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Music Gear Chat
Quick Gear Chat on the Behringer MS101 - Roland SH101 Clone
I owned a SH101 Blue for years and totally enjoyed it, lots of creative projects came out of it. I sold it on eBay several years ago... then I saw Behringer created a clone so I had to give it a try... It sounds surprising close and it has several additional feature, listed here. https://www.behringer.com/product.html?modelCode=P0D8D Pros: the sounds, feels and original connections from the original SH101 Cons: The Step sequencer and arp are not as intuitive as the the original SH101 I just felt they thought too much about how to modernize this and over engineered it. Worth mentioning...My version was the first to come out and since then Roland made them change the name.
Music Gear Chat - Arturia Creative Drum Machine
This is a keeper in my studio, but you have to stick with it and be into an external computer hosting the sound library. I usually dont go for this type of setup but its actually been fun and powerful. Sign up for the newsletter and get monthly deals on sound packs.. etc. Read more about this unit here https://www.arturia.com/products/drums/spark/details
Music Gear Chat - M-Audio Axium 25
Here is a midi controller, M-Audio Axium 25 version one. Pros: It powers off a computer via USB or HUB and small form factor, but robust enough to feel solid. Cons: The USB ports can become over used, though you can use a powered over a supply. More info here https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/m-audio-axiom-25
Pro Digital DJ Mixer by Behringer DDM 4000
DIGITAL PRO MIXER DDM4000 This is an outstanding DJ Mixer with a unique feature, it will match BPM to any two audio sources and sync them to the MIDI output, to your favorite drum machine or synth.. pretty cool. Behringer DDM4000 Overview Behringer introduces the DDM4000 Digital DJ Mixer, a feature packed 4-channel digital DJ mixer for professional and home use. With four independent effects engines, built-in digital sampling with beat-sync and digital crossfader with BPM cross-fading, the DDM4000 delivers a host of professional features at an affordable price. The mixer features four line inputs that support phono (turntable) and line signal for a total of eight connected sources. Two microphone inputs feature Gain, EQ, Talk function and FX control. DJs can recall previous mixer settings at the touch of a button and a large LCD display provides all setting information. Laptop DJs will be pleased with the DDM4000's MIDI capabilities. MIDI inputs and outputs allow the mixer's controllers to be mapped with popular DJ software titles like Serato, Traktor and others. Additional features include S/PDIF digital output ultra-fast, accurate BPM counters, Headphone Cue with Bass/Snare boost and more. 32-Bit Digital DJ Mixer The DDM4000 is a full featured 32-bit digital DJ mixer with beat-synchronized sampler, four multi-effects sections, two BPM counters, digital crossfader and MIDI. MIDI Control MIDI inputs and outputs allow the mixer's controllers to be mapped with popular DJ software titles like Serato, Traktor and others. Phono/Line Stereo Channels Allowing Eight Sources Four channels provide phono (turntable) and line inputs for a total of eight simultaneous sources. Flexible Stereo Channels Each channel delivers an array of features including gain, programmable parametric 3-band EQ with Kill function and more. Digital Crossfader The digital crossfader design provides flexible curve adjustment, reverse button and automatic, BPM-synchronized crossfading. Digital S/PDIF Output A digital S/PDIF output is provided for sending output signal to digital input sources. Additional Features 32-bit digital DJ mixer with beat-synchronized sampler, 4 multi-FX sections, 2 patented* BPM counters, digital crossfader and MIDI 4 Phono/Line stereo channels allowing max. 8 signal sources to be connected simultaneously 2 Microphone inputs with Gain, EQ, Talk function and FX 4 stereo channels with Gain, programmable parametric 3-band EQ with Kill function, fader curve control and flexible crossfader assignment Sophisticated sampler with beat-controlled loop function, real-time pitch control, sampler FX and crossfader start option 2 freely assignable and BPM-synchronized, high-quality FX engines (Bitcrusher, Resonator, Reverb, Flanger, etc.) Ultra-fast, accurate and patented* BPM counters for automatic BPM synchronization of sampler, FX, crossfader and external drum machines, etc. via MIDI Digital crossfader with flexible curve adjustment, reverse button and automatic, BPM-synchronized crossfading Dual-mode crossfader with innovative frequency-selective crossfading Dedicated Headphone section includes PFL Mix/Split and Bass/Snare boost functions Recall your last mixer setting