Dave Smith BoomChik Official Details: Drum Machine, not MPC

Dave Smith Instruments originally planned only to tease their upcoming drum machine exclusively in a banner at the NAMM show: no word outside the insider trade show. Not in the Internet age: word of a new product from synth legend Dave Smith and drum machine/MPC legend quickly had blogs and forums abuzz. Dave Smith himself has decided to post official word on the topic. The company notes the comments are “deliberately sketchy”, but that makes sense — this product is in very early development. Here’s Dave on the upcoming BoomChik: We’re about a year away from production, so it’s currently …

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NAMM: Details of Upcoming Dave Smith + Roger Linn Drum Machine

Moose has taken a fantastic gallery of images from NAMM, found at MIDIZoo.com, and clearly is attracted to a lot of the same stuff as Team CDM. Now, here’s a tantalizing banner for fans of analog synths and early MPCs. If you had to pick a dream team to build an analog/digital hybrid drum machine, you’d have a tough time beating Linn and Smith. Roger Linn essentially invented the modern drum machine, as the creator of the first commercial programmable sampled-sound drum machine (the LM-1), the Akai MPC60 and MPC3000. (See the Roger Linn Museum.) Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits, …

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Hands-on with the DSI Mono Evolver Keys, $1200 Mono Synth

US$1199 for a brilliant one-voice synth? Resident CDM hardware synth lover Lee reports. -Ed. The Dave Smith Instruments booth at NAMM was a buzzing hub of activity with performances by Parliment/Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell, BT, and even an impromptu appearance by Herbie Hancock. But I still managed to get some alone time with the new DSI Mono Evolver Keys.

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Rumor Mill: Dave Smith Mono Evolver Keyboard, Revealed?

It seems Dave Bryce of Dave Smith Instruments couldn’t wait until next month’s NAMM trade show to confirm the existence of the DSI Mono Evolver Keyboard, which he did yesterday in a thread on Harmony Central’s User Forums. Those pining for a modern version of the Sequential Circuits Pro One are about to get their wish. BT already has. Look on page 21 of the December Keyboard magazine and you’ll see what at first appears to be a vintage 3-octave mono synth, complete with obligatory wooden end caps. Upon closer inspection, you’ll see a familiar looking blue panel. No word …

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Electronic Music Pioneer Dave Smith

Today on my weekly 'Economy of Scales' segment for Gizmodo, I take a closer look at Dave Smith's new analog/digital-hybrid keyboard. How did Dave earn the "pioneer" title? His background includes co-founding Sequential, makers of the classic Prophet synth, and a leading role in the creation of MIDI, as well as fathering the Korg Wavestation. Further reading: Dave Smith's history, as told through his own Ego Museum Roger Linn and Dave Smith, interview for Red Bull Music Academy Dave Smith, interview with MacMusic Sequential Circuits history at Synthmuseum Prophet 5 resources

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Teaser: Dave Smith Evolver Analog Keyboard

'Twas the night before Christmas, that the folks at Dave Smith Instruments let their new 4-voice analog keyboard out of the bag. Like the Evolver rack, the keyboard coming at the NAMM show next month will have real analog circuitry, a MIDI-synced analog-style sequencer, and extensive effects and editing parameters. Of course, there are the stats will really care about: 78 knobs, 58 switches, blinking LFO and sequence blue LEDS, and backlit wheels. Analog synthesis remains alive and well, folks, for those who can afford it. Product name and pricing TBA; more details soon.

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