Jambé Electronic Percussion Instrument Performance Demos

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, SensorPoint is showing the Jambé electronic percussion instrument,

The Jambé combines high-resolution sensing and an embedded computer with high-definition sound kits.

It was originally introduced at last year’s show, but is now available for pre-order.

Here’s a set of performance demos, recorded at the NAMM Show: Continue reading

ZOOM Announces ARQ Drum Machine, Sequencer, Synthesizer, Looper & MIDI Controller

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Zoom has introduced the ARQ – a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer.

Here are the official intro videos: Continue reading

Roland EL Cajon EC-10 Combines Acoustic + Electronic Percussion

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Roland has introduced the EC-10 EL Cajon, an acoustic + electronic hybrid cajon that combines acoustic cajon performance with the ability to layer in 808 and other electronically-generated sounds.

In the performance demo below, percussionist Heidi Joubert features both the acoustic and some of the electronically generated sounds of the EL Cajon: Continue reading

Waldorf Intros Three New Eurorack Modules + Euro Keyboard Case

waldorf-mod1-straight2016 NAMM Show: Waldorf has announced three new Eurorack modules and a 37-key Eurorack keyboard, to be introduced at the Winter NAMM Show, being held Jan 21-24, 2016 in Anaheim, CA.

The three modules include:

  • dvca1 Dual VCA module for Eurorack systems
  • mod1 Modulator module for Eurorack systems
  • cmp1 Compressor module for Eurorack systems

In addition, Waldorf is introducing the kb37 Controller Keyboard for Eurorack modules.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

The HC-TT Human Controlled Tape Transport Is Like The Love Child Of Turntablism + Musique Concrète

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Developer Eric Pitra let us know about an interesting new instrument that he’s created for real-time performance with cassette tape.

The HC-TT Human Controlled Tape Transport is a compact cassette manipulation device that lets you play a cassette tape with your hand, similar to how you scratch a vinyl record.

Sound is only produced while your hand is turning the single black knob. By turning this knob you are rotating the cassette spindle moving the tape across the internal tape head.

It’s ike the love child of turntablism and musique concrète, letting you ‘scratch’ cassette audio recordings and more.  Continue reading

The Snyderphonics Birl Electronic Wind Instrument (Sneak Preview)

Jeff Snyder of Snyderphonics, developer of the Manta controller, shared this video preview of the upcoming Birl electronic wind instrument.

In the video, Pedro Eustache tries out the Snyderphonics Birl electronic wind instrument prototype.

The first part of the video shows him testing out more discrete playing and the ending shows him trying out fingered pitch bends, one of the advantages of the Birl’s “open-holed” design.  Continue reading