Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Great Article from Moog Archives on Velocity Sensitivity

You can read a great article on the development of velocity sensitivity in synthesizers by Dr. Moog today, courtesy of the Moog Archives.  The full article scans are here, I don't want to host them completely here, that would be cheating Moog.

The article gives a nice insight into what goes into synthesizer thinking and the history of keyboards.  There's also a valid point made in the article about what we prefer our keyboards to feel like-- whether they have organ like response, or piano like response, or a mix.  My Little Phatty actually has a really great feel in the keys, no surprise there.  It's also quite cool to read an article written by the legend Bob Moog himself.  I hope that we see more great articles like these from the Moog Archive.  I find it fascinating how he talks about the other corporations in his competition.  Enjoy the article, it's a quick read and worth it if you're interested in the history of synths, or you're ever planning on building a keyboard yourself.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lightwaves Interview


LIGHTWAVES is Jan Rosenfeld's newest DJ project, consisting of infectiously catchy synth hooks, thumping beats, and smooth talkbox robot vocals.  Jan formerly sang for Yes Giantess, the 80s nostalgic synth pop band that would make even Prince jealous of with their rich analog sound.  Lightwaves has recently released his first two singles (as heard above) and two dance remixes of Savoir Adore and Freelance Whales.  When he isn't producing his next big single, he's filling the dance floors in clubs around DC and NYC.  I caught up with Jan about where his sound comes from, his synth gear, and what's coming next for Lightwaves...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Weekend Links!

Hey guys,
First off, you might notice the site should load a bit faster, as I've taken all of the longer posts and put them in a "read more" format.  Now you can just click that and go to the page with the rest of the article.  Cool right?  Should making coming back more often faster.

I've recently been digging this guy's videos.  He takes Daft Punk covers and tries to recreate them on his Alesis Micron.  In this video he actually teaches you the hook to "Derezzed" as well.  He's actually a pretty good programmer and shows off that synth nicely.  Hit him up, write some nice comments.

Fear of Tigers put out his newest podcast (as heard above).  Another classic!  It's only him this time, no guests (no guests on the guestlist?)  If you haven't checked out his back catalog of podcasts, I STRONGLY urge you to.

Also would like to mention this track by Com Truise.  I love the subtle reference-- "Fairlight".  Haven't picked up Mr. Truise's new record yet, but I hope to soon...

Finally, there are seriously big things coming.  I don't want to spoil any of it, but you'll get your first taste Monday morning (US time), so check back, and make sure to follow the Facebook Page and Twitter!  Everybody rock until then!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Synth Update(s), Fear of Tigers Podcasts, and More

Hey everyone!
Feel a bit like I'm dusting off this blogger today.  I recently picked up a summer job fo money, and money = synths, so I'm a slave to the paper these days.  I have big things coming your way, and this blog is only just getting started.  Here's a quick update on what's going on in the keyboard world...

More below....

Thursday, June 2, 2011

This Guitar is pure Witchcraft...

Found this while surfing a bit today.  Never really payed attention to the Moog guitar because of it's price and the fact that it is indeed a guitar.  Today I understand why it's so expensive and sought after.  Infinite ringing strings, or immediately muted strings.  I've never heard of this on any other guitar.  Also, it can be used as a midi controller, so you could theoretically control any synth with MIDI with it.  Awesome, I say.

Daft Punk - Digital Love

This guy absolutely kills the solo on 'Digital Love' by Daft Punk by using a Roland JX-3P.  I've never heard anyone else do this sound on their synth, and he just about has it perfect.  Not to mention, he can play that solo really well.  This is such a treat.  Don't count out your cheaper gear just yet!