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Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Introducing the MPC Key 37 | Standalone MPC Production Keyboard by Akai Professional


video upload by AkaiProVideo

"Introducing the MPC Key 37, the dynamic standalone music production keyboard perfect for any creative studio workspace featuring 37 full-size synth-action keys, 16 RGB MPC pads, 32GB of internal storage, support for the upcoming MPC Stems, and much more. Discover the keys to inspiration with MPC Key 37."

Chopsquad Dj On the MPC Key 37 | Akai Professional

video upload by AkaiProVideo

"Meet Grammy-nominated multi-platinum record producer Chopsquad DJ as he breaks down why MPC Key 37 is the fastest and most inspirational way to go from idea to completed beat. Learn about his story from his early interest in music, to his extensive catalog of successful hit records, and much more. MPC Key 37, the Keys to Inspiration."

AKAI MPC KEY 37 vs other MPCs, Force // How it competes as a synth and workstation // Review

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:10 Overview
2:55 Keybed
4:25 Buttons
6:55 No strip
7:20 Connectivity
8:00 New USB MIDI
9:20 Storage
10:40 Content
11:05 Portability
11:20 Pad size
11:40 Q-links
12:00 Pros & cons
15:55 Outro



Introducing the MPC Key 37, bringing the legendary MPC workflow to a compact keyboard. MPC Key 37 has everything you need to produce beats, bass and synth lines, chop-up samples and build complete tracks – without your computer.

MPC Key 37 comes with a collection of Akai plug-ins as standard along with over 100 onboard effects, and wireless integration with Splice, all controlled by 16 iconic MPC pads, a 37-note synth action keyboard, 7” touch screen and 4 real-time Q-link encoders.

The MPC Key 37 features:

► 37 full-size synth action keys

► 16 velocity-sensitive RGB MPC Pads

► Brilliant 7" multi-gesture touch screen

► 32GB of internal storage (22GB of user storage)

► Over 8GB of bundled software

► Voucher for (1) free premium MPC plugin instrument or insert effect

Saturday, February 03, 2024

YAHAMA SEQTRAK - 30 advanced tips and 5 things to know before you buy // Review & Tutorial


video upload by loopop

"Get access to my exclusive In-Complete Book of Electronic Music Ideas, Tips and Tricks, on my Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/loopop"

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:05 Overview
2:40 Get a grip
3:15 Cheat sheet
3:30 USB MIDI
4:00 Velocity
4:55 Chrom drums
5:30 Mono sequencers!
6:20 MIDI CCs
6:45 Dongle anxiety
7:10 Bluetooth MIDI
7:25 MIDI settings
7:45 Be in GUI mode
8:40 GUI lock
9:00 Change defaults
9:15 Synth step seq
10:10 Advanced FX
12:10 Unlock 6 patterns
12:35 Temp save!
13:30 Fast params
13:45 App only stuff
14:00 FX 1 & 2
14:30 Trigger type
15:05 FX params
15:25 Synth LFO
16:15 7 sample tracks
16:55 FX strip secrets
19:20 Chord tips
20:30 Chord banks
21:00 Use the arp!
21:20 A faster Play
21:30 Fave shortcuts
23:30 Visualizer blues
23:55 Pros & cons
27:55 Outro

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

MicroKORG 2 vs the OG // Here’s a preview of what’s new


video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
0:50 New engine
1:55 Bi-timbrality
2:40 Keybed
2:50 Screen & UI
4:10 New assigns
4:40 No shift
5:10 Presets
5:45 Build & IO
6:25 New oscillators
7:05 New DWGS
7:40 New samples
8:25 New osc mod
9:30 New noise
9:50 Fixed osc
10:10 Filter morph
10:50 Modulation
11:10 New matrix
11:25 Arp
11:40 Vocal process
12:00 Vocoder
12:15 Hard tune
12:35 Harmonizer
13:05 Effects
14:10 Unison
14:50 Loop recorder
16:35 Pros & cons?
17:10 Outro

Thursday, January 18, 2024

KORG Introduces Nu:Tekt NTS-1 mkII digital kit


video upload by Korg

"Experience hands-on, fun music-making with this DIY, easy-to-assemble synthesizer and effects generator. The compact and incredibly powerful NTS-1 mkII now offers an array of new features: refreshed interface, more customization options, new keyboard, built-in sequencer, fresh sounds, expanded MIDI capabilities all in the palm of your hand. (Tool included, no soldering needed)."

KingKORG NEO Review // Retro character returns in a new compact form


video upload by loopop

See the announcemeent post here.

"The scopes I use aren't real - I use MOscilloscope and MAnalyzer by a company called Melda - they’re free with some limitations in the MFreeFXBundle.

