This week Universal Audio announced its new line of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators, for use with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and shipping early October.
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators enable Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to run larger mixes filled with DSP-intensive plug-ins. These “desktop-friendly” units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.
Electro-Harmonix has reintroduced the Clockworks Rhythm Generator/Synthesizer. The Clockworks doesn’t create sound on its own, but generates pulses to trigger other devices and can set the tempo for a drum machine or sequencer, like EHX’s 8 Step Program. Continue reading
Along with the new Electribe, Electribe Sampler, Volca Sample, Mini Kaoss Pad 2S, and Gadget update, Korg today introduced something a little more ‘out there’ – the Miku Stomp ‘singing’ effects pedal.
Miku Stomp is a vocaloid effect unit for guitar that lets Hatsune Miku sing according to your guitar playing. Just onnect your guitar, and Hatsune Miku sings when you play.
The vocal synthesis technology at the heart of the sound is eVocaloid, a vocalzing effect based on Yamaha’s next-generation NSX-1 sound engine.
According to Korg, using a guitar to control Hatsune Miku’s vocals has a different character than when using step-recording or a keyboard. Continue reading
Boss has introduced the RC-1, a new looper that they describe as “our simplest and most user-friendly Loop Station ever”. Continue reading
This video, via Modular Wild, takes a look at the variety of spring reverb effects possible with the Intellijel Springray Eurorack spring reverb module.
In the video, Raul Pena demonstrates the effect of using the Springray Spring Reverb module with different reverb tanks. Continue reading
This mini documentary, via the New Yorker, takes a look at the vocoder and its history. Continue reading
The DigiTech iStomp is a ‘smart pedal’ – an hardware pedal that can be loaded with a wide variety of software audio effects.
While designed primarily for guitarists, this video, via zibbybone, explores using it with synthesizer and drum machine.
Here’s what zippybone has to say about it: Continue reading
In this video, via keyboardmag1, Tom Brislin takes a look at Muse Research’s top-of-the-line hardware plug-in host, the Receptor Qu4ttro. Continue reading