at the push of a button Digital S/PDIF output for direct recording of your performance Rack mount brackets included for ultimate flexibility High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life Behringer DDM4000 Specs Total # Of Channels 4 Input Connectors 4 Turntable (phono)/Line: L/R RCA Phono Unbalanced 4 Line: L/R RCA Phono Unbalanced 2 Microphone: XLR Connector Output Connectors Out A: L/R and Sub Balanced XLR Main Out A (Monitor): L/R RCA Phono Main Out B (Monitor): L/R RCA Phono Record: L/R RCA Phono Headphone: 1/4" Phone TRS Signal to Noise Ratio Line: Better than 80dB Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz +0/-3dB EQ Section Stereo Low: -∞dB / +12dB Stereo Mid: -∞ / +12dB Stereo High: -∞ / +12dB Power USA / Canada: 100 - 240 V~, 50/60Hz Power Consumption: 20W Dimensions 4.33 x 12 x 15.50" (110 x 320 x 392mm) (HxWxD) Weight 9.3 lb. (4.2kg) Packaging Info Package Weight 15.0 lb Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.5 x 15.9 x 6.8"
Music Gear Talk - Roland JX3P Synth
one my first and favorites, the Roland did a great job making this full sized synth. It has midi and sync via one 1/4" connector which allows you to sync up older 80's drum machines and synths.. draw back these older synths can be a bit noisy but that is sorta the effect people are wanting these days too. Really interesting history read all about it. http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/jx3p.php There is a cool programmer you can get for these too.
Music Gear Chat - Roland JDXI Synth Crossover
I bought this from watching some videos online about it, but I really did not take the time to consider it's size or the buikd quality.. which my first impression was plastic-ee. Feel like a toy but it dose have some powerful tools with the microphone, voice chord transformation made simple.. but it is really a creative idea box... sit on the couch making some jams, but In am sure i am missing some awesomeness here. Its full featured but it's predecessor with the Zen Coar products is likely much more impressive. This keyboard https://www.roland.com/global/products/jd-xi/ Zen Core Products: https://www.gak.co.uk/en/roland-zen-core?page=0#&auto=true
Music Gear Chat - Korg's Volca Sample Sequencer Keypad
Here is a cool little unit with a punch of features! Read all about it https://www.korg.com/us/products/dj/volca_sample/ Korg's Volca Sample gives you hands-on control over 100 built-in samples and well beyond thanks to the AudioPocket iOS app, which lets you create and load in your own sounds and noises. Dig into your sounds with pitch and reverse effects, funk it up with the swing control, or shorten up a kick sample with the decay control to give it more impact. This highly tweakable miniature sequencer can also be easily synced with other Volca and Electribe series gear to build a powerful rig without surrendering a massive amount of your studio or live setup's real estate.
I saw this for the first time in a music store show room, and I told myself one day I would have this, it sounds so beautiful! Endless creative ideas flow from this. The Roland JP-8000 was released in early 1997 as part of the first wave of virtual analog modeling synthesizers (VA synths). Others from that period included the Clavia Nord Lead (1995), Korg Prophecy (1995), Access Virus (1997) and Yamaha AN1x (1997). VA synths had the goal of recreating the sound, functionality and user interface of classic analog synthesizers. The JP-8000 was viewed at the time as the modern digital incarnation of the classic Roland Jupiter-8, from 1981. The programming interface, synthesis options and general tone is very similar to Roland's Jupiter-6 as well. The JP-8000 sought to digitally reproduce the warm analog tonalities and sheer power of its analog predecessors. Although it lacked somewhat in analog warmth due to its early digital architecture, it added many new features, such as RPS (Realtime Phrase Sequencing), which allowed short sequenced phrases to be assigned to keys, and such as motion control. It also featured the unique Supersaw oscillators and analog-style controllers such as an arpeggiator and an assignable touch response ribbon control. The JP-8000 had several features that differed from other analog modeling synthesizers of the time. Most notably, Roland's unique oscillator types ("Feedback" and "Supersaw") and the use of sliders instead of rotary encoders (knobs) to edit patch parameters.
ToneWerks Published Songs
Radiate'R a Tune by ToneMenace
My friend Dennis and I live in difference towns but we try to make an effore to make experimental m,uisc remotely.. this is one of those times. I said, Dennis! send me an inductrial sound and I will attempt to do something with itt. He recorded a radiator with his phone and so it began. Enjoy. Industrial Melody :)