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.

Native Instruments Intros Maschine Mikro With A Mind-Melting Controllerism Jam

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Native Instruments has introduced Maschine Mikro, an entry-level version of its Maschine groove production workstation.

Maschine Mikro is based on a portable controller that provides hands-on control of the central Maschine features, at two-thirds of the size and weight of the full-sized hardware. Utilizing a single display and a dynamically assigned encoder to enable its compact footprint, the bus-powered Mikro controller retains the full-sized 4×4 matrix of pressure-sensitive, dynamically backlit Maschine drum pads.

Above, Jeremy Ellis demonstrates Maschine Mikro with some mind-melting controllerism. Continue reading

Xenon Groove Synthesizer For iPhone/iPod touch

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iPhone Music Software: Icegear has introduced Xenon (App Store link) Groove Synthesizer for iPhone/iPod touch.

Xenon is a hybrid groove workstation that features a polyphonic hybrid synthesizer, 2 x VA monophonic synthesizers, polyphonic PCM synthesizer, rhythm machine, sequencer and a mixer.

It sells for $5.99.

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Hip Hop Production With NI’s Maschine

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Chicago hip hop producer No I.D., who has worked with Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri, Rihanna and Young Jeezy among others, discusses using Native Instruments Maschine for hip hop production.

The money quote: “I like to get things where I like them, so some other engineer doesn’t come along and try to put his special sauce on my sandwich. I like my sandwich the way it is.”

via NativeInstruments

GrooveMaker iPad Beatmaking App

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GrooveMaker has introduced GrooveMaker for the iPad.

GrooveMaker for the new iPad offers the exact same smart functionality and workflow as the iPhone/iPod Touch version, but takes advantage of the larger multi-touch surface.

If you’re interested in GrooveMaker, try out the free version (App Store link) first. Continue reading