Launchpad Pro MK3 vs Launchpad X

Launchpad Pro MK3 and LaunchPad X are the newest iterations of the large and medium-sized, grid-based MIDI controllers from Novation. They don’t make any sounds on their own, but rather are designed to play and control other software or hardware instruments and are also deeply integrated with Ableton Live. This video is an in-depth comparison, review and tutorial of both controllers: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:55 Main differences 3:45 Live session 4:30 Mixer controls 5:40 Track selection 6:25 Device controls 7:30 Misc Pro features 8:45 Note mode 10:30 Custom layouts 14:15 Chord mode 17:00 Sequencer setup 18:30 Step sequencing 20:35 Automation 21:15 Probability 22:05 Mutation 22:55Read More →

Audiofuse vs Studio vs 8PRE - audio interface buyers guide

This video has two goals in mind – to put together as comprehensive as possible buyers guide/list of features to look for in an audio interface, and to use that checklist while going through the three interfaces in Arturia’s line up: AudioFuse, AudioFuse Studio, and Audiofuse 8PRE: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:40 AF pros & cons 2:25 8Pre & Studio 3:00 Price 3:10 Inputs 4:30 Preamp specs 5:45 DACs 6:25 Inst support 7:10 Outputs 8:50 Headphones 9:05 Onboard mixer 11:25 Listen/Direct 13:15 Control Center 14:35 Ergonomics 15:20 Class compliance 16:00 Connection type 16:25 Bus power 17:05 Inserts 17:50 ADAT 19:15 Loopback 19:55 USB hub 20:40 MIDIRead More →

Polyend Tracker Review and Tutorial

Tracker from Polyend is a new standalone hardware groovebox based on a grid-sequencing workflow first introduced on Amiga computers in 1987. Tracker is digital, sample based, and it has basic wavetable and granular synthesis capabilities alongside a few interesting sequencing tricks up its sleeve. In this video I look at what it can and can’t do, and its workflow in detail: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:50 Tracker basics 2:40 Overview 5:05 Connectivity 6:10 Sample loader 8:10 Sampling 9:10 Sample Editor 11:30 Sequencing 14:00 Fill 17:20 Recording live 18:00 FX1 & FX2 20:15 Grid tips 22:50 Song mode 24:50 Perform mode 27:40 Master controls 28:25 Sample playbackRead More →

Tasty Chips GR-1 review

GR-1 from Tasty Chips Electronics is a polyphonic, multitimbral instrument based granular synthesis – a form of synthesis which chops up and layers samples into small pieces called grains resulting in anything from rhythmic patterns to drones and soundscapes that can be either close to, or quite entirely unlike the original sample. In this video I take a deep look at GR-1 all the way up to firmware version 2.2 which was recently announced. The end of the video also has 10 minutes of no-talking sound samples: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:45 Granular basics 4:45 Panel overview 5:55 Play mode 8:25 Connectivity 9:15 Multi-timbrality 11:45 SamplingRead More →

Five12 Vector Sequencer Review

Vector is a Eurorack sequencer from Five12 – it’s a digital sequencer that lets you sequence up to 8 parts (tracks) simultaneously, with either a monophonic melody, chords or drums – both over control voltage , and also thru multiple MIDI outputs. Vector doesn’t do everything, but it does quite a few things other sequencers just can’t. In this video I take a look at the things that make it special, what its workflow is like and of course pros and cons: TIMELINE  0:00 Intro  0:45 Overview  2:00 Inputs and outputs  3:00 The basic workflow  5:05 Sequencing  8:00 Lane types  11:40 Sequence controls  13:40 ChordRead More →

Faderfox EC4 review

EC4 from Faderfox is a MIDI controller for hardware instruments, DAWs and software instruments, and the reason it’s worth taking a look at is this screen, which lets you label each knob on the controller so that you know what it actually does across multiple setups or controller groups.  In this video, I review EC4’s pros and cons, explore  how to use it and look at some alternatives: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 1:55 Alternatives 2:35 Overview 4:10 Ableton Live 6:05 Hardware control 8:20 Display modes 9:00 Programming 9:35 Edit mode 12:25 Name mode 13:00 MIDI learn 13:20 Setup mode 15:00 Browser editor 16:20 Monitor 16:35 ProsRead More →

Korg OD-S test drive

OD-S is an analog overdrive pedal kit from Korg’s NUTEKT brand.  It was announced at Winter NAMM 2020 and was available as part of several DIY workshops at the Korg booth, where I built it. It’s based on Korg’s new analog triode vacuum tube, designed to give the same performance as conventional vacuum tubes in a more compact and stable form. In this video I quickly walk you through the build process and run synth and guitar sounds through it (with the kind help of Static from Korg): TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:30 The Build 1:25 The Controls 2:10 Synth test 4:15 Wide on/off 5:10 GuitarRead More →

Moog Subsequent 25 Review Loopop

Moog’s Subsequent 25 is an update to their analog monophonic Sub Phatty, now with 2 note paraphonic support and an updated sound engine. Unlike many analog monosynths, Sub 25 can store presets and be digitally controlled, which means a few extra benefits. Here’s an in depth review, tutorial and quite a few patch ideas: TIMELINE:0:00 Intro 1:15 Duophony 2:10 Overview 4:25 Hidden params 7:10 The filter 10:20 Oscillators 14:45 Mixer 15:45 Envelopes 17:20 LFO 20:35 App ——— PATCH IDEAS 22:10 Chords 23:30 FM Bells 24:15 Duo tips 25:30 Bi-timbral duo 26:35 Arpeggiator 27:35 Randomizer 28:55 Pros & cons 30:40 Outro jamRead More →

Korg Wavestate Review and Tutorial

Korg’s Wavestate is a new take on their original WaveStation from the 1990’s. It’s not a reissue, but rather a completely new synth with a much bigger sample library, more user friendly interface and modular style sequencing options, and it also has vector synthesis engine built in. In this video, I take a look at whether it’s easy to use, and of course explain both Wave Sequencing and Vector Synthesis: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 1:00 What is Wave Sequencing 2.0? 3:00 Vector synthesis explained 3:50 Overview 7:10 Navigating the interface 10:40 Timing lane 12:35 Crossfade 13:45 Sample lane 14:20 Probability 15:15 Pitch lane 16:20 Shape laneRead More →

polygogo polygonal synthesis

It’s not every day that a new form of synthesis is invented. ERM’s Polygogo is a stereophonic, single voice Polygonal Synthesis based Eurorack module. Polygonal synthesis was invented by ERM, and the basic idea behind it is to generate two separate stereophonic waveforms based on a circular XY scan of a two-dimensional shape. Various manipulations on these 2D shapes, like morphing the number of vertices, bending them inwards or expanding them outwards, change the harmonic structure of this module’s sound in interesting and sometimes surprising ways.  In this review I explore the various timbral components of Polygonal Synthesis and give a few patch idea examples thatRead More →