Disting EX Thumb

Disting MK4 is one of Eurorack’s most popular modules, and now, two of them have been fused together and improved in the form of Disting EX: a module from Expert Sleepers that can work in one of two modes – either Dual Mode – a bundle of two Disting MK4’s with a high res screen and a few improved features, and in Single Mode, where the entire set of jacks and controls serve a new set of algorithms that only exist on Disting EX, and can take advantage of a bigger canvas of six inputs instead of three, four outputs instead of two, four knobsRead More →

MPC LIVE II vs MPC ONE

This video explores three main topics: How MPC Live II compares to MPC Live I and MPC One How good Live II’s speakers are, and… What’s new in MPC version 2.8 in particular in light of the cons in my quite comprehensive MPC version 2.7 tutorial video. TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:30 Live II vs I vs One 2:15 Buttons 3:30 Connectivity 5:45 Size 6:50 Storage 7:30 Speaker test 9:50 Version 2.8 10:15 “Cons” fixed 10:25 Track select 10:35 Q-link overlay 11:45 Pad perform 12:35 Timestretch 14:30 Retro record 15:25 Custom chords 16:10 Other misc 16:25 Multi MIDI 17:30 MIDI settings 18:45 Config & arm 21:00Read More →

Moog Subharmonicon review and tutorial

Two years after I built the workshop edition of the Subharmonicon, Moog is releasing a new mass-production version. It’s better in several few ways – here’s the full review, including quite a few patching and pairing ideas: TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro 0:50 What are Subharmonics 3:20 Overview 5:40 Oscillators 7:30 Quantization 8:15 Tunings 9:40 Assign & Seq Oct 11:05 Filter & VCA 13:30 Sequencer 16:40 Hidden features 17:45 PATCH IDEAS 18:00 EnveLFO 18:45 Sequence anything 19:55 PAIRINGS 20:00 LFO 20:30 Rhythm & bypass 21:30 External sequencer 21:50 Paraphony 23:40 Polyphony 24:15 Transpose seq 26:00 Effects (Hainbach!) 29:40 Pros & consRead More →

Make Noise 0-CTRL review, 0-Coast patch ideas and module pairings

0-CTRL from Make Noise is an analog, touch sequencer and controller. It’s in the same form factor as the 0-COAST, pairs well with it but also with any semi-modular or eurorack gear. In this video I go over what 0-CTRL does in detail, and look at a few patching and pairing ideas for it, both with 0-COAST as well as with other eurorack modules TIMELINE: 0:00 Intro0:50 Overview3:30 Strength5:05 Time5:50 Inputs, outputs7:00 Basic patches7:10 Keyboard “mode”8:45 Sequence control11:10 Gate-time trick12:20 Analog quantizer?15:10 0-CTRL sub osc17:25 Subharmonics20:00 Module pairings20:15 Quantizer21:00 Slew limiter21:45 CV to sample23:25 Glide sequencing24:20 Misc tips24:55 Clock mix26:15 Pros, consRead More →

KeyStep Pro Review

KeyStep Pro from Arturia is a MIDI keyboard controller with 4 built in sequencing tracks – each capable of acting as a polyphonic sequencer, or alternatively, a drum sequencer in the case of track 1 and three arpeggiators in tracks 2 thru 4. It can control MIDI instruments – software or hardware, or modular synths with control voltage. In this video I go over what it can and can’t do and compare it to a few competing products: TIMELINE: 0:00 Overview 3:20 Connectivity 4:30 The setup 5:15 Arpeggiator 8:05 Time divisions 8:30 Step Sequencing 10:05 Track polymeter 10:20 Live record 11:45 Step edit 12:25 SeqRead More →

Aeros and BeatBuddy Review

This video is a double feature – a review with pros and cons of both Aeros Loop Studio and the BeatBuddy drum machine from Singular Sound. Each can be used independently, but they can also sync with each other over MIDI. Aeros is a multi-track, multipart stereo looper: Multi-track means it can record up to 6 different-length layers in parallel, and multi-part means you can record several parts of a song, like a verse, chorus and bridge. Beat Buddy is a pedal-based drum machine designed to make fills and part selection easy with a single tap of your foot or hand. Here’s the full reviewRead More →

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 →