LittleBits Electronics recently debuted their bitLab where users, prototypers, and designers can submit their idea for what the company should manufacture next.
LittleBits eCommerce Manager Phil DeGisi explains, “If the module gets enough votes from our community, we review it, and in many cases will manufacture it. If we manufacture it, the module designer gets 10% of the revenue. We like to say that it’s the app store for hardware.”
One bitLab submission that may be of particular interest to Synthtopia readers is The Bleep Drum by Austin, Texas-based Bleep Labs.
The latest episode of Sonic State’s Sonic Lab takes a look at the new Korg Electribe Music Production Station, a next-generation, Ableton Live-friendly 16-track polyphonic synth groovebox. Continue reading
In 1988, Akai Pro introduced the Roger Linn-designed MPC 60 MIDI Production Center.
MPC’s went on to change electronic music, becoming a core piece of gear for a wide variety of electronic genres. Continue reading
This video, via HardtekStudios, is a head-to-head comparison of the Akai Pro Rhythm Wolf and the combination of the Korg Volca Bass and Volca Beats.
You Know Films today released this trailer for 808 – an upcoming documentary on the classic Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer drum machine: Continue reading
Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, talks about how he uses the Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf sounds, pads, and sequencer in his work.
Bates calls the Rhythm Wolf “a cool departure for Akai,” his “new favorite little box:”
“People aren’t using presets anymore; it’s all about starting from scratch as far as sound design. It used to be sample-based and now it’s more like, ‘I’m starting with a square wave’, and where do I go from there?”
Dtronics released this sneak preview video for the Digidrum, described as an ’80’s style Eurorack drum module’.
Here’s what they have to say about the Digidrum Euro module:
With a 80’s soundset ( 8 sounds ). the samples are recorded with an Oberheim Prommer to get the right sound.
The unit also accepts home made sounds ( you have to put them in an serial eeprom or you can buy complete soundsets) or you can place one original 4K eprom with your Linndrum / DMX sound.
In the video demo, multiple Digidrum modules are sequenced as a modular drum machine.
In this video, via Korg, producer Harrison Zafrin of Bombs and Bottles shares his thoughts on the recently announced Korg’s Electribe Music Production Station.
This is primarily a sneak preview/promo video. We’re looking forward to seeing a more in-depth demo of the new Korg Electribe. Continue reading