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Posted 12/18/17
In the following video, Rob Rives compares several hardware synthesizers for anyone looking to acquire their first synth. This video explores analog versus digital and module versus keyboard. We showcase the Roland SE-02, the Waldorf Bloefeld, and the Korg Minilogue, Monologue, and Arp Odyssey. Other synthesizers discussed include the Novation Bass Station II, the Arturia MicroBrute, the Behringer DeepMind 6, and the Moog Sub Phatty. Other topics include multitimbral versus single-voice, monophonic versus polyphonic, and mini-keys versus full-sized keys. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com
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Posted 10/19/17
In the following video, Rob Rives discusses how you can improve your studio mixing with Mackie’s latest line of monitors and controllers. This video explores the Mackie MR524, with its rear-panel controls for adapting the speakers to different room configurations, as well as adding the MRS10 subwoofer to extend bass response. Rives also looks at the latest Mackie XR-Series monitors and investigates the latest Big Knob monitor controller / audio interface. The Big Knob offers an integrated audio interface for recording and playing back with a built-in microphone preamp and a USB return from your computer. Other features include monitor switching, zero latency monitoring, and a dedicated mono button for checking your mix’s mono compatibility. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com
428 Views
Posted 12/26/16
In this video, Greg Johnson demonstrates the Korg Monologue, a monophonic all-analog synthesizer with a fully programmable single-voice architecture and 100 fully editable presets, well suited for musicians and analog enthusiasts. Building upon the success of the Minilogue Polyphonic Synthesizer, Korg reworked the knob-per-function layout, voicing, and sound-sculpting abilities to create a distinctive-sounding instrument for all types of musicians and sound designers. The synth offers two VCOs and a redesigned filter with powerful low-end punch, and a drive circuit has been added to apply aggressive overtones and distortion, ideal for huge bass sounds and sharp lead tones.
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Posted 02/23/16
In the following “Quick Listen” video, Greg Johnson demonstrates the Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Synthesizer and shows how this powerful new synthesizer can be a useful addition to any musician’s inventory. The video explores some of the 100 Factory/User presets and how to utilize the onboard true-analog oscillators, filter, amplifier, envelope generators, and LFO. Johnson shows us each of its eight modes including 4-Voice, Duo, Unison, Mono, Single Note Chords, Delay, Arpeggiator, and Side-Chain.  Additionally, the video touches upon the 16-note polyphonic sequencer, which can be implemented in step mode or real time. The Minilogue offers programmable sliders, a tape-style delay, and a built-in oscilloscope, as well as MIDI I/O, USB and Sync I/O. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 09/08/15
In the following video, we demonstrate the  Roland JD-XA Analog/Digital Hybrid Synthesizer, giving a quick listen to this powerful new synth, exploring its functions, controls, and features. The sequencer, which allows you to record up to 16 tracks, mute parts, and record knob and fader moves, is put through its paces. Finally, our very own Rob Rives and Greg Johnson paint an audible picture of what this machine can do when you let loose! We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
2474 Views
Posted 03/13/15
In this video, Rob Rives shows us three new pocket synthesizers from Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday: the PO-12 Rhythm for drums, the PO-14 Sub for bass, and the PO-16 Factory for lead sounds. Affordable, yet designed to pack a powerful punch, these three pocket synths can be synched together and used in concert. They all have built-in sequencers, built-in effects, and feature a unique animated LCD screen. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
1332 Views
Posted 09/18/14
In the following video, Rob Rives, with guest Prentiss Thompson, demonstrate the Moog Sub 37 Analog Synthesizer, the most recent synthesizer available from the company. The video explores the synth's capabilities, including its monophonic and paraphonic modes, its arpeggiator, and sequencer. Rives also delves into the 37-key keyboard and how it can be used as a MIDI controller for other synths or software. We showcase its ladder filter and envelope generators, and provide a handful of demos to demonstrate what the Sub 37 can do sonically. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com
1416 Views
Posted 03/24/14
In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the QCon Pro DAW controller from Icon Digital, and how it is capable of streamlining your workflow when tracking and mixing. The video explores the unit's compatibility and functionality with a variety of common DAWS such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live, including its mapped controls. Rives discusses how the QCon Pro's eight touch-sensitive, motorized faders can be used to control different banks of tracks in your project, as well as how its rotary controls can work with your plug-ins.  We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com.
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Posted 12/30/13
In this video we check out the three new Volca grooveboxes from Korg; the Bass, the Beats, and the Keys. Ultra-portable, easy to use, and inexpensive, the Volcas deliver great analog sounds and interface with other audio gear via MIDI.
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