Looking around my studio I realize I’m probably a bit of a Roland fanboy. Or not, really. Over the years I’ve just naturally gravitated towards the sounds I like the best. It’s not so much about what company actually made the hardware.
Anyway, tomorrow is 909 day and Roland will officially present some new exciting products. We’ve already seen the leaked pictures of a Boutique version of the TR-909 drum machine and TB-303 bassline. Personally I’m hoping for a even smaller version of the TR-808. Let’s see what they have in store for us.
My GAS level went up a bit for this new module from QU-Bit. The Chord is a four wave oscillator with individual and summed outputs. All voices are tuned together, allowing for quick and easy sequencing of chord progressions. Lets see if I can find a place for this little beauty in my modular rack.
Chord from Qu-Bit on Vimeo.
Throwback tuesday!! A couple of years ago I did a live recording of my 1975 analog synth Roland System-100, where I used the sample & hold function to create loops and noises. Everything was recorded in one take and only some reverb was added afterwards. Check it out if you like phat analog bleeps and bloops.
Lots of fun toys to play with…
File this one under utterly uniquely sounding analog synthesizer.
The Onde Magnétique OM-1 is a device with which you control a modified cassette-player. Into the player you put various pre-recorded cassettes (flute, vox etc) and by playing the buttons on the controller you set the speed of the cassette motor. Which in turn produces notes in different pitches. Really cool concept. Like the bastard child of a Mellotron. Check it out!
The OM-1 costs $285 and can be ordered from their web site.
Over 10 years ago I got this idea that I would make some new chip tunes, so I bought an old Nintendo Gameboy and a cartridge with an early version of Nanoloop.
(Had to look, it’s version 1.2.)
No new chip tunes were actually made but I did manage to use some of its crunchy sounds in a couple of my early dance music releases, like A brand new world. The noisy crunchy loop you hear in the intro was done on a Gameboy with Nanoloop 1.2, with some sampled congas put on top of it.
Anyhow, the latest version of that awesome little sequencer is now 2.7 and apparently there is another type of cartridge on the way called Nanoloop Mono.
It’s a three channel analog synthesizer cart for the original monochrome Gameboy models, and judging by the video it sounds pretty damn good. I might just get one of these and fire up the old beige boy one more time.
Hmm.. I should make a youtube video playing Nanoloop 1.2. There doesn’t seem to be many on the tube.
A short demo of Nanoloop Mono for Gameboy Classic.
I’ve finally had some time to sort through all the pics I took at this years Sonar festival. Here are some of them. Check it out.
- Sonar by day.
- Hey you want a beer?
- The outside accreditation area.
- Staff at the accreditation restaurant.
- Big accreditation area screen.
- Chilling in the accreditation area.
- Cowboy dudes.
- The Sonar+D levels.
- The Novation booth.
- Cenk from Elektron touching stuff.
- Overbridge from Elektron.
- Elektron gear.
- The Touch Board.
- Something something.
- A mechanical drum machine.
- The VR at Sonar+D.
- Nick trying out VR.
- A girl trying out VR.
Check this out. Here’s a little DIY project for anyone with a Raspberry Pi computer laying around. The SamplerBox is basically a sample player in a wooden box. Load the samples on a SD-card, stick it into the box, connect a MIDI keyboard to it and there you have it. The total cost is less than €99 in parts.
This could be interesting when it’s finally released. Still under development, there’s not much info available on the BitRumble, except that it has 5 channels with separate analog-like synthesis and a 15 step sequencer with 8 selectable patterns.
I did a demo of some of the possibilities using sample & hold on the System-100. This is a bit different from the usual stuff I do nowadays but here you go..