These days videogames can have full orchestral soundtracks that rival anything found in movies, but things were a little simpler back in the 1980s. It was an era when video games and computers all had their own very distinct sounds that can still trigger nostalgia in many people who were around to appreciate them. One of these people is David, the founder of Renegade Soundplay.
The Volca Sample by Korg has gained quite a big following among synth enthusiasts, but for all its benefits it was still lacking in certain aspects. The good news is that Korg has now brought out a revision to the original that addresses most of the limitations.
Ableton Loop, the annual international music-making summit, was supposed to be held on 24 April 2020 but was postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 situation. In its place, Ableton opted for an "at-home" edition of the summit, which featured music-making challenges, performances, and talks. Unfortunately, Ableton has now issued a statement that they do not believe the pandemic would have de-escalated sufficiently by next spring, which means Loop 2021 is also now canceled.
Fans of Thorsten Quaeshning, the current bandleader of Tangerine Dream, should already be familiar with his live studio performance series, titled "Behind Closed Doors." He came up with the concept during the first week of lockdown in Berlin when the music scene came to an abrupt halt due to COVID-19. Taking place twice a week, on Monday and Thursday evenings, the sessions which featured a variety of artists were streamed for free and reached up to 25,000 views each. The series was clearly a hit with fans and now Quaeshning has announced the second edition of Behind Closed Doors.
If you are one of the lucky few people to own a Yamaha DX5 or DX1, then you will love the latest release by HyperSynth. They have recently announced the release of their "Hyper-Bank" called the Hcard-705. This multibank cartridge pair was designed to expand the external memory of the Yamaha DX5 and DX1.
It's no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a bit of a disaster in many ways due to the COVID-19 crisis. Not only has the lives of many been cast into turmoil, but it also had a big impact on things that we all used to take for granted, such as trade shows, live music and so on. However, despite all the changes and upheavals most people have been trying their best to carry on as normal. This means that this year has also seen companies and individuals take to Kickstarter to try and fund their dream projects.
Last year we ran a news article about the Analogue Pocket, an upcoming gadget that combines vintage gaming and synthesizers in one portable package. While we knew back then that this little device is going to cause quite a stir we didn't expect it to be quite as popular as it is. It turns out that a lot of people are very eager to get their hands on this hyped portable console, but many of them were not able to due to demand.
The TR-808 is without a doubt one of the most famous drum machines and this year marks the 40th anniversary of its release. To celebrate this event Roland has released a ton of goodies on 808 Day, which appropriately enough happened on the 8th of August.
Price is definitely a big consideration when it comes to synthesizers, but space can also become an issue. Not everyone has the money or storage capacity to own a large number of synthesizers. For some, the answer to this issue is software synthesizers as these are not only cheaper but take up no space. However, software synthesizers are still lacking compared to the experience of interacting with a real hardware synthesizer. This is where SynthVR comes in as it is a virtual reality application that aims to provide a type of middle-ground.