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

Synthesizer Studio Tour von Analog Modular bis Arp, EMS, Moog, Roland, Korg, Yamaha und Oberheim

This video, via Ralph Baumgartl, takes a look at the incredible synth studio of musician/producer Bernd-Michael Land.

The discussion is in German, but much of it needs no translation.  Continue reading

New App, Cut Glove, Turns Xbox 360 Controller Into A Musical Instrument

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Rodrigo Constanzo has introduced Cut Glove – a new Max patch that turns an XBox 360 controller into a live sampling and performance instrument.

Cut Glove was inspired by video games, and contains mappings based on video game mechanisms and metaphors. Additionally, the patch has MIDI learn functionality built in, so every parameter can be mapped to any MIDI controller. Continue reading