Buchla Easel Remote Control Now Available As A Free Download

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When Don Buchla designed the Music Easel synthesizer, originally released in 1973, he included a forward thinking expansion slot.

Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments has built on this concept. At NAMM, they introduced the Buchla Music Easel iProgram card, which adds WiFi patch management and control to their modern Music Easel.

Now they’ve released Buchla Easel Remote Control, an iPad app, that enables owners of the new generation Buchla Easel musical instrument to remote control the device via W-Lan or MIDI. Continue reading

Roland SH-101 Plug-Out Software Synthesizer Now Available As Free Download For System-1

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Roland today announced updates to the entire Aira line. In addition, they announced that the SH-101 Plug-Out software synthesizer is now available as a free download for the Roland Aira System-1.

The new software synthesizer is a reproduction of the iconic Roland SH-101. According to to Roland, the new virtual analog emulates the original ‘right down to the fine details and odd quirks that make it one of the most popular classic synthesizers of all time’.

The SH-101 is a monophonic synthesizer, launched by Roland in 1982. The SH-101 became popular for its characteristic tone and simple one-VCO > one-VCF > one-VCA > one-LFO structure.

The SH-101 Plug-Out software synth offers seamless DAW integration, via AU and VSTi. This means that the System-1 can be used as a dedicated controller for the plugin in your DAW, or the SH-101 can run on the System-1, independent of your computer.

Here’s a video intro to the SH-101 Plug-Out synthesizer. Continue reading

Roland Updates Entire Aira Line

roland-airaRoland today announced updates to its entire Aira line, delivering features requested by users from around the globe.

The Aira Update includes enhancements for the whole line, such as backup and restore facilities and better overall MIDI management.

In addition, there are product-specific enhancements, like external MIDI pitch control for VT-3, tuning control for TB-3, and instrument gain control for TR-8.

Roland is also now including the SH-101 Plug-Out software synthesizer as a free download for owners of the new System-1 keyboard.

Here are the details on the product-specific updates: Continue reading

Sample Logic Rhythomatix

Rhythomatix, a new Live Pack, is now available from Sample Logic and Ableton.

Developers are calling Rhythomatix an “arsenal” of percussion sounds and loops, intended for creating “epic” builds – whether layered together exclusively, or with other sounds from your library.

The 442 sounds included in Rhythomatix are derived from both real-world acoustic material and from synthesis – ranging from tiny blips and bongo hits to cavernous explosions. The Pack comes with a generous amount of processed percussion sounds from all around the world. A few synths round out the selection and add color to the mix.
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New App, Caramel, A Distortion, Crusher & Fattener Effect For Audiobus & Inter-App Audio

Holderness Media has released Caramel - a stereo distortion, crusher and fattener effect, designed for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio.

According to the developer, ‘Caramel is perfect for adding lo-fi grit and punch to drums, bass, synths, guitar and more.’ Continue reading

Nagual Dance Uses Kinect To Translate Movement Into Music

Berlin-based Nagual Sounds has developed a new gestural musical instrument, Nagual Dance, based on the Microsoft Kinect.

The system is based on two main components:

  • Control data – from sensors, cameras, files and all kinds of sources – is used to turn gestures and movement into sounds; and
  • The Soundscape -an interactive piece of music that doesn’t consist of pre-recorded musical sequences, but of musical possibilities. The music decides the behavior of the used data source.

In the example above, a Kinect camera is used by Nagual Dance to control the Soundscape ‘Firedance’.

Here’s how it works: Continue reading