Korg has just released another virtual instrument for the iPad - the Korg iMS-20, a software recreation of the classic Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer....... According to Korg, the Korg iMS-20 "transforms your iPad into a complete analog synth studio."
- A complete recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20 analog synth
- Built-in 16-step analog sequencer to control the sound
- Music production studio with the MS-20 mono synth, a six-part drum machine, and a mixer
- Kaoss Pad function allows intuitive performance and control
- Publish and share your iMS-20 songs online with the SoundCloud audio platform
More details on specifications here, and buy it here.
The 5th of November, gun power, treason and fireworks enjoyed from the roof of the LSS South Campus in Clapham....
....you can enjoy both the massive Clapham Common shebang and a couple of others over by Canary Wharf, while drinking cans and swirling sparklers. Narrowly avoided spending the night up there when the roof door was blown shut but help arrived just as it started to get nippy..
Heard about this years ago - (how certain frequencies can cause your eyeballs to resonate, making you think you see movement in your peripheral vision). But is this true, or as real as the South Park brown noise?
Katsura Strobe Tuner is a shareware ap, that's a very affordable way to get a strobe tuner on your Mac. If you've not used a strobe tuner before, it's a much easier way to tune that the traditional needle-pointer.
Might give this a go myself - there's a 90 day free trial, but my tuner needs are currently met by PolyTune on my iPhone (they gave it away for free for a very limited time - as a few lucky blog followers found out). You wouldn't think a polyphonic tuner would work, but it does - and the individual string tuning is the best I've used without a strobe.
There's been an amazing buzz about Nebula for a while now, but as a Pro Tools and Logic user, there wasn't really much chance to play with it. Acustica have finally released the Nebula free bundle - a fully functional, limited feature version of Nebula.
What is it? Well, from their site blurb:
"Nebula emulates the character and personality of analog hardware with exacting accuracy. Whether it is high end outboard equalizers, classic compressors, the latest reverbs, or vintage time-variant effects like phasers and flangers, Nebula has them all. With a large library of free included presets, you'll be adding the warmth of analog to your digital mixes in no time at all.
Nebula is a VST multieffect plug-in that is able to emulate and replicate several types of expensive audio equipment, eliminating the need for costly and bulky hardware. Nebula uses libraries which are created using a sophisticated “sampling approach” making it possible to “record” aspects of the sound of audio devices and play them back. Our sampling process results in highly realistic, complex emulations of many types of audio processing devices that can then be used to process any audio signal digitally, all within a VST plug-in that is compatible with all major DAWs and editing software"
Nebula Free gives you:
Nebula3 Free (CoreII Engine): the free VST and AU multi-effect plug-in
N.A.T.3 free: the free FX Sampler
The free library: small, fully-functional preset library.
If you like what you see, the full version of Nebula is only €119, and can be expanded with 3rd party libraries. In the mean time, get the free version here.
Been listening to some classic British psyche. Mellotrons, beards, real ale and Leslie speakers abound in the world of the fragile English cult acid head..
As the winter nights close in I find myself needing music that reminds me of the last days of summer, black birds chirping, ice creams melting, straw boaters and used condoms in the canal...here are some classics.
Roy Harper - When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease
Steady Ladies! While no looker, the tramp like Harper had a knack for bleak cynical folk, enlivened by some lovely brass. Also a mate of Jimmy Page who as well guesting on his albums dedicated the track "Hats Off To (Roy) Harper", on Zep's third album, to him.
Kevin Ayers - Hymn
Kev had everything to become a big star, blond good looks, a deep croon and Elton John's management but indolence and alcoholism did for him. His albums always sandwiched beautiful introspection, like this track, amid bloated prog rock toomfoolery and lyrics about bananas..
Syd Barrett - Dark Glode
The poster boy for acid casualties in fact Syd probably just got bored of dealing with Rodger Waters as this dismissive song attests. Horse and swaying wildly in tempo (The White Stripes are super stars with the same template) it's still better than 90% of Pink Floyd's output after he was booted out.
