Elektron has released a new video, embedded above, that looks at workflow with the Analog Rytm drum machine. Continue reading
The Roland Aira TR-8 drum machine twice as interesting. Roland has announced the 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion pack, a new add-on for the TR-8 that adds two new drum machine sound libraries – TR-707 and TR-727.
All 30 original TR-707 and TR-727 sounds are there – each with Tune and Decay controls – opening up a whole world of sonic possibilities.
And, in addition to the TR-707 and TR-727 sounds, the 7X7 expansion includes new sounds inspired by the original 808/909 designs:
- New TR-808 “noise” sounds and finger snaps bring more tonal variety; and
- Modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds take the classic combo into new territory with enhanced attack characteristics.
Reader Bruno Fabrizio Sorba let us know about these videos, demonstrating a collection of vintage synth style patches he created for the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest analog drum machine. Continue reading
Roland has released a series of new videos that offer quick introductions to getting started with their new Aira line of electronic music gear. Continue reading
In this 1986 instructional video, Toto keyboardist & composer Steve Porcaro talks about MIDI basics.
While the video is dated, it offers a vintage demonstration of a 80s MIDI electronic music production set up that was state-of-the-art for its time. Continue reading
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.