Buying a ton of vintage gear is one thing, but you are going to need both the space to store everything and some sort of surface to place them on when using them. Fortunately, there are plenty of great desks or stands available on the market that can get the job done. While any old table or stand will work, we are looking at a couple of them that are functional, practical and suitable for keeping your vintage gear safe and accessible.
A while back we mentioned the LittleBits Electronic Synth Kit in our article about "How To Get Your Kids Into Synths". It is a great gadget for kits who have outgrown their Lego, but who would still enjoy assembling pieces in order to create their very own synthesizer. The Synth Kit is aimed at kids aged 14 and up, but if your children are a little younger, then don't despair as Littlebits have reached out to us with news of their brand new Electronic Music Inventor Kit.
Some vintage synth owners use their instruments purely for their enjoyment and never get as far as recording anything. Others record their compositions for personal use or to share with friends. In both these cases there isn't really a need for expensive speakers as a good pair of headphones or consumer speakers will be more than adequate. However, if you are serious about recording your work and sharing it with the public, then you can benefit from studio monitors.
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Soft synths have come such a long way that there are now various options when it comes to exploring even the most niche synthesizers. This means that you no longer need expensive Eurorack modular synthesizers to create granular synthesis either. In fact, you don't even need a computer and DAW as there are a number of applications at your disposal if you are an iOS user. So, if you want to delve into granular synthesis right in the palm of your hand, then look at some of the best granular software synths for iOS.
Novation is proud and excited to announce the release of the Peak firmware 1.2 update. Firmware 1.2 adds a number of the most requested features from Peak users around the world, as well as all-new presets.
Massively increasing the range of Peak’s sonic palette, 43 new wavetables have been added to the Oscillator Wave menus.
In part one of our guide to free online beat composers we took a closer look at Drumbit, Drumbot Sequence, Online Sequencer, HTML5 Drummachine as well as Rhythm Composer i0-808. All of them have their strengths and weaknesses, but the one thing that they have in common is that they can be used for free. Just in case none of the websites covered in our first article didn't catch your fancy, here are X more free online beat composers to try out.
While the melody of a song is important, you still need a good rhythm to provide the backbone of your music. So, while people may hum the melody of your song, it is going to be the beat to which they tap their feet. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways for synth players to incorporate a good beat into their songs, using a variety of hardware and software options. However, if you find yourself with a break at work and the desire to put together a good beat for inspiration you might think that your options are rather limited.
People have different ways of showcasing the love and admiration that they have for their hobbies. For some, this means building up a collection and keeping everything in pristine condition. For others, it means using the items in their collection, instead of keeping everything locked behind a display case. Vintage synthesizers are no exception, but as with most other hobbies, fans of the hardware can also sometimes get carried away.