Sunday, March 28, 2010

New: Radikal Technologies Accelerator

Subtractive synth with 3 OSCs and two External inputs, multimode filters, arpeggiator and much more.

The Accelerator features the first motion tilt controller in a full size keyboard. Some people initially thought this was poorly imagined as shaking or hitting an expensive keyboard could lead to damage in the longterm. I wouldn't want to buy a used synth from these people! Clearly, the Accelerator its meant to be picked up for onstage showmanship during solos etc. I think its cool!!!


Dark Energy Online Patch Creator


Save and share your analog patches with the flash Dark Energy Patch creator. Twist knobs and create connections. Allows you to print when your done.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Korg PS60 and Microstation found


Images of the Korg PS60


and MicroStation extended synth


Also: Devilfish XoxBox and another Roland Keyta GO HERE


(another shot of the microstation)

Video: Korg Monotron

The monotron runs on two AAA batteries, and is small enough to hold in your hand. TechnaBob

Roland GAIA Pictures




Look at it in 3d! Its kind of fat/cool. Check out more of the product Specs

Some people were saying it was real analog, but it appears to be Virtual.

Triple-Fat Virtual Analog

Sink your teeth into the new triple-stacked virtual analog engine, comprising three complete synths for incredibly thick, powerful sound. Unleash the beef of three oscillators that drive a trio of multimode, resonant filters, multi-shape LFOs, and amplifiers, plus nine envelope generators. It’s like having three synthesizers in one! With 64 polyphonic voices onboard, the GAIA SH-01 makes it possible to play massive sounds without experiencing note drop-out.

Very portable (10lb) w/ a phrase recorder. Allows 3 different tones layered onto itself.

Video + Audio Demos On Roland Connect

Mix in 5 Channel "Super Prologic" With Leftover Home Amplifiers

Got an extra home amplifier that use Dolby Prologic? What about three?

The human ear can easily tell where sound is coming from. With only two (stereo) or three (prologic) front speakers, we haven't yet gone far enough to trick the brain into believing we are in a natural sound field. We need five front speakers! When digital surround standards added more rear channels, they were neglecting our front-ward listening abilities. Thankfully its still possible to enjoy this setup with a only a stereo source (mixer, keyboard, dvd, cd, or workstation) and common analog dolby prologic amplifiers.

Goal: To use three Dolby Prologic home amplifiers to spread an audio signal across five front speakers for improved sound imaging

You Need:

-Three Amplifiers With Dolby Prologic Mode (Two with discrete RCA outputs)

-RCA Cable & Speaker Cables

-Five Speakers (Left, Mid Left, Center, Mid Right, and Right)


Note: if you have surround speakers & sub, you can hook those up normally for 8 or 9 channel dolby prologic.

NEW SYNTHS: Korg Monotron, Roland GAIA SH-01, Lucina AX-09

Sonic State seems to have leaked the news on incoming gear....but no images or real info yet. I'll post when they are available.

Ultra-light Roland Lucina AX-09 features an intuitive user interface

Korg announce the Monotron battery-powered synth featuring MS-10 and MS-20 analog filters

Roland GAIA SH-01 makes its debut in Frankfurt

Korg PS 60, a performance synthesizer


AsiaGeoff on Twitter says "New Roland Gaia sounds fab. Encrusted with lots of knobs, it's an analogue beast of immense potential. Only small, but sleek white & cool." Link

-So its got knobs, its analogue, and its white!

Thanks to gearslutz and harmony-central forum members for spotting the page.


From OnTheRun:


Is this the Roland Gaia?

Update: SonicState seems to have removed the articles :FacePalm:

At least this blog is the first to post this stuff this time around ^_^ I will try to get some photos later on.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tutorial: Installing Windows On Partitioned Mac Without Bootcamp

In case you have got an intel mac, and already have your drive partitioned in Mac OS X, here is a guide to add a new windows partition without deleting any of your data or using a backup drive. These are tricks that go beyond Apple's Bootcamp utility, which wouldn't work in this situation anyway. For people into music, windows on a mac gives access to many audio tools and drivers.

This is an overview of what you need to do and not a step by step tutorial. I am only providing this information because Apple won't and many people on the internet have no clue how to do this. Do not ask me for support. Make sure you have all this stuff before you get started.

You need:

-An Intel Mac

-A Functioning Windows Install Disc

-Up to date intel versions of both iPartition and iDefrag on a boot cd (Coriolis CDmaker software lets you create a custom boot cd).

-Boot Camp drivers from apple's website, so when you do get windows running it finds all your hardware.

-Mac OS X drives that are already partitioned. This tutorial is NOT for people with a single partition (who should use regular bootcamp instructions).

-Know how to hold Option on your keyboard when restarting to select boot CDs.

Always backup your important data before messing with drive formatting...

1. Make sure Mac OS X's hard drive partition map is using GUID . iPartition (Mac OS X), on a boot cd, can convert it to GUID if it happens to be by apple. Oddly the "Apple" partition map is out of date and no longer used by apple. This happened to me, and I found iPartition is the only software that can change it.

2. In Disk Utility, select the partition you want to chop in half. Create a Fat (MS-DOS) version. It will do this nondestructively and your data will stay intact. Make sure you have enough GB for the windows install and software you might want to use later. Note: It is likely that when you get to this step that DiskUtil will fail. This may be because your disk is too fragmented with large files. If that is the case then do this:

Run iDefrag, choose the "Compact" algorithm, to free up space. This will allow DiskUtil or iPartition to make the partition without running into weird errors. You don't have to do this if the partition was created okay.

