Out of the Netherlands comes a 100% analog monosynth from Tasty Chips Electronics with a Kickstarter campaign. Looks and sounds excellent.
While guitarists enjoy a long history of manipulating their guitar sounds with guitar pedals, it’s nice to see a new type of gadget aimed at synth owners: the MIDIpal. This gadget can manipulate, tweak, filter, and generate MIDI streams to your heart’s content. For example, instead of pumping your synth through a delay/echo pedal, MIDIpal [ Continue … ]
I recently picked up a very nice and lightweight pedal board made out of aluminum alloy tubing. This thing was a solid buy, comes with a softshell case, carrying strap, and some heavy duty two-inch velcro. As excited as I was to configure the order of my pedals and attach them to the pedalboard, one [ Continue … ]
Musicians can be a difficult bunch of people to buy gifts for. After all, music itself is a highly subjective thing, so it should come as no surprise that musicians can be very selective about the musical instruments and accessories they use. I’ve tried to curate a list of instruments and accessories that cover a [ Continue … ]
As an electronic musician, I always find it difficult to convey to a live audience what I’m actually doing behind my army of knobs and faders onstage. I mean, most people can relate the action of strumming a guitar to the sound that a guitar makes. There is an immediate and obvious connection between the [ Continue … ]
Often times, I feel that electronic music can feel a bit too rigid. One of the ways that I combat that robotic feel is by introducing tiny bits of imperfections in my programming. For example, most delay/echo plugins allow you to set the time between the delays in two ways, either synced notes (say, every [ Continue … ]
Looks like Korg is running a couple of nice rebates for this holiday season (Expires Dec.31, 2011).View the rebates here. Get a $20 rebate when you buy a Korg Monotron. Amazon and Zzounds carry the Monotron for $59.99 (both with Free Shipping), which brings your price down to $39.99. This popular little beast makes for [ Continue … ]
Back in 1988 or so, I started a hobby that filled most of my free time: I learned how to "mix", that is, I learned to DJ. The music I spun was mostly Chicago House Music and "New Wave" (as it was called, these days it is now referred to as Industrial, EBM, or synthpop). [ Continue … ]