Bastl Instruments Intros microGranny 2.0 Granular Sampler

microgranny

At Musikmesse 2014, Bastl Instruments introduced the microGranny 2.0 – a monophonic granular sampler.

The microGranny 2.0 reads wav samples from microSD card and applies granular algorithms to them. You can also adjust start, end, sample rate (tuned or free run), crush and envelope (attack release).

MIDI Input allows external control of all parameters as well as transposition of the samples, or playing individual grains by different keys.

Here’s a video demo of the microGranny 2 in action: Continue reading

Akai MPX16 Sampler Features 16 Pads, On-Board Sample-Processing, MIDI In/Out

akai-MPX16

Musikmesse 2014: Akai Professional has introduced the MPX16, an advanced sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs.

Samples are captured at CD-quality, via dual 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs or the on-board stereo microphone. The user may assign audio clips to the pads and apply tuning, filters, envelopes and ‘choke’ grouping for creative, dynamic performances.

An LCD screen and illuminated trigger pads provide visual feedback during use, and the MPX16 may be powered from a USB port or the included power supply. You can load existing sound files onto an SD card or use the MPX16 as an SD card reader for drag-and-drop convenience on a Mac or PC.  Continue reading

A Brief History of Sampling

A Brief History of Sampling is a video remix, taking a journey through the history of sampling taking in some of the most noted breaks and riffs of the decades: Continue reading

Roland Introduces Hybrid Drum System, Lets You Use Acoustic Drums As Sample Controllers

At the 2014 NAMM Show, Roland is introducing their Hybrid Drum System, based on the TM-2 Trigger Module. The system is designed to let you augment a traditional drum kit with electronic percussion, but lets you load your own sounds – so you can use drums as sample playback controllers, too.

The TM-2 Trigger Module offers two trigger inputs, supporting a wide variety of pads and drum triggers from Roland. The canned sounds are optimized for augmenting live acoustic drums. You can also trigger your own custom WAV sounds, loops, and backing tracks via an SDHC card.

By combining the TM-2 with products such as Roland’s BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal, or RT-series acoustic drum triggers, you can create a hybrid drum kit that blends acoustic and electronic elements together. Continue reading

Akai MPX8 SD Sample Player Review

At the 2013 NAMM ShowAkai Professional introduced the MPX8 SD sample launcher with MPC pads. Using a standard SD card, users can load virtually samples onto MPX8 and then assign them to any of the unit’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads.

In this video review of the Akai MPX8, Nick Batt of sonicstate takes a look the new sample playback instrument.  Continue reading