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  1. Jack Hertz

    The Ballad of Don Lewis

    “The Ballad of Don Lewis” is an independently produced documentary about a pioneering multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and electronic engineer who utilized his genius to design and create sounds that have shaped the world’s musical landscape. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Don Lewis gained iconic status throughout the San Francisco live music scene while performing with a revolutionary instrument of his own design – LEO (Live Electronic Orchestra)… an innovative cohesion of synthesizers and sound modules which proved to be a decade ahead of its time. In addition to performing, Don worked as a sound designer/musician for the likes of Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and the Beach Boys. But while his popularity continued to grow, the Musicians Union publicly protested his performances - claiming that Don Lewis was a threat to the future of the Musicians Union because of the technology he so passionately embraced and developed; bringing an end to his career and the instrument he was so inextricably tied to. In order to support his family, Don concentrated on an alternative career path, utilizing his skills as a concert artist and voicing programmer for Yamaha and Roland: eventually contributing to the success of such groundbreaking music products as the Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer and the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Twenty years after Lewis left the limelight, and placed LEO in storage, the two would be reunited and recognized for their historical contributions by “The Museum of Making Music” in Carlsbad, CA – now home to LEO. “The Ballad of Don Lewis” is the story of an American pioneer as he battled technological and social challenges, while attaining creative fulfillment during music’s most exciting and inspiring era.
  2. Jack Hertz

    Surround Us by Pieter Nooten

    Exploring the possibilities of electronica and laptop composition even further; Pieter Nooten, one of the original members of Clan of Xymox and former collaborator with Michael Brook brings us the astounding acoustic and organic sounding 'Surround Us'. The album features gorgeous guest vocalists interspersed with beautiful, classical compositions. Far beyond the clichés of contemporary electronica, Nooten squeezes heart wrenching melancholia -beautifully executed, honest and intimate - out of the 'digital box', proving how good and deeply heartfelt home recorded electronica can sound, Nooten delivers a true masterpiece of lap top composition. In collaboration with improv cellist Lucas Stam, whose sensitive and intuitive playing technique cuts right through some of the most intense instrumentals; Nooten and Stam prove to be the pioneers of a long-expected period in contemporary music. A future that is NOT turning out clinical nu jazz or industrial noise fresh from the academies, neither mind numbing corporate pop, playable in any old mp3 format. Here we experience warmth and dynamics, features that seemed so long lost in music. 'Surround Us' brims with vitality, humanity, pain, passion and sweet, sweet melancholia Pieter is more influenced by"the depth and beauty of the simplest Bach fugue than by most modern pop".
  3. Jack Hertz

    Beginner's Book of Electronic Music

    Explore the exciting world of electronic music ... discover the impact that new technology has made on the range and variety of synthesized sound ... learn how you can create your own synthesized live or recorded sound using home-built circuitry or commercially available equipment! All this and more is included in this up-to-the-minute guide to synthesized music for both electronics and music hobbyists. Plus, it includes an extensive listing of available electronic music recordings and a complete buyer's guide to commercial syn-thesizing equipment (modular. normalized. pre-set. and comput-erized). Sound and acoustic principles are thoroughly reviewed and there's a detailed look at sound sources for electronic music—oscillators, noise generators, and recorded sounds. You'll learn how new sounds can be created by additive or subtractive synthesis. and the fundamentals of using filters. amplifiers. modulation, controllers. and other devices to manipulate musical sounds. There's also lots of practical advice on setting up your own electronic music studio. Other topics covered: the basics of tape recording and editing: the ways modules can be interconnected to create sounds (patching): how-to's for combining electronic sounds into a unified musical work: how to manipulate natural sounds by electronic means (Musique Concrete): information on sonic environments, and a look at the special problems of live electronic music performance. Packed with the kind of information you'll need to understand the fundamentals of synthesized music and the circuit data you'll need to start creating your own electronic music projects, this is a book that every electronic music enthusiast will want to refer to time and time again!
  4. Jack Hertz

