E-RM Erfindungsbüro Intros Precise, Swingable Multiclock Sync Box

multiclock-sync-boxE-RM Erfindungsbüro has introduced the Multiclock – a sync box that offers 4 precise, low-jitter output channels, derived from DAW Audio Clock, MIDI or DIN sync.

All channels are separately shiftable and swingable in realtime to compensate start lag and adjust groove. Continue reading

Feedback Synthesis – John L. Rice’s ‘Rear Window 3′

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, Rear Windows 3 by John L Rice, explores the idea of using ‘feedback synthesis’ – using mixer loops to create sound using controlled feedback.

Here’s what Rice has to say about the piece: Continue reading

Roger Linn Demos 3-Dimensional Synth Control With The LinnStrument

Instrument designer Roger Linn (LinnDrum, the MPC) shared this video, which captures him exploring 3-dimensional synth control, using his LinnStrument and the Madrona Labs Aalto software synth. Continue reading

Godley & Creme’s Gizmotron Returns

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At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, Gizmotron LLC announced plans to release a re-engineered, updated sequel to a guitar effects device that has not been seen or heard since the early 1980’s; the legendary Gizmotron.

Invented over 40 years ago, by Lol Creme and Kevin Godley of the rock group 10cc, the Gizmotron debuted at the NAMM trade show in 1979.

The Gizmotron 2.0 offers musicians the ability to mechanically bow one or more strings of a guitar or bass by pressings its keys. Each key brings a spinning wheel into contact with a string, creating a bowing sound similar to a cello, viola or violin.

Here’s an example of the Gizmotron 2.0 in action, on a Les Paul Deluxe: Continue reading

The Record-Breaking MIDI Controller – The Artiphon Instrument 1

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At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, we talked with Artiphon founder & CEO Mike Butera about his new MIDI instrument, the Instrument 1.

The Instrument 1 is a MIDI controller that can be played in many ways – like a guitar, a violin, a cello, a drum controller and more. The developers raised over a million dollars, a Kickstarter record for musical instruments, to produce the Instrument 1.

Here’s an update on the Instrument 1 from Butera: Continue reading