Style Guide: Techno – Part 1: History and Sound Design

Point Blank Music School brings us a new addition to their Style Guide series, seen here previously in a History Lesson on House Music. Today's lesson focuses on Techno!

Video Description:

James Wiltshire (Freemasons, F9 Audio, Beyoncé) returns with our next Style Guide: Techno. In part one, he looks at the history of techno, and some simple sound design techniques.

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Qadnic (Studio Electronics) & Roland Demora

Alba Ecstasy posted this gorgeous use of the Roland Demora inside of his modular synth. It starts off as a groan, but skip ahead to about 50 seconds for some fun synthesis that sounds great.

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Preparing with Braids & Clouds a warm, deep background for what is coming. Next, you'll see choosing a wavetable for Osc 1. And then, for Osc 2, 3 and 4. After that I'll pass through a few setings of Quadnic and meanwhile I'll play with the factory delay of Roland Demora.

Hoping will be usefull,

KORG Volca Kick - Official Introduction Video

Korg announced the new Volca Kick over a month ago, and now we finally get an official demo video. The video is in English, and chief engineer Tatsuya Takahashi's English is excellent, but there are subtitles available if you need them.

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Chief engineer Tatsuya Takahashi introduces the volca kick. More about volca kick at:

Arturia DrumBrute Announced

Yesterday Arturia announced a feature-rich analog drum machine, with a surprisingly affordable price-tag! At "sub $500" the DrumBrute comes with support for polyrhythms and discrete audio outputs for individual parts; features you'd need to pay well over $1,000 for in machines like Elektron RYTM or DSI Tempest. They hardly teased this one, as it ships next month!

Update: Nick Batt got a highly detailed preview in the Sonic Lab.

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Mauricio Garcia, Arturia Product Specialist, offers you a guided tour of DrumBrute, the first Arturia Analog Drum Synthesizer.

Discover the amazing features packed in this new Brute instrument.

Kickstarter: MOON Switcher

Norwegian pedal manufacturer Aalberg Audio has launched a Kickstarter campaign for MOON Switcher, a wireless Bluetooth device for controlling every part of your guitar chain; including the amplifier!

The scope of control options on this is pretty impressive. Whatever you hook it up to you can then control from a small wireless controller that fits on your guitar. There's also an iOS app that can act as a remote, as well as managing the whole setup.

The MOON Switcher is expected to ship in April 2017, and in the first few hours of the campaign has already grabbed 16% of their $31,147 goal. There are a whole bunch of different backing levels, but you can get the basic setup for $100 as part of an early bird special. Here's a promo video for the campaign.

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