    Orient Express by Logic System

    The 3rd release by Hideki Matsutake's synthesizer group. The album was based on the Japanese concept of “Touhoukaisya”, which translates to long train rides. Here, the group imagines a journey on the original Orient Express.
  5. Jack Hertz

    S-CAT Dub-Synth

    The S-CAT Dub-Synth pays homage to the roots of electronic sounds. The Dub-Synth is a simple, yet powerful, pure analogue sound generator with an out-of-this-world LFO section. Inspired by vintage percussion synthesizers and the original dub sirens, the Dub-Synth cries out to have its buttons pushed and knobs turned. While this machine is perfect for producers of dub and dub reggae, it has a place in any style of electronic music, especially in live performance. Key Features: Analogue Oscillator: The Dub-Synth produces subsonic bass down to a staggering 1Hz. It creates classic analogue tones with warm, continuosly variable waveforms perfect for electronic percussion, sustained drones and abstract soundscapes. LFO Controls: Create warbling sirens and modulated sound effects using the comprehensive LFO parameters. Two LFO speed settings mean that the Dub-Synth can operate from slow evolving rates up to supersonic LFO. Manual Trigger: The inviting arcadestyle manual trigger button is just the job for live performances, and remains illuminated for the duration of the audio signal. External Trigger Input: Offers simplistic control for sequencing the Dub-Synth. Works well with modern modular synths and vintage studio equipment alike; can also operate with an external drum trigger pad suiting it to electronic percussionists. Mix Input: Allows you to run a drum machine or other external audio line source directly into the signal path. Great for when mixer channels are in short supply. Headphone Cue: A useful function that allows you to audition sounds before unleashing. With electronics designed by the renowned John W. Oram, the analogue Dub-Synth sure packs a punch for the professional.
  6. Jack Hertz

    Basyn Analog Bass Synthesizer

    The Basyn Analog Bass Synthesizer is a 2 oscillator analog bass synthesizer in a compact 5 lb package. Full envelop and filter controls provide fat bass sounds. Also includes noise generator. Includes documentation and 9v power supply. Features Two oscillators with digital frequency control for drift-free performance. Oscillator 1 is tuned to 16' (low C = 32.7 Hz), and oscillator 2 is tuned to 8'. A mix pot lets you blend the two oscillator outputs in any ratio you desire. A pseudo-random noise generator with a cycle time of more than four minutes. Make explosions, wind, timpani, etc.! Analog waveshaping giving a preset mix of ramp and pulse waveforms, or red (1/f) and white noise. A REAL analog Attack-Decay-Sustain-Release (ADSR) envelope generator with true exponential decay and release curves for a natural sound. A REAL, honest-to-God, analog Voltage-Controlled-Filter (VCF)-- NOT a digital substitute! The VCF is a state-variable design with resonance ("Q") control. The filter tracks the pedals and has variable cutoff frequency along with variable sweep control from the ADSR. A Voltage-Controlled-Amplifier (VCA) that can be controlled from the envelope generator or gated by the pedals. Eight pots and two switches for creating your own sound. The pots control attack time, decay time, sustain level, release time, oscillator mix, VCF initial frequency, VCF sweep, and VCF resonance. Switch selects either the oscillator outputs or the noise source, and the other switch selects either the ADSR or gate output to control the VCA. Compact heavy duty case design that fits in a gig bag or micro keyboard case.
  7. Jack Hertz

    Oramics by Daphne Oram

    Selection of works from the archives of Daphne Oram who is known best for the design of her Oramics system, and also for co-founding the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1958. All tracks are from the post BBC era 1958-1977, recorded in her home studio Tower Folly, Kent. Comes with 16 page booklet.
  8. Jack Hertz

