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  • 09/27/2013

This Week in Music Tech: Daedelus Talks Production, Waldorf Pulse 2, Making Percussion with Analog Synths, and More

In this short-but-sweet edition of our weekly gear wrap-up SoCal producer Daedelus discusses the production process behind his new LP, Waldorf shares its recently released Pulse 2 analog synth, we learn about some techniques for creating percussion using analog synthesis, and Native Instruments offers a chance to win a custom-designed Maschine workstation.

Earlier this week, proven Los Angeles beat chemist Daedelus caught up with Resident Advisor in order to detail the technology and philosophies which yielded Drown Out, the man's new LP for Anticon. The discussion covers the roles played by traditional recording studios and analog recording equipment during the album's creation, as well as diving into Daedelus' process of sound-sculpting (which he refers to as "mulching") and how the man incorporated the 808 into his new tracks. RA's full interview can be read here.

This week, the German synthesizer designers at Waldorf released their Pulse 2 unit, a three-oscillator analog synth that serves as the long-awaited sequel to the company's original—and now discontinued—Pulse synth (which first appeared back in 1996). The powerful piece boasts a comprehensive filter section, two overdrive circuits, and can operate in either paraphonic or unison modes. The video above shows off the desktop synth's design while featuring some sounds made on the new unit. Full details of the Pulse 2—which is expected to be selling for a street price of just over $600—can be found here.

Although the video above focuses on Moog's Sub Phatty synth, the techniques used to build percussion from the unit's analog oscillators could likely be applied to most any synth with similar controls. With that in mind, if any WIMT readers have wondered how to make kick, snare, hat, and tom sounds using analog synths, here is a brief video demonstration that should get them started—whether or not they have a Moog at their disposal.

And lastly, Native Instruments is offering users the chance to win a custom Maschine workstation designed by Japenese art collective Oilworks (pictured above). To enter, potential winners must like the Maschine Facebook page and this Facebook post before September 30, when the winner will be picked at random.

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