Category: Music

MUSIC NEWSFLASHES

Uno! Well, IK, really, have announced two new versions of their Uno Synth, called the Uno Synth Pro and the Uno Synth Pro Desktop. I thought the original model was pretty cool, especially for the sub $200 price tag. At the time of it’s introduction, a full digitally controlled, analog synth that was any good…

By GerenM January 15, 2021 0

Korgs I’ve Owned Part 3 — X50

Anyway, I’d promised myself that I’d never own another Korg after the disappointment of the X2, and it was with some trepidation that I considered the X50. But, my friend Steve Rosch of the band The Janglebachs had one, and he loved it.

By GerenM January 12, 2021 0

Korgs I’ve Owned Part 2 — X2

The X2 was the big brother to the X3, and in addition to another 15 keys, it had an expanded sample ROM featuring a nicely multi-sampled grand piano, and it also had two independent audio outputs in addition to the standard left and right main outputs. Many of the sounds were derived from Korg’s T3 and O1/W synths.

By GerenM January 5, 2021 0

Korgs I’ve Owned Part 1 — DS-8 and SQD-8

The first Korgs in my life were the DS-8 digital synthesizer and SQD-8 8-track MIDI sequencer. The DS-8 was an interesting synth. It was an attempt, I believe, to be a simplified 4-operator FM synthesizer that was simultaneously a multitimbral performance synth. It was even based on an enhanced Yamaha 4-operator FM synth chip that was found in a number of Yamaha keyboards!

By GerenM December 29, 2020 0

Nu Muzik Toyz

I’ve added a few new items to my musical arsenal. Two of the three are capable of all sorts of sounds and rhythms, while the third offers some really fun control options. They are, clockwise from upper left, The Elektron Model:Samples, the Arturia Microfreak, and the Arturia Keystep 37. They will, at least initially, be…

By GerenM November 1, 2020 0

Another Stab…

I have a sickness, and it’s called guitars. For years, I’ve regretted not learning to play one before, or at the same time as, learning piano. And more recently, the condition of my hands/wrists has stymied my progress with the guitar. However, some recent changes in my band have had me looking at the guitar…

By GerenM February 19, 2020 0