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.
Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via StudioF, features a performance of MicroCosmos, arranged for Korg Microkorg + Korg Microsampler.
This video captures a Ted Talk by UK producer Mark Ronson, examining the ways that sampling has transformed music. Continue reading
In this video, TheDaydreamSound shares his impressions of the Akai S950 – a vintage sampler from 1988.
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
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 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
2014 NAMM Show: Alesis today introduced the Sample Rack – a rackmount percussion module that lets you use onboard sounds or load your own sounds.
Here are the details: Continue reading