Category Archives: reviews

Liine Lemur for iPad

I’ve spent the past week learning the lemur workflow and working on templates, and made a template to control Numerology, Audiomulch, and Reaktor.  I replaced two midi controllers with Lemur, and now control everything with my iPad and Novation Launchpad, which i’ve found to be an elegant and flexible solution.  I can do all my read more »

Ruin Synth: Crust, Drones, Evil.

It has been a long time coming, but last month, I finally got the analog modular synthesizer that Phil Baljeu, otherwise known as Ruin of Ruin and Wesen, has been building me.  It is a one-off, custom designed analog synthesizer with a built in 8-step sequencer.  It looks like a communications device from an abandoned soviet read more »

Book Review: Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale by William Sethares

A benefit of my wife being enrolled at the University of Washington is that I have access to their amazing libraries with her account.  A great thing about getting books this way is that the UW lets you check out books for two months!  Lately I’ve been reading some great books on electronic music and read more »

Image Line Drumaxx Drum Synth Review

I saw the announcement for Image Line’s new drum synth, Drumaxx today, and listened to the demos, and was impressed!  I am normally more interested in more esoteric or interesting sound design tools, but I have been looking for drum software that fits my needs for a long time. Until now, I’ve been disappointed with read more »

Roland MKS-70 Review, monstrous drones

I recently received, from the internets, a Roland MKS-70 synthesizer.  The MKS-70 is a massive 2-unit rackmount analog polyphonic synthesizer that is the equivalent of two Roland Jx-8p synthesizers–so it has 12 voices, and can play two patches at once.  Holding all 12 of those analog voices obviously takes a lot of room, and it read more »

Launchpad, No Live: Novation Launchpad Review

    I recently picked up a Novation Launchpad because I wanted the control options of a grid controller, even though I don’t use Ableton live.  I plan on using the Launchpad with Reaktor, Audiomulch, and possibly Processing.  The price wasn’t hard to swallow either.  I’ve seen very little info thus far on people using read more »