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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.
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    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".
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    Yamaha FS1R FS Synthesis Module

    New synthesis technology - FS Synthesis (Formant shaping / FM synthesis) - creates sound with characteristics and flexibility similar to the human voice for extraordinary sonic depth and expressive control. Upward compatible with voices from the "classic" FM synthesizers and tone generators, such as the Yamaha DX and TX series. Formant Sequences - "Fseqs" - produce other-worldly vocal phrases, rhythm loops, and more. Assignable control knobs for extended real-time sonic control as well as easy programming. A huge selection of 1408 preset voices, including the best from the original DX and TX series. Yamaha FM synthesis is back with more musical depth and expressive power than ever before! The FS1R Formant Shaping/FM Synthesis Tone Generator is a perfect example of how a classic tone generation system can evolve to become the music tool of choice for a new generation of artists. While sample-based tone generators merely reproduce a recorded waveform - with added envelopes, filtering, and effects for variety - the FS1R actually creates sound, and therefore offers total control right down to the waveform level. It also includes innovative Formant Shaping technology for even greater sonic scope. The overall result is unmatched musicality and expressive depth ... and after all, that's what music is all about. repare to meet a totally new species of tone generator. For the first time ever it is possible to produce and control sounds with characteristics and flexibility similar to that of the human voice. Yamaha Formant Shaping Synthesis Yamaha Formant Shaping synthesis and the bonus is that it's based on an architecture, which lends itself ideally to FM synthesis similar to the type, introduced in the legendary Yamaha DX-series synthesizers. FS1R Formant Shaping/FM Synthesis Tone Generator FS1R Formant Shaping/FM Synthesis Tone Generator can create anything from totally new simulations of the human vocal sounds, rhythm loops, and exhilarating trance/techno patterns to classic DX electric piano voices... and anything in between. Extraordinary Sound The "formants" which are the key to the FS1R's extraordinary sound can be controlled via real-time controllers, envelope generators, LFOs, velocity, and a range of 90 preset "Fseqs" (Formant Sequences) which can produce unique vocal phrases, rhythm loops, and more. New Levels of Versatility The FS1R takes FM synthesis to new levels of musical versatility and control, significantly expanding the range of sound, which can be produced. Bulk Data Since the FS1R can receive bulk data from Yamaha DX-series synthesizers, you can easily load and use or edit existing FM voices. Of course, the ability to combine Formant Shaping with FM opens a whole new universe of musical possibilities. Real-Time Control Real-time control is another of the FS1R's strong points. In addition to recognizing the full range of MIDI control change assignments, the FS1R features four Controller Knobs, which can be assigned to a wide range of parameters for extraordinarily versatile, expressive real-time performance control. The knobs also function as data entry controls while editing for fast, efficient operation. Voices and Memories The FS1R also offers an extraordinary range of 1536 voice memories and 512 performance memories (including a number of classic FM sounds), a versatile dynamic filter, a powerful internal effects system, flexible EQ, and much, much, more. Express Yourself If you're looking for a totally new way to express yourself in sound, don't miss the Yamaha FS1R.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  10. OP–Z the new multimedia synthesizer and sequencer is finally arriving. OP–Z it’s the first stand-alone 16 track sequencer that allows synchronised live composition of music, visuals, lights. The OP-Z is one of a kind. Born to be portable, just at 212.5 mm width, 57.5 mm height and 10 mm thin, it weighs in at just 850g. With the absence of a screen, we introduce the concept of ’bring your own display’ - use your iphone, ipad or computer, because the OP-Z is built for people on the move that already carry a great display in their pocket. Packed with multiple synthesizer engines, beats, samples, effects, visuals and preset patterns, the OP-Z has the ability to control up to 16 lights through dmx, it has a unity 3d® integration to let you interact with your own 3d worlds, as well a built in photomatic feature which allows you to instantly sequence images taken with your smartphone camera. More… the OP-Z has an expansion slot for modules that will add a range of hardware upgrades, each with its own unique functionality. The first module will be launched later this year. Complete the OP-Z universe with a range of teenage engineering accessories