Korg today introduced the Volca Sample – a sample player/sequencer that lets you edit and sequence up to 100 sample sounds in realtime.
According to Korg, the new Volca “lets you recapture the excitement of the first generation of samplers, in which any sound — vocals, spoken words, ambient sound, or glitches — becomes material for your creations!”
The latest in the Volca series is a sample sequencer – it does not let you create new samples. Korg offers a free companion app for iOS that lets you load samples and create new samples.
Here’s a video intro to the Korg Volca Sample: Continue reading
Korg today introduced the Electribe Sampler Music Production Station, a new sampler in the Electribe series that’s designed to be a simple and fast sampler for live performance and music production.
According to Korg, “The Electribe sampler has been reborn, with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular Korg products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile.”
The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns. There’s also support for the polyphonic playback, for house music style chord progressions and more. Continue reading
Sampleslicer – a new Euro module now in development – is a real-time sampler/slicer for your modular Eurorack system, that creator Jan Willem says take it ‘far beyond the scope of a regular sample-player’.
The Sampleslicer is a real-time monophonic sampler, including a 16 step voltage-controlled sequencer.The incoming sound is chopped up automatically into 16 parts by the incoming clock signal and spread out over the 16 steps in the internal sequencer. Continue reading
This video takes a hands-on look at the new Akai MPX16 sampler.
The MPX16 is a 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. Continue reading
Casio America has introduced two inexpensive digital sampling keyboards, the CTK-2090, above, and the LK-175V, below. They will be sold exclusively at Target.
According to Casio, build on the legacy of the SK-1, an inexpensive 8-bit sampler from nearly 30 years ago, that offered the ability to synthesize sounds from waveforms, envelopes, vibrato, portamento, rhythms, and sampling.
This video captures a Ted Talk by UK producer Mark Ronson, examining the ways that sampling has transformed music. Continue reading