Win a Copy of ‘Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming’

Power_Tools_For_Synthesizer_Programming_Jim-AikinHal Leonard has published a new edition of Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming.

And we’ve got three copies to give away!

Author Jim Aikin has been writing about electronic music gear for 30+ years, in Keyboard, Electronic Musician and other magazines. His new book takes a deep look at the fundamentals of synthesis and synthesizer programming. Continue reading

Gibson Buys Harmony Central

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Gibson Brands, the parent company of Gibson, Cakewalk, TASCAM, TEAC, KRK and other music gear companies – has acquired music news and forum site Harmony Central.

“Harmony Central will not be a ‘Gibson site’; we already have that,” says Gibson CEO and Chairman Henry Juszkiewicz, “Think of it as Gibson providing a place to throw a party, and everyone—musicians, the industry, competitors, educators, anyone involved in music and sound—is invited and welcome.” Continue reading

Five Essential Klaus Schulze Albums

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Klaus Schulze is one of the seminal artists of electronic music.

He was an early member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, but quickly established himself as a solo electronic artists. In the 70’s, Schulze helped define the ‘Berlin School’ of electronic music – a new style of music that was performed almost completely on synthesizers.

Over the last 5 decades, Schulze has been prolific, releasing more than 60 albums. He’s also released 50+ CDs of material from his vaults that didn’t make it onto his ‘official’ albums.

As a result, his massive discography is daunting.

Here are five essential Klaus Schulze albums, covering both his classic and more recent work. This is not intended to be a ‘best of’ list – but, instead, a selection of albums that provide an introduction to the full range and scope of Klaus Schulze’s work.  Continue reading