    Vector - Digital Hardware Synthesizer

    Vector is a new digital hardware synthesizer that is still to be announced. What we can tell is this is a new device based on the Raspberry Pi platform. The expectation will be this is programmable and expandable down the line. More information will be added as soon as it is released. Already we can see it features extended modulation capabilities and more.
  9. Jack Hertz

    Oramics to Electronica

    The Oramics to Electronica exhibition explored the history of electronic music through the work of three British studios: Electronic Music Studios (EMS), the BBC Radiophonics Workshop and the private studio of Daphne Oram, a British pioneer who developed a technique that allowed her to draw sounds and which she called Oramics. The unique instrument she developed over the years, the Oramics Machine, was at the heart of the exhibition. The exhibition was co-created with a group of musicians and people who made electronic music in the 1960s. We also worked with students from the National Youth Theatre’s Acting Up 2 course and a group of women writers who provided their own interpretations of the life and work of Daphne Oram. Some films were produced that reflected on the themes of the exhibition and the work that went on behind the scenes: ORAMICS TO ELECTRONICA This film was produced by film makers Nick Street and Jen Fearnley. It follows the co-creation participants through various stages of the exhibition process, from the storerooms to the museum floor. ORAMICS: ATLANTIS ANEW This was produced by artist and writer Aura Satz and was inspired by the Oramics Machine. As well as sounds created by the Oramics Machine, the film features recordings of Daphne reading from chapter 1 and 2 of her book ‘An Individual Note on Sound Music and Electronics’ (1971). ORAMICS TO ELECTRONICA: REUNION FILM While working with early British pioneers of electronic music on the Oramics to Electronica exhibition many fascinating stories emerged. Not all these stories would make it into the exhibition but we couldn’t resist sharing them with a wider audience. So on 29 September 2012 we organised a public reunion for the early electronic music pioneers who helped us with this exhibition. Listen to their stories below: Part 2 of Oramics machine, 1959, used to create electronic synthesized music and developed by Daphne Oram, co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Science Museum Group Collection © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
  10. FM Essential is an FM synthesizer app for the iPhone and iPad with real-time synth performance and editing.Connect FM Essential to an MX BK/BU synthesizer and unlock a full set of 271 Voices. FM Essential is a free iOS synthesizer app featuring technology from the DX100, TX81Z and V50. It has 10 preset Voices, built-in effects, a step sequencer, drum patterns and more. Connect FM Essential to an MX BK/BU/WH to unlock new features and integration. The unlocked features are 261 more Voices and the ability to save Voices. MX BK/BU/WH integration allows direct FM Essential control and audio monitoring. FM GO! Visit a Yamaha dealer and get the full version FREE Download the free version of FM Essential, then take your iOS device to an authorized Yamaha dealer. Once in the store, connect to a Yamaha MX synthesizer to unlock the full version of FM Essential. Unlocking gives you 261 additional Voices plus the ability to save and load your own creations. Once downloaded, the app stays on your device fully enabled even when the MX is no longer connected! Featuring an FM tone generator, FM Essential is a synthesizer app for the iPhone and iPad that provides for real-time synth performances and also lets you edit voices. Spec FM sound ・Tone Generator: FM ・Part: 1 ・Polyphony: 16 ・Preset Voice: 271 ・Arpeggiator patterns: 64 ・Chord pads: 20 ・Scales: 25 Drum Part Tone Generator: Audio Part: 1 Drum Pad: 16 Drum Pad Set: 3 Functions Plug into MX! You can play full 271 voices and voice store function if you connect your iOS with Yamaha music synthesizer MX BK/BU series. Effects/EQ edit - You can adjust parameters to edit effects and equalization. Ball controller - Touch and drag in ball controller to modulate the sound by simultaneously changing multiple parameters based on the ball position. Step sequencer -We can store the ball position in the currently selected scene box. - Arpeggiator and chord pads -You can play Arpeggiator and Chord pads in addition to keyboard with various scales.
  11. Jack Hertz

