Welcome to our massive Monday edition of the Morning Roundup. Today, we’ve got a mountain of Coachella 2014 coverage from Weekend 1 including Outkast, Pharrell Williams, Chromeo, and more. Right this way for our complete wrap-up.
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.
Welcome to the weekend, dance-music fans. NAMM is off to a roaring start, and there’s plenty more news to consume, so come on in, have a read/listen, and get your Friday in motion.
Officially kicking off today at the Anaheim Convention Center (right across the street from Disneyland) is the annual NAMM Show, a “happiest place on earth” of sorts for gear-lusting producers, musicians, and all-around geeks the world over. Like each edition before it, this year’s convention is set to bring a slew of new production and DJ tools to the table, giving the public its first real glance and hands-on look at products we so far have only seen in cryptic YouTube videos or vague press releases. Now, with the onslaught of new synths, samplers, controllers, and software set to be unleashed today, we round up the top five new toys we are most excited to get our hands on this weekend.
Last week, gear nerd-controlled sections of the internet were abuzz with excitement after the surfacing of a leaked image which showed that a new series of analog FX pedals “by Moog” were possibly on the way. Now Moog Music has officially announced the details of the upcoming pedal series, which appear to be some of the most affordable pieces of gear the renowned electronic instruments company has made to date.
To honor one of the city’s most inspiring citizens, the Mayor of Asheville, North Carolina, has declared today, May 23, Bob Moog Day. Moog, a pioneer in the world of analog synthesis, lived in Asheville for many years prior to his death in 2005, and his Moog Music company is still based there.
For the uninitiated, The NAMM Show is one of the musical instrument industry’s biggest events. Like the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, NAMM (short for the National Association of Music Merchants) is a tradeshow where manufacturers from around the world debut the latest tech toys and musical instruments to literally tens of thousands of attendees—think Winter Music Conference but for production tools, and you have the general idea.
This year’s NAMM was a mashup of recently announced gear combined with some truly incredible surprises from companies like Korg, Dave Smith Instruments, and Moog. After assessing the announcements, we picked our 10 coolest products at NAMM 2013. And here they are…
The big gear-manufacturer trade show NAMM kicks off in Southern California tomorrow, but we’ve already got a couple huge announcements for you today. Click on through for the inside scoop on some marvellous new toys from Korg and Moog.