Roland today officially announced the TR-8 Rhythm Performer – a new drum machine that’s inspired by the classic TR-808 & TR-909, but updated with deeper sound editing, live pattern manipulation and intuitive performance controls.
Here’s what they have to say about the TR-8: Continue reading
Today, Roland officially announced its new series of AIRA products:
The AIRA series is based on Roland’s newly-developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) which the company says faithfully captures the sound of some of Roland’s most revered classics. In developing the AIRA line, Roland modeled classic circuits, using original design specs, consultation with original product engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit, using pristinely-archived Roland drum machines and synthesizers.
We got a sneak preview of the Roland AIRA line at the 2014 NAMM Show. The line is hands on, appears to be solidly built and is priced surprisingly competitively. These aren’t purist recreations, but they are not stripped-down knockoffs, either.
Instead, Roland has tried to combine the best features of some of their classic gear with modern functions that today’s technology makes possible. See our Roland AIRA overview for a hands-on.video demo of the new line. Continue reading
Roland has released another teaser for the upcoming Aira series. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Product Specialist James Bernard did a live improvisation in Korg’s demo space at the 2014 NAMM Show, showcasing the possibilities of their Volca analog synth series. Continue reading
2014 NAMM Show: Here’s a quick overview of the new Elektron Analog Rytm with Cenk Sayinli, aka Dataline, at the Winter NAMM Show.
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2014 NAMM Show: Arturia has announced Spark 2.0, featuring a new interface that allows users to add and subtract modules (including oscillators, multimode filters and Karplus-Strong filter, ADR envelopes, LFOs, mixers, ring modulator, Bode Frequency Shifter, spring mass, and CV processor); create their own patch routings; and assign up to six macro controls for immediate control.
Spark’s fully-modular VA (Virtual Analogue) sound engine adds 50 new kits, including no fewer than 800 new instruments, that span more musical genres than ever before. The kits come complete with 32 patterns that can be used by themselves or to form the basis of user-programmed beats. Continue reading
Elektron shared on Facebook today that they got busted by the NAMM ‘Audio Police’ for being too loud. Continue reading
Eli at Austin’s Switched On let us know about this quick demo they made of Elektron’s new drum machine, the Analog Rytm:
During our trip to NAMM 2014 we were allowed some hands on experience with Elektron’s new 8-voice analog drum machine and sampler, the Analog RYTM.
We quickly learned the ropes and began an improv track.
Audio was recorded directly!
They outline these key features: Continue reading