A summary of differences between the original KingKORG and KingKORG NEO (KKN):
► The synth engine is pretty much the same. On the oscillator side, the VA and DWGS oscs are the same. Many of the PCM (sample) sounds are new and there are about 10 more of them. Filters and FX are the same, as are the mod options.
► KKN doesn't have the analog tube circuit at the end of the signal chain
► KKN is white!
► 3 Octaves instead of 5
► Bundled XLR Mic? I don't know if the OG came with one - please let me know if so.
► New presets on the KKN
► XLR on the panel instead of on the back
► Headphone output on the panel instead of up front.
► Compact form factor and button arrangement on KKN

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:05 vs. KingKORG
1:55 Overview
4:20 Edit mode
5:25 I/O
6:10 Oscillators
6:40 Basic shapes
7:05 Noise
7:40 Dual osc
8:00 Unison osc
8:25 Sync
8:40 Ring mod
8:55 Xmod/VPM
9:30 DWGS
10:20 PCM
12:00 Filters
15:10 Two timbres
16:05 Effects
18:40 Envelopes
19:20 LFOs
21:00 Mod matrix
22:50 Vocoder
24:25 Arp
25:35 Voice unison
26:20 Settings
26:55 Pros & cons
29:45 A few presets"

Sunday, December 24, 2023

201 Pocket Piano // a minimalist synth that's infinitely tweakable // review & tutorial


video upload by loopop

"Get bonus content and my exclusive In-Complete Book of Electronic Music Ideas, Tips and Tricks, on my Patreon: ► https://www.patreon.com/loopop"

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:25 Overview
3:40 Factory synths
5:50 Factory arps
7:10 Sequencer
8:00 Custom LFO?
8:30 Polyphony
8:55 Build & IO
10:25 vs Organelle
11:20 Patch swap
14:10 More macros?
14:30 Multisamples
14:55 More arps
15:15 Text arps
15:30 Pure data
16:10 Mother-in-law
17:45 Custom 201?
18:00 MIDI settings
18:15 Pros & cons
20:05 Outro walkthru

Monday, November 20, 2023

Meet Polyend Play+

video uploads by Polyend

Playlist:
1. Introducing Polyend Play+
Polyend is introducing Play+, Sample + Synth + MIDI groovebox.
3x Multitimbral Polyphonic Synth Engine
4 All New Synthesizer Engines with hundreds of presets combined with Play’s advanced sequencing capabilities
New Multi-Track Audio Over USB Integration and Stereo Sample Playback
Pick and Place - control the sequence
Instant playability - just turn on and PLAY!
2. Polyend Play+ WTFM Synth Engine Demo
Play+ offers more than just sample and MIDI playback; it now includes integrated synthesizers. Multiple synth engines have been added, each offering a unique character and including an extensive library of professionally crafted presets.

WTFM is a unique 2-operator FM synth engine that utilizes WaveTable-based oscillators driven by a 3x feedback system.
3. Polyend Play+ VAP Synth Engine Demo
Play+ offers more than just sample and MIDI playback; it now includes integrated synthesizers. Multiple synth engines have been added, each offering a unique character and including an extensive library of professionally crafted presets.

VAP is a Virtual Analog Polysynth that boasts a dual-oscillator architecture and a versatile modulation matrix.
4. Polyend Play+ FAT Synth Engine Demo
Play+ offers more than just sample and MIDI playback; it now includes integrated synthesizers. Multiple synth engines have been added, each offering a unique character and including an extensive library of professionally crafted presets.

FAT is a powerhouse synth engine that epitomizes the lush, vintage warmth of classic analog synthesizers.
5. Polyend Play+ ACD Synth Engine Demo
Play+ offers more than just sample and MIDI playback; it now includes integrated synthesizers. Multiple synth engines have been added, each offering a unique character and including an extensive library of professionally crafted presets.

ACD is a recreation of iconic single-oscillator monophonic analog synths that transport you back to the golden age of electronic music.


Review: Polyend PLAY PLUS // Is it worth the upgrade? // (and PLAY+ Synth Tutorial)

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:15 Plus vs Play
3:10 Similarities
3:55 Synth UI
4:35 Connectivity
4:50 Upgrade path
5:10 Workflow
5:40 Synth basics
6:30 Slot params
8:20 Macros
10:45 Patch editor
12:00 ACD
14:55 FAT
16:45 VAP
19:55 WTFM
22:25 Fills & synths
24:05 Piano roll
24:25 Export
24:40 Delete unused
24:50 Custom fx
25:00 Pros & cons
31:00 Factory 1
31:30 Factory 2
32:05 Factory 3
32:50 Factory 4

Wednesday, November 08, 2023

KORG Introduces the KAOSS Replay: The Flagship KAOSS is Here


video uploads by Korg

"The KAOSS Replay is the latest and greatest in the critically acclaimed KAOSS series of performance tools. It's a self-contained Dynamic Effects processor and Sampler that offers everything you need to create electrifying live performances! Join Matthew Piecora (EZBOT) as he covers the intuitive touch capacitive LCD screen, 16 adjustable velocity sensitive pads, assignable cross faders, processing incoming audio, monitoring, and loads of effects including filters, distortion, loopers, delays, reverb, and vocal effects."

