Let's be honest, the rate that Roland is revealing the particulars of its new Aira line of products is wearing on us. But it looks like the end may be near, as some more concrete details as to what exactly Aira will bring to the table have been revealed. Read more »
Roland's Aira—which the company has been teasing since before NAMM last month—has finally been revealed to the public. As many had deciphered, Aira is in fact four products in total, with more to come; it represents a new initiative for the company and a new team within it, based inside a new Tokyo studio. As all the pre-release hype would suggest, this is a big step for Roland; for the first time in years, it feels like the company is embracing the tastes of modern producers. Read more »
As part of a newly launched competition, UK synth and controller designer Novation is giving away a 1GB sample pack of "loops, single hits, multi-sampled patches, and drum kits from its unforgettable and modern classic synths." Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: A Modular Synth Masterclass, Another Aira Teaser, Prefuse 73's Free Ableton Live Session, and More
In the wake of NAMM, this week brought just a few new updates and surprises, while Aira continued to tease its Aira drum machine. In addition to tying up a few leftover NAMM threads, our latest gear round-up checks out a modular synth masterclass led by Mute founder David Miller, takes a look inside Solvent's studio, and shares details of an Ableton Live session from Prefuse 73 which is now free to download. Read more »
NAMM is to music gear what CES is to consumer electronics, E3 is to video games, and the '80s were to personal finance: spectacularly overwrought excess, as companies large and small blow huge chunks of their marketing budgets to flaunt new gear. Each year, the event takes place over the course of four days in Anaheim, California, under the big-eared shadow of Disneyland. It's generally overrun by suited sales folk and aging rockers whose hairlines have receded into their bellies, along with gearheads who fly in from around the world to get face-to-face (and hand-to-knob) time with the people that make their musical tools. As part of the latter contingent, we picked through the roughly six million mandolins and generic DJ controllers—and came across some oddly memorable happenings in the process—but ultimately honed in on the most exciting gear NAMM 2014 had to offer. Read more »
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