The New Sound of Music is a vintage BBC documentary (1979) that looks at the development of recorded music, from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder on to the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music.
This set of videos, from 1985, takes a look at The Secrets of Analog & Digital Synthesis.
It’s obviously dated, starting with the “Listen to the sound coming from your VCR right now.” Nevertheless, there’s some solid coverage of synth basics and the videos also offer a vintage look at synths.
Propellerhead has released another Reason 6 demo video, looking at The Echo:
Reason 6 introduces three new creative effect devices: Pulveriser, Alligator, and The Echo. In this micro tutorial we’ll take a look at The Echo.
The Echo brings together the best features of crisp digital delay, warm crunchy analog delay, space echoing tape delays, and even loop-based effects. We’ll take a look at the major functions of The Echo and explore a few ways you can use its powerful delay settings in your music.
In addition to introducing Reason 6, Propellerhead has announced Balance with Reason Essentials.
Propellerhead Balance and Reason Essentials is a hardware/software combination designed to offer everything you need for basic music making.
Here’s what Propellerhead has to say about it:
We’ve taken care of all the tedious stuff — calibration, setup, the works. You can concentrate on having fun instead: making music.
With two channels of pristine audio recording, and with inputs for all your gear, your instruments are always connected and you are always ready to record.
Propellerhead Balance with Reason Essentials will be available Sept 30th. Details below.
Note: Reason and Record owners that purchase Reason Essentials with Propellerhead Balance will receive a free upgrade to Reason 6.
This is a demo of the newest Eurorack module from 4ms, the VCA Matrix – a playable 4×4 matrix of 16 VCAs.
Four CV or audio inputs can be routed in any amount/combination to four outputs, using the 16 CV control jacks, Level knobs, and Mute buttons. Continue reading
Free Music Software: This is a preview of three Ensembles for Native Instruments Reaktor from The Color Space:
- Reaktor Phadia – a 4-osc atmospheric pad synth
- Reaktor Bass One – a 3-osc bass synth
- Reaktor Piky – 2-osc ‘pluck’ synth
The three Reaktor Ensembles are free downloads at The Color Space site.
This set of videos captures Alka’s improvisations on the EMS Synthi AKS Mk 1 analog synthesizer.
The EMS Synthi AKS has been in production, if only with extremely limited availability, since 1972. It’s notable for its suitcase design, matrix synthesizer patching and popularity with synth pioneers, including Brian Eno, Jean Michel Jarre and Pink Floyd.