The Collidoscope Synthesizer – A Collaborative ‘Musical Microscope’

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The Collidoscope, above, is a hardware synth prototype, created by researchers Ben Bengler & Fiore Martin, that is a ‘musical microscope’ for up to four people. 

“Think of Collidoscope as a musical microscope that allows you to zoom into sounds and explore their beautiful peculiarities, and in the next moment, to play and perform your sonic discoveries like a musical instrument,” note the developers

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading

Fairlight CMI Honored Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive

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Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia is the NFSA’s selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.

Here’s what they have to say about the selection of the Fairlight CMI sounds: Continue reading

Alesis Intros SamplePad 4 Percussion Instrument

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Alesis today introduced the SamplePad 4, a compact percussion and sample-playing instrument.

SamplePad 4 comes equipped with four responsive, LED-illuminated rubber pads, dual-zone trigger input, and eight preset kits.

Users can tune and add reverb to their sounds. Intuitive navigation makes it easy to browse through kits and players can drag and drop their samples via USB on a Mac or PC without removing the SD card.  Continue reading