Ahead of the NAMM 2016 show, which starts on Thursday in Anaheim, Roland has released details of the A-01, a new highly portable controller that connects to DAWs, tablets, CV/GATE and MIDI gear. The A-01 is an incredible hybrid machine - with the flexibility to be an on-the-go production tool, a studio mainstay, or a live performance rig. Keep reading to see it in action and read some of the details.
We've seen modular synthesis take off significantly in the last few years. Last year at NAMM there even was an entire corner of the main hall dedicated to small boutique synthesizer companies! For our new episode in the Riverside Studio live instrument series, we asked producer Tobi Neuman to share his techniques for creating an analog kick sound out of just four modules. Watch and learn - this video is a great introduction for producers just getting their first taste of modular.
The Komplete Kontrol-S keyboards have been on the market for a while now, but excitingly Native Instruments has continued to build up a software-side system that supports the line and makes it even more powerful. With a new update to the Komplete Kontrol software, producers can use their own VST instruments and developers can build native versions of their instruments with a new format. Plus, there's a new 88-key version of the keyboard!
Digital and analogue drum machines have become staples in dance music with tremendous staying power over the decades. However, many of these classic sounds (including 909 and 808) are very raw and contain less than ideal "sonic gremlins" that hide in your mix. Today professional mixing engineer Hannes Bieger - who specializes in house and techno music - is going to show you how to clean up the high-end in your dance tracks by isolating and removing nasty frequencies.
We've been hearing from a lot of DJTT readers who have seen some of Ean's AIRA performance videos on his Facebook page and been asking us about the gear and how/why someone would want to use it in a production or DJ setup. For a fun Friday article, we've rounded up five performances with Roland AIRA gear that stand out and show off some of the coolest possibilities. Read on to watch them all!
The Akai Advance 49 controller with VIP software puts all your VSTi plug-in sounds at your fingertips, at the same time in the same place. Imagine browsing many thousands of presets—every single one from your collection, including Native Instruments Komplete—narrowing them down to the perfect sound and then loading them onto a controller that’s pre-mapped for your controls. Then you load up to 8 sounds from different plug-ins to play together in one monster patch. The Advance 49 could revolutionize your music production workflow.
Akai has been crushing the small controller game with their AMX Serato hyper-portable mixer and AFX effects and cue/loop/Flip controller . At Musikmesse no surprise to see them coming out with yet another low-cost portable controller, the MIDIMix - this time focused just on multichannel mixing.
Before the introduction of DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstation) and laptops, most electronic music was created using a variety of analog gear. However as the cost of software and laptops dropped, more people started learning how to make music with their laptop. For younger producers, making music with a laptop is all they know. Today Ean Golden is going to show how you can start making music without a laptop and without breaking the bank.