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Are you tired of cheap synthesizers that tend to fall apart at the slightest nudge? Or change their sound simply because you accidentally scratched it while changing out cords? The Dave Smith Prophet 12 is …

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The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman
April 11, 2014 – 5:55 pm | 6 Comments
The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman

The Wurlitzer Sideman was the first electronic drum machine ever produced (if you don’t count tape loops), sold as a Wurlitzer organ accessory beginning in 1959. It’s got some fantastically great sounds and the …

Overhead projector as musical instrument
March 10, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment
Overhead projector as musical instrument

Blair Neal has created an art project installation entitled ‘Color a Sound’ which was set up at RPI’s West Hall Gallery 111 for the month of April 2010.
The installation invites participants to make colored markings …

Are You Prepare For the littleBits Synth Kit?
December 1, 2013 – 8:28 am | No Comment
Are You Prepare For the littleBits Synth Kit?

Though some may see the littleBits Synth Kit as just another cheesy gimmick, the reality is that you don’t have to be a synth master to sound like one thanks to this kit.
Developed in conjunction …

The Simplest Way to Utilize Additive Synthesis
October 18, 2013 – 8:36 am | No Comment
The Simplest Way to Utilize Additive Synthesis

One of the biggest problems with software synths is that they end up sounding rather unnatural. Even major recording programs, such as Logic, do their best to replicate a synth sound, but the end result …

Love Analog Sequencers? Check Out the Korg Volca Series!
October 17, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment
Love Analog Sequencers? Check Out the Korg Volca Series!

If you’re really into EDM production tools and you like the idea of having analog sequencers, then the Korg Volca Series is perfect for you! This series comes in three distinct models to allow you …

Solus Headphones by Wicked Audio
March 14, 2013 – 12:11 pm | One Comment
Solus Headphones by Wicked Audio

Have you heard about the newest headphones from Wicked Audio called the Solus which is Latin for “be yourself”. Thanks to Wicked Audio for a review pair.
These DJ style headphones were create by Wicked Audio …

Arduino drum machine + synth module with MIDI input
January 10, 2013 – 8:45 am | No Comment
Arduino drum machine + synth module with MIDI input

Arduino MEGA was used for the drum machine and Arduino UNO for the synth module with a MIDI input. Both are enclosed in a “groovebox”.
Two outputs (one for the drum machine and one for the …

Step Sequencer Lauflicht Version 2 for Launchpad
November 19, 2012 – 3:39 pm | No Comment
Step Sequencer Lauflicht Version 2 for Launchpad

The plugin for Renoise is a moving light, multitrack and multitimbral step sequencer with 8, 16 or 32 steps, turning your Launchpad into a hardware step sequencer. It was especially designed for playing live and …

A short guide to sound synthesis
September 14, 2012 – 10:08 am | No Comment
A short guide to sound synthesis

For any of you who have to explain to your partner just what it is you spend all your time doing, here’s a brief guide to sound synthesis. Using a Doepfer A-100 modular synthesiser, …

3rd graders with a Roland TR-808
January 13, 2011 – 1:03 pm | 3 Comments
3rd graders with a Roland TR-808

Selwyn House School is an all-boys school in Westmount, Quebec, Canada. For computer class, one of their teachers brought in a 30 year old Roland TR-808 drum machine for the students to play with.
Here’s …