Do you want to buy a keyboard with integrated control for your software? Sure! What if it only controls specific Native Instruments software via pre-defined mappings? Uh… hrm.

Now, that offering changes. Native Instruments’ KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboards later this month get some updates that will be essential to improving the value equation – a piano-friendly keyboard, third-party plug-in support, and custom control mappings. Continue reading »


You’ve watched in awe as artists dazzle on hardware like Ableton Push, Maschine, and the MPC. But maybe your fingers just haven’t been as nimble, haven’t been as quick.

Now, that might change. In a love child of Guitar Hero and a drum lesson, Melodics is here to save your pad-drumming chops. Continue reading »


I have two words for you: multiple playheads.

Oh sure, you’ve got your piano rolls and your step sequencers and your arpeggiators. But can you roll like Johann Sebastian (or Arnold… as in Schoenberg)? Can you take a single melody, and make more complex patterns by echoing them, turning them upside down?

That’s the idea behind Fugue Machine. Continue reading »

Yes, it’s the end of the week. Time to chill out. Time to let our friend Erika from Detroit help us to drift like a cosmic butterfly into some nice solar drift, held aloft by the delicate siren song of that new Moog semi-modular thing we’re all kinda eyeing lustfully.

Oops, sorry, lost my train of thought there.

Indeed, the folks at Moog have been putting out a steady stream of Mother-32 videos, and here’s the chill-est of them so far. Description:

* Patch performed live * No overdubs *
In this short improvisation, Detroit-based electronic artist, Erika, composes a celestial passage using a pair of Mother-32 analog synthesizers. An external reverb unit is used to add an astral quality to the patch.

Erika: https://soundcloud.com/erikadotnet

Moog: http://www.moogmusic.com

Reverb: it’s what’s for dinner.


If you’ve been wanting to let your freak flag fly with keyboards, this may be some good news.

Future Retro have teased a touchplate keyboard on their Facebook channel. It’s dubbed the FR-512, and comes equipped with both MIDI and CV out (with lots of separate patch points) – so fans of digital and modular alike may be pleased. Pitch and mod lie next to the two-octave keyboard.

Oh, and it’s a sequencer/arpeggiator, too – check those controls above the keys. (Rest, accent, arpeggiator, etc.) Continue reading »

Are you in a warranty-voiding mood? Have you got a soldering iron?

The KORG volca bass is already a nice enough little synth. But mix in a modification that adds frequency modulation to the filter, and you get some delicious, acid good times.

Skip ahead to the end of the video above to hear what we mean. Continue reading »

Photo (CC-BY) Kevin Wong.

Photo (CC-BY) Kevin Wong.

“I’m the operator with my pocket calculator.”

No — like, actually.

HoustonTracker 2 runs on the TI-82/83/83+/84+ Texas Instruments graphing pocket calculators – the kind you probably had to buy for your high school math class. And it doesn’t just make the calculator into a sequencer. All the sounds come straight out of the calculator itself, thanks to some gorgeous-sounding 1-bit noises. (Who needs those 15 or so extra bits, anyway? This is beautiful.)

What do I mean? Just watch: Continue reading »