Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer (Video Overview)

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Here’s another look at the Casio XW-P1 Performance Synthesizer, which was introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show.

This is an official intro, featuring Casio’s Mike Martin. If you get beyond the swirling ‘XW’ graphics, the video offers a good overview of the new XW-P1 synth. It also has a lot better audio than most of the NAMM Show videos, giving you a better idea of what the new synth can do.

Harvestman Digital Audio Electronic Modules At The 2012 NAMM Show

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This video from the 2012 NAMM Show, via musicianews, takes a look at the Harvestman Digital Audio Eurorack synthesizers modules.

The Harvestman’s Scott Jaeger offers an overview of current line and offers a preview of what he’s got planned for 2012.

You can get more info on Jaeger’s modules at The Harvestman site.

The Pittsburgh Modular Oscillator

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Here’s the official intro video for the Pittsburgh Modular Oscillator.

The Pittsburgh Modular Oscillator is an 8hp Eurorack ‘utility VCO’. It offers a full compliment of standard waveforms including Sine, Triangle, Saw, and Pulse waves.

The Oscillator offers 5 octaves of 1 volt per octave tracking, and a frequency range starting as low as 7 seconds per cycle, allowing it to double as an LFO.

Additional features include oscillator reset for hard syncing, attenuated linear FM input, pulse width, and pulse width CV input.

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The Detachment 3 Engineering Archangel Sequencer

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At the 2012 NAMM Showmusicianews caught up with Suit and Tie Guy for an overview of the Detachment 3 Engineering Archangel sequencer.

The Archangel sequencer is a 16×4 sequencer that can send and receive MIDI and DIN sync.

See the DET3 site for details.

iRig PRE Lets You Connect XLR Mics To iPhone, iPad

IK Multimedia iRig PreAt the 2012 NAMM Show, IK Multimedia introduced the iRig PRE – a new option for connecting any XLR microphone to any iPhone, iPhone touch or iPad.

The microphone plugs directly into the standard XLR connector of iRig PRE with no need for extra cables or adapters.

The onboard 9V battery provides the necessary voltage for phantom-powered studio condenser microphones. They say it offers at least 15 hours of continuous use.

A 3.5mm (1/8”) stereo headphone output allows monitoring while recording.

The housing sports a cable for iOS device connection and also includes a Velcro strip slot for mounting on a mic stand or other stage locations.


  • 40 cm (15.75″) TRRS cable to connect to any iOS device headset jack
  • XLR input connector for microphones
  • Gain control
  • +48 V phantom power
  • Headphone output
  • On/Off switch
  • Power/Phantom Power provided by 9V battery
  • Battery life is approximately 40 hours with dynamic microphones and 15 hours with phantom powered condenser studio microphones.

iRig PRE is priced at US $39.99 and is expected to be available in Q2, 2012.