Chapters:

01:45 Assignable Effects
02:29 Touch Hold
02:46 Pad Motion
03:05 Using A Looper Effect To Transition
04:29 Assignable Crossfaders
5:32 External Audio Transition
06:34 Sampling
07:51 Trigger Pad Edit
09:40 Resampling
10:29 Stretch Sync
10:57 Variable Pitch
11:17 Quantize
11:43 Mute and Solo
12:02 Hot Cue
13:02 Vocal Effects
15:13 Synth Effects
16:02 Surface Control

And a user video by :

Korg KAOSS REPLAY // Pros & cons vs the competition (SP404 MK2, MPC, Blackbox) // Tutorial

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:30 Overview
2:40 Pad, banks
4:55 Faders, groups
5:20 Program, Cue
7:05 Native, Ref BPM
7:45 I/O
8:50 Monitor
9:40 SD import
12:20 Pad edit
14:25 Time-stretch
16:30 Quantize
17:15 Vari pitch
18:15 KAOSS FX
18:35 Filters
19:00 Mod fx
19:25 LFO fx
19:55 Delay, verb
20:35 Loop fx
21:20 Vocoder fx
21:50 Voice fx
23:25 Synth fx
24:30 Sampling
25:45 Looper?
28:15 Live rec
28:45 Misc
29:10 MIDI
29:20 Pros, cons
33:30 Outro



via KORG

With its groundbreaking XY pad and innovative and distinctive FX, the critically acclaimed KAOSS series has reshaped the music landscape, rewriting the rules of live performances and musical innovation across its various iterations.

KAOSS Replay is a self-contained performance tool that reshapes the KAOSS legacy, serving as an all-in-one solution for musicians, performers, and producers. It features unparalleled KAOSS Pad and Effects, expanded sample playback and sampling capabilities, and intuitive and precise DJ controls. In a portable stand-alone unit, KAOSS Replay facilitates electrifying KAOSS-infused performances on the fly, eliminating the need for additional equipment.

KAOSS Replay unlocks a new realm of musical creativity and boundless performance possibilities.

Stand-alone KAOSS

KAOSS Replay
A dream come true for live musicians, KAOSS Replay allows you to immerse yourself in the creative essence of your performance without distractions.

Powered by USB-C and equipped with ample on-board connectivity, KAOSS Replay offers effortless and swift setup, granting you stress-free performances without the hassle of intricate and cluttered gear settings, regardless of your location.

Taking a leap beyond its predecessors, it introduces an advanced sample playback and sampling system, boasting 128 sample slots (16 pads x 8 banks) for each of up to 100 projects, ensuring uninterrupted hours of Kaoss-fueled live sets.

Encased in a robust aluminum body, its sleek and minimalist design strikes the perfect balance between performance-friendly size and backpack-friendly portability.

Unique KAOSS FX

KAOSS Replay builds on the unique KAOSS Legacy, introducing a rich palette of 128 new KAOSS FX. These encompass a spectrum from practical filters, delays, and reverbs to imaginative and exhilarating modulation effects, Loopers, vocoders, and synth effects. Moreover, marking a groundbreaking first in the KAOSS series, KAOSS Replay offers top-tier vocal effects that effortlessly complement any genre and performance, ranging from subtle vocal correction to precise pitch tuning.

Automating your effects is effortless with the PAD MOTION function or by simply holding the desired position using TOUCH HOLD mode. Furthermore, the FX Release function ensures smooth transitions, seamlessly integrating your effects into your musical composition.

With a dedicated MIC Input, KAOSS Replay simplifies the process of playing, performing your tracks, and engaging in improvisation with creative sound effects like never before.

Beyond Effects

Featuring 16 high quality velocity-sensitive pads, KAOSS Replay simplifies and streamlines the process of playing, sampling, or re-sampling. It accommodates up to 128 slots divided across 8 banks per project, with support for up to 100 projects, conveniently storable on a microSD card for effortless storage and instant swapping.

Enhanced by a dual group assign system and dedicated faders, along with BPM detection, sync, and quantization capabilities, KAOSS Replay offers a comprehensive toolkit for a seamless performance experience.

What's more, the onboard sample trimming functionality, coupled with the 12-point Hot Cue triggering system, enables samples to be truly “played” musically and creatively during live performances, opening up a world of dynamic possibilities.

You can find additional details at https://www.korg.com/us/products/dj/kaoss_replay/

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Korg Introduces Keystage MIDI 2.0 Keyboard Controller with Poly Aftertouch


video upload by Korg

"Korg Keystage is the ultimate MIDI keyboard solution for producers and stage performers. As the first keyboard to adopt the MIDI 2.0 Property Exchange, Keystage puts unparalleled integration and control at your fingertips, taking your music-making experience to a whole new level. Featuring a new keybed design with outstanding touch response, Polyphonic / Channel Aftertouch and MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) compatibility, Keystage offers hands-on control and instant visual feedback through its parameter-dedicated OLED screens. It features a powerful arpeggiator, an array of chord modes, integrated audio outputs, and official integration with Ableton Live. Whether producing in the studio or performing live, Keystage offers an unparalleled, integrated, and distraction-free experience to keep your musical creativity flowing.

Featured in this video is Josh Trinnaman - musician, producer & mix engineer from Brighton, UK. Best known for his project Luo which combines experimental electronic music production with live, powerful instrumentation with influences from Jazz Fusion, Hip-Hop, Metal, IDM & Breakcore, Progressive Rock and more. For more info on Josh head to his Instagram @joshtrinnaman."