    Sound of Berlin Documentary

    Sound of Berlin is a documentary about the German capital’s electronic music scene. Through interviews with artists and promoters like Juan Atkins, Dr. Motte, Nela and Marc Houle, actress Carolina Thiele examines the history of Berlin’s vibrant nightlife to learn how the city’s evolving dance-music culture became world-famous. A journey through the capital of electronic music. Interviews w/ Juan Atkins, Dr. Motte, Dimitri Hegemann, Marc Houle, Monolink, Pan-Pot, Mathias Kaden, Nela, Alexander Krüger, Ekaterina, FreedomB
  12. Jack Hertz

    Yamaha MODX8 Synthesizer

    The Yamaha MODX8 is a 88-key synthesizer offering multiple synthesis methods and powerful controls for musicians and producers in homes, studios, and concert venues. Its 88 keys trigger sounds from AWM2 and FM-X sound engines, which bring the same sample-based and frequency modulation synthesis technology from Yamaha's premium MONTAGE line. 4-Part Seamless Sound Switching allows held notes to continue naturally when changing performance patches. Interactive controls include easily assignable sliders and knobs, pitch and modulation wheels, and the Super Knob—a large illuminated control that facilitates manipulation of multiple parameters simultaneously. Utilize the MODX8's Motion Sequences to rhythmically modify settings and tweak the rhythmic control data in real time. Thanks to Live Sets, you can structure your Performances without having to copy, reorder, or rename them. Connect to your computer via USB to send and receive multichannel audio and MIDI over a single cable. Additionally, the MODX8 provides traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O, two 1/4" line outputs, and a 1/4" headphone jack. Two 1/4" analog inputs enable versatile processing of external audio sources, which can also feed the source-selectable envelope follower. 1/4" inputs are also present for foot controllers and footswitches (available separately). The MODX8 is supplied with an AC adapter. SOUND Sound is the most important aspect of any instrument. The power of the MODX synthesis engine allows unlimited potential to create your own unique sound demanded by any artist. The MODX sound engine is based on the same technology powering the flagship MONTAGE: AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine and a pure FM-X (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design. AWM2 Only found in Yamaha music synthesizers, the AWM2 engine offers much more than just sample playback. Each of the 16 AWM2 parts feature eight fully-programmable synthesizers with a filter (18 different types!,) amplitude, pitch and filter envelope generators, nine LFOs, 3-band EQ and a dedicated dual insert effect with Virtual Circuitry Modeling. FM-X FM-X is an amazingly sophisticated pure synthesizer engine capable of producing classic ‘80s or cutting-edge, EDM sound with incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity. MODX features an 8-operator FM architecture and 64-note polyphony, allowing for a massive array of sound design options. 192-NOTE TOTAL POLYPHONY MODX features 128-note stereo AWM2 polyphony and 64-notes of FM-X polyphony. Due to the unique architecture of MODX and MONTAGE, this polyphony is always available without latency or compromising other features. SSS (Seamless Sound Switching) Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) lets you change performances seamlessly without any cut-off in envelope or effects. This is perfect for live performances where you end one song and start another without stopping. * This function is only available for Performances that have a maximum of 4 parts. INTEGRATED FLASH MODX includes 1 GB of non-volatile user flash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own custom samples or synth libraries from yamahamusicsoft.com. EFFECTS From high definition