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Tomorrow is September 9 aka Roland 909 day

September 8, 2016  |  Blog, Drum machine, Synthesizer

Roland TR-09

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.

QU-Bit Chord Eurorack module

August 28, 2016  |  modular, Studio, Synthesizer

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.

OM-1 Cassette Tape Synthesizer

July 20, 2016  |  Analog, Synthesizer

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.

httpv://youtu.be/NWQV_XTZvZk

Nanoloop Mono for Gameboy

The Gameboy Classic

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.

httpv://youtu.be/hQoXwIZx4FE
A short demo of Nanoloop Mono for Gameboy Classic.

Some of my pics from Sonar 2015 in Barcelona

June 27, 2015  |  Blog, Fun, Sónar, Synthesizer

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.

BitRumble, an 8-bit polyphonic synthesizer and sequencer

May 29, 2015  |  8-bit, Blog, Synthesizer

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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luDHEXqP3gY&t=5