In this week’s news roundup: Synths from Korg, Novation and MFB, Koma Elektronik hacks the Korg Volca Beats, Mike Huckaby and Thump visit Youthville, Attack Magazine looks inside artists’ studios and gives away free samples, and touch Able updates their Ableton iPad control software.
Korg Volca – Bass, Synth, and Drum Machines
Korg’s Volca series of synthesizer / sequencers are about to hit the market this month and we’re just as excited as everyone else. The Volcas are three all-analog devices that cost $150 each and come in drum, bass, and synth varieties. The series looks really appealing (and affordable), and we’ve been waiting eagerly for them to arrive at musical instrument retailers. Korg is telling us they should arrive sometime around September, but in the meantime we’ve found some solid information on the Volcas to keep your interest while you wait for these noisy little boxes to start shipping:
The guys at Sonic State podcast got all three Korg Volca variations into the studio for a nice Sonic Lab Volca demo. For a deeper discussion on the Korg Volca series, also check out the Sonic Talk Podcast that gets a bit deeper into the Volca Series this week.
Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn looks at the Volca Synth (which we also predict will be most useful Volca in our studio).
KOMA Elektronik mods the new KORG Volca Beats
If you’ve been wondering if Korg Volcas will be hack-able (like the Monotron and Monotribe), Koma Elektronik have the answer (yes, they are).
Novation Bass Station II – Audio Demo
Novation’s Bass Station 2 synthesizer is being released into the wild this week and the first audio examples we’ve heard are very appealing. The analog monophonic synth should hit stores this week with a price of around $499.
MFB Tanzbär Analoger Drumcomputer
Resident Advisor’s Jono Buchanan reviews the new MFB Tanzbär Analog drum machine and says “It sounds fantastic, and there are enough controls to suit any number of genres. The extended MIDI control means that nothing needs to remain static. Even if you don’t tweak parameters on the fly you can control everything from your workstation or, conversely, drive a collection of sequences using the DrumComputer as the central nerve system.” Read the full article at Resident Advisor.
In The Studio w/ Debukas
One of our favorite sites for music technology and culture news is Attack Magazine, who are offering artist interviews, studio tips, and gear reviews with a keen eye on proper house and techno music. One of the best bits of Attack is their “My Studio” series, which features hardware enthusiasts / recording artists artists such as Thomas Schumacher, Legowelt, and Debukas – who we recently featured on our blog in this interview.
Mike Huckaby @ Youthville, Detroit
Friend of Dubspot and world-touring DJ/Producer Mike Huckaby recently teamed up with Thump for a profile of his work at Youthville, Detroit, and a peek at his creative process as part of their SUB.Culture: Detroit series. Also make sure to check out our workshops with Mike Huckaby here and here.
touchAble 2 iPad Control Surface for Ableton Live
Users of the iPad-based Ableton control surface touchAble will be excited to know that the version 2 will be released in coming weeks as a free upgrade for current users. touch Able 2 is a complete re-build of the software with a new, faster engine, a new graphic interface and much more. touchAble 2 will work with Live 8 and Live 9, Intro, Standard and Suite versions.
Create Digital Music’s Peter Kirn gives this app a deeper look and says, “The developers have always made the app that was the most extensive in regards to Ableton’s desktop functionality. But TouchAble 2 goes further: this update packs almost everything you could wish for. While the experience of using physical hardware is radically different from that of using the iPad – each having its own tradeoffs – TouchAble is also an iPad app that can rival some of the integration of Ableton’s Push with Live.”
Japanese Beatmasters Love Maschine
Native Instruments’ latest promo video for Maschine features “Beat warrior DJ Baku, performance duo Hifana, Fukuoka’s talented Olive Oil, the international touring Kaito, and five-time DMC world champion Kireek using Maschine to elevate their productions.” (And check out that beat at 1:26!)
Free Samples from Attack Magazine and Wave Alchemy
Yes, we said free samples. Attack Magazine and Wave Alchemy have teamed up to offer this exclusive 75 MB pack of synths, loops, tops, FX, and drum hits. To access this download you must register for a free Attack account.