John King, one half of the production duo the Dust Brothers, talks about the Novation Launchpad. Despite having a storehouse full of vintage gear, the Launchpad just fits with his current style of production. With no power supply and fan noise it is simply “genius”.
Thavius Beck, an LA musician and certified Ableton trainer, demonstrates how he was able to tour Europe using only a laptop and the Novation Launchpad. Despite the fact that it doesn`t have any knobs, he says that the Launchpad doesn`t really need them. By assigning the cross fader, auto filter and volume control to rows of buttons he is able to slide his hand across the Launchpad to trigger effects.
Link:Thavius Beck @ Myspace
Well, the NAMM show 2010 has come and gone. There were a lot of exciting products on display, but which of the 10 products, selected based on page hits, was your favorite? Vote in our poll on the right sidebar!
At NAMM 2010, Cakewalk announced the A-PRO series of controllers, FA-66 Firewire interface and the Mobile Studio Canvas.
MOTU has announced a major upgrade to Ethno Instrument, their popular world/ethnic virtual instrument software for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista. The Version 2 upgrade more than doubles the size of Ethno’s included sound library of instruments, loops and phrases. Significant new features have also been added, including preset searching, microtonal scales, state-of-the-art time stretching, and much more.
Geoff Brown and Peter Michael Escovedo demonstrate the tremendous expressive range of the new Wavedrum.
Producer Ski Beatz demonstrates his unique approach to creating beats.
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Teenage Engineering has added a 4 track recording feature called “Tape” to the OP-1.
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