This Week in Music Tech: Inside Toro Y Moi's Studio and NAMM News from Moog, Korg, Akai, Dave Smith, and More
- Words: Glenn Jackson
While the NAMM conference gets set to extend into the weekend, we've already gotten word on a number of tantalizing new products to expect in 2013, including new synths from Moog, Korg, and Dave Smith Instruments, along with a few interesting controllers set to hit stores soon.
A look inside Chaz Bundick's Bay Area studio:
- Earlier this week, Chaz Bundick (a.k.a. Toro Y Moi) invited us into his home studio to give us a look around and chat about the production techniques used on his third full-length, Anything in Between. You can check out the photos and read the full interview here.
New synths on display at NAMM:
- After first teasing its existence, Moog finally unveiled its new Sub Phatty analog synth, complete with 25 keys, two oscillators, a sub oscillator, and enough knobs to keep you busy tweaking sounds for a long time to come. Set to see a wide release in March, the Sub Phatty will come with the serious price tag of $1,099.
- Korg finally gave the official announcement of the MS-20 Mini analog synth. The compact version of the classic Korg synth is 14% smaller than its original counterpart, and is billed as a faithful recreation in terms of sound and functionality. The MS-20 Mini is set to hit stores in April for the reasonable street price of $599.
- The company helmed by the founder of MIDI, Dave Smith Instruments has added a new product to its legendary Prohpet line, the Prophet 12. The 12-voice analog synth will retail around $2,999 when it hits stores in the second quarter of 2013.
photo via Synthtopia
- Synth pioneer and living legend Don Buchla's Musical Instruments company unveiled its new Electric Music Box, a recreation of Buchla's classic semi-modular synth. No exact release date appears to be set, but dedicated gearheads can expect to drop somewhere around $4000 in order to add one of these to their collection.
New controllers for 2013:
- Building off the popularity of its Max 49 controllers, Akai announced a smaller version, the Max 25 MIDI/CV keyboard/controller. It features 25 semi-weighted keys, eight MPC pads, built-in arpeggiator and sequencer functions, and much more within its compact package.
- Arturia rolled out two new products for NAMM: the SparkLE—a more portable, but no less powerful, version of its Spark hardware/software hybird drum machine—and an impressively sized, high-quality keyboard/pad MIDI controller called the MiniLab.
- San Francisco-based store/blog/controller designers DJ Tech Tools have released an updated version of its popular, arcade-inspired MIDI controller, the MIDI Fighter. Deemed the MIDI Fighter Spectra, the newly redesigned controller boasts a 4x4 grid of highly responsive arcade buttons and a vast ability for customization.
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