It looks real to me, how about you?

gadget proof

A big thank you to the commenter on my earlier post, who found this image which seems to reaffirm the launch of a version of Gadget for the iPhone. The image above is from a this page on the Korg site about the nanoKey Studio. March is a long time to wait for it, but I still have really high hopes that it is for real.

A new synth is coming from Teenage Engineer, stay tuned for the OP-Z


It seems a little strange to go from the OP-1 to the OP-Z, somewhat final in my view, but there you are … Here’s what their site says:

wireless 16 track multitimbral synthesiserwith fully sequenceable parameter locks, video synthesisand the introduction of step components.”

No more information that that right now, but as it arrives I’ll pass it on.

(Thanks to Paul Collins for the tip off).

Teenage Engineering launch the new PO-20 series

Well it isn’t a big surprise really. After the huge success of the first PO series there had to be a second batch, and here they are.

And there’s a nice little video from Cuckoo about them too.

More stuff to save up for then!

Announcing MIDI Designer Pro 2 and MIDI Designer Player (video)

Awesome stuff! I’ve been a long time fan of MIDI Designer and it is great to see them go from strength to strength. MIDI Designer Pro 2 looks like it will be amazing!

Video description:

“Announcing MIDI Designer Pro 2, just in time for NAMM 2016. MIDI Designer Pro 2 is a beautiful, fully-customizable and performance-oriented MIDI controller platform for iPad (optimized for iPad Pro) and iPhone.

MIDI Designer Pro took the music-making world by storm, and Pro 2 is set to do it all over again!

We’re also announcing MIDI Designer Player, a first-class, lowest-latency MIDI controller player.

Dream, create and play your perfect MIDI controller with award winning MIDI Designer: adored by Recording Magazine (July 2013), loved by Sound on Sound (June 2013), featured in Keyboard (May 2013), and awarded Sonic Touch Gold Award for Best App (Episode 11). Trusted on stage by touring acts like Todd Rundgren, POSTYR and Electroband. Used in studios to control all gear from vintage to cutting-edge, MIDI Designer has been lauded by UK’s House DJ, Shadowchild. Used in theaters, VJ and DJ booths all around the world, MIDI Designer is also the platform for community- and professionally-sourced layouts for top-flight gear, including synths by Korg, Roland and Yamaha. If you can dream it, you can create it in MIDI Designer.

Thanks to Popup, Planeshifter, and Ibo-Kai for your layouts in this video (please let us know if you’ve been omitted).

Music by Superfly: and mastered by Mike (“User #1”)

More Info:

Video published by MIDIDesigner.

Want to learn a little bit more about synthesis?

Well Soundfly have got some good things for you. They’ve got a course on demystifying oscillators, and one on demystifying filters. Plus there’s more coming soon, and, what’s more, these two course are free!

IK updates the Amplitube line of apps

It looks like IK have updated most if not all of their AmpliTube range of iOS apps. Here’s what’s new:

  • Studio section offers DAW-style cut/copy paste, normalize, punch in/out recording and more (available via in-app purchase)
  • “Cab Room” feature that allows 3D miking of cabinets with up to two mics (available via in-app purchase)
  • 16 high-end studio mics now available via in-app purchase
  • Looper feature (available via in-app purchase)
  • Loop drummer module plays in sync with the recorder
  • UltraTuner available for in-app purchase
  • Added drag and drop stompbox FX placement
  • You can now place 2 FX after the amp for even more sonic possibilities
  • Complete project compatibility between iPhone and iPad AmpliTube versions
  • General reliability improvements

As far as I can see they’ve updated Hendrix, Hendrix for iPad, Slash, Fender, Fender for iPad, and probably more besides.

Update on the KDJ-One

It’s been a while since there’s been much news on the KDJ-One, but today they’ve posted to Kickstarter on where they are. Here’s what they say …

“Dear backers,
We have finally completed our test with the board. There were various technical issues concerning the powers and noises that had to be dealt in order to create a machine that is not a proto type but a machine for production but these are now all cleared. There was an issue where playing back a note with high polyphony making the program process busy but now this is fixed and the notes can be played very smoothly.
Now as the next phase, we are testing the radiation level called the FCC tests. Currently there are more radiation emitted from the machine than the desired level specified by regulations and we are trying to decrease it down to the level applicable to it. With various tests, we have already found that these radiations are mainly caused from the LCD panels and we are trying to shield these out. Our partner is currently in discussions with the LCD panel manufacturers.
Also a molding for the chassis is to be proceeded at the same time.
We are still expecting delays with the project and deeply apologize for not meeting the schedules. We are trying our best to finish all these works in 2 months, start the manufacturing, and finally ship the product in spring. We will post an update again when we have a progress on either the FCC tests or the chassis and update the expected schedules for manufacturing and shipping.”

So whilst they’re late it looks like they’re not going to let people down, which is good to know.

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