Frankfurt’s Musikmesse, like NAMM in Anaheim, is one of the premier trade shows in which music-gear manufacturers get to show off their wares for the first time. And one of the biggest announcements to come forth so far is that AKAI’s APC40 has been given an update, alongside two new controllers for the company. The APC40 MKII has a few updates including straight USB power and full RGB backlighting, but it’s the emergence of the entry-level APC Key 25 and the APC Mini that have us most excited. The keyboard and grid-based controllers MSRP at $129.99 and $99.99, respectively, offering newcomers to production and performance even more options.
Whether you’re a VST-downloading fiend or a non-producing DJ who’s just stuck in his record stacks, no dance-music fan can resist the allure of a real-life synthesizer—particularly the classic analog variety. With this in mind, FACT has assembled a series of the “14 synthesizers that shaped modern music,” from the Minimoog to the Korg MS-20 and beyond.
Whether sorting out space in your bedroom studio, or bringing your laptop on the road, UDG’s Creator laptop stand is likely the piece of gear you.
When Roland first hinted that it might soon be releasing the next generation of the legendary TR-808 drum machine, audio fanatics around the world immediately took to the internet to share their anticipation and skepticism. Fans of the classic analog drum machine have been waiting for years to see a reissue of the infamous 808. Finally, Roland has announced the details of what it has been secretly working on for years: The new AIRA collection. The series of instruments will include several modern remakes of classic Roland pieces, including the TR-808 and TB-303, in addition to some new instruments as well. Initially, the AIRA collection will consist of four different instruments: The TR-8 drum machine, the TR-3 bass synth, the VT-3 Voice Transformer, and the System-1 Synthesizer. Beatport News was treated to a live demo of the new AIRA instruments and we’ve got you covered with all the essential details.
Novation’s series of entry-level controllers, priced at just $99 each, are something to behold. Today we take a look at the Launchkey keyboard-style controller, which reviewer Glenn Jackson gives top marks for its ease of use and low financial barrier to entry.
The Theremin wasn’t only a breakthrough in proximity-sensor technology—it also revolutionized music as we know it. From the Beach Boys to Dr. Who to god knows how many amazing compositions, the instrument has solidified its place in the pantheon of electronic-music-making gadgets. For those of us with a few hundred bucks to spend, you can still buy a new Moog Theremin, but maybe you just need a quick little squiggle of sound to color in your latest track. For you, we present the rad web-based Theremin app from Femur Design.