Posted: December 9, 2013 in Confessions of gear slut, Software
Tags: Absynth 5, Diva, FM8, Monark, Native Instruments, Nemesis, NI Monark, Saurus, Tone2, u-he, u-he Diva
I bought Native Instrument Monark from their Thanksgiving sale. Installing the thing was pretty hard. I don’t know why it came as ISO file that didn’t work extracted. I had to use Virtual Clonedrive before I managed to install the thing. That is big minus for Native Instruments. This is first time I had to do anything like this to install something. I doesn’t make any sense. Was that experiment or are they releasing their future software like that?
After I finally managed to install Monark, it turned out to be quite fun. It is digital recreation of analog synth and that is problematic. U-He Diva recreates parts of old analog synths but adds some extra control. Monark does digital version of old analog synth. Monark was so cheap that I wanted to give it a try even when I have Diva. Diva will probably be my main synth when I want something analog sounding. It has polyphony and it sounds so good. But Monark is not useless for me. It can give weird analog sounds and it feels more like real hardware synth. Diva sounds beautiful almost all the time, but sometimes there is need for something that doesn’t so beautiful and that is where Monark is most suitable for me. I would have liked more modulations and polyphony. Now controls are quite limited. Only what original analog synth had plus some little parameters under the hood. But nothing as extensive as Diva or Tone2 Saurus have.
Saurus still stays on my shopping list. I played with Diva, Monark and Saurus. I tried to figure out where I would need each of them. Saurus was earlier suitable for ugly territory, but now Monark is better for that. Saurus still has polyphony and better modulations. Have to play more with them to know if I should keep Saurus on my shopping list or not. I will probably buy Tone2 Nemesis before Saurus. I have demo version of it on my laptop. I haven’t really tried it yet because this time NI’s sale was ending and I still have almost month to figure out, if I buy Nemesis. After that I miss some extra sounds for it. Nemesis sounded good on first short try, but I need to play more with it to find if I really have any use for it. I already have Absynth and FM8, which can do similar sounds and I have more synths than I have time to learn.
Holiday Deals For Electronic Musicians 2013
Synthtopia does it again this year. Their list of hot deals for this holiday season.
Posted: December 4, 2013 in Instruments, Software
Posted: November 27, 2013 in Confessions of gear slut, Instruments, Software
Tags: Dave Smith Instruments, Elekton Analog Keys, Elektron, Elektron Analog Four, Mopho X4, Prophet 12, Spitfire, Spitfire Audio, Spitfire HZ01
There were two interesting release of specifications yesterday. Spitfire HZ01 is no compromises drum library. Prize will be for first two weeks £299 and after that £399. I could live with first price, but I can’t live over 200 GB library size. If I understood it correctly that will be size it takes from hard drive. And this will just be first of three Hans Zimmer libraries. No doubt it will be Spitfire fire quality and probably one of best drum libraries there are, but that is not currently suitable for me.
Electron released specification for their new analog synth Analog Keys. It is keyboard version of Analog Four with few upgrades. Most important for me for me is four note polyphony. Analog Four was like dream analog synth without polyphony. Other important upgrade is more space for sounds. I have wanted to buy analog synth for some time. I haven’t made any plans yet, but next year could be right time for that. Currently I have thought about Dave Smith Instrument’s Mopho X4 and Prophet 12. Analog Keys is more expensive and probably better than Mopho X4. It is real analog synth unlike Prophet 12 and cheaper than it.
Oh no, this is also coming.Too much interesting instruments coming this time of the year. I like Spitfire sound libraries. They are expensive, but worth the money. Spitfire is one of the best companies to make playable sound libraries. More experimental instruments are not that interesting even when they are cheaper. This might be one of those expensive one. It uses Hans Zimmer’s name and that costs.
Posted: November 24, 2013 in Instruments, Software
Tags: Hans Zimmer, HZ01, Spitfire, Spitfire HZ01
Annoying teaser video. I have waited more info about this synth ever since I learned about it. Still nothing useful. Just teaser video. There are few very interesting sounds, but most is uninteresting. Just like Rayblaster videos were. When I got my hands on Rayblaster, I liked it. I have never quite figured it out, but when I get knobs into correct positions it sounds amazing. I expect this to sound amazing too and being easier to use. I definitely will get demo when it is out. Then I know do I have use for this or can I finally buy Saurus.
Posted: November 16, 2013 in Instruments, Software
Tags: Nemesis, Tone2, Tone2 Nemesis
Interesting modification on Telecaster. Fender has that on Blacktop models. It surely is useful if you learn to use it and easy to do.
Posted: October 6, 2013 in Instruments, Music
Tags: Bill Kirchen, Telecaster
I am interested. But cheapest of those is two thousand dollars and it ships fall next year or spring, if you are big enough name. I don’t want to pay two thousand for experimental instrument, that may actually be unplayable, if you are not good enough.
I want to try out one before paying that much. It doesn’t say anything about aftertouch. Do they call it something else? Is continuous touch curve control different name for aftertouch? Polyfonic pitchbend is interesting, but can my software handle that? Is it only for Mac users?
In a year we might see something similar coming from different manufacturers. Idea is interesting, but I think this needs further development. Current version is lacking mod wheel and all knobs.
I hope this is successful because that means we could get something reasonable priced base on this idea in few years. But I can’t support this at this time.
Posted: September 28, 2013 in Instruments, Music
Tags: Jamie Cullum, Roli, Seaboard