Review: Keith McMillen K-Mix - Sonic LAB

Sonic State's Nick Batt reviews Keith McMillen's K-Mix mixer/interface, which was recently updated with iOS support.

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We take a look at the KMI K-MIX - a digital mixer, USB audio interface, and MIDI controller. It does a lot.

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Korg Volca Kick Demo

Reader Carole let me know about this video from GAK, with Korg demoing their new Volca Kick. There are a lot of Volca Kick videos coming out right now, but this is the highest quality demo I've seen yet.

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Korg Volca Kick Analog Kick Generator

Bring the low end beef of Berlin straight to your studio or live setup with the all new VOLCA KICK from KORG. If you are a techno inspired producer looking for that elusive low then VOLCA KICK has you covered. From punchy popping kicks and monstrous subsonic rumbles to grinding dissonant low end grooves the VOLCA KICK goes way beyond providing you with just kick and bass drums. Borrowing circuitry from the legendary MS series of synths to bring you sonic grunt and flexibility, pairing that with the inspiring VOLCA sequencer in this ever popular form factor and you have an accessible creative powerhouse.

All new TOUCH FX gives you sound instant creative twist ideal for live performance or inspiration in the studio. Intuitive drive and tone controls allow you to dial in the drive and sculpt your sound. VOLCA KICKs analogue circuitry gives you that fluid organic sonic punch you simply cannot get from a digital sound source. Check out some examples below.

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DesertFishHQ - Melodic Techno

DesertFishHQ posted this excellent Melodic Techno, which he developed on his Elektron RYTM with help from Strom.

Video Description (from Reddit):

Lately been messing with Strom for Analog Rytm. Amazing app, really shows you how capable the machine is with randomizing kits and patterns. i found out the coolest machine is BD Sharp which sounds synthy and plays chromatically and in tune very well. i used to think BD Sharp was for making fart kicks!!! So eventually stacked the note on three slots and sequenced them in a polyrhythmic fashion with odd steps. Beware though, if you randomize the wrong things u could potentially make the machine divide by zero and glitch the universe, or blow your speakers at least with feedbacks and resonances.

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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.

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