KORG Keystage Poly Aftertouch Controller - Top Features and Overview

video upload by Korg

"Luciano from KORG introduces Keystage, the ultimate MIDI keyboard for producers and performers. This premium controller boasts a feature-packed design, offering MIDI 2.0 integration, exceptional touch sensitivity with polyphonic aftertouch, and an impressive software bundle. From arpeggiators to versatile chord modes, Keystage is the perfect companion whether you're on stage or in the studio. Plus, you have the choice of two sizes, 49 or 61 keys, all in a sleek and portable design."

Korg KeyStage Review // MIDI 2.0 finally works - let’s see what it can do

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:15 Overview
2:55 MIDI 2.0
4:15 Wavestate
5:40 Gadget
7:15 Poly AT
9:05 Keybed
9:25 Ableton
11:40 Arp
14:05 Chords
15:55 MIDI CCs
16:30 Scenes
16:55 I/O
17:15 The plate
17:35 Pros, cons
19:00 Outro



Click the pics to zoom in.

Note the "Expansion Plate" / music stand. It comes in at 4:03 in the 2nd video above.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

APC64 Ableton Live Controller | Touch the Future | Akai Professional


video upload by AkaiProVideo

"Touch the Future and discover new musical possibilities with APC64. With 64 vibrant RGB pads featuring poly-aftertouch, 8 assignable Touch Strips, and a standalone Step Sequencer, APC64 is the revolutionary Ableton Live hardware controller that will unveil a new world of musical inspiration for next-level production and performance.

Watch prolific finger drumming performer Carl Rag display a masterful exhibition of APC64 now.

Visit https://www.akaipro.com/apc64.html now to learn more about APC64 or to find a dealer near you."

Akai APC64 First Look - Sonic LAB Presentation

video upload by sonicstate

"The brand new APC64, switches things up with a deeply integrated 64 RGB pad type surface, that Push users will feel right at home with. But with the APC64, you also get 8 assignable Touch Strips, with multiple modes of usage - you can control, the mixer, FX sends Devices and generic MIDI CCs, as well as the 64 RGB, pressure and velocity sensitive pads for clip launching or sequencing.

The other big news is that APC64 also has a standalone mode with 8 sequencers, up to 32 steps each that can send note data over MIDI via the two minijack outputs (there's also a MIDI input) and 8 assignable CV or Gate 1/8th inch jack outs to control your external synths, or modular.

Power is supplied over USB-C, with a dedicated power switch, and there's a small but useful AMOLED display and rotary encoder for parameter access, although you can access most via the pads themselves in setup mode.

There are also dedicated Project memories for storing setups and sequences - these can be chained for more song type structures.

The on board sequencer can be used as a standalone device, or integrated into the Live setup with patterns that can be sent back to Live and auto create clips.

We had a visit from Tom Robinson (@duncan_thomas_music) to give us the low down in this first look at the unit.

APC64 will be available worldwide at a price of £359 MSRP

00:45 Overview and Live integration
3:30 Touchstrips, Note and Drum Modes
5:50 Connections
06:30 Ableton Live integration
08:50 Generic MIDI control
09:30 Internal Sequencer
11:23 Standalone mode"

AKAI APC64 Review // Pros and cons vs APC40 MK2, Push, LaunchPad and others // APC 64 tutorial

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:40 Overview
2:05 Grid modes
4:30 Fader modes
6:30 Seq mode
8:40 Buttons
9:35 Screen
10:35 Build
11:00 I/O
11:50 Note mode
12:45 Chord mode
13:20 Drum modes
14:00 Ableton Live
14:30 Live rec
15:15 Quantization
16:05 Automation
17:00 Step seq
17:45 Seq settings
18:40 Modifiers
20:10 Seq live rec
21:45 Performance
22:15 Important tips
22:25 Poly AT v MPE
23:00 Device params
23:50 More buttons!
25:20 Device lock?
25:55 Seq + Live
26:40 Note repeats?
26:55 Latency
27:30 Pros and cons
32:15 Outro

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Roland Announces GAIA 2 Synthesizer


video upload by RolandChannel

Roland GAIA 2 Synthesizer Overview


User videos:

Playlist:

1. Roland GAIA2 Demo & Review - musictrackjp
2. New Roland GAIA 2 - "Skywards" - demo by gattobus
3. ROLAND GAIA 2 Review, tutorial, and all 250+ presets - loopop
4. Roland GAIA2 - 1st LOOK Sonic Lab Presentation - sonicstate
5. Roland GAIA 2 Sound Demo (no talking) - Bonedo Synthesizers
6. Roland GAIA 2 Sound Demo (no talking) - Limbic Bits



Press release follows.

Advanced Synthesizer with Wavetable and Virtual Analog Engines, an Intuitive Sound Design Workflow, Expressive Hands-On Controls, Model Expansion Support, and More

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 28, 2023 — Roland announces GAIA 2, an advanced synthesizer with a newly developed hybrid sound engine and a friendly panel layout that makes learning synthesis and exploring sound design easy and fun. Equipped with wavetable and virtual analog oscillators, interactive controls, 37 full-size keys, Model Expansion support, and other powerful features, GAIA 2 opens the door to an infinite universe of inspired creation.