reverbs to incredibly detailed Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects, MODX is loaded with DSP innovation, power and, most importantly, sound quality. Use effects like Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break or Bit Crusher to get EDM sound. The Spiralizer effect creates the auditory illusion of a tone continually rising or falling in pitch without getting higher or lower. You can even add a compressor with sidechain for a modern “ducking” effect. Or go retro with vintage effects like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp Simulators. Piano players will appreciate piano-focused effects like Damper Resonance for a super-realistic piano experience and the HD reverbs that let you put yourself in any performance space. A/D INPUT Coupled with two A/D inputs, MODX is a perfect centerpiece for any professional recording studio or live computer rig. SIDECHAIN Automatically control the dynamic behavior of one part from another. Sidechain is very popular in modern dance music where a pad or other sustain part is “keyed” to the kick drum. When the kick drum plays, it ducks down the sustained part creating a “pumping” rhythmic effect. MULTI-CHANNEL USB AUDIO INTERFACE As expected for modern computer-based music production, MODX features a professional 4-in/10-out, multi-channel USB audio interface. A single-cable connection replaces the need for an external audio interface. iOS compatible. CONTROL Every artist wants to sound unique. Take control and stand out from the crowd. Bring the sophistication of music production automation to realtime live performance with Motion Control. SUPER KNOB The Super Knob allows simultaneous control of up to 128 parameters in a single Performance. This means you can control nearly anything from mix functions like volume, pan and effect sends to detailed synth parameters like filters, LFOs and Operators. That’ s 128 parameters…SIMULTANEOUSLY! The Super Knob can even be assigned to a second FC7 foot controller making it easy to manipulate the sound when playing with both hands. MOTION SEQUENCES Motion Sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customizable control sequences that can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and provide incredible new ways of creating sound. Motion Sequences also have dedicated controls on the front panel making it easy to manipulate and change in real-time, providing incredible interactivity and expression. ENVELOPE FOLLOWER The Envelope Follower converts audio into a control source for control of virtually any synthesizer parameter. For example, a drum loop could drive effects parameters for a cool rhythm or a vocal recording could control multiple parameters for a “talking” synthesizer. The audio can even be a “live” source through the A/D input. AUDIO BEAT SYNC ABS (Audio Beat Sync) detects the beat of and external device like an electronic drum kit, drum machine or audio player plugged into the A/D input and synchronizes the MODX Arpeggiator, Motion Sequencer or Songs to the tempo of the external input. The MODX synthesizer “listens” to live music and plays in time. CUBASE AI BUNDLE MODX is bundled with Cubase AI, Steinberg's professional music production application that offers integrated recording and editing. Cubase AI MOBILITY Designed for musicians on the go, MODX is compact, lightweight and mobile. LIGHTWEIGHT The MODX6 weighs in at 14.6 lbs, the MODX7 at 16.3 lbs and the 88-note weighted Graded Hammer Action MODX8 comes in at a svelte 30.4 lbs. SOFT CASE The premium soft case for MODX is protective, lightweight and stylish. Not just a mere “gig bag”, the MODX soft case is manufactured with top-notch nylon, high quality zippers, pockets for pedals and cables and a luxurious inside that will keep your MODX protected and looking great for years to come.
  13. Jack Hertz

