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Teenage Engineering Drum Machine, Hacked with Big Buttons

Written by Site Update on May 3rd, 2015

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You’re going to need some bigger pockets. (Overalls?)

British-born, Kyoto-based Ally Mobbs has hacked the inexpensive Teenage Engineering PO-12 drum machine into a full-sized box. Instead of the tiny, fingertip-challenging buttons, you get nice, big arcade buttons. He’s also made a lovely-looking wooden case and a jack connector.

All in all, what you get is decidedly less mobile, but also nicer to play. I can imagine running even further with this board – perhaps MIDI and, if someone is very clever indeed, a “dock” so you can disconnect the PO-12 and get going.

This isn’t the only lovely object Ally has created. He’s also made an exhibition of works made for kids, including a kid-friendly MIDI controller.

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And there’s some excellent music to hear, too, under the heading “instrumental hip hop.”

to draw a line under ep by ally mobbs

http://www.allymobbs.com/

I really love the PO-12. Its all-digital sound source can be just massive – and it’s also not noisy like the inexpensive analog drum boxes currently on the market. I had a play with the calculator-style rubber case you can add to it. It leaves the bottom of the circuit board bare, but otherwise makes the PO-12 a lot more comfortable to use and finally something you might actually consider taking out of the house with you. It transforms the PO-12 into something resembling a fine Dieter Rams Braun product. I’m just waiting for mine to ship.

But I think it was an unexpected surprise getting this incredible, ultra-cheap machine – and you can actually make music on it.

Previously:
Nintendo Game & Watch Inspires Tiny, $ 59 Synths from Teenage Engineering [CDM Hands-on]

Now, maybe Ally will inspire some other hacks and mods.

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Spectrasonics releases Omnisphere 2

Written by Site Update on May 2nd, 2015

Spectrasonics has released Omnisphere 2, the much anticipated follow up to the “Power Synth” virtual instrument for Mac OS X and Windows. It costs $ 499 / €399 / £295 for new customers [Read More]
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SKnote releases SDC – Stereo Double Compressor AU & VST Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X

Written by Site Update on May 2nd, 2015

SKnote has released SDC – Stereo Double Compressor, a new plugin for Windows and Mac OS X in Audio Unit and VST plugin formats with an introductory price of 29.99$ . Including one Optical compressor [Read More]
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u-he updates Presswerk to v1.1

Written by Site Update on May 2nd, 2015

u-he has released a new Presswerk update for Mac OS X and Windows. Version 1.1 includes a few bug-fixes, but the main improvement introduced with this update are the six new views – [Read More]
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MeldaProduction releases MRatio, MXXX beta and updates all effects and MPowerSynth to 9.00

Written by Site Update on May 1st, 2015

All MeldaProduction effects and MPowerSynth have been updated to version 9.00. It is the biggest update in the history of MeldaProduction and brings new features, major makeover and huge performance [Read More]
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Spectrasonics release Omnisphere 2

Written by Site Update on May 1st, 2015

Spectrasonics has released Omnisphere 2, the much anticipated follow up to the “Power Synth” virtual instrument for Mac OS X and Windows. It costs $ 499 / €399 / £295 for new customers [Read More]
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As Two Moogerfoogers Are Discontinued, A Musical Ode

Written by Site Update on May 1st, 2015

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Two terrific Moogerfoogers have reached the end of their run. But that’s an excuse for more music, which sounds good to me.

2007′s FreqBox takes input signals and modulates an internal oscillator; the 2009 MIDI Murf is an animated filter sequencer. They’re both pretty great boxes, though now even before delving into modular, there are a lot more choices now than perhaps just those few short years ago. Koma Elektronik’s FT-201 runs further with the idea of sequencer-plus-filter. I can’t think of anything quite like the FreqBox, actually – I’d love to see Moog find a way to make a Minifooger around this idea. With either, there may be reason to go snap one up from a dealer before they’re gone.

But let’s get to the music – the end of these two units gives us an introduction to the inventive sound universe of Los Angeles-based artist M. Geddes Gengras. Mr. Gengras has composed a short EP to the Moogerfoogers. (He calls it a Eulogy, though that seems the wrong word unless Moog have some rather violent planned obsolescence strategy I don’t know about.)

His music is a calming flight of fancy, a wonderful and happily strange trip through sound, and these are no exception:

He explains the ideas here:

For more of his lovely music, check out his Bandcamp page, which is fully stocked with albums:
https://mgeddesgengras1.bandcamp.com/

Last year he also had an excellent LP out on the mighty Stones Throw label / Leaving imprint:
M. Geddes Gengras / Ishi [Pitchfork review]

It occurs that it’s not so much the use of modular tools that defines music as it is people’s musical intentions may drive them to modular tools – or approach whatever tool is at hand with some sense of creative freedom. On one hand, I actually love the rigid grid of dance music, and the machines and software that obey such rules – these are boundaries against which you can push. On the other, in ambient and experimental genres, it may make sense to find other boundaries and free up other parameters.

In any case, an open-ended approach need not require a rack of gear – signal can flow between desktop units, as it does here. (Or, if you’ve not got a lot of hardware, you can make that happen in software, too.)

The rig here includes, from our friends at Moog, a Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer, a MF-104Z Analog Delay (not discontinued), and the newly-honored MF-105M MIDI MuRF and a MF-107 Freq Box.

Thanks for the music. And given that classical compositions have honored instruments and performers, why not electronic, too?

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Grooveshark Streaming Site Dies, Apologizes

Written by Site Update on May 1st, 2015

I fought the law and the law won.

Grooveshark, announcing the April 30th shutdown of their streaming music service:

We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

They go on to concede that hundreds of other services provide the same ability to listen to music without violating the ownership of music. And they’ve lost everything, from patents to the site itself.

Side note: Grooveshark was to Gainesville, Florida a bit as SoundCloud is to Berlin, Germany – a streaming startup that became a flagship of the scene. Drawing from the nearby University of Florida, the site was somewhat innovative when it launched, but anyone familiar with the legal requirements of streaming would be aware their clock was ticking.

To be honest, I don’t think this is a choice about freedom or free music, but about the rule of law. I suspect there’s not a person among us who hasn’t violated intellectual property in the form of unlicensed media. But to actually build an entire commercial service outside of that law and profit on these violations defies any notion of the ability of creators to choose what happens to their work. And that legal framework means that there is some discussion between rights holders and services about what happens next.

Meanwhile, it seems that with the ability to use the likes of Spotify – or, heck, even Tidal – few will mourn Grooveshark.

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Cakewalk Announces SONAR “Dorchester” Release

Written by Site Update on May 1st, 2015

Cakewalk has announced the new April 2015 “Dorchester” release for SONAR (Artist, Professional, and Platinum). Here’s what they say: The third major release in the SONAR Membership program includes [Read More]
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SIR Audio Tools updates StandardEQ to v1.2 – releases AAX version

Written by Site Update on May 1st, 2015

SIR Audio Tools has updated StandardEQ to v1.2 which also includes the release of an AAX version for Windows and Mac OS X. Changes in 1.2.025 (Win) / 1.2.026 (Mac): New supported plugin format [Read More]
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