There seem to be a lot of people who have difficulties downloading the ISO files used for reimaging a Korg Kronos from the official Korg support web site — Korg’s site is very slow to load and a bit cranky when it comes to downloads. A lot of times it just plain fails. Since I have a complete set of DVDs from my Kronos 2, I thought I’d make some ISOs and upload them to my Google Drive for folks who can’t make the Korg site work.
For the first time in, well, a lot of years, I’ve about finished a new piece of music. I’ll say that again. I’ve almost finished a new piece of music. To say that I’m excited by that would be an understatement. For those who have been following along, I was […]
Fran Blanche of Frantone posted this fascinating film by Bernard Wilets, which looks at early electronic music, to her YouTube channel, and I just had to share it. The film features several people who went on to make their names in electronic music, including Rory Kaplan, Douglas Leedy, and Jean-Claude […]
Arturia have announced another new update to the MicroFreak! Version 4 adds a new User Wavetable engine, enhances the sequencer, makes UI improvements, and more! MicroFreak really is the freak that keeps on freakin’!
Yesterday, YouTuber Free Beat issued a challenge to his viewers to think of their three favorite pieces of synth gear, then find and comment on videos made using these items on small YouTube channels, and then choose one to link from Free Beat’s challenge video. I picked the Arturia Microfreak […]
I’ve added another new device to my music-making arsenal. Well, two, really. Both are from a company called Teenage Engineering, a small company well known for their calculator-like Pocket Operator series of miniature synthesizer/beat-boxes. To be honest, I really had no plans to buy anything from Teenage Engineering. I’ve always […]
Following a recent Discord discussion of Ring Modulation in sound synthesis, I put together a little video demonstration of the something called “ring modulation.” In synthesizers, this is a method of using one audio source to modify, or modulate, another. It’s also the basis of amplitude modulation. Think AM radio. […]
The Modal Electronics Skulpt Synth SE did arrive yesterday, but between the day gig and a 7Souls band rehearsal list night, I had just enough time to plug it in and make sure that it beeped and booped. I had a little play with it this evening, just to get […]
Back when I bought the Microfreak, I was also considering a virtual-analog synth from Modal Electronics called the Skulpt. At the time, the price was the same for both, and my sales rep suggested that I should put off buying the Skulpt, and get the Microfreak. Which I did. But, […]
[Here,] in a bag of mixed nuts, are four reasons that I’ve let go of a nearly fifty-year-old dream to own a modular synthesizer.
This is post 4 of 5 in the series “Kronos Chronicles” The Kronos Chronicles documents my experiences with the Korg Kronos 2 Music Workstation. Keyboard Shake Up Korgs I’ve Owned Part 6 — Kronos 2 Kronos’ Public Debut Necessity’s Child Kronos Accessory DVD-ROM Images As they say, necessity is the […]
This is post 3 of 5 in the series “Kronos Chronicles” The Kronos Chronicles documents my experiences with the Korg Kronos 2 Music Workstation. Keyboard Shake Up Korgs I’ve Owned Part 6 — Kronos 2 Kronos’ Public Debut Necessity’s Child Kronos Accessory DVD-ROM Images This past Saturday, I played my […]