An In Depth Look At ERGO Room Correction

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One of the most interesting introductions at NAMM this year wasn’t a synth or new control surface, but KRK’s ERGO – a digital room analysis and correction system.

ERGO analyzes and compensates for bad room acoustics, which can negatively effect your mixes.

The unit connects to a computer via Firewire when it is performing its room analysis, but since all correction processing resides in ERGO, no overhead is needed from the computer audio system. This means that ERGO can function in pure analog systems since it can work as a stand-alone room correction/speaker control unit after room analysis is complete.

Acoustic treatment room correction isn’t as sexy as a new synth, but it can make a big improvement in your mixes.

ERGO is $799, but you can expect this technology to drop in price in the next few years and become a standard part of home studios.

Steinberg Intros Advanced MIDI Controller

Steinberg cc121

Steinberg and Yamaha have introduced a new MIDI controller for Cubase, the CC121 Advanced Integration Controller.

Features :

  • Advanced Integration controller knob with ‘point and control’ support: controls any visual Cubase 4 parameter, internal FX setting or VSTi parameter using mouse pointer selection
  • Instant plug and play with ‘Cubase Ready’ LED – no additional setup or parameter assigning required
  • One motorized 100mm touch-sensitive fader
  • Dedicated control of Cubase channel settings including solo/mute, record arm, ‘e’ settings button, automation read/write, pan and VSTi editor
  • Full Cubase EQ section in hardware with 12 dedicated rotary encoders, with mode selection and bypass switches
  • User-assignable section with Cubase-integrated presets for Control Room studio sends and monitoring setup.

CC121 will support Windows XP Windows Vista and Mac OS X, and will be available in Q3 2008 with price TBA.

The Fucking Fucker In Action

From our trip to Namm, we brought you video of Metasonix‘ Eric Barbour introducing his G-1000 23 tube amplifier Fucking Fucker guitar amp.

Eric wasn’t demoing the amp, though. Fortunately, the guys at Big City Music have posted a video that gives you a taste of what this thing can do:

Preview The Blofeld Synthesizer

Blofeld Synthesizer

At the 2008 NAMM Show, Waldorf was showing this diminutive synth in a tiny booth in an obscure area of the show basement.

Not an auspicious display, but at least the Blofeld synth has a good pedigree.

The Blofeld engine delivers the same sound that so many Waldorf users worldwide love when they play their Pulse, Q, Q+, Micro Q, Microwave, Microwave II/XT, or Wave.

The Blofeld is based on the PPG Wave synthesizers of the early 80s. When you listen to the Blofeld for the first time, you may recognize those timbres from the PPG era.

You can preview the Blofeld sound below. Continue reading

The 2008 Winter NAMM Show Synthgasm

The 2008 NAMM Show wasn’t a great year for new synth and electronic music gear……but it was a good year.

We’ve already mentioned tons of great new gear that we saw at NAMM in the last couple of weeks, but, following in the footsteps of last year’s modular analog synthgasm, here are our picks for 2008’s most synthgasmic gear:

Future Retro XS Semi-modular Analog Synthesizer

Future Retro XS Analog Synthesizer

We saw the XS in a sort of beta state last year, but this year the Future Retro XS is ready to play.

The XS is a semi-modular synth, with internally normalized routing. Plug it into a MIDI controller and it’s ready to play. Put in a patch cord, though, and you can do some mad science.

Designer Jered Flickinger (interview link) says the XS is designed to be used as either a rackmount or desktop instrument, and its compact size makes it an ideal modular synth for musicians on the go. Continue reading