18.7.15

Review ~ BeatStep Pro by Arturia

You don't have to be Nostradamus to see that this will be a hit. The Arturia BeatStep Pro has the connections, the brains and the looks. It's playable, fairly easy to use, not too expensive and it has some nice extra's that show Arturia's experience. Here's what Allert and Ben of Sonar Traffic had to say while checking out the BeatStep Pro.

17.7.15

Surviving the modular hype #2 ~ Design trends

Eurorack modular systems are hot, hip, dope and where it's at. The amount of modules available on the market has grown exponentially in recent years. In part 2 of this series we investigate some of the design trends that have shaped the Eurorack hype.

25.5.15

Mysteries of Dubb ~ Natural Mystic

For most people, life a.k.a. 'the universe' is deeply mysterious, and all of it's precious secrets will itinually and even permanently remain unknowable. But there's also a small group of men and women who are allowed occasional peaks behind the Big Curtains of Creation.

13.5.15

Evgeny Morozov vs. Silly Con Valley

There's a cure for Silly Con Valley tech utopianism. Evgeny Morozow dissects modern myths like Twitter-revolutions, App-democracy and "solutionism" in general. He shits on the great intellectual regression preached by Pope Kurzweil and the Holy Church of Wired, and he analyses the politrix of Google, Apple and Facebook. Well crucial!!

12.5.15

Manu Genius and Joggo reaching new heights





Mr. Manu Genius of Dubshelter Recordings strikes again. His new album for Joggo sounds deep and wide. Classic basslines, great horns, subtle guitars... top quality roots reggae. We can't wait for the new album with Mr. Stefaan Collieman, which is already destined to be one of the great roots reggae classics made in the Low Lands.

New Sevish album ~ Rhythm and Xen



Sevish is setting new standards for xenharmonic music. Rhythm and Xen is proud to be xenharmonic, without sounding theoretical or sonically cramped. This is simply very good music. Original, organic, written by a young composer with a strong vision, a superb sense of harmony and too little time to work out all the ideas floating around in his head. Check out what Jacky Ligon had to say over here.

9.5.15

Vintage mojo for your Yamaha DX7



Vintage your synth.. the hard way...

29.4.15

Surviving the Modular Hype #1 ~ Pass the test

The current Eurorack Modular hype is going to do a lot of damage. Mindless synthgear-consumers don't know what they're buying, or why they are buying it. As a result, the small companies that produce wonderful modules spend too much time answering stupid questions.

2.4.15

MultipleWatch ~ Introducing the Multiple Index

In modular synthesis, there's no such thing as too many multiples. Just when you think you have enough multiplexing power, you find a reason to want even more multiples. The Modular Industry has responded to this never-ending need for multiples with an adequate offering of passive, buffered and other, more fancy multiples.

29.3.15

Bass Mekanik ~ Subsonic Bass from JA to Miami

Bass Mekanik is a legendary car audio producer. His career started in Byron Lee's studio in Kingston, Jamaica. Then he went to Miami and discovered the 808 boom. "All things have a resonant frequency. For example, the resonant frequency of planet earth is like 7.83 hertz." Check out this interview.

28.3.15

Visual tools for mixing sound


If you have a small studio, or if you’re still learning to trust your ears when listening to a mix, visual aides are really helpful. The frequency analyzer is a budget producer's best friend. The phase scope is also quite useful. But why stop there? Lissajous curves are big fun! Here's a roundup of basic spectrum analyzers and some specialties.

John Chowning ~ Composer and inventor of FM Synthesis



Want to hear proper FM sounds? Try the original compositions by John Chowning. He's the inventor of the technique used in the Yamaha DX7. Here's a nice article about Chowning and the history of FM.