NAMM: Hands-on with Arturia Prophet V, Analog/Digital Hybrid Soft Synth

The only thing that the original Prophet 5 (one of the first programmable polyphonic synths) and the Prophet VS (the first to feature digital wavetables) have in common is that both were designed by synthesis pioneer Dave Smith. But while Dave’s new Mono Evolver Keys was blowing Herbie Hancock’s mind at NAMM, Arturia was quietly […]

@AES: Novation’s New Soft Synth-Playing Smart Keyboard Hands-on

Controlling soft synths with keyboards can be a pain, only because it often requires messing around with templates or MIDI learn to map hardware knobs and faders to onscreen controls. Propellerhead’s Remote is a fantastic two-way protocol that allows your keyboard to automatically control synths — but it only works in Reason. What about the […]

Numark’s $99 Portable Turntable, Torture Tested in the Burning Man Desert

CDM’s resident spinner, DJ Eldorado, brings us a review of Numark’s ultra-portable, US$99 turntable, the PT01. But he didn’t just see if it could pass muster in his bedroom: he preferred more extreme conditions. Here’s his full review:

Building the Sound Lab Mini-Synth

Amos responded to my call for people who’ve actually built the Sound Lab Mini-Synth discussed yesterday. Check out his lovely work setup: very neat and tidy. If you check out Amos’ blog skyline-7, you’ll see he’s had more luck with guitar pedals — actually, that’s probably a better first DIY project than tackling a whole […]

Hands-on with Native Instruments Guitar Rig (w/ Sound Samples)

CDM welcomes guest reviewer Pierce Case, who shares his experiences with Native Instruments hardware/software combo for Mac and PC, Guitar Rig. In a first for CDM, we’ve also got sound samples for you to hear. So will Guitar Rig make you replace amps and pedals with software? See what Pierce thinks. (And unlike me, he […]

Korg Kaptivator VJ Video Sampler Unveiled; Hands-on Impressions

Korg has formally unveiled the Korg Kaptivator, as seen here on CDM

East West Stormdrum Sample Library: In-Depth Review

Ed: Brent’s back, not only with a review of the massive EastWest Stormdrum sample library, but some ideas on how you might use it as a composer of game or film scores. Read on . . . -PK Where Art Thou, Boomy Percussion? If you’ve watched any of the more epic-styled Hollywood films lately, no […]

GarageBand 2.0 Hands-On: Full Upgrade Details

iLife `05 is shipping, and that means I've finally been able to test this baby first-hand. But if you're taking the time to read this and you haven't yet ordered your copy, Mac users, do it now. I'm a Logic Pro user and I still love having GB as a sketchpad. The new version offers […]