Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Teenage Engineering: OP-1 Synthesizer & Controller

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Teenage Engineering Operator 1

I love the resurgence of boutique synths manufacturers that we seem to be having right now. With all the advancements in software there is still interesting hardware coming out. Coming through the pipes today I saw that there is a new company called Teenage Engineering (awesome name btw) that is developing a great looking synth/midi controller call ed the OP-1.

It has your standard midi controller options, but what is interesting is some of the standalone features. It has 8 synthesizer models, 8 samplers and effects built into an extremely tiny package. It also has a full color OLED display with some very unique UI chhoices.

Inputs/Outputs

  • 3.5mm input for audio/external microphone
  • 3.5mm output for line out /headphones
  • 3-pole power-connector for charging the internal battery or for use with power adaptor.
  • The power connector itself is the same as used in robotic automation applications
  • USB 2.0 port for hooking up your OP to your computer transferring your recorded music
  • Two holes special machined for carry strap
  • Turn the machine upside-down there are two M6 holes for use with our Studio System parts.

The retro simplistic design ala  the Casio VL-1 looks great as well. Actually it sort of looks like an Ableton Live instrument brought to life.

A release date and price is not yet announce as the machine is still being developed, but Teenage Engineering is expected to produce an initially 100 units for Beta testing. You can sign up for more information at their website to try to get on the Beta list.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

AtoMikDoG Tek-Brek Liveset

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AtoMikDoG Tek_Brek Livset

We have a new liveset this week from producer AtoMikDoG. This one is a little bit more up tempo then his past stuff.

http://www.myspace.com/atomikdog

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wacom Releases NextBeat NXT-1000 DJ Interface

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Wacom NextBeat NXT-1000 Press Release (.PDF)

Wacom, makers of the very useful and cool tablets for artists has mysteriously decided to jump into the DJ market. Their newest product is called the NextBeat. It appears to be a self contained unit and not a midi controller. Overall I can’t say I am impressed.

There aren’t any features spilling out yet, but it does appear that the controller section can lift off from the body of the device allowing you to “roam” while you DJ. 

The Press release states that a website for the product should launch tomorrow (March 18th) at http://www.nextbeat.com

via Gizmodo.com

Sunday, March 15, 2009

D-Bass Liveset

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D-Bass Livset

Techno liveset from D-Bass

Thursday, March 12, 2009

MGMT - Kids: Performed on iPod Touch & iPhone

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Not sure what to make of this video. On the one hand it is cool, but on the other hand I think the iPod touch and iPhone have to be able to do better than this. The women need to sing out a little bit.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Komega Live October 26th, 2008 @ Willoughby Loft

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Komega Live October 26th, 2008 @ Willoughby Loft

 

Not a lot of information on this one except that it is from Willoughby Loft.

http://www.komegamusic.com

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Radikal Technologies Spectralis 2 Teaser Video #1

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Live Street Gameboy Music

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Yes!!! This is exactly what I talked about three years ago with the Renegade Guerllia LivePA rig. Here is artist who is not identified but is playing some great music live on the street in Japan.

Update: Apparently his name is Maru and the track is called Insane Youth.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Suicide Lane feature rightClique

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Suicide Lane feature rightClique

This is a second live perfomrnace mp3 from Cerebral Sabbath event that I posted about last week. This week’s performance is a collaborative glitch IDM set between Suicide Lane and rightClique.