An interesting departure for Roland with the new A-01. No idea on price as yet, but I’m sure it’ll come.
Playground on the app store:
So glad that this is out at long last! I’ve been playing with this for ages now and it is really great fun. Grab it now, it’s free (link to the app store at the bottom of this post).
Here’s the video description:
“Playground is a new way to experience the music of artists from around the globe. Swipe and tap on the unique template objects and discover your path to musical expression. Fun and easy to use for beginners, become a real performer by growing your skills. Record and share your favourite sessions with your friends.
Playground – Music At Your Fingertips.
Go to http://getplayground.com for more info.”
Here’s the app store description:
Playground is a new way to experience the music of curated artists from around the globe.
Swipe and tap on the unique template objects and discover your path to musical expression.
Fun and easy to use for beginners, become a real performer by growing your skills.
Record and share your favourite sessions with your friends.
Currently featuring music from :
- Herrmutt Lobby
- Cotton Claw
- Richard Colvaen
** For the best experience **
– use headphones or speaker
– DO NOT use airplay or bluetooth speaker
– disable multitouch gesture in your device preferences
Playground on the app store:
From just watching this video I am amazed by what this device can do. It seems amazing and in such a tiny form factor! I always knew that Keith McMillen Instruments were good, but this is way beyond good.
Here’s what the video description says:
“Introducing Keith McMillen’s K-Mix: an unbreakable, 8-in/10-out audio interface and programmable mixer. K-Mix features 2 ultra-accurate, high-efficiency low noise μPre preamps, and a precision opto-tactile control surface that was designed from the ground up for an unprecedented level of control. We’ve made super clean audio more accessible, so you can focus on the music.
K-Mix is a go-anywhere, fully-programmable, audio multi-tool that can meet all your needs as an artist, whether you’re in the studio or on the road. With no moving parts, K-Mix can be transported in a backpack without the fear of snapping off a fader or knob, while still giving you unrivaled audio quality, mixer functionality, and control.”
The OP-Z seems to be a pretty amazing device. Here’s what’s I’ve gleaned from the video.
- 16 tracks
- Synth engine based on the OP-1
- 4 effects tracks
- 2 tracks for controlling external devices
- Lego compatible!
- An external app (don’t know if this will be tablet or desktop or both) to access features and controls
- A built in video synth that looks amazing and totally off the wall
- Lots of stuff in the ‘to be announced’ category!
There’s no display, the interface is entirely done with LEDs. Which is going to be interesting and possibly a challenge.
No news on price as yet, but I can’t see it being cheap, can you?
There’s plenty that’s not being said about this device, but even so, if it’s from TE it’s probably going to be good. Unusual, maybe odd, but good.
I was pleased to see in their latest newsletter (alongside the wallet debilitating news of 3 new PO series devices) that TE are still working on the OP-1! That’s great to hear. They’re not giving much away, and it was tucked away at the end of the email, so if you missed it or didn’t get it, here it is:
“we are continually developing our flagship synthesizer the OP-1, soon back in stock. thanks for all the feedback we’re getting! we know a lot of you are waiting for an update. stay tuned for more info…”
I’m hoping it won’t be too long, and it would be awesome if they did a hardware add-on for the OP-1, although that too would be a costly move no doubt.
However, I think that there’s only one for now. I think it’s iSEM. If you know of others, please comment them in as I plan to set up a page of AU instruments, and maybe AU effects too.
Would that be useful?