Monday, September 22, 2008

My New Addiction: Slagsmålsklubben


Over at the boards there was a topic posted about Slagsmålsklubben, a Swedish electronic sixtuplet which is blowing my mind as of late. They have quite a number of videos posted over on Youtube much like this one above. Pretty much, I cannot get them out of my head and I just had to share it with everyone.

Stanton DaScratch Touch Sensitive DJ Pad


stanton SCS3D


Looks like Stanton is offering up a new, interesting DJ controller to the mix. Above is the new Stanton SCS.3D Touch Pad. There is definitely some interesting design elements here with the USB cord being touched underneath the device. Admittingly it does look a little cheap though. 

Even after watching the video though I am slightly confused as to what this device is. Is it supposed to be replacing the  turntables or the mixer? Maybe I am just stuck in my old ways in thinking that a mixer style interface is even needed for software. All in all though this looks like an interesting approach to software DJ mixing, but I am curious if the touch interface (all the fad these days) is really any more intuitive or useful than traditional knobs and sliders.

Price comes in at an affordable $300 and features "plug and play" capability for all of the major DJ software out there, including Ableton Live.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jam The Tubes: Live Online Liveset


Sort of last minute, but I recieved word that tree members from the community are performing right now via Ustream for a live event on the net.

This is an event they plan to host again in the future so keep and eye for it, and if you are interested in performing yourself then head on over to the website to get more information.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Roland MC-808: Daft Punk Jam (Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger)


Found this nice video of a guy jamming on his MC-808 doing a liveish remix to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger". I gotta say it is pretty good and shows off the MC-808 a little bit. I feel sort of remiss about the MC-808 because I think it has gotten sort of a bad rap for the LivePA crowd. It certainly has its limitations as a full on workstation, but as a straight up sampler I think it has some really great features and playability.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

11 Free VST Synthesizers That Sound Great!!!


Looking for some great free VST synths to produce with? Then check these ones out. They are garunteed to get you  some new sounds for your set. 11 Free VST Synthesizers That Sound Great!!!

Taking the Electribe ES-1 further


From changing the colour of the LEDs lighting the buttons to adding switches in order to make old functions new again, owners of the original Korg Electribes seem to be taking matters into their own hands. Though the internal components are fare more tightly integrated than in the great circuit bending and user-modded machines of the past, such as the SK-1 and the famous Roland x0x line, today's ever more tech-savvy end users are nonetheless finding ways to creatively modify these increasingly cheap little boxes. Noticing this, I've decided to consolidate a few of the more interesting and successful user mods I've seen floating around the net, as well as inluding links to some useful tools and such for the models I talk about.

Of course, modifying any of these while they are still new and under warranty will void said warranty, but you already knew that, right?

The above video shows what happens when someone decides that Korg's sense of design just isn't up to snuff with their own refined sense of aesthetics. Blue LEDs and a sweet paint job on the case are obviously the answer! It might not change the way the instrument sounds, but it's a start.

Another useful and increasingly popular modification is the addition of a battery pack, detailed in a nice PDF file and AVI video in the file section of the Electribe Yahoo group, where you can find all sorts of other useful utilities as well, such as the blank pattern/sample template in Zip format, and the pitch knob map. (You'll have to sign in with a Yahoo ID to see.) For those wanting to dive in a little further, there is also a Max/MSP editor for the ES-1 as well.