New Benge Album Features Buchla 100 Looping

benge-buchla-modularBenge has released a new album, Loop Series One: Buchla 100.

It’s the first in a planned series of albums, recorded on a single electronic music synthesizer and featuring loop-based compositions. On this first record, the sound source is a Buchla 100 modular analog synthesizer dating from the 1960s.

This instrument in itself allows for extremely complex dimensional events to be set up, including elements relating to pitch, timbre, time, duration, rhythm, harmony, reverberation, stereo location and the like. Continue reading

Looptical A ‘Complete Music Production System’ For iPhone, iPod touch

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MooCowMusic has released Looptical – a new app that turns iOS devices into a looping-based music studio.

Here’s what they have to say about Looptical:

Record your musical ideas on the go and mix them into a finished track, or use them as the basis for a new project back at your studio. Create looped sections of music and combine them to form larger musical sections until you have a finished song. Going from an initial riff idea to full track is easy with Looptical. Then mix the track with comprehensive effects and fully automated mixer controls, or export the MIDI and component audio tracks to your DAW when back at the studio to take your song one step further.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Rheyne Live Looping Jam

Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s another live looping synth jam via Rheyne, Live Jam #77.

Rheyne combines live looping with analog keyboards, USB controllers, iOS devices, and Ableton Live. All loops were recorded live, nothing was pre-recorded.

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What’s The Best New Gear Of Musikmesse 2013?

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This year’s Musikmesse was the best in many years, with all kinds of interesting introductions for electronic musicians. Some highlights include the Nord Lead 4,  the unusual Dualo du-touch ß controller, the Bass Station II, the BOSS RC-505 Tabletop Loop Station, new Jomox Eurorack drum modules, the MFB Tanzbär Drumcomputer, and the Korg Volca line of analog synths.

What do you think is the best new gear for electronic musicians introduced at Musikmesse 2013? Let us know what you think in the reader poll below! (Pick up to three.) Continue reading

BOSS Intros RC-505 Tabletop Loop Station

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Musikmesse 2013: BOSS has introduced the RC-505 Loop Station, the newest addition to its lineup of live looping devices.

The RC-505 Loop Station features five phrase tracks, onboard effects, rhythms, and a tabletop design suited. In addition, the RC-505’s extensive MIDI control options and ability to import audio phrases via USB open up a wealth of options.

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New App, TF Looper, Inspired By Hardware Looping Pedals

ipad-looper-appDreamUpApps has released a new app, TF Looper, inspired by hardware looping pedals.

TF Looper works standalone or with input devices such as Apogee Jam for better sound.

Features:

  • Low-latency sound engine makes looping a breeze
  • Straight-forward workflow and interface akin to dedicated hardware loopers
  • Undo functionality
  • Trigger recording on input for easier recording of instruments
  • Automatic quantization of loops for fuss-free recording
  • Unlimited overdubbing
  • Fade previous overdubs option to create a continuous looping soundscape
  • Octave-down and octave-up on individual channels
  • Stop tracks anytime, play them again and they will synchronise to other tracks in time
  • Included limiter and noise reduction
  • Stop-all channels / Start-all channels function for breaking it down

Here’s a demo of TF Looper in action: Continue reading