from
In the ever-evolving scene of new synths being announced, it’s comforting to know that there are manufacturers who continue to look at ways of enhancing their current catalogue of products. This is especially true with KORG, who have announced significant updates to the prologue, and
From Teenage Engineering, Korg, Arturia and Behringer showcasing a range of synthesisers and modular gear, to Akai’s FORCE being heralded as a replacement for the laptop and DAW – NAMM 2019 had it all. Here’s a choice collection of new synths, controllers and gear we expect