Your Studios: Hardware and Software Harmony

Part of a series looking inside readers’ studios . . . It’s beyond me why people waste time on message boards debating the merits of hardware versus software. Come on, people: it’s 2005. Most of use a mix of the two, in different combinations. Check out Wally’s studio; whoever can identify every last piece of […]

Your Studios: Island of Sound

Part of a series looking inside readers’ studios . . . Ah . . . living space and working space. For most of us, they’re one in the same. Witness San Francisco-based sound designer Dan Dugan‘s island of sound creation in his home. Digital meets analog: reel-to-reel? Check. Dolby gear? Check. Computer system? Check. [Take […]

Your Studios: EM411 Studios Page

There’s something comforting about looking at other people’s home studios. Music creation isn’t about pricey, luxury studio spaces after all: it’s random assortments of gear in bedrooms and living spaces. Sure, we know that — but it’s another matter to see the endless diversity of what that actually looks like. EM411, easily the best digital […]

MIDI-Controlled Pong (Mac)

What, you say you don’t understand the ongoing obsession with MIDI control of games and game control of MIDI? Fine: here’s your killer app, likely to silence all critics. It’s MIDI-controlled Pong for Mac OS X. Now, truly: who wouldn’t want that? The real question is, can we get two MIDI guitars together and manage […]

Keytar Lives: Roland’s AX-7

If you thought the “keytar” went out with other 80s fads like legwarmers, think again. Roland not only still makes keytars, they’ve actually upgraded the tech. It seems some keyboardists still don’t want to be exiled behind a wall of keyboards while the guitarists get all the babes. “Just strap it on and you’re front-of-stage […]

M-Audio to Release Palm-Sized Recorder?

SonicState has the scoop on an upcoming M-Audio palm recorder called Flash Tracker shown at MusikMesse, not yet officially announced. (Hint to manufacturers: if you’re trying to keep a product secret, don’t show it at a trade show.) The Flash Tracker is Compact Flash powered, like Edirol’s R-1 which I’ve covered here on CDM. Getting […]

CDM Spring Break!

Yes, CDM will be taking a brief broadcast break Friday April 22 through Monday April 25 as I’m on the road. I’ll be back Tuesday with several special reports, though, including the latest interactive wizardry from New York’s Studio IMC show at the Chelsea Art Museum. See you then!

Ergodex DX-1 Keyboard: Custom Keystroke Heaven?

The Ergodex DX-1 keyboard is a custom keyboard for adding up to 25 macro-powered keystrokes in any arrangement you like. Engadget, Music Thing, and Gizmodo are all talking about it. I’ve found out some more details that will be important to musicians: It’s Windows-only. Ergodex are “investigating” Mac or Linux support, their marketing person told […]

Dream DJ Furniture, Pt. III

The turntable tables keep rolling in. Gizmodo has an entry from the Milan Furniture Fair which is beautifully crafted, though for some reason I imagine it surrounded by shag carpeting. Probably just me, but we’ll never know — no link to the designer. Todd Campbell writes CDM with

Inside NIN’s Studio on Audiohead

As readers pointed out, I got things a bit wrong on what Trent Reznor uses in the studio: it’s not a matter of Pro Tools OR Logic. It’s Pro Tools AND Logic AND Reaktor and Absynth and Traktor and GRM Tools and three Macs and three interfaces (with high-end HD Digi hardware) and a Minimoog […]