Operator-1 Details: The Casio VL-Tone of the 21st Century, Plus the Synth Alarm Clock!

For lovers of the simplicity and fun of the Casio VL series, a successor seems is finally here. The Operator-1 (OP-1), even in prototype form, has us hot and bothered more than anything we’ve seen recently. We’ve been able to snag some additional details. MusicRadar got a video with the creators, though you won’t learn anything new from that. In the interview, Teenage Electronics are just as tight-lipped as they were on the website, and the video “demo” is basically watching the OLED screen light up inside a glass case, with no sound – the prototype just isn’t ready to …

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Updated Novation ReMOTE SL Line, and the Controller Keyboard Battle Heats Up

Novation has unveiled their revised SL line of controllers, dubbed the SL Mk II. The changes are subtle, but significant. Looks awesome: Fatar semi-weight “fast touch” keyboard action Touch-sensitive controls for immediate feedback on the LED screen Buttons are now backlit Encoders are ringed with red LEDs Dedicated buttons for enabling Automap and switching modes (effects, mixing, etc.) Speed Dial! Bundled with Automap 3 PRO software, which now features keystroke assignment and a heads-up display (and PRO is free with a new keyboard, as expected, though there’s still an upgrade fee if you’re a current owner) The ZeRO now has …

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April Fool’s? Bah, Humbug!

April Fool’s, San Francisco style – with a parade. Now that’s more fun than sitting in front of blogs. Photo: Patrick Boury. Here’s a cruel joke for you: the first day of Frankfurt’s Musikmesse trade show? The date on which all the music tech press releases for the show have dated their embargo? April First. Now, to me, the whole point of April Fool’s is surprise, or at least humor. April Fool’s has become so obligatory that everything from faux press releases to blog posts are dedicated to the topic whether they were inspired or not. So, you know what? …

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