GAIA 2’s diverse synthesis tools allow users to build familiar sounds and craft new voices never heard before. Reaching beyond previous designs, the wavetable oscillator can morph between multiple waveforms for everything from dramatic shifts to slowly evolving textures. Unique phase and shape modulation options are also available to distort waveforms and unleash cutting-edge textures with complex overtones. Complementing the wavetable oscillator are twin virtual analog oscillators, ready to reimagine past classics or sculpt the sounds of the future. From smooth tones reminiscent of vintage synths to edgy, biting leads to sci-fi soundscapes, GAIA 2 can do it.

GAIA 2 also supports Roland Model Expansions, which faithfully recreate iconic synthesizers from the company’s long history. With a dedicated button, users can instantly swap between the built-in sound engine and classics like the JUPITER-8 or JUNO-106. The SH-101 Model Expansion comes pre-installed, and many additional titles and accompanying Sound Packs are available on Roland Cloud.

GAIA 2’s logically organized panel encourages hands-on exploration and sonic discovery. The one-control-per-function layout and informative display enable instant programming without having to resort to creativity-killing menu diving. And with the streamlined knobs and white anodized aluminum panel, even the look is inspiring.

GAIA 2 features a touch-controlled Motional Pad that brings static sounds to life. Users can assign nearly any synth or effect parameter to each of the X/Y points and then morph between them by moving a finger on the pad. It’s also possible to record movements to create complex, modulated transformations.

The free-flowing sequencer in GAIA 2 lets users instantly capture their inspiration and realize their wildest visions. There’s also a cool Random Pattern feature to spark new ideas with spontaneous pattern creation.

GAIA 2 comes loaded with classic Roland effects to take sonic creations to the next level. Over 50 unique MFX types are available, plus a dedicated Chorus section for adding width and dimension. A powerful Reverb/Delay section features a new studio-grade Shimmer Reverb and many other high-quality effect types.

Via USB-C, GAIA 2 functions as an audio/MIDI interface for music production apps on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. The class-compliant connection is plug-and-play, with no driver installation needed. A USB Type-A port is also available for connecting a USB flash drive for data backup or a standard USB MIDI controller for extended operation.

GAIA 2 supports Roland Cloud Connect, an optional wireless adapter for browsing and downloading Roland Cloud content using a mobile device. A Roland Cloud Connect purchase also includes a year of Roland Cloud Pro membership with unlimited use of thousands of sounds, Model Expansions, and much more.

The optional CB-B37 Keyboard Bag for GAIA 2 provides durable, high-quality protection for the synthesizer while traveling and making music around town. This versatile bag also works with the JUPITER-Xm, legacy GAIA SH-01, and other 37-note keyboards.

Availability & Pricing

The Roland GAIA 2 is now available in the U.S. for $899.99.



Click the pics for the full size shots.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

NI Kontrol S Series MK3 Review & Overview by loopop


Review & Overview by loopop added to the announcement post here.

Native Instruments Introduces New Kontrol S-Series MK3 MIDI Controller Keyboards


video uploads by Native Instruments



Press Release follows:

Berlin, September 12, 2023 – Native Instruments today announced new Kontrol S-Series MK3 MIDI controller keyboards (S49, S61, and S88), offering seamless hardware and software integration, unique expressive control, and a stunning industrial design.

Kontrol S-Series keyboard controllers are truly best in class, with powerful new features and control capabilities that enable creators to stay in the flow with an intuitive connection to instruments, effects, and DAWs, all with deep navigation on a high-res screen. They are available in three size options: 49 semi-weighted keys, 61 semi-weighted keys, or 88 fully weighted hammer-action keys.

New polyphonic aftertouch functionality allows creators to take expression further with the slightest pressure on individual keys, controlling cutoff, pitch, vibrato, and much more without reaching for an extra encoder or dial. All three models include polyphonic aftertouch on an industry-leading keybed developed in collaboration with renowned Italian manufacturer Fatar.

Kontrol S-Series controllers bring virtual instruments to life and offer a genuinely immersive experience with in-depth control via extensive Kontakt integration and next-generation Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) technology. NKS brings software instruments, effects, loops, and samples into one smooth workflow, creating seamless integration between NI software, all major DAWs, and thousands of partner sounds, instruments, and effects. This effortless integration enables creators to focus on their performance, without being distracted by the need to look at a computer screen.

All three models feature a stunning industrial design with a large glass screen, touch-sensitive anodized aluminum encoders and mod wheels, and redesigned tactile buttons. A highly visual lighting system makes it easy to stay in the creative zone with an intelligent Light Guide that illuminates switches, key zones, scales, and more.


