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.
In this episode of the Motherboard series Sound Builders, host Samantha Urbani (Blood Orange) talks with Brooklyn-based, interactive sound artist Adriano Clemente, who proceeds to turn Urbani’s body into an analog instrument. Continue reading
The new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer puzzled a lot of synth fans when it was originally introduced, mainly because it introduced a new ‘Plug-Out’ technology that promised to let the System-1 have different sonic personalities.
Now that several ‘Plug-Out’ synths are available, it’s easier to appreciate the System-1 as a platform. In this video, Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher offers another look at the System-1 platform and shows how Rolland’s Plug-Out technology lets you use their soft synths as a hardware synth. Continue reading
Saturday Synth Porn: This video, via sound designer & industrial ambient noise artist FSK1138 (Donald Baynes) shared this up-close and personal look at the new Macbeth Studio Systems X-Series Dual Oscillator and ‘Backend’ Filter.
In this video, Tim Webb answers the question ‘Can the ginormous iPhone 6 Plus replace the iPad for music making?’ Continue reading
Developer Christian Stöcklmeier contacted us to let us know about Zaquencer – a custom firmware for the Behringer BCR2000 (above) that turns the popular MIDI controller into a standalone hardware step sequencer.
Zaquencer does this by replacing Behringer’s firmware, which makes BCR2000 work as a MIDI controller, with a custom firmware that makes the BCR2000 work as a hardware step sequencer.
Here’s an overview of Zaquencer: Continue reading
Synthesist Chris Stack (Experimental Synth) shared with us his latest series of videos, which explore the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 synthesizer.
When Dave Smith introduced the Pro 2, he called it his “most powerful mono synth ever.”
Stack agrees. “The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 is the most useful synth I’ve ever played,” he notes. “In addition to its great internal sounds, with four assignable CV Outputs (and four inputs!), it (much like the Moog Multi-Pedal) is able to lend new functionality to your older existing gear.”
Ultimately, how powerful or useful you rate a synth is subjective – it depends on your needs, budget and tastes. Stack explains and demonstrates why he thinks so highly of the Pro 2 below – check it out and let us know what you think!
This episode of Motherboard’s Sound Builders features Brooklyn electroacoustic artist Andy Cavatorta. He’s an inventor, sculptor, and instrument designer latest project is a magnetized piano harp.
The magnetized piano harp can be played directly, by stroking, plucking or striking the piano strings, but also can be played via a MIDI keyboard that controls electromagnets, which cause the strings to vibrate. Continue reading