Thursday, January 23, 2014

Korg Gadget iPad DAW Looks Super Fun

Holy smokes! That looks fun.
A collection of fifteen Gadgets, Recording and Mixing!
They call it "A second Daw"

Might need an iPad now.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Roland FA-06, FA-08 Leaked

These were found on a Russian distributer's site. There is also a placemark for these on Roland Turkey. Found on this thread. There hasn't been a time ever where someone hasn't found website leaks, or when someone took photos. It appears to be like an Integra-7 with audio recording and a sampler! It probably is remeniscent of FA-76, which is why there is no Fantom name on top. I would love to know if the keybed is Fantom G / JP-80 quality, because I am not interested in weighted 08 keys (I'm a synth player only).

It looks like they have performance controls, a color screen, and dials / pads from the Fantom. I'm not a big fan of the style of this one. Very blocky and the numeric graphic is a litle weird. It might be cool if the pitch wheel lights up. Overall it looks nice. I've definitely been looking for a "G" replacement. But I must say these are aesthetically disappointing, like early 90s junk.

TB-03 and TR-08 might exist as well, but I have no evidence. The FA-06 might cost $ 1,680


From the Roland Turkey site (translated)
Roland's new FA series completely effortless power real-time, ultra-fast workflow and re-imagined workstation for maximum versatility. You play all music styles ready to support the FA-06 and FA-08 flagship INTEGRA-7 sound module from a huge sound bank, tons of studio-quality effects impressive, real-time controls and internal 16 backlit pad with zero load-time audio capable of playing, rapid prototyping to sahiptir.sequenc feature is easy to use and the ability to make continuous loop recording your songs and ideas, whether export to multiple channels allows you to use in your DAW software. The creator of your world in every department on your side who will be FA series; powerful, real-time controls and with more live performances for use alone outside, USB Audio / MIDI interface and DAW software controls and real-time computer-based studio çalışmalarınız in the control center can become.

  • Has been designed to increase your creativity, music has been re-imagined Workstation

  • Intuitive, large color LCD screen, streamlined interface

  • Lightweight, portable 61 key keyboard precision body (FA-06) or 88-key senses represent Ivory Ivory Feel-G mechanism (FA-08)

  • SuperNatural from INTEGRA-7 sound module synth, acoustic instrument sounds and sound davulları containing over 2000, thanks to the built-in audio input add more 'can be added.

  • Axial sound bank free on Roland's extensive audio collection fully compatible with the INTEGRA-7 synth tones supernatural synth processor

  • SP-404SX features built-in 4 banks based X 16 pad sampler and SDHC card recording and playback directly to

  • Non-Stop recording will let you create your songs easily walkable 16-channel sequencer; Sequencer complete stereo mix channels, multi-channel audio or MIDI to the DAW can save SDHC card to use in our writing.

  • 16 independent MFX processors, drums six COMP + EQ processors, unique TFX (total effects) and global EQ, chorus, and reverb Enrich your Soundu with.

  • Your Tone, effects and real-time control external MIDI devices, Sound Modify buttons can be assigned to six users

  • One press of a button i FA-06/FA-08 your DAW via USB it ready to use in our writing

  • D-Beam, Rhythm Pattern, Arpeggiator and Chord Memory features Expand your creativity with palette

  • Performance, Sample and audio recording to DAW software for Guitar / Mic and Line inputs, these inputs are assigned to the ambience reverb feature offers the performance and during recording.

  • Audio expansion, updating, and computer and audio / MIDI interface, USB input for use as the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit with iPad MIDI connection possible.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Analog Synths Under $700 Compared


Here is a comparison of features per dollar on budget synthesizers. This was done in early 2014, before Winter NAMM with available synths. Winner: Microbrute! Runner up were the Volca Keys & Bass. I'll apologize ahead of time for any errors, but I think this is close enough to do a basic comparison.


Monday, January 6, 2014

What is The Fastest Mac Per Dollar For Audio?


Here we have a collection of Macintosh boxes, mostly portables, to see which is the best value for the dollar. What matters is raw computing speeds since we use them for audio. Used Mac Pros and a Refurb Mac mini was thrown in. Most of these are Apple store prices, and all should have 256GB hard drive upgraded figured into the price. (128GB or lower is not acceptable!).

What is the conclusion? Best Dekstop: The 2.66 quad Mac Pro from Megamacs was the best deal. If you want something slightly faster, the refurb 2011 mac Mini server is a little faster, and obviously quieter. Best laptop deal: Macbook Pro 15" 2.0 Ghz.  Remember these all had 256GB drives (SSD) or 500GB+ equivalent hard drive.

Older portables like the 2009 MBP may be cheap and available on ebay, but they have pathetic scores, being half as fast as a new Mac Mini, so they are not recommended. Also note if you bought a used Mac Pro you could upgrade the machine with a new graphics card and it would still be an acceptable value today. If you do go portable, just get a new laptop! (People tend to bang up used ones anyway).

Update: The lower Graph is jumbled. Sorry. Mac Tracker was used to find the scores, so there may be a slight discrepency. This is a general guide.