Dave Shim

5 months ago
The drum machine is one of the most misunderstood of all musical inventions. Relentless in its metronomic precision, the humble beat box provides a flawless rhythm section that never tires of playing the same four-bar loop and never, ever, argues over “musical differences” with the rest of the band. But for all their dependable service over the years, some consider these obedient machines as the...
10 months ago
Synthesizers appeal to a broad range of users, many of whom experience sheer delight with the sounds and symphonies they can create on a synth. Analog synthesizers are making something of a big comeback this year, and we'd like to take this opportunity to share information about the more outstanding models, and the people who love to create the tones and multitimbral tunes that these instruments...
1 year ago
Hercules, a manufacturer with a longstanding history in the field of digital DJing, has unveiled the latest in its line of budget-friendly controllers, aimed squarely at aspiring professional DJs and hobbyists. Described by the company as “an exclusive ecosystem designed for the digitally connected DJ,” the...
Native Instruments Kontrol X1
1 year ago
As a longtime vinyl DJ, I strongly prefer the hands-on approach of mixing music with two turntables and a mixer. For all the convenience offered by fully digital setups on laptops and tablets, there is no denying the tactile benefits of a traditional vinyl-only rig. From the pleasing heft of a rotating turntable platter to the gentle cradling of the stylus locked into a groove, the physical...
1 year ago
We discussed the history and recent resurgence of analog music synthesizers in Part One of this series, and briefly touched on some currently manufactured gear that offers basic facilities for pitch, parameter, and clocking control via control voltage. In this installment, we’ll dig...
2 years ago

Keith Emerson (right) looks on as Moog veteran Herb Deutsch (left) and the lead engineer unveil the new Emerson Moog Modular System.

2 years ago
Modern-day musical synthesizers offer a staggering array of options for control of parameters, note sequencing, and interfacing with hardware sound modules and software DAWs and plug-ins. Among these, the now-ubiquitous MIDI (Musical Instrument Device Interface) protocol has been around since 1983, while the network-optimized, less widely adopted, OSC (Open Sound Control) has been in use since...
2 years ago

Azden, a name well established in the field of portable wireless microphone systems, has announced two new products aimed squarely at event videographers and ENG users whose audio requirements have outgrown the built-in microphones found on video cameras and smartphones.

2 years ago

Gothenburg, Sweden-based manufacturers Elektron have unveiled the Analog Keys, the flagship synth in their line of performance-centered machines sporting analog synthesis engines. Expanding upon the company’s initial foray into analog synthesis, the Analog Four, the Analog Keys adds 37 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys; a modulation joystick; and individual outputs per voice.

 
2 years ago

Ah, physical media. Vinyl. LPs. EPs. 45s. 78s. Wondrous words for older music fans and dyed-in-wool Luddites, but surely out of step in this age of instant music downloads and cloud-based media streaming—or are they? Make no mistake: for some diehard music fanatics, downloading an mp3 will forever play second fiddle to the joy of acquiring a shiny slab of vinyl.

2 years ago

It seems like eons ago, before digital media and the Internet forever changed the way we consume music, folks visited brick-and-mortar stores to purchase vinyl LPs and 45 rpm records. While there are signs that “vintage” analog is making a comeback, the fact remains that people nowadays mainly buy and listen to music on computers and portable electronic devices.