A reader faces a common dilemma: they wanted to get started with electronic music making, they need to spend their money wisely and they aren’t sure where to start:
I’m researching building an analog startup kit for a home studio. Some years ago I was pretty involved with software-based DAW production and a little MIDI. I’ll likely go back to DAW at some point but I really want to try going more hardware based for a while.
I don’t have a lot of money to drop initially and will probably piece it all together over time. I don’t want to over-shoot and want quality components, while getting value for my money.
Developer Sebastian Heinz let us know that Patchblocks – a new system of programmable synthesizer modules – will be getting a dedicated MIDI module for connecting with other MIDI gear.
Patchblocks is being funded as a Kickstarter project, which is already well beyond its funding goal. Continue reading
BugBrand has introduced the CubeWeevil - the latest member of BugBrand’s Weevil family of devices. The Weevils feature simple electronic oscillators, ring-modulated together, combined with the circuit-bend techniques of power starvation and body contact points.
Synth pioneer Dave Smith is featured in a new interview at Amazona.de (German). In the interview, Smith discusses his current lineup of synth gear and the Tempest analog drum machine.
Smith also reveals that he will be introducing a new synth module, based on the DSI Prophet 12, at the 2014 NAMM Show. Here’s Smith with a prototype of the new module: Continue reading
Marc Doty continues his series of videos on the Korg Volca series with a look at recording and playing back sequences on the Korg Volca Bass. Continue reading
Here’s a selection of photos from Knobcon 2013, a synth meetup/convention held last weekend in Schaumburg, Illinois. Continue reading