Big Black Delta and Akai Pro Rhythm Wolf

Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, talks about how he uses the Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf sounds, pads, and sequencer in his work.

Bates calls the Rhythm Wolf “a cool departure for Akai,” his “new favorite little box:”

“People aren’t using presets anymore; it’s all about starting from scratch as far as sound design. It used to be sample-based and now it’s more like, ‘I’m starting with a square wave’, and where do I go from there?”

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Moog Music Shipping Werkstatt Synth Worldwide, Launches ‘Werkstatt Workshop’ Learning Portal

Today Moog Music announced worldwide availability of its Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Moogfest 2014 Kit.

The patchable analog synth was originally only available to Engineering VIP ticket holders at Moogfest. There was substantial interest in a wider release for the Werkstatt at Synthtopia and elsewhere. Moog Music made a limited US release of the Werkstatt-01 this summer, followed up with a worldwide release today,

In the above demo video, Patrick ‘P-Thugg’ Gemayel, keyboard player for Atlantic Records’ band Chromeo, builds an improvisatory electro funk track using only the Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 and a simple drum pattern. Continue reading

BT On His First Synth, The Roland Juno 106, And Its Rebirth As A Kiwi-106

In this video, via Syntegrator, synthesis and producer BT tells the story of his first synth, a Roland Juno 106 – how he saved lawn mowing money to buy it, how it was stolen when he was on tour and how the story of his first synth has a happy ending. BT’s story starts at about the 2:00 mark.

The Kiwi-106 is a hardware upgrade to the classic Juno 106 that adds a variety of upgrades, ranging from 512 patch memory to patch editor control of parameters to additional envelope generators and LFOs.  Continue reading