Roland TR-909 vs Roland Aira TR-8 – “I May Never Use My TR-808/909 Again”

This video, via javd007, is described as an unbiased comparison between the classic Roland TR-909 and the new Roland TR-8.

There have been plenty of comparisons against the TR-808, but this is one of the first looking at the 909.

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Akai Pro Debuts Rhythm Wolf: Drum Machine & Bass Synth, With “Howl”

Akai_Pro_RhythmWolfMusikmesse 2014: Akai Professional today announced the Rhythm Wolf, an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer module with built-in sequencing.

The Rhythm Wolf is an authentic analog instrument that incorporates the sounds of early electronic and hip-hop music into the Akai Professional workflow, enabling musicians to harness “iconic” analog sounds for music production and performance.

The drum machine consists of five “tweakable” drum sounds and includes a kick, snare, open and closed hi-hat, and metallic percussion. On-board controls allow users to separately customize the tuning, amplitude envelopes, and volume of each drum voice for precise real-time adjustment.

The bass synthesizer features a selectable oscillator (sawtooth or square wave), classic filter design, a filter envelope with variable decay, and is capable of creating powerful bass sounds and “squelchy” leads.

The Rhythm Wolf is also outfitted with six MPC pads and a built-in 32-step sequencer, for a responsive interface with a familiar drum machine layout. Drum patterns can be fine-tuned with Swing function, pattern select, and tempo control knobs. A custom distortion signal path is activated by the Rhythm Wolf’s whimsically named “Howl” knob. It also has USB-MIDI, MIDI In/Out, a gate trigger, and the Rhythm Wolf integrates easily with both modern and vintage equipment.
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EGDR808 Drum Machine HD Update Ads AudioBus, CoreMDI & More

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Elliott Garage has updated EGDR808 Drum Machine HD, adding AudioBus, CoreMIDI support and more.

Here’s what’s new in EGDR808 2.3:

  • Optimization for IOS7
  • Core MIDI (network session, external controllers, MIDI inter app)
  • Audiobus
  • AudioCopy 2.0

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Arturia Updates Spark Software Engine

Arturia_Spark_1point7Yesterday, Arturia announced the release of Spark 1.7, a major update to the software engine that drives its SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine hybrid hardware/software instruments.

The Spark 1.7 software engine allows faster loading times for Spark Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine users.

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EMW Digi-Drum Eurorack Drum Sample Module

Electronic Music Works (EMW) has introduced the Digi-Drum - a sample player module with 100 carefully selected drum sounds

It includes the most famous and usable sounds from classic drum machines, including sounds from Roland TR, DR and Rhythm series and custom synthesized sounds.  Continue reading

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Gets OS Update

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest drum machineDave Smith Instruments has released a new OS for the Tempest analog drum machine.

Here’s what’s new in Tempest OS 1.3:

New Features:

  • Playlist playback and live recording added
  • MIDI remote pad play and sound/beat/mutes triggers added
  • Undo/Revert sound function added
  • Huge change in sequencer code, improving latency and many timing related features
  • Polyphonic pad pressure handing implemented in 16 tunings/levels
  • System menu navigation improved
  • Improved voice stealing algorithm
  • Added pad calibration routine

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