KORG nanoSERIES 2 USB-MIDI Controllers (Video Overview)

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Korg introduced their nanoSERIES 2 Slim-line USB-MIDI Controllers early in the year, at the 2011 NAMM Show. They’ve just released this video, though, which gives an overview of each of the controllers in the series.

  • The nanoKEY2 is equipped with 25 velocity-sensing keys.
  • For entering drum parts, the nanoPAD2 offers 16 responsive pads and an X-Y touchpad.
  • The nanoKONTROL2 offers knobs, switches, and faders – for controlling any DAW computer based DAW or numerous types of other music production software.
The nanoSeries 2 controllers are available now for around $50.


Orange OPC Guitar Amp + Computer First Look

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Remember the Orange OPC Guitar Amplifier + Recording Studio Workstation – the bizarro computer + guitar amp combination that was introduced at this year’s NAMM Show?

Music Radar got their hands on one of the Orange OPC computers and put together this first look at it.

According to Orange, the OPC computer will be leading the way with a number of ‘Firsts’:

  • The first PC to feature an integrated audio interface enabling the user to plug in a guitar or microphone using a standard 1/4? jack plug
  • The first computer of its kind to have built-in high powered speakers which deliver full range studio quality sound as well as producing vintage guitar sounds.

The OPC comes with the following software packages:

  • IK Multimedia Amplitube 3 including Custom Shop Orange Amps – Amp and Effects Modelling Software
  • Presonus Studio One Custom Orange Edition – DAW
  • Acoustica Mixcraft 5 – DAW
  • Toontracks EZdrummer Lite
  • Lick Library Player – Guitar learning and jamming centre

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Numark iDJ Live (Video Demo)

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This is a short video showing the Numark iDJ Live control surface, originally introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show.

iDJ Live is an basic DJ controller for iOS DJ apps. Here’s what Numark has to say it:

iDJ Live is the easiest way to become a DJ with your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. This iOS-DJ controller is perfect for anyone from Pro DJs to music lovers who have never tried DJing before.

The iDJ Live system harnesses the processing power of your iPad, iPod or iPhone and enables you to DJ parties, events and even clubs using the music that is already on your iPod via Algoriddim’s djay or other Core MIDI-enabled apps.

Numark is targeting casual DJ’s with iDJ Live, pricing it at about $100 retail.

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Alesis iO Dock Unboxing Video (‘Gimped-Out’ Version)

Minijack Music’s Greg Pritchard shared his only slightly ‘gimped-out’ unboxing video for the Alesis iO Dock:

First look at the new Alesis iO Dock – the ultimate audio and midi interface for the iPad.

Unboxing and testing the iO Dock with some favorite apps like Horizon Synth and Korg’s iMS-20.

See our earlier post for the full Alesis iO Dock specifications.

The Alesis iO Dock is a device that a lot of readers have been interested since it was introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show. So, if you’ve tried it, leave a comment with your thoughts on it.

via Minijack music, a blog that focuses making music with ‘minijack’ devices

Korg Kronos Music Workstation In Depth

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The Korg Kronos, introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show, is the company’s latest flagship keyboard, which offers nine synthesis engines in one instrument.

Here’s an in-depth look at how the Korg Kronos works and what it can do. The first video, above, takes a look at navigating the Kronos.

Additional videos look at the workstation’s Program Mode, Combination Mode, the Sequencer, Set List Mode and Disk Mode.  Continue reading

Eventide Space Reverb Pedal Now Available

Eventide Space – the company’s new reverb effects pedal – is now shipping.

Space features 12 of Eventide’s reverb combination effects, taken from the H8000FW and Eclipse V4, along with some “new magic”. It’s demo’d here by synthesist and sound designer Richard Devine.

Eventide Space can create a variety of spatial effects, including basic reverbs, delays and unique combination effects.

Space features 12 reverb combination effects:

  • Room
  • Plate
  • Spring
  • Hall
  • Reverse
  • Shimmer
  • ModEchoVerb
  • DualVerb
  • Blackhole
  • MangledVerb
  • TremoloVerb
  • DynaVerb

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The Moog Lap Steel Guitar

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This is a video preview of the Moog Lap Steel Guitar, from the 2011 NAMM Show.

The Moog Lap Steel combines Moog Guitar technology with the expressive capabilities of the Lap Steel guitar.

All the innovations of The Moog Guitar; Full Sustain, Controlled Sustain and Mute modes, Harmonic Blends and the onboard Moog Ladder Filter are integrated to allow for new playing techniques. Continue reading

Korg Kaoss Pad Quad Unboxing & First Look

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This video, via sonicstate, takes a look at the new Korg Kaoss Pad Quad, introduced at the 2011 NAMM Show.

The Korg Kaoss Pad Quad lets you use up to four effects simultaneously. These effects can be sync’ed to the beat of your music, to transform your song in realtime. Any audio source can be processed; an MP3 player, a mixing board, an instrument, even vocals via the mic input.

If you’ve got a question that you’d like to see addressed in the review, the best place to ask it is probably on the video at YouTube.