Novation Introduces Circuit, a ‘Grid-Based Groove Box’

Novation has introduced Circuit, a stand-alone, grid-based groove box.

Teased out by Novation with several weeks of “start something”-themed videos, Novation has positioned Circuit as an all-in-one solution for music creation:

“Sometimes, starting a track can be a difficult and daunting task…. We suffer from this problem too and wanted to create a solution.”

“We wanted something small and portable, something that doesn’t sound like a toy, something that gives maximum creative output from minimum input, something that encourages exploration and creates ‘happy accidents’. That’s why we created Circuit.”

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Ambient Music On A Korg Electribe Music Production Station

Sunday Synth Jam: There’s a long tradition in the world of electronic music of using gear in ways that the instrument’s designers did not expect.

Here’s an interesting synth jam, that features a musician taking an electronic and bending it to to his will.  Continue reading

DSP Synthesizers dsp-D8 PCM Drum Chip Now Shipping

dsp-d8-drum-synth-chipDeveloper Jan Ostman of DSP Synthesizers let us know that the dsp-D8 Drum Chip –  a chip for DIY drum machine projects – is now shipping.

The dsp-D8 Drum Chip features a drum kit with 8 sounds and separate trigger inputs. 6 of the sounds can be separately tuned, using 6 analog inputs 0-5v.

“This is the Drumulator or SP-12 in a single chip,” says Ostman.

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