It just wouldn’t be a NAMM show without some new samplers to sink our teeth into, lucky for us Akai have provided the goods. Akai Professional continue their DAWless beat making and music production product line with a new standalone MPC One which Akai claims as their most powerful
Nord have been quiet on the synthesiser front of late, their last synth, the Lead A1, appeared in 2014. But the Swedish manufacturer has never been one to rush new products out unnecessarily and the quality of their products makes failure or obsolescence unlikely. However,
Being less bound by traditional song structure and very friendly to on-the-fly improvisation, Techno is a genre of music that lends itself extremely well to hardware music gadgets. Even the weirdest bleeps, bloops and textures can find a home in Techno, in fact, they’re encouraged.
Karanyi’s new Continuo instrument is a complex texture instrument for the Native Instruments Kontakt software sampler, all sampled from experimental ambient guitar and pedal chains — ideal for creating endless pads, unusual soundscapes, characteristic atmospheres and experimental sublayers. This is the first release of Karanyi
For our next Ableton instrument giveaway, I’m sharing my lucky score at a recent vintage market in regional Victoria. Yup, in a stack of busted-up ’90s hifi units, the distinctive colourful face plate of a Studio Electronics ATC-1 analogue synthesiser caught my eye. Fully functional,
Overnight Swedish manufacturers Elektron unveiled their offering to the 2019 NAMM gods, the oddly named Model:Samples groovebox — an entirely new budget-friendly form factor for the company who’s bread and butter is high-end complex analog, digital and sample based sequencers. The new unit is a
This is more than a percussion pad, the Alesis Strike MultiPad is also a sampler, looper and audio interface. Alesis has launched the New Strike Multipad, which is a percussion pad with an arsenal of effects for the modern producer and drummer. A glance reveals that