J Dilla’s Minimoog Going To The Smithsonian Museum

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The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition

The Smithsonian has announced the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006).

The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition, one of only 2,000 units released in 2000 Continue reading

Interview With Jim Coker, Developer Of Numerology Step Sequencer

five12-numerology-logoJim Coker, developer of Five12 Numerology step sequencer, is featured on the latest episode of the Art + Music + Technology podcast.

Host Darwin Grosse says, “We kind of jumped all over the chessboard on this one, but I hope you’ll find it interesting!” Continue reading

Dave Smith Instruments Intros DSM01 Curtis Filter For Eurorack Modular Synthesizers

dave-smith-instruments-dsm01-curtis-filter-eurorack-moduleDave Smith Instruments today introduced the DSM01 Curtis Filter – a version of his classic Sequential-style filter in a Eurorack module.

Dave Smith’s first-ever offering for modular synthesizer users is the DSM01 Curtis Filter – what they call ‘the very heart and soul of the Dave Smith sound’.

The DSM01 is a compact, 8 HP Eurorack-format module. The filter is a resonant low-pass design that can be switched between -12 dB and -24 dB operation and driven into self-oscillation in -24 dB mode. A Boost switch lets you overdrive the input stage for more aggressive coloration.

In addition to its Curtis filter, the DSM01 provides its own responsive, low-noise VCA with LED CV indicator. There are two separate outputs—one pre-amplifier and the other post-amplifier. This not only gives you added signal routing flexibility, but also frees your system’s existing VCAs for other tasks. Continue reading