The Collidoscope Synthesizer – A Collaborative ‘Musical Microscope’


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

fairlight-CMIAmong this year’s entries into the Australian National Film & Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia are sounds of the Fairlight CMI.

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


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

Korg Intros OK GO Volca Sample


Korg today introduced the OK GO Volca Sample – a limited edition version of the sample playback member of the Volca family.

The Korg OK GO Volca Sample differs from the original by featuring unique styling and coming pre-loaded with 100 audio samples from OK GO’s latest album, Hungry Ghosts. And you can still load your own samples, using a variety of apps.

3,000 limited edition OK GO Volca Samples are available and they come with a numbered card, signed by each of the members of OK GO.
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Hack Turns Korg Electribe Music Production Station Into An Electribe Sampler

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At Korg Forums and on the Korg Electribe 2 & Sampler Facebook Public Group, reader Robin Domingo, a.k.a Rowf the Beat Bender, shared his experience turning a Korg Electribe Music Station into an Electribe Sampler. Continue reading

Crudlabs Intros Crudman – A ‘Walkman Mellotron’


Crudlabs has introduced the Crudman – a monophonic Mellotron-like instrument, designed around a single cassette Walkman.


The Crudman, above, is based around a Walkman which has been elaborately hacked so that a tape of a looped or droning sound (or any other sound) can be precisely sped up or slowed down, via MIDI or 1v/octave CV, to accurately hit notes over a range of 3 octaves.

The Crudman can be used monophonically, or multiple Crudmans can be used polyphonically.

Here’s an example of a single Crudman in action: Continue reading