V-Synth GT, the Sound Designer’s Synth, Keeps Getting Better with Age

Photo (CC) Andez Ali / Andez Flamenco. It’s hard out there for a hardware synth. There are all these new-fangled soft synths, capable of producing radical sounds via easy-to-navigate on-screen interfaces. I have a very very short mental list of hardware synths that still matter to me for one reason or another – and the Roland V-Synth GT is one that keeps coming back. I had access to one temporarily for a review. It was like temporarily adopting a puppy. You try not to get too close to the thing, as you know you can’t keep it. The V-Synth is …

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Beautiful, Orgasmic Animation of Robots, Modular Synthesis

Voltage from Bam Studio on Vimeo. Oh, sure, it’s all fun and games until your modular robots have a little too much fun and your rig erupts into a fireball. But then, modular synthesis fans – you understand, nonetheless. William Paiva sends us his work as one of the animators and writes: Hi everybody. I’m a reader of both Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion, and I’ve just uploaded to Vimeo and to YouTube a short animation film about robots and synths. I think you might like it. Reards. And you have crazy, crazy dreams, man. Brilliant work. Here’s …

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BeatKangz Beat Thang Drum Machine October, Virtual Version Now

You’ve got to respect BeatKangz: here’s an independent company doing something new in the world of hardware drum machines. Their design is blinged out like crazy, the polar opposite of a minimalist MachineDrum, but with easy access to the controls you need. It’s a box that has personality in a world of gear that often doesn’t. The team has at least some experience, too, having made the SB-246 drum machine for Zoom. (Okay, I hadn’t heard of it before, but it looks like a fun toy for about $200. Here’s a video review.) Pimp my drum machine: Hardware lovers likely …

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Announced this Week: Gear for Musicians You’ll Probably Want

Part of why we run Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion is that there’s a lovely parallel to what’s happening in digital music making and what’s happening in visualism and live visuals. Which is to say, in case you haven’t been following CDMusic lately, there’s plenty of gear you may want. First and foremost, the Akai LPD8 could be the perfect controller for visualists: pads and knobs in what we expect will be a cheap device, all in a <1 lb. form factor that fits alongside your laptop. The KORG nano nearly got there, and the nanoKONTROL with its …

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Announced this Week: Gear for Musicians You'll Probably Want

Part of why we run Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion is that there’s a lovely parallel to what’s happening in digital music making and what’s happening in visualism and live visuals. Which is to say, in case you haven’t been following CDMusic lately, there’s plenty of gear you may want. First and foremost, the Akai LPD8 could be the perfect controller for visualists: pads and knobs in what we expect will be a cheap device, all in a <1 lb. form factor that fits alongside your laptop. The KORG nano nearly got there, and the nanoKONTROL with its …

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RED Digital Camera, Meet Sony Vegas 9: First Impressions

No, you’re not imagining things. That is in fact 4096-pixel-wide footage you’re editing, right in Sony Vegas. What happens when digital cinematography meets a favorite desktop video editing app for mortals? When our friend Nathanaël Lécaudé, also a talented multitouch developer, said he had encountered some work with RED, I was really curious to know first-hand what the experience was like. Sony Vegas is a curious creature – it’s the name you hear least when talking about desktop video editing, until you talk to users, at which point this Windows-only tool gets near-cult status. It’s especially big among visualists because …

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Field Video Goodies from Edirol – On-the-Road Converting, Recording, Anyone?

Edirol has announced a new field converter and updates to their field recorder line. The idea: manage SD and HD content on the road, live, recording and converting to whatever you need. I can imagine this could provide some serious power for the pro, gigging visualist. The new VC-50HD provides bi-directional conversion between SD/HD-SDI to and from DV and HDV and MPEG-2. That means you can capture video easily in HD or HDV, backup videos, archive live performances, record to Blu-ray – whatever. The F-1 field recorder, now updated to version 2.0, is even tastier. It does for video recording …

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Field Video Goodies from Edirol – On-the-Road Converting, Recording, Anyone?

Edirol has announced a new field converter and updates to their field recorder line. The idea: manage SD and HD content on the road, live, recording and converting to whatever you need. I can imagine this could provide some serious power for the pro, gigging visualist. The new VC-50HD provides bi-directional conversion between SD/HD-SDI to and from DV and HDV and MPEG-2. That means you can capture video easily in HD or HDV, backup videos, archive live performances, record to Blu-ray – whatever. The F-1 field recorder, now updated to version 2.0, is even tastier. It does for video recording …

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