    Yamaha MODX7 Synthesizer

    The Yamaha MODX7 is a 76-key synthesizer offering multiple synthesis methods and powerful controls for musicians and producers in homes, studios, and concert venues. Its 76 keys trigger sounds from AWM2 and FM-X sound engines, which bring the same sample-based and frequency modulation synthesis technology from Yamaha's premium MONTAGE line. 4-Part Seamless Sound Switching allows held notes to continue naturally when changing performance patches. Interactive controls include easily assignable sliders and knobs, pitch and modulation wheels, and the Super Knob—a large illuminated control that facilitates manipulation of multiple parameters simultaneously. Utilize the MODX7's Motion Sequences to rhythmically modify settings and tweak the rhythmic control data in real time. Thanks to Live Sets, you can structure your Performances without having to copy, reorder, or rename them. Connect to your computer via USB to send and receive multichannel audio and MIDI over a single cable. Additionally, the MODX7 provides traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O, two 1/4" line outputs, and a 1/4" headphone jack. Two 1/4" analog inputs enable versatile processing of external audio sources, which can also feed the source-selectable envelope follower. 1/4" inputs are also present for foot controllers and footswitches (available separately). The MODX7 is supplied with an AC adapter. SOUND Sound is the most important aspect of any instrument. The power of the MODX synthesis engine allows unlimited potential to create your own unique sound demanded by any artist. The MODX sound engine is based on the same technology powering the flagship MONTAGE: AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine and a pure FM-X (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design. AWM2 Only found in Yamaha music synthesizers, the AWM2 engine offers much more than just sample playback. Each of the 16 AWM2 parts feature eight fully-programmable synthesizers with a filter (18 different types!,) amplitude, pitch and filter envelope generators, nine LFOs, 3-band EQ and a dedicated dual insert effect with Virtual Circuitry Modeling. FM-X FM-X is an amazingly sophisticated pure synthesizer engine capable of producing classic ‘80s or cutting-edge, EDM sound with incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity. MODX features an 8-operator FM architecture and 64-note polyphony, allowing for a massive array of sound design options. 192-NOTE TOTAL POLYPHONY MODX features 128-note stereo AWM2 polyphony and 64-notes of FM-X polyphony. Due to the unique architecture of MODX and MONTAGE, this polyphony is always available without latency or compromising other features. SSS (Seamless Sound Switching) Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) lets you change performances seamlessly without any cut-off in envelope or effects. This is perfect for live performances where you end one song and start another without stopping. * This function is only available for Performances that have a maximum of 4 parts. INTEGRATED FLASH MODX includes 1 GB of non-volatile user flash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own custom samples or synth libraries from yamahamusicsoft.com. EFFECTS From high definition reverbs to incredibly detailed Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects, MODX is loaded with DSP innovation, power and, most importantly, sound quality. Use effects like Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break or Bit Crusher to get EDM sound. The Spiralizer effect creates the auditory illusion of a tone continually rising or falling in pitch without getting higher or lower. You can even add a compressor with sidechain for a modern “ducking” effect. Or go retro with vintage effects like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp Simulators. Piano players will appreciate piano-focused effects like Damper Resonance for a super-realistic piano experience and the HD reverbs that let you put yourself in any performance space. A/D INPUT Coupled with two A/D inputs, MODX is a perfect centerpiece for any professional recording studio or live computer rig. SIDECHAIN Automatically control the dynamic behavior of one part from another. Sidechain is very popular in modern dance music where a pad or other sustain part is “keyed” to the kick drum. When the kick drum plays, it ducks down the sustained part creating a “pumping” rhythmic effect. MULTI-CHANNEL USB AUDIO INTERFACE As expected for modern computer-based music production, MODX features a professional 4-in/10-out, multi-channel USB audio interface. A single-cable connection replaces the need for an external audio interface. iOS compatible. CONTROL Every artist wants to sound unique. Take control and stand out from the crowd. Bring the sophistication of music production automation to realtime live performance with Motion Control. SUPER KNOB The Super Knob allows simultaneous control of up to 128 parameters in a single Performance. This means you can control nearly anything from mix functions like volume, pan and effect sends to detailed synth parameters like filters, LFOs and Operators. That’ s 128 parameters…SIMULTANEOUSLY! The Super Knob can even be assigned to a second FC7 foot controller making it easy to manipulate the sound when playing with both hands. MOTION SEQUENCES Motion Sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customizable control sequences that can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and provide incredible new ways of creating sound. Motion Sequences also have dedicated controls on the front panel making it easy to manipulate and change in real-time, providing incredible interactivity and expression. ENVELOPE FOLLOWER The Envelope Follower converts audio into a control source for control of virtually any synthesizer parameter. For example, a drum loop could drive effects parameters for a cool rhythm or a vocal recording could control multiple parameters for a “talking” synthesizer. The audio can even be a “live” source through the A/D input. AUDIO BEAT SYNC ABS (Audio Beat Sync) detects the beat of and external device like an electronic drum kit, drum machine or audio player plugged into the A/D input and synchronizes the MODX Arpeggiator, Motion Sequencer or Songs to the tempo of the external input. The MODX synthesizer “listens” to live music and plays in time. CUBASE AI BUNDLE MODX is bundled with Cubase AI, Steinberg's professional music production application that offers integrated recording and editing. Cubase AI MOBILITY Designed for musicians on the go, MODX is compact, lightweight and mobile. LIGHTWEIGHT The MODX6 weighs in at 14.6 lbs, the MODX7 at 16.3 lbs and the 88-note weighted Graded Hammer Action MODX8 comes in at a svelte 30.4 lbs. SOFT CASE The premium soft case for MODX is protective, lightweight and stylish. Not just a mere “gig bag”, the MODX soft case is manufactured with top-notch nylon, high quality zippers, pockets for pedals and cables and a luxurious inside that will keep your MODX protected and looking great for years to come.
  14. Jack Hertz

