Four Brian Eno Albums Coming December 1st

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All Saints Records has announced that it will releasing four albums worth of unreleased/rare music from Brian Eno as part of the re-release of four of of Eno’s solo albums:

  • 1992’s Nerve Net
  • 1992’s The Shutov Assembly
  • 1993’s Neroli
  • 1997’s The Drop

Each album release will be expanded with a second album of rarities/unreleased tracks.  Continue reading

Roland Aira System-1 Review – “I’m Absolutely Blown Away”

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Producer Francis Preve has published his take on the new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer in the latest issue of Keyboard magazine.

Now that Roland has released several Plug-Out synths for the System-1, its vision for the platform is starting to come together.

While the System-1 one has generated a lot of hype, questions and skepticism, Preve says that he came away from his time with the new synth “absolutely blown away by what Roland has accomplished”. Continue reading

Electro-Harmonix Clockworks Demo

Electro-Harmonix recently reintroduced the Clockworks Rhythm Generator/Synthesizer.

The Clockworks doesn’t create sound on its own, but generates pulses to trigger other devices. The Clockworks has four separate clock channels (driven from the same master clock) that can connect up to four devices, so creating polyrhythms is also easy.

They have released a new video demo, above, that shows it being used to trigger a variety of electronic music gear.  Continue reading

Korg DSN-12 Software For Nintendo DS Now Available In US

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Korg DSN-12 – an ‘analog-style’ synth app for the Nintendo 3DS – is now available for US $37 in the Nintendo store.

Korg DSN-12 provides twelve monophonic synthesizers, based on the Korg MS-10 analog synthesizer. Each can have three effects, letting you create a broad range of sounds

You can assemble sequences into patterns, and save up to 64 patterns for use. Songs can be created by freely connecting patterns together.

DSN-12 also includes what they are calling the world’s first 3D oscilloscope (Wave and Lissajous modes are provided.) Continue reading

iPad Air 2 Now As Fast As A Laptop – So Where Are The ‘Desktop-Class’ Music Apps?

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Apple recently introduced the iPad Air 2. While initial reviews call it ‘the best iPad ever’, many also note that the improvements are ones that most people won’t notice.

“The problem was this.” writes Walt Mossberg, “The new model didn’t seem faster or smoother while running all my apps, perhaps because — like most people — I don’t use my iPad for the most demanding video-editing apps or high-end games.”

For people that do run demanding apps, though – like mobile musicians – the latest iPad offers impressive performance gains. It blows away earlier iPads and other tablets.

Initial benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 to be 16 times faster than the original iPad, which was released about 4 years ago:

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Rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer Auctioned For $20K

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Last month, we shared news about a rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer that was up for auction.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is considered by some to be the first electronic synthesizer. It uses tuning forks, controlled by electromagnets, to generate fundamentals and overtones, the intensity of which can be varied to create different types of sounds. While it was a synthesizer, it was more a scientific instrument than a musical one.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer above, built around 1905, sold today for US $20,000.  Continue reading