Once you have an MS Dos partition created, without bootcamp I might add, you might think you can just load your windows install CD on startup. NO! The problem lies with the Windows installer. It won't be able to see the new partition you made. It is possible to destroy your drive in the windows CD installer if it is only showing your one hard drive.

3. Boot iPartition's CD on your mac. Run iPartition from the Launcher. Select your MS-DOS partition. Go to the inspector window, then partition. Click "visible in windows." Click GO This will allow the windows CD installer to see your partition. This also prevents it from destroying all the data on your drive and breaking your Mac OSX install.

4. Run the Windows installer CD. If it sees the partition you created on the C: drive, with the appropriate amount of GB space then you may proceed. If it doesn't you have to boot back into Mac OS X or iPartition and troubleshoot. At this step you can reformat your drive to NFTS if you want, or leave it at Fat32.

5. Once the Windows installer CD finishes it will restart itself. Unfortuneately it won't do it properly. It might come up with a missing folder icon and boot you into Mac OS X. If this happens, go to your startup disk preference panel and choose the Windows install CD again. This time it should start to finish the install procedure.

6. When you have windows working, download the appropriate windows (XP/Vista) boot camp driver pack (its an exe) and put it on the desktop of your windows install. Run it. Now you should be able to do things like connect to the internet with airport express etc. TIP: If Apple's EXE doesn't run at all, you can make a driver cd in Mac OS X by clicking on the Boot Camp Utility app---->right click--->show package contents----->Contents----->Resources---->DiskImage.dmg Mount that image and make a CD copy of it with disc utility. Insert the CD when you've booted into windows.

The reason this ends up being so complicated is because Apple does not provide a disk utility that is compatible with its own hacked together drive scheme; it is only currently supported by 3rd party software (iPartition). The original Bootcamp utility works, but only in one narrow situation (a single GUID, HFS+ partition) that forces you to delete everything.

Hopefully this information helped someone. I am just posting it because I didn't find these tips anywhere on the internet. Now I can run windows audio software on my intel mac (once again).

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Is PreSonus Studio One better than Logic?


Presonus Studio One has a great interface, but does it work better than Apple's Logic Pro? The layout is very similiar to Logic and more-so like Garage Band, but there are differences which make it a more streamlined and powerful music making experience.

Drag and drop audio instruments make it instantaneous to add a VST or AU in Studio One. No longer do you have to 1. add track 2. select audio instrument 3. scroll through a list 4. create a midi section in the sequencer 5. double click it to get it to work. With Studio One all you have to do is find the instrument from the list on the right, drag it over and double click the sequencer. Everything necessary to get working on the audio instrument comes up like the instrument's editing window and its piano roll.

Transport controls differ slightly. Studio Ones aren't as big and are not colored. Logic Pro's transport controls are easier to look at and use.

Studio One's piano roll is better than Logic's. Create note tool won't get mixed up, but is easily accessible by pressing command (apple). Quantize also instantly adjusts the spacing you want notes will snap to. In logic, notes are harder to grab and adjust often giving you weird note lengths. Velocity on studio one is also easily accessible under each note like other Daws.

Dragging and dropping FX is easy, but knowing where to edit them once they are set up is not immediately apparent. Double clicking the track brings up Mixer Mode and the insert panel, which features all FX.

Last but not least, Regions are easier to grab and edit than Logic's. No longer will you have to make sure the measure bar is perfectly aligned when copying and pasting. Odd copy & paste behaviour is a big problem with logic. Studio One, again makes it easy to paste regions and get them aligned with the snap feature.

Overall the interface is easier to read graphically, tools don't get mixed up, and midi instruments/audio devices seem to set get up properly. I find this software better than my copy of Mackie Traktor, and at first use, better than Logic. PreSonus Studio One is worth checking out!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Frequency Tests For Speakers

If you need to test out your new speakers or get the levels right on an audio system with no input, try these tests.

This free downloadable CD seperates tones on different tracks in case you are equalizing levels one by one:

Monday, March 8, 2010

Rebuilt Korg M50



...we at Purplelover's saved the synth section of this M50 by removing the busted up parts, revamped its package and housed it in a very cool free standing pine box.

Auction LINK

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Roland SP-808ex Synth Engine Demo/Overview Video

Sp-808 Synthesizer Engine Tutorial from Chip Collection on Vimeo.

This is an overview of the SP-808ex synth fx engine where I play a few patches and talk about the synthesizer editing capabilities. I think the synth engine itself sounds very good and can add a special touch to your mix even when its only monosynth. When you are using the synth engine, make sure you have your midi controller set to ch. 11 and that effects are turned on. If the patch uses the d-beam, then turn on the appropriate button near the d-beam. Press FX INFO or Shift-FX Info to get into the editing features, and use the appropriate knobs for live tweaking.

The SP-808ex has something for everybody. Check out my tutorial on using its vocoder.

SP-808 Vocoder Tutorial

SP808 Vocoder Tutorial from Chip Collection on Vimeo.

This machine is not always immediate without a manual, but you can get good results. The Vocoder is one of those things that you need to know how to set up. Make sure you don't have anything connected to input "L" !!! Unplug it (unless your using an externally preamped MIC)

This is not a demonstration of its capabilities, just a tutorial.