    Yamaha MODX6 Synthesizer

    The Yamaha MODX6 is a 61-key synthesizer offering multiple synthesis methods and powerful controls for musicians and producers in homes, studios, and concert venues. Its 61 keys trigger sounds from AWM2 and FM-X sound engines, which bring the same sample-based and frequency modulation synthesis technology from Yamaha's premium MONTAGE line. 4-Part Seamless Sound Switching allows held notes to continue naturally when changing performance patches. Interactive controls include easily assignable sliders and knobs, pitch and modulation wheels, and the Super Knob—a large illuminated control that facilitates manipulation of multiple parameters simultaneously. Utilize the MODX6's Motion Sequences to rhythmically modify settings and tweak the rhythmic control data in real time. Thanks to Live Sets, you can structure your Performances without having to copy, reorder, or rename them. Connect to your computer via USB to send and receive multichannel audio and MIDI over a single cable. Additionally, the MODX6 provides traditional 5-pin MIDI I/O, two 1/4" line outputs, and a 1/4" headphone jack. Two 1/4" analog inputs enable versatile processing of external audio sources, which can also feed the source-selectable envelope follower. 1/4" inputs are also present for foot controllers and footswitches (available separately). The MODX6 is supplied with an AC adapter. SOUND Sound is the most important aspect of any instrument. The power of the MODX synthesis engine allows unlimited potential to create your own unique sound demanded by any artist. The MODX sound engine is based on the same technology powering the flagship MONTAGE: AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine and a pure FM-X (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design. AWM2 Only found in Yamaha music synthesizers, the AWM2 engine offers much more than just sample playback. Each of the 16 AWM2 parts feature eight fully-programmable synthesizers with a filter (18 different types!,) amplitude, pitch and filter envelope generators, nine LFOs, 3-band EQ and a dedicated dual insert effect with Virtual Circuitry Modeling. FM-X FM-X is an amazingly sophisticated pure synthesizer engine capable of producing classic ‘80s or cutting-edge, EDM sound with incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity. MODX features an 8-operator FM architecture and 64-note polyphony, allowing for a massive array of sound design options. 192-NOTE TOTAL POLYPHONY MODX features 128-note stereo AWM2 polyphony and 64-notes of FM-X polyphony. Due to the unique architecture of MODX and MONTAGE, this polyphony is always available without latency or compromising other features. SSS (Seamless Sound Switching) Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) lets you change performances seamlessly without any cut-off in envelope or effects. This is perfect for live performances where you end one song and start another without stopping. * This function is only available for Performances that have a maximum of 4 parts. INTEGRATEDFLASH MODX includes 1 GB of non-volatile user flash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own custom samples or synth libraries from yamahamusicsoft.com. EFFECTS From high definition reverbs to incredibly detailed Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects, MODX is loaded with DSP innovation, power and, most importantly, sound quality. Use effects like Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break or Bit Crusher to get EDM sound. The Spiralizer effect creates the auditory illusion of a tone continually rising or falling in pitch without getting higher or lower. You can even add a compressor with sidechain for a modern “ducking” effect. Or go retro with vintage effects like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp Simulators. Piano players will appreciate piano-focused effects like Damper Resonance for a super-realistic piano experience and the HD reverbs that let you put yourself in any performance space. A/D INPUT Coupled with two A/D inputs, MODX is a perfect centerpiece for any professional recording studio or live computer rig. SIDECHAIN Automatically control the dynamic behavior of one part from another. Sidechain is very popular in modern dance music where a pad or