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
Sunday Synth Jam: From the ‘make do with what you got’ department, this video, via hightt89, captures a sample jam on the Roland MS-1 Digital Sampler. Continue reading
At the 2013 NAMM Show, Akai 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
The Standuino microGranny is pocket sized handmade granular sampler.
The microGranny uses microSD card to store samples. You can adjust many parameters of the samples and trigger them by MIDI.
Here’s a video introduction: Continue reading
The latest episode of the Power Of Electronic Music (POEM) audio podcast takes a look at Bringing The Mellotron Into The 21st Century.
POEM’s Thomas Janak talks to ‘Mister Mellotron Germany’ Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock about the Mellotron and the Memotron, a ’21st century version’ of the Mellotron: Continue reading
Elektron has released Octatrack OS 1.25, an update that adds three new effects: Continue reading
Elektron today released a series of videos showcasing each of the products in their current lineup. This video offers an overview of the Elektron OctaTrack performance sequencer and sampler. Continue reading
Sir Paul McCartney demonstrates the Mellotron, in this section of his Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road, a 2005 live show at Abbey Road Studios, Studio 2.