Nintendo DS as Hardware Step Sequencer

Hardware sequencers were a fantastic idea: you had a box that did nothing but sequence other gear. Then along came the computer, then the idea of trying to make the computer do absolutely everything all the time, and the standalone MIDI sequencer disappeared. In a bizarre twist of fate, it’s back — on Nintendo DS. Jed (beatsnbleeps.com) writes to let us know about his DS sequencer, DStep. It’s partly an “homage to the KP3” from Korg, though unless your fingertip is the size of a DS stylus point, it should be a bit more accurate touch-wise. It’s a very elegant …

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Clavia Nord Wave Synth Details

Photo by Rainer Knobloch. Who woulda thunk it? Early 2007 has brought one big synth announcement after another. We’ve got some official details of the Nord Wave synth from Clavia, and this new keyboard looks like it may please long-time Nord fans and newcomers alike. Clavia has released “Musikmesse preview information”, so specs may change. But here’s a basic look at what they’re promising: Sampled waveforms: Oscillators can now use full waveforms (not single wavetables, Clavia hastens to add), while still routing through fully-analog circuitry. Oscillator models: Virtual analog, FM, wavetable, sample-playback can be applied in combination (which I hear …

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Hiromi, Super-Talented Keyboard Virtuoso: Video, How-To Links

Kevin says it all: Haven’t you always wanted to be a sexy Japanese lead keyboard virtuoso heading her own fusion power trio? Haven’t you always wanted to be Hiromi? I expect some of you would settle for being the bass player. Watch as Hiromi tears away a grand and a Nord synth, simultaneously: For more on Hiromi, check out her official Telarc site, free downloadable EPs, more video, and from my Keyboard Magazine colleague Michael Gallant, a feature story on Hiromi herself plus some how-to-play-like-her tutorials: Keyboard interview/feature How-to’s: Motivic Manipulation, Two Fingers on One Note, Two-Hand Attack (Kung-Fu, indeed), …

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