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Why should I buy an iPad?

April 5, 2010  |  Gear

All the tech sites this weekend were filled with awe for the newly released Apple iPad. Since Apple first showed their new Jesus tablet, I’ve been asking myself if this is something I currently need. And for the most part, although it seems to be a really sexy toy, I will have to answer no. I already have two portable computers, a HTC mobile with internet connection and an iPod Touch with the Spotify app and twenty or so music apps and games. But this may change quickly as new apps start to appear for the iPad. What could tip me over to the other side would be a smart music app that would use the big touch screen in an innovative way. Something that I could use when I make music. The other day I read about the Rj Voyager application. It looks interesting but it’s not really for me, just yet. Demo below..

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-HwJILFQMY

Midibox CV, my next addition to the studio

March 31, 2010  |  Gear

The Midibox projects, initiated by Thorsten Klose, contains a growing collection of some amazing DIY stuff. Like the Sid Synth, FM Synth, the Midibox 808 (A “Do it yourself” Roland TR-808 clone), and the Midibox CV – which is what I’m looking into at the moment. The latter is a basically a box to control analog synths and other equipment through CV, Control Voltage – which is the pre-MIDI way to control old stuff. Like my Roland System-100, SH-09 and the Frostwave resonator (Korg MS-20 filter). Today I use a Kenton Pro 2 MIDI to CV converter which works OK but I need to take it to the next level, hence the Midibox CV. Below is a video of another Midibox project done the De Luxe way – It’s the MB 6582, based on the Midibox Sid 2. Since it’s DYI, everything is available if you want to build one yourself. All you need is time, money and a soldering iron. Amazing!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txL9l7fI0P4