KORG just released their version of Gadget for Nintendo’s Switch gaming console. Gadget for iOS and Mac are powerful workstations for music production and performance. The big question is, how well does Gadget translate to the world of console gaming? After reviewing it in depth, it seems Korg Gadget for Switch has a different goal in mind, at least in my opinion – certainly for this first version just released – and that goal is real-time, multi-person music creation and jamming. To see if it accomplishes this goal, I tested it live with my daughter, and the result of our first jam session, for betterRead More →

Squarp is a company that specializes in making sequencers – Pyramid and Hermod are the only two products it makes. Pyramid, which has been around for a while, was designed for “regular” MIDI compatible instruments (though it has a few CV inputs and outputs). Hermod, its smaller, modular brother – released a few months ago – was designed with Eurorack control in mind. This focus shows, and both sequencers have a massive sequencing feature set: high resolution sequencing, long flexible pattern lengths, polymetry and polyrhythm support, Euclidean sequencing, plenty of MIDI effects and much more – all things you typically see in a DAW, notRead More →

The Behringer Model D is an homage (or clone, depending on your point of view…) to the classic and legendary Minimoog Model D. Behringer’s main achievement, aside from creating a faithful and great sounding synth, is pricing it at $300. In this video I review some of the “cons” of this synth, and the many “pros” that make it a very enjoyable synthesizer.Read More →

The most obvious feature of Polyend’s SEQ sequencer is the 8-track, 32-step grid, along with a great looking aluminum and oak exterior. However, the abundance of control and charm come at a steep price. Is it worth it? In this video I give a thorough in depth look at SEQ, and it’s companion MIDI to CV eurorack module POLY, testing the sequencing of hardware, modular and software instruments. On the software side, sequencing is quite simple. SEQ can send MIDI data via USB and supports sequencing on 16 separate MIDI channels, nicely controlling Spitfire Audio’s Albion One orchestra. On the hardware side, I test SEQ’sRead More →

​DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) is the second semi-modular Moog are releasing in a compact, either standalone or 60hp eurorack form factor, following the Mother-32, and while they may look very similar, they’re actually very different animals. I already did an in-depth review of the Mother-32 (here’s a link to it: https://youtu.be/F0ro6w5QFAo) – so in this clip I focus more on a review of DFAM, but along the way comparing it to Mother-32, so that by the time it’s over, you’ll have a pretty good idea of how both synths work, and why even though they look the same, the end result gives each itsRead More →

The Disting has an ever expanding library of onboard modules or algorithms that can do very different things – currently about 80 but probably more by the time you watch this, all embodied in a 4HP module. ​ If you like modules that are clearly labelled knob per function, the Disting is not for you, but if you’re in a pinch for a module that’s missing from your setup, it’s more than likely that the multifunction Disting from Expert Sleepers has a version of it – ​ranging from oscillators, envelope generators and LFO’s all to way to audio recording, sample playback, physical modeling and effects.Read More →

While walking the halls at NAMM 2018 I met the team from Genki and was very impressed by their WAVE product. They sent me one and this is my review: More about their IndieGoGo campaign here: http://bit.ly/WaveOnIndieGoGo * Note – I’m not affiliated with them in any way… crowdfunding campaigns can be risky though to me this one looks legit to me Interested in JAZZ ME? Check it out here (note: you need Max for Live): http://bit.ly/jazzme2 The ring controller I got is a prototype and doesn’t look like the final product, but regardless works extremely well and has the battery life they advertise. WaveRead More →

Dave Smith has been making synths for 40 years, and traditionally has sold them at a relatively high price. With the Rev2, an update to the original Prophet 08 analog poly synth, that has changed. The 8 and 16 voice keyboard versions of the Rev2 cost just like the newly announced Korg Prologue, but have substantially more modulation options. The 8 voice Rev2 costs as much as the 8 voice Novation Peak, but is multi-timbral. Has Dave Smith come out with a “value” poly synth? This clip is a comprehensive review and overview of all the features an options of the new Prophet Rev2. IfRead More →