DX7 Disasters!, via elmosexwhistle, is the fourth installment in the DEM JAMZ series, which explores the possibilities of vintage synths:
This one focuses on the much maligned and misunderstood Yamaha DX7, a synth who’s complexity and abilities few ever managed to discover, most people instead relying on it’s preset cartridge sounds, including a little electric piano patch…
It also offers a rare glimpse of hardcore ‘jazz hands’….
HerrMueller’s DX7 is a free Java-based editor for Yamaha’s popular DX7 synth and compatible software synths. Continue reading
iLectric Piano offers over 40 “classic” electric pianos, electric grands and clavinets, all sampled from the original instruments.
- 19 multisampled electric piano and electronic keyboard instruments
- Expandable library of 22 more instruments with the Electric Piano Expansion Pack, available via in-app purchase
- Effects section allows 4 simultaneous effects: 3-band EQ, Reverb, Overdrive and one of 5 modulation effects: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo and AutoPan
- Recorder section with overdub and quantize
- Audio/Visual metronome with tap tempo
- Export recordings as WAV or m4a audio files via File Sharing, email, or Copy
- Virtual MIDI and MIDI Program Change support
- Low-latency for real-time playing
- Designed in concert with iRig KEYS portable MIDI keyboard and iRig MIDI interface
Here’s a demo of iLectric in action: Continue reading
Has the iPad made digital synths obsolete?
That’s the question raised by a recent MatrixSynth post:
All digital synths are software based. I’ve stopped lusting after them ever since I picked the first gen iPad and Sunrizer and compared it with my Roland JP-8000.
I picked up the JP-8000 new for about $1100 back when it came out. I picked up Sunrizer when it was called Horizon Synth for $4.99. $4.99 for a full blown VA and it sounds great.
You can’t replicate analog, so maybe we will see more of that. As for full blown digital, I can see each having it’s flagship synth for the pro musician on the road, a flagship controller for the iPad, and apps to go along with it.
I think there will always be an audience for each, but there is no denying the iPad has become the new breed of digital hardware synthesis.
This video, via insidesynthesis, presents a method of understanding FM synthesis.
The discussion is tailored for those who know subtractive synthesis.
A lot of people struggle with understanding FM synthesis. Much of this confusion may come from the poorly designed interfaces of most FM synths.
Check out the video and let us know if it helps you make sense of FM synthesis!
See, too, this set of videos that looks at some of the Secrets of FM Synthesis.
Think being an international super-producer and music-genre creator means you don’t have gear problems?
Think again. Here’s Brian Eno, checking out some of his vintage Yamaha DX7 synths.
“Oh shite! Antediluvian objects! It’s completely knackered! Not a single thing makes a noise.”
“I used to have seven of these!” he adds. But, unfortunately, they’re all probably completely knackered…..
Footage from Arena: Brian Eno – Another Green World.