Matching Mole - O Caroline
A complete one off, the rest of their work is complete toss but this lovely ballad features Robert Wyatt's school boy vocals and is rather sweet.
Caravan - In the land Of Grey And Pink
Whimsical prog folk from group of art school bozos about whom I know nothing other than this track tickles me.
Nanostudio is a sampling, synthesis, sequencing (and according to their website, mastering) ap for the iPhone.
It's been described as "Reason for the iPhone", and that's enough to make me want to have a go (have to get Kore Audio to put it on the LSS iPad!). There's a fully featured synth, with CV patching, and the TGR-16 Trigger Pad.
Here's the full specs:
OS version 3.1.2 or later (tested on iOS 4)
iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4
iPod Touch 2G, 3G (mic recording possible with external accessory)
iPod Touch 1G (mic recording not available)
iPad (1/2x zoom compatibility mode)
Instruments - 4x Eden synths, TRG-16 trigger pads, 6 track sequencer, 7 input mixer with two sends
Insert Effects - 2 per synth (waveshaper, chorus/flanger/delay)
Send Effects - 2 (reverb, chorus/flanger/delay)
Total polyphony - 48 stereo voices
Buffer latency - 10ms
Stereo 44.1kHz floating-point signal path (only the final output is reduced to 16 bit)
Individually optimized for new and old hardware (chooses between VFP or NEON technology)
Maximum size for a single sample - 8MB (total sample memory will depend on your device)
Audio copy/paste with other compatible music apps - both Intua and Sonoma standards supported
Direct SoundCloud sharing straight from your device
Compatible with Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer accessory for MIDI input from external hardware
MIDI file import/export
Eden Synth (x4)
Maximum polyphony - 8 voices per synth
2 anti-aliased oscillators per voice, each with 36 basic waveforms including noise
Oscillators can be mixed or sync/ring modulated
Resonant filter per voice - low pass, band pass or high pass with 12dB or 24dB slope
Samples can be used in place of basic waveforms
4 LFO's, optional sync to note start/sequencer tempo
3 ADSR Envelope generators (amp, filter and aux)
2 X/Y controllers, 1 configurable control knob, pitch bend wheel and accelerometer input
Virtual patchbay for connecting controllers, LFO's and envelopes and other synth parameters
2 insert effects per synth (waveshaper, chorus/flanger/delay)
192 Global presets (shared between all projects) and 64 Project specific presets
TRG-16 Trigger Pads and Sampling
Number of trigger pads - 16
Maximum polyphony - 16 voices
Adjust volume, pan, pitch, output bus, attack, release and loop type per sample
Exclusive groups for use with high hats etc.
Three output busses, each with its own filter and send effects
Load/save individual samples or whole kits
Upload wavs or aiffs to your device using NanoSync for Mac or Windows
Record your own samples using the internal mic (iPhone only) or external mic (iPod Touch 2G, 3G)
Resample NanoStudio's main mix output
Crop and normalize samples on the device using NanoStudio's built in sample editor with 4 levels of undo/redo
Realtime record with undo
Pattern editor and song arranger
6 tracks (4 Eden synths and 2 tracks dedicated to the TRG-16)
Record unique parts or turn them into patterns for repetitive loops (100 patterns supported)
Draw note and controller events such as XY pad movements, pitch bend, velocity and accelerometer
Editing functions include delete, merge, copy, move, note length, transpose, clean and quantize
Controller editing and automation
Time signatures 2/4 - 7/4
4 levels of undo/redo on every editing operation
All editing operations are possible while the sequence is playing
Mixer with 7 stereo inputs (4 Eden synths, 3 TRG-16 output busses), 1 stereo output and 2 stereo sends
2 Simultaneous global effects sends per input (reverb, chorus/flanger/delay)
Stereo VU displays for all inputs and outputs
Offline mixdown - stereo mix, individual tracks or individual song parts
And if that's not tempting enough, have a look at this:
There's support for the Akai Synthstation on its way!