other sustain part is “keyed” to the kick drum. When the kick drum plays, it ducks down the sustained part creating a “pumping” rhythmic effect. MULTI-CHANNEL USB AUDIO INTERFACE As expected for modern computer-based music production, MODX features a professional 4-in/10-out, multi-channel USB audio interface. A single-cable connection replaces the need for an external audio interface. iOS compatible. CONTROL Every artist wants to sound unique. Take control and stand out from the crowd. Bring the sophistication of music production automation to realtime live performance with Motion Control. SUPER KNOB The Super Knob allows simultaneous control of up to 128 parameters in a single Performance. This means you can control nearly anything from mix functions like volume, pan and effect sends to detailed synth parameters like filters, LFOs and Operators. That’ s 128 parameters…SIMULTANEOUSLY! The Super Knob can even be assigned to a second FC7 foot controller making it easy to manipulate the sound when playing with both hands. MOTION SEQUENCES Motion Sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customizable control sequences that can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and provide incredible new ways of creating sound. Motion Sequences also have dedicated controls on the front panel making it easy to manipulate and change in real-time, providing incredible interactivity and expression. ENVELOPE FOLLOWER The Envelope Follower converts audio into a control source for control of virtually any synthesizer parameter. For example, a drum loop could drive effects parameters for a cool rhythm or a vocal recording could control multiple parameters for a “talking” synthesizer. The audio can even be a “live” source through the A/D input. AUDIO BEAT SYNC ABS (Audio Beat Sync) detects the beat of and external device like an electronic drum kit, drum machine or audio player plugged into the A/D input and synchronizes the MODX Arpeggiator, Motion Sequencer or Songs to the tempo of the external input. The MODX synthesizer “listens” to live music and plays in time. CUBASE AI BUNDLE MODX is bundled with Cubase AI, Steinberg's professional music production application that offers integrated recording and editing. Cubase AI MOBILITY Designed for musicians on the go, MODX is compact, lightweight and mobile. LIGHTWEIGHT The MODX6 weighs in at 14.6 lbs, the MODX7 at 16.3 lbs and the 88-note weighted Graded Hammer Action MODX8 comes in at a svelte 30.4 lbs. SOFT CASE The premium soft case for MODX is protective, lightweight and stylish. Not just a mere “gig bag”, the MODX soft case is manufactured with top-notch nylon, high quality zippers, pockets for pedals and cables and a luxurious inside that will keep your MODX protected and looking great for years to come.
  15. Jack Hertz

    MELLODRAMA: The Mellotron Movie

    "Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie" explores the history of tape keyboard sampling through Harry Chamberlin's invention of the Chamberlin keyboards, the popularization of the Mellotron, and its influence today. Mellodrama explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Mellotron – the first musical keyboard to “sample” the sounds of other instruments – from its birth in a California garage in the 1950s, through its dominance on concert stages in the 1970s, through its almost religious cult of followers in the 2000s. The Mellotron is a keyboard instrument that plays prerecorded tapes. It was invented as the Chamberlin organ by Harry Chamberlin who wanted to sell his "orchestra at your fingertips" to every Aunt Mable in America. But his trusted salesman Bill Franson took two instruments to England, and found manufacturers to replicate the Chamberlin. Under this dubious pretense, the Mellotron was born. Through the music of the Beatles, the Zombies, and the Moody Blues, the Mellotron became the "instant magic sound." In the 1970s, it defined the sound of progressive rock bands like Yes and Genesis. Though forgotten during the 1980s, when digital synthesizers hijacked pop music, the Mellotron is today again a highly desired and sought-after device, a connection for artists like Radiohead and Kanye West to the mystical lost world of invention.
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