RetroTech: Play Vinyl like a CD - Sharp RP-117

YouTuber Tech Moan brings us a very unique look at some vintage music hardware. If you want the retro vibe of vinyl, and the convenience of a CD player, you need to find yourself Sharp's RP-117 from 1983! He did just that. The first half of the video is of him repairing it, which is in and of itself fascinating. If you just want to see it in action then skip ahead to 8:58.

Video Description:

The most technologically advanced record players were made over 30 years ago. The example demonstrated here, the Sharp RP-117 from 1983, let you navigate records using features you would expect to find on a CD player.

The demonstration part starts at 08:58

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Arturia Keystep vs. MiniLab MKII

If you were thinking about getting a mobile keyboard for the holidays you might be considering one of Arturia's offerings. Tom from Synth Anatomy did a detailed comparison between the $120 Arturia KeyStep and the $100 Arturia MiniLab MKII.

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►Arturia launched in the last month two very affordable portable midi controllers. To offer you a compact overview, I show you the differences and main features. The reason for producing this videos comes from user questions: should I buy a MiniLab or a Keystep.

Third Coast Percussion - "Wild Sound" by Glenn Kotche

YouTuber Vic Firth uploaded this performance by Third Coast Percussion on a whole bunch of xylophones and glockenspiels! It starts off slow as more members join in, but the end result is pretty impressive!

Video Description:

"Wild Sound" by Glenn Kotche

Performed by Third Coast Percussion
Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore

Get the score here!

VF Performance Page:



In its original form, Wild Sound is a multimedia performance piece scored entirely for everyday objects and custom-made instruments conceived of by composer Glenn Kotche and created by Third Coast Percussion in collaboration with the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, where Third Coast Percussion is ensemble-in-residence. Many of the instruments are constructed on stage during the performance, with the sounds of construction integrated seamlessly into the performed sound of the piece.

The last movement of Wild Sound was written with keyboard percussion instruments in mind, and eventually custom electronic instruments using Arduino technology were created for the multimedia version of the piece. However, this movement works beautifully on marimbas, vibraphones, glockenspiel and crotales, and this is the version captured in this video.

Wild Sound was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Additional support provided by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland.

jakoB haQ - Qtron DnB │ MiniNova & AmenBreak Generator

Jakob Haq did some spacey DnB with his MiniNova and the AmenBreak generator app.

Video Description:

The Drum and Bass track in this video was made using Novation MiniNova and AmenBreak Generator iOS. All of the tracks where recorded and filmed individually without sync. I then edited the final video using one session only in Cute Cut Pro, a very tricky thing to do. If you want me to vlog on the making of this video, then please leave a comment down below!


Novation Circuit: 6 Advanced Tips for Playing Melodies

Loopop did a nicely produced tutorial for playing melodies with sample manipulation on Novation Circuit.

Video Description:

This video contains 6 tips for playing melodies with samples on the Novation Circuit, including how to play chords using just one drum track, a great site with free samples, properly pre-tuned, and how to get more than 60 seconds of samples on your circuit.

This is an advanced video - please watch the "beginner's" tutorials first:

Here's a link to download the template for the circuit:

There are a lot of great tuned samples on

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