The Akai Pro Rhythm Wolf Analog Drum Machine was one of the biggest stories coming out of this year’s Musikmesse. The new drum machine promised analog synthesis, MPC style drum pads, tons of tweakability and a killer $199 price.
The only catch? It wasn’t ready to demo at Musikmesse.
Now that’s changed.
Here’s the first video of the Rhythm Wolf drum machine in action. It’s not an official ‘polished’ demo video – it’s just 7:48 of uncut analog drum machine action. Continue reading
Bruns and Spork have introduced Grooove- a new virtual drum machine for Mac & Windows.
According to the developers, Grooove is aimed at beat programmers and musicians who prefer a fast, inspiring and creative approach to drum sound design.
Here’s a video demo: Continue reading
The Roland Aira line has been one of the biggest introductions of the year. But months after the introduction, people are still debating how closely the Roland Aira TR-8 and Aira TB-3 match the original Roland TB-303, TR-808 and TR-909 – and trying to judge the new instruments on their own merits. Continue reading
This video, via perfectcircuitaudio, is a demo of the Sonic Potions LXR Drum Synthesizer.
The Sonic Potions LXR Drum Synthesizer is a full fledged digital drum machine with integrated sequencer. Its sound engine provides 6 different instruments, each with over 30 parameters to tweak. It can produce a wide variety of sounds, ranging from classic analogue emulations to crunchy digital mayhem. Continue reading
Soulsby Synthesizers has released Atmegadrum – software that turns the Atmegatron into a 16-part 16-step drum machine. It also features a global pitch LFO and individual instrument volumes and delay effects. Continue reading
This video, via markusfuller, takes a look inside the classic Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer drum machine.
This video, via massivebeatzz, is a review of the new Roland Aira TR-8 Rhythm Performer – a modern take on the classic 808/909 drum machines. Continue reading
Photographer and electronic musician Robert Pluma has shared with us some tantalizing photos he shot at the “Future of Music” talk at last week’s Moogfest, including some shots of what appears to be a new Teenage Engineering synth, the PO-12.
Robert shares, “I wasn’t taking notes so I would suggest confirming details with TE, but from what I recall it … has a spring-loaded stand which doubles as a pitch bender when pressure is applied, includes 23 switches and two knobs (not sure if they’re rotary encoders or potentiometers), and has a built-in hang tab for retail display.”