Kontrol S-Series controllers come with a range of software that enables creators to start making music out of the box:

Komplete 14 Select is the essential production suite, including powerful synths, drums, percussion, studio-grade effects, and a wide range of customizable sounds.
Komplete Kontrol software unites and organizes instruments, effects, loops, and samples, mapping everything to the keyboard controller.
Plus: Stradivari Cello, Hypha, Guitar Rig LE, iZotope Elements Suite, and Ableton Live Lite

Top Kontrol S-Series Features:

Refined industrial design, manufactured to the highest level of quality for the best playing experience
Full-color glass display for intuitive browsing, tweaking, and mixing
Industry-leading keybed from Fatar with polyphonic aftertouch as standard
Metal-touch pitch and modulation wheels with central illumination
Unparalleled hardware/software integration with direct connection to Kontakt helps you find, adjust, and play sounds quickly and easily
Seamless integration with all major DAWs lets you control transport and mixing commands directly from the keyboard: record, stop, rewind, mix, edit, and see project channels on the display
Precision tweaking for all your sounds, pre-mapped to key instrument and effect parameters
Redesigned Light Guide pinpoints notes with a light above each key
USB, MIDI, and bus-powered USB-C connectivity plus inputs for four pedals: one sustain, one expression, and two assignable pedals

Learn more https://www.native-instruments.com/kontrolsseries

Pricing and availability
Starting today, Kontrol S-Series MK3 is available for pre-orders from www.native-instruments.com and select retailers.

Kontrol S-Series MK3 will be fully available online and in stores this October, with preorders also shipping at that time.

Kontrol S49 MK3 pricing:
€ 749,00 / $ 749,00 / JPY 107.400,00 / £ 649,00 / AUD 1.099,00 / CAD 969,00 / CHF 749,00 / CNY ¥ 5.899,00

Kontrol S61 MK3 pricing:
€ 849,00 / $ 849,00 / JPY 121.700,00 / £ 749,00 / AUD 1.299,00 / CAD 1.099,00 / CHF 849,00 / CNY ¥ 6.699,00

Kontrol S88 MK3 pricing:
€ 1.299,00 / $ 1.299,00 / JPY 186.200,00 / £ 1129,00 / AUD 1.949,00 / CAD 1.679,00 / CHF 1299,00 / CNY ¥ 9.999,00

Update:

NI Kontrol S Series MK3: The pros and cons of upgrading // S49/S61/S88 MK3 Review & tutorial

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:10 Overview
1:55 Poly AfterTouch
2:55 Modes
6:35 Panel & guides
8:05 MK3 Changes
8:40 Next-gen NKS
9:15 More AfterTouch info
10:00 Panel changes
11:30 Connectivity
11:55 Settings
12:15 Komplete Kontrol
12:50 Preset filters
14:10 Non-NKS plugins
16:05 DAW devices
17:30 FX in Komplete
18:40 Scales
19:25 Chords
19:50 Arpeggiator
21:25 Loops & samples
22:00 Kontakt 7
22:30 Multi layers
23:10 Maschine?
24:30 MK3 S88
24:45 Pros, cons
24:55 vs MK2
26:55 vs the world
28:45 Outro

Saturday, September 09, 2023

1010music - Introducing Bluebox Eurorack Edition


video upload by 1010music

"1010music introduces bluebox Eurorack edition – the new Eurorack mixer with effects and multichannel recording/playback based on the award-winning bluebox desktop mixer. Plus the Eurorack mixer adds new features like USB-C ports for connecting external MIDI controllers and sending 2 channels of audio to your computer. Whether recording your Eurorack jams; using it to play stems as backing tracks; or a combination of both – bluebox Eurorack edition will rock your rack!

Bluebox is the elegant way to get high-quality mixing, effects and integrated recording and playback all in one super-optimized 30 hp form factor. Like all 1010music products, it uses a touchscreen with knobs to let you quickly control volume, gain, 4 band parametric EQ, pan, reverb and delay effects, mute/solo and record/play functions for each track – all with a fast, fluid, intuitive workflow.

Easily map the 3.5 mm TS inputs to 12 mono tracks or 6 stereo tracks – all with independent control for recording and playback. Connect your gear to bluebox, and route each track independently to outputs and effects sends for even more variety. Record independent tracks or the Main mix to a standard microSD card or send/receive audio to your computer via USB-C.

Bluebox is the ultimate in compact mixing/effects/recording/playback for Eurorack. Smack it in your rack and hit the road with a self-contained, electronic music powerhouse!

-| Bluebox Eurorack edition Features |-

- Mix 12 mono/6 stereo tracks of live or prerecorded sound.
- Independently route each track to any combination of outputs:
- 4 mono / 2 stereo outputs
- Stereo headphone output
- 6 CV inputs for modulation and control - clock output
- TRS MIDI input and output
- USB-C for external MIDI controllers and MIDI sync/clock
- USB-C for 2 channel audio
- microSD to record/play hours of multi-track/stereo music as 48k, 24 bit WAVs and for firmware updates

- Ability to playback pre-recorded tracks while recording new ones
- Master control of the same mixer parameter across multiple tracks for faster mixes
- Touchscreen gestures and knobs to quickly and easily tweak parameters
- Four band EQ per track with Cut/Shelf/Parametric settings for each band
- Great Reverb and Delay effects with independent sends for each track
- A built-in global compressor to maximize loudness and glue your mix together
- Save and recall Project settings including all parameters for tracks, outputs, EQ and effects

Bluebox for Eurorack is only $699 USD and will be available starting in early October via 1010music.com or through its fine network of dealers which you can find at 1010music.com/dealers. For user or dealer inquiries please contact support@1010music.com."

