In this interview, Axel Hartmann talks about how he got into the industrial design of synthesizers, his thoughts on what makes a great synth design and the stories behind some of his best-known creations.… Read More Axel Hartmann On The Art Of Synth Design
This video, via gstormelectro, offers an audio demo of the Alesis Andromeda analog synthesizer. Or as they call it, ‘an onslaught of non-stop analog sensory bombardment.’ The Andromeda is a 16-voice analog keyboard from the turn of the millennium that combines deep analog features with knobby tweakability.
Sunday Synth Jam: This synth jam, 808 Ashra by SynthMania, takes a sonic trip in the Kosmische Musik style, inspired by early the early 70’s work of German electronic artists, like Ash Ra Tempel.
Virtual instrument developer SONiVOX announced at The 2016 NAMM Show that they have released the first five of its series of virtual instruments called Singles. SoniVox describe Singles as “bite-sized downloadable virtual instruments” which provide producers “a single high-quality instrument at an outstanding value.” With Singles, artists can choose the specific instrument they need, complete… Read More SoniVox Debuts ‘Singles’ Virtual Instruments at 2016 NAMM Show
Alesis has just introduced their new MIDI controller, the VX49. Dubbing it “revolutionary,” the keyboard provides advanced control of virtual instruments and DAWs via a full-color, high resolution 4.3-inch screen, a 49-key keybed with aftertouch, and “intuitively placed,” performance-friendly hardware controls. VX49 is powered by the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software (included). The VIP software… Read More Alesis Introduces VX49 MIDI Controller Keyboard
Alesis today introduced the SamplePad 4, a compact percussion and sample-playing instrument. SamplePad 4 comes equipped with four responsive, LED-illuminated rubber pads, dual-zone trigger input, and eight preset kits. Users can tune and add reverb to their sounds. Intuitive navigation makes it easy to browse through kits and players can drag and drop their samples via… Read More Alesis Intros SamplePad 4 Percussion Instrument
This video, via SPEARFISHER (Peter John) takes a look at the Alesis SamplePad Pro percussion instrument. The SamplePad Pro has onboard sounds or can play custom sounds, via SD card. It has stereo output, headphone out and MIDI In/Out. Npte: John notes that the ‘crosstalk’ issue he mentions in the video demo has been solved with the latest… Read More Alesis SamplePad Pro Review – ‘8 Pads Of Pure Awesomeness’
Alesis has announced that their new V and VI series keyboard controllers are now available. Both lines offer two, four, and five octave keyboards, but the VI series offers semi-weighted keys, aftertouch, and additional controllers. Here are the key features and differences of the two controller lines: