Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers ‘Eurorack Drum Machine’

At the 2015 NAMM Show, Pittsburgh Music’s Richard Nicol demonstrated how you can create a custom drum machine using their Eurorack modules.

The demo is not meant to highlight a particular module or new product, but rather to show how you can used modular synthesis to create an analog drum machine with its own, unique sound.

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Can You Pick Which Of These 20 Strange Instruments Will Be The Best In The World?


20 new instruments have been chosen as semi-finalists in this year’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

The international competition is an annual event, held at the Georgia Institute of Technology, that seeks to find the world’s best new ideas in musical instrument design, engineering and musicianship.

The semi-finalists include strange new electronic instruments, MIDI controllers and acoustic instruments. But, while the technologies vary, all the instruments share the goal of providing new ways to make music.

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Synthtopia’s Best Of The 2015 NAMM Show


The 2015 NAMM Show was the biggest NAMM Show in recent memory and it was probably the biggest year ever for electronic music gear.

There were dozens of new synths, amazing new sequencers, new instruments, powerful new software synthesizers and an overwhelming number of new Euro and large format synth modules at the Show.

Here’s our take on the Best of the 2015 NAMM Show. Check out our picks, and then leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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SensorPoint Intros Jambé Electronic Percussion Instrument For iPad

Jambe.iPad_.image2_.small_At the 2015 NAMM Show, SensorPoint unveiled the Jambé electronic percussion instrument.

The Jambé is designed to look and feel like a traditional drum. The hardware controller is designed to easily integrate into traditional drum kits.

But the Jambé uses DSP technology and high definition sound samples to let it be used as a variety of instrument types.

Playing Jambé is as easy as using your hands, as with any hand percussion instrument, or with regular drumsticks, like a standard drum. Over 1,000 different pressure levels are sensed in each pad, translating into realistic and dynamic percussive sounds.  Continue reading

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators First Look

This video, via BBoy Tech Report, offers a quick look a the new Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator portable synthesizers.

All three models come without casing, with the components and artwork are visible directly on the printed circuit board.

The 2xaaa battery-powered pocket also come with a segment lcd screen, built in speaker, alarm clock and a stand made from bent wire.

All models also feature parameter locks, as well as synchronization functionality and they all have 3.5mm line in and line out.

Each model has its own set of effects, such as filters, bit-crushing, delay, stutter and many more. They are priced at $59 each.