Gratified by finally finding a copy of Julian Cope's epic meditation Krautrocksampler that was not in German, I was inspired to download...ermmm I mean purchase a fist full of music most Kosmisch....
Here are a few of my favourite tracks from my recent investigation and some familiar classics I have cherished for a while.
Faust - The Sad Skinhead
From Wumme but sounding like The Specials! A whole new sub genre like Egyptian Reggae, it's Kraut Ska..
Ash Ra Tempel - Light And Darkness: Darkness - Flowers Must Die
Worth it for the title alone...phazed and flanged to the max, it's hard to imagine their guitarist, Manuel Göttsching, later made the sedate proto trance classic E2-E4.
Popol Vuh - Aguirre I
Something a little more solemn from the mysterious Popol Vuh, named after a manuscript containing the mythology of the Quiché Maya people of highland Guatemala...Hey far out! This is from the brilliant soundtrack to Werner Hezog's deranged exploration of Conquistador greed, Aguirre: The Wrath of God.
Can - Mother Sky
Perennial family favourites Can kick out the jams with this dense rocker. Great timpani!
Cluster - Sowiesoso
Friends of Brian Eno, but don't let that put you off. A beautiful ambient classic, good for a day of Pims and boating..
Harmonia - Deluxe
My all time classic Krautrock track, a collaboration between Cluster and Neu, this positively shimmers like the gorgeous sun on the album cover.
Neu - Hero
The afore mentioned Neu invent punk two years before the fact. All their songs sounded the same but all their songs were good.
La Düsseldorf - Silver Cloud
As you may have noticed all these bands seem to share members and these guys are no exception being Neu's drummer's side project. Neu's guitarist was also in Kraftwerk briefly ...confused? Well just enjoy the monster synths and glam guitars of this strange Euro hit. Also a big inspiration for David Bowie who declared them "the sound of the future".
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Before they started churning out Hollywood soundtracks the Tang's were space rock in excelsis. This brooding collaboration with Popol Vuh's Florian Fricke (see what I mean about incestuous relationships?) could soundtrack either 2001 or Dark Star. From the heady days when there were no instruction manuals..
The Cosmic Jokers - Galactic Joke
This "band" came about when Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser had the bright idea of rounding up a load of German rockers, sticking them in a studio and feeding them loads of acid. All well and good but he then took the sessions away with him, edited it all into three albums worth of aimless riffing and released under a made up name of his invention. The first guitarist Manuel Göttsching (from Ash Ra Temple) knew about it was when he heard some intriguing music playing in a record shop, inquired who it was only to be shown the album cover with his face staring out of it.
Amon Duul II - Archangel Thunderbird
Sounds like a deranged mix of Queens of the Stone Age with Geddy Lee on vox..Big foot stomping music when out of your mind on beer and speed.
Moebius & Plank - Tollkühn
Proto techno or wot?? Moebius from Cluster and Conny Plank, legendary producer of Kraftwerk, Can and Neu, join together for summit meeting of years-before-their-time electronic pioneers.
TuxGuitar is a multitrack tablature editor and player. I've got some guitar teaching coming up soon, and this has been a very useful find......
It comes in Windows, Linux and Mac versions, and even FreeBSD - and if that's not enough, there's even a version that runs in your web browser. As the name suggests, it's open source and free. Head here to find out more and download!
DJ Mag's November issue is out, and the results are in......... Armin Van Buuren beat out David Guetta, Tiësto, Deadmau5 and Above & Beyond for the top position in this year's list of the Top 100 Djs in the world, as compiled by DJ Mag.
For Van Buuren, it’s his fourth year at the top.
“It’s pretty obvious when you’ve been voted top for three years that at some point you have to come down,” says Van Buuren. “But, obviously, it’s a people’s vote, and I’m not going to lie and say I wouldn’t like to win it again.”
Check out the full list below. No woman on the list yet!
Vent your thoughts on this year’s list with comments!!!