Native Instruments Maschine Jam

Native Instruments has just announced Maschine Jam, which is their take on the Ableton Push style of controller... for a hell of a lot less! $400 gets you the controller and the Maschine 2 software. They're accepting pre-orders now, with an October 1st release date. This is a nice package, but the lack of displays might hamper you. I'm kind of surprised there's no displays at all on it. Even the original Maschine benefited from its old displays.

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MASCHINE JAM brings advanced step-sequencing, sound sculpting, and song sketching to the MASCHINE family. More on MASCHINE JAM:

MASCHINE JAM is your shortest route from idea to reality: Spontaneously step-sequence and arrange in seconds. Play melodies in inspiring ways with eight dual-touch Smart Strips, or transform sounds with dynamic new Perform FX. And get creating from the start with an included arsenal of premium sound from MASCHINE 2.5 software and KOMPLETE 11 SELECT.

KORG Volca Kick Announced

Korg's latest addition to the Volca line is a dedicated Kick Drum module, with a sound shaped from an MS-20 filter. While not a traditional drum synth like Roland's offerings, this does provide a classic analog richness with its own character.

Korg has also announced a trio of in-ear metronomes designed with specific markets in mind. There is a synchronized metronome for musicians to keep time together, and a similar one for ballroom dancing. There's also one that's supposed to make you good at golf, because reasons.

Here's a demo for the Volca Kick, featuring Chief Engineer Tatsuya Takahashi jamming out on his creation!

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An analog kick generator that delivers powerful sounds from kick drum to kick bass. More about volca kick at:

Chief Engineer Tatsuya Takahashi demos the analogue kick generator based on the MS-20 rev.1 filter in oscillation. All sounds created by one volca kick and one volca sample.

Bastl MicroGranny 2.5 Demo

The Tuesday Night Machines did a demo for the new 2.5 firmware update to Bastl Instruments Micro Granny!

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Here's a demo video of the Bastl Instruments Micro Granny 2.5. Subscribe:

The MicroGranny 2 is a monophonic granular sampler, which can record samples to its microSD card with an internal microphone or trough a line-in port. It's easy to use and can be powered by battery, so you'll probably want to take it with you anywhere you go. Of course you can also incorporate it into a MIDI setup, playing the samples transposed over a keyboard, sequencing sample changes and automating sample parameters like bit crushing, pitch and granular synthesis.

More information on the Bastl Instruments website:

Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16

Pioneer DJ Toraiz SP-16 is a wild new bit of gear from Pioneer and Dave Smith Instruments. Dave Smith makes some excellent synths, and more recently he's been doing some interesting collaborations. This Sampler/Sequencer is the weirdest by far though as Pioneer tries to get in on the standalone performance instrument market. The TORAIZ SP-16 looks amazing, I love those sequencer buttons, but it's pricey at $1,500.

DJ TechTools got some hands on time with the new instrument. I've embedded a jam here and there's also a First-Look Video, which helpfully provides a pronunciation key for, "Toraiz."

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A quick, unedited jam session on the new Pioneer DJ TORAIZ SP-16 sampler/sequencer. Learn more here:
Grab a SP-16 here:

The Legend of Zelda Dungeon Theme on Korg MS-20

YouTuber NickBarraMusic did a fun cover of the Dungeon Theme from the original Legend of Zelda. I love the way the MS-20 sounds on this! You'll notice that these "patches" are simple enough to do without patch cables, so it should be possible to recreate easily them on the iMS-20 app just from looking at his knobs.

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Here's a cover of the Dungeon Theme from my favorite game on the NES, the original Legend of Zelda!

In this video we also witness the hungry Moblin, on his lifelong journey to find Bait. Will he succeed? You'll have to watch to the end to find out.

As always, feel free to leave a suggestion for future covers you'd like me to do!




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