The Eurorack Mixer Battle Intensifies // Pros & cons for 1010Music Bluebox Eurorack Edition

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:15 The setup
2:45 Inst inputs
3:05 Returns
3:25 Ext Sends
4:20 Int Sends
4:40 Misc setup
6:05 Workflow
7:30 MIDI control
10:15 CV mods
11:30 USB
12:35 Mixer view
14:35 Track view
15:10 Main mode
15:30 EQ
16:45 Internal FX
19:35 Recording
21:10 Track takes
22:45 Punch in
24:10 Proj & tools
24:20 Compressor
25:25 Pros & cons
30:10 Outro

Monday, August 14, 2023

@loopop testing new UNO Synth Pro X by IK Multimedia #shorts #synth


video upload by Synths & Machines

Thursday, August 03, 2023

Review: UNO SYNTH PRO X // Ideas for dual filter mayhem, and a full tutorial // IK Multimedia USPX


video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:30 vs OG Synth Pro
3:55 Bassline
5:30 What’s similar
5:50 Paraphonic x 3
7:20 Connectivity
8:20 Oscillators
9:55 Cross mods
12:05 Filter #1
13:00 Filter #2
14:15 Serial ideas
15:30 Parallel tips
16:50 Drive
17:25 Effects
20:10 Mods & matrix
24:00 Arpeggiator
24:50 Sequencer
26:35 Automation
27:25 Rnd & swing
27:50 Seq transpose
29:20 Editor, plugin
30:30 Pros & cons
34:25 Baba outro
36:00 All presets

Click here for additional posts on the UNO Synth Pro X.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Oberheim OB-X8 Review // Desktop v Keyboard v OB-6 // 15 synth tips and ideas // Tutorial


video upload by loopop

"Want to try out the OB-X8 at home without buying one? Check out my favorite patches - multisampled on my Patreon here:

https://www.patreon.com/loopop"

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:35 Overview
4:10 Page 2
6:30 vs Keyboard
7:50 Connectivity
9:30 Stereo

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Korg Introduces New Wavestate Family of Synths


video upload by Korg

Wavestate SE Pre-Order is currently $1999 on Korg's Reverb site here. The Platinum Edition runs $2199 here. The Wavestate MK2 is not currently listed.

"Organic, inspirational, and mind-blowingly powerful, wave sequencing 2.0 is expanding its lineup to include wavestate SE, wavestate Limited Edition Platinum, and wavestate mkII.

In 2020, the acclaimed wavestate brought the the legendary Wavestation's Wave Sequencing synthesis to the next level. Featuring the radically re-imagined Wave Sequencing 2.0, the wavestate delivers astonishing, ever-changing sounds with extensive hands-on control, taking cues from sources as diverse as modular synths, groove boxes, and algorithmic composition.

The mk2 expands its unique palette of lush, evolving pads and driving rhythms with improved polyphony (96 stereo voices), new and updated sounds, and a refreshed look. It has 4 GB of user space to import samples and its compact form-factor, with 37 full-size keys, transports easily and fits neatly into any stage, studio, or desktop setup.

Made in Japan, the wavestate SE features Korg’s premium 61-note natural-touch keyboard with aftertouch, for the same superb feel as Korg’s high-end workstations. Aftertouch provides fingertip control of the wavestate's unique, evolving sounds.

Factory Performances have been updated for Aftertouch, and new sounds have been added as well.​Under the hood, wavestate SE also features an astounding 120 stereo voices of polyphony–almost twice as many as the original wavestate, and also includes 4 GB of space to import your own samples.​

The metal body is sleek and strong, ready for gigs and studio alike. ​The metal knobs have just the right weight for easy tweaking.

wavestate SE is also available in a Limited Edition Platinum finish. And both versions ship in a dedicated hard case, including space for cables and a sustain pedal."

Introducing the KORG wavestate mk2

video upload by Korg

"Korg's legendary Wavestation introduced the world to wave sequencing, and the 37-key wavestate builds on that legacy with a reimagined, compact synth designed from the ground up to satisfy today's demanding musicians and producers.

The mk2 expands its unique palette of lush, evolving pads and driving rhythms with improved polyphony (96 stereo voices), new and updated sounds, and a refreshed look alongside its vector synthesis, modelled filters, and extensive hands-on control. It has 4 GB of user space to import samples and its compact form-factor, with 37 full-size keys, transports easily and fits neatly into any stage, studio, or desktop setup."

Introducing the KORG wavestate SE and SE Platinum

video upload by Korg

"wavestate SE is the powerful evolution of Korg's legendary Wavestation, taking Wave Sequencing to a new level. Designed in Calitornia and built in Japan, wavestate SE includes a premium 61-note keyboard with aftertouch, in an all-metal chassis. Factory Performances have been updated for aftertouch, new sounds have been added, and there are 4 GB of space to import your own samples. Built for a new era of musicians, composers, and producers, wavestate SE features hundreds of dynamic sounds, extensive hands-on control and 120 notes of stereo polyphony to inspire new levels or creativity.

wavestate SE is also available in a Limited Edition Platinum finish. Both versions ship in a dedicated hard case, including space for cables and a sustain pedal."

Wavestate SE & MK2 Review // 20 ideas for making the most of this interesting generative synth

video upload by loopop

"Wavestate from Korg has become one of the most interesting generative synths you can buy. In this video I take a look at what's new in wavestate SE and MK2, and then 20 patch ideas for making the most of this original and innovative synth."



