Developer Ingolf Koch has released Electrify NXT, a virtual groovebox for iPad.
- Rewritten and enhanced audio engine.
- New session mode lets you perform with loops and clips by creating arrangements on the fly.
- New polyphonic FM-style Synthesizer: Electrify NXT comes with a fully fledged frequency modulating synthesizer with 11 Algorithms and wave-morphing oscillators.
- The new drumkit combines 8 samplers into one ‘grooving loop factory’.
- Looper and slicer lets you deconstruct audio loops or rearrange your own clips beyond recognition.
- Comes with more than 1600 audio loops and one shot samples
- A huge load of effects
- Powerful parameter modulation: nearly every parameter of instruments and effects can be modulated by LFOs, Envelopes or by realtime parameter sequencing.
- Flexi-Groove templates
- Audiobus, AudioCopy and Midi are integrated.
Here’s a preview of Electrify NXT in action: Continue reading
New Czech instrument maker Bastl Instruments has introduced Trinity, a new line of inexpensive modular grooveboxes.
Here’s what they have to say about the Trinity modules:
Trinity is a universal musical instrument and original sounding modular groovebox. It can function as any type of digital synthesizer, sequencer, controller, arpeggiator or almost anything that can be programmed into a micro-controller.
Trinity is designed to be connected and combined with other Trinities of different functions in a chain, so you can create your own music making environment. It is ready to communicate with the outer world via MIDI and different sync and CV methods using MIDI Bastl.
We have developed 4 different instruments for Trinity which work great together. They are sequencer, drum synthesizer, polyphonic synthesizer and monophonic FM synthesizer.
All Trinity instruments have the same starting price: 60 Euro for assembled instruments and 45 Euro for a DIY kit. And they’re open-source, DIY, hackable and repairable. Continue reading
BeatSpiral is designed to let you chop samples, make beats and perform with them live. You can choose from an included library or import your own.
- Create new sequences by rearranging and looping sample slices
- Hold the wave stripes at different locations to play slices, slide out to record
- The two waves on the left get recorded to one track, the others to the second
- Select different loop regions on each track, change their length, copy and erase content
- Mute pads for temporary silencing, erasing track content and deactivating waves
- Eject buttons for selecting sample files and setting volume and panning
- User sample import via iTunes File Sharing (mp3, wav, aiff, m4a)
- Animated metronome shows tempo controls (20-200 BPM) with Tap Tempo
- Zoom, Undo and Rotate tracks
- Audio engine featuring high quality interpolation and low latency
- Sample library and handy user guide to get you started
Need an idea for a track?
Try limiting yourself to one piece of gear – and giving it a workout.
Here’s a trance track built completely on a Korg Electribe EMX-1.
“It’s been five years since I posted my first YouTube video – a trance song composed entirely on the Electribe MX,” writes chisel316. “I thought it would be cool to set the EMX back up and compose a new song.”
The result may not be compelling video, but it shows off the capabilities of the Korg EMX – and it shows what you can do when you take one piece of gear and give it a workout.
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a subtle synth jam, Hard Talk, via reader Andrew Current, that makes clever use of a Roland MC-303.
Here’s what he has to say about the MC-303 and his track::
It gets a lot of flack as a groovebox and for good reason. But if you dig deep, you can squeeze out a lot of beautiful sounds from it.
I think this track shows how first, you can make interesting and pleasing music on almost anything and second, even out dated equipment like the MC 303 can perform well in modern contexts.
The track was entirely done on the MC-303, even using the built-in effects. Time to take another look at some of that old gear, eh?
You can check out and download Current’s music from his SoundCloud page.
Feeltune has announced an update to its Rhizome VST Groove Station, OS version 1.5 .
The Rhizome is a stand-alone hardware sequencer that offers a sampler and VST support.
Here’s what’s new in OS 1.5:
- Undo / Redo on sequences.
- Automation on all mixing parameters, MIDI tracks, VSTi and VSTfx.
- MIDI controller assignation to control all mixing parameters, MIDI tracks, VSTi and VSTfx.
- New MIDI controller environment to control your applications and hardware.
- Multitrack bounce.
- VSTi Track to sample.
- Pattern to sample.
- MIDI Synchronization.
- Drum sampler which allows you to load and edit 16 samples.
- MIDI file import.
Rhizome OS v1.5 is expected to be available March 29th. Feeltune will be presenting the Rhizome and its new OS at Musikmesse 2011.