Organic, inspirational, and mind-blowingly powerful, wave sequencing 2.0 is expanding its lineup to include wavestate SE, wavestate Limited Edition Platinum, and wavestate mkll. In 2020, the acclaimed wavestate brought the the legendary Wavestation's Wave Sequencing synthesis to the next level. Featuring the radically re-imagined Wave Sequencing 2.0, the wavestate delivers astonishing, ever-changing sounds with extensive hands-on control, taking cues from sources as diverse as modular synths, groove boxes, and algorithmic composition.

The mkll expands its unique palette of lush, evolving pads and driving rhythms with improved polyphony (96 stereo voices), new and updated sounds, and a refreshed look. It has 4 GB of user space to import samples and its compact form-factor, with 37 full-size keys, transports easily and fits neatly into any stage, studio, or desktop setup.

Made in Japan, the wavestate SE features Korg's premium 61-note natural-touch keyboard with aftertouch, for the same superb feel as Korg's high-end workstations. Aftertouch provides fingertip control of the wavestate's unique, evolving sounds.

Factory Performances have been updated for Aftertouch, and new sounds have been added as well. Under the hood, wavestate SE also features an astounding 120 stereo voices of polyphony-almost twice as many as the original wavestate, and also includes 4 GB of space to import your own samples. The metal body is sleek and strong, ready for gigs and studio alike. The metal knobs have just the right weight for easy tweaking.

wavestate SE is also available in a Limited Edition Platinum finish. And both versions ship in a dedicated hard case, including space for cables and a sustain pedal.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Meet The New Akai MPC One+


video upload by AkaiProVideo

"Meet the MPC One+. Supercharge your beat-making with powerful Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 16GB internal storage, and more. Visit akaipro.com/mpc-one-plus to learn more and how to get a free MPC plugin."

MPC One+: Red’s going for the jugular // Ideas for WIFI & Bluetooth setups // MPC One Plus Review

video upload by loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:30 What’s new?
2:55 2GB RAM OK?
5:00 CPU loads
5:25 Using WIFI
6:40 Splice
7:20 Ableton Link
8:50 MIDI over WIFI
9:55 Ableton control
12:20 Bluetooth
13:30 Connection tips
14:20 MIDI routing
15:20 Mapping CCs
17:15 Using WIDI
18:45 Pros & cons
22:05 Outro

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Ableton Push 3 Gets Expressive: Here's how it competes! // Review & Tutorial


video upload by loopop

"Find out how Push 3 compares to Push 2, other expressive instruments, Akai's Force & MPC and Maschine+, and which version you might want to get, standalone or controller. #AbletonPush3" TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:25 What’s new v P2
1:45 Poly X & Y
3:00 Cross pad bends
3:30 Pad settings
4:10 MPE instruments
4:55 MPE kits
5:25 P3 Standalone
8:25 Audio & I/O
10:25 More controls
12:50 New views
13:20 Similarities
14:25 Session grid
16:15 Note layouts
18:15 Screen controls
19:25 Live recording
22:05 Step seq
24:10 Automation
25:55 Sample chops
27:45 Adding devices
28:05 Live versions
29:50 Misc topics
31:10 Pros & cons
31:30 Standalone?
37:25 Plugins?
38:40 CPU power?
41:05 vs controllers?
41:50 vs MPC/Maschine?
44:20 vs MPE synths?
45:55 Outro

SOS Product Preview: Ableton Push

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Ableton announce the release of the latest version of Push, their pad-based hardware instrument and controller. With a design focused on expressive playing and performance, the new Push can be used as a standalone instrument or in conjunction with a computer and now incorporates MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).

Simon from Ableton gives us a first in-depth look on release day at what's new in the updated Push and how to make the most of its new performance features.

You will be able to read our full SOS review of the new Ableton Push in the July 2023 edition of Sound On Sound magazine.

00:00 - Intro
00:25 - Navigating Push With The New Jog-wheel
03:29 - Built-in Audio Interface
04:10 - ADAT, USB & CV Connections
05:00 - Playing Sounds With MPE-enabled Pads
08:08 - Fine Tuning Pad Response
09:10 - Playing Drums With Pads
09:58 - Transferring Sets Between Push & Live
11:01 - Standalone Operation & WiFi
12:38 - Connecting A MIDI Keyboard
13:30 - Launching Clips Using The Jog-wheel
14:37 - Momentary Buttons
15:17 - Outro Jam"

Ableton Push Standalone - Hardware LIVE is here - First Look

video upload by sonicstate

"Hell yeah! Ableton have announced a new Push with built in sound card, upgraded pads and more. There's also a standalone version which can run Ableton Live Suite and all its devices and MAX4Live too. Sessions can be transferred between Live on a host computer and the Push Standalone.
Push comes in two versions: Regular (MPE MIDI controller, and sound card) which will link to your host computer running Live, and the Standalone version - which has an Intel NUC processor card, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD for asset and project storage."

Ableton Push 3 Pad response

video upload by

"Just a very brief video demonstrating the sensitivity and expression available on the Ableton Push 3 pads"

DATA79 - Push 3 performance - Somewhere between here and now

video upload by MrDataline

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