like the bespoke design leather case. OP-Z, ready to be used anytime, anywhere, straight out of your pocket. Features + 16-track multi-speed sequencer + 16 individual and independent synthesis, sampler and control tracks + 160 user programmable patterns + Interchangeable modular effects + 14 multi-program step components + External screen with OP-Z iOS app + Dual domain synthesis + 6 axis motion sensor (g-force) + Bluetooth 5.0 LE + 1 year battery stand-by time + USB type-c jack + 3.5 mm 4-pole jack (stereo out/mic) + Integrated MEMS microphone Original 2017 Announcement It's been over six years since teenage engineering released OP-1, the revolutionary portable all-in-one synthesizer which has now become an icon in the music industry. to be honest, many were skeptical at launch, labeling it as a toy and not a real synthesizer because of its color coded knobs, its creative user interface, and for some it was just because of its size – a synthesizer has to be big to sound big right? Today, with the introduction of the all new OP-Z, we will push the boundaries even further. this time the machine is so small we guarantee it will upset you. it's about half the size of OP-1, but comes with more dsp power that consumes less energy so now you can fly the Atlantic 4 times back and forth, sequencing complete songs on 16 dedicated tracks before you run out of power. when ready to land, just slide it in your inner pocket. Still, OP-Z is about a lot more than just composing music. the Z stands for the third dimension, the depth, the creativity involved in making music. imagine animated art and videos that accompany your live show, or sequenced lighting, all the way down to composing your own interactive software. some people would call a device like this a dream machine. We call it OP-Z. Compose with components. Setting an individual track speed is a great way to overcome repetitive 16-step sequencing. Settings go all the way down to one sixteenth of normal speed or incredible 256 programmable steps on one single track. Introducing step components centered around an advanced 16-track sequencer where all tracks run independently, OP-Z makes individual track speed and track length possible. In addition to this it's possible to add unique step behaviors to every one of the 16 steps: a feature we call step components. think of this as dual layer sequencing where the first layer is a traditional 16 step sequencer, while the second layer adds variation per cycle, note variation, micro sequencing, direction, parameter changes, re-trig's and much more, all on just one single step. In theory, it's possible to create a complete song by programming only the 1st step of the 16, using multiple step components to create endless variations, a technique recommended for experts and engineers only. seriously, in some situations it's actually almost impossible to predict the complete length of a sequence. so we created a special component for those situations named ’catch up’, that forces a track to exit at a certain step to stay in sync. in total, there are 14 components sorted into 3 groups: triggers, note variations and specials. All 14 components have 10 values and behavior programs. the product of all this is that you have 140 ways to alter just one single step. probably more than most people can handle. And to make step composing really intuitive and super fast, all keys are back-lit with multi-color leds with instant machine feedback, a must-have for poorly lit club gigs and late-night-in-bed composing. actually, the print on the unit itself is made with a special glow-in-the dark-paint. A pretty cool ’world's first’ for synthesizers. Bring your own screen. OP-Z is a completely stand-alone synthesizer and composer, ready to to be used at anytime and anywhere, but for those of you who need that extra injection of vibrant graphics, interactive user interface and awesome synced animations to feel inspired, we introduce the concept of BYOS - bring your own screen. you already have the phone with that gorgeous retina display in your pocket, right? Just download the OP-Z app, pair the two devices and you are all set. add cellular connectivity, wifi and powerful graphics processing to that and the concept certainly makes sense. all this tech when connected to the OP-Z adds several unique features. like using the phone's camera, snapping a series of photos and arranging them to a beat, creating a synchronized music video ’a-la-minute’. We support dropbox on ios as well, so transfer of your custom artwork on to your ios device will be instant and without cables. to eliminate any latency between image and sound, we ported the OP-Z sound engine to run simultaneously on your ios device. something we call ’dual domain synthesis’. Photomatic Snap a series of photos and sequence them to a beat. compose a song and create a completely synchronised music video ’a-la-minute’. the included photomatic feature is just pure instant fun. Custom graphics By adding any artwork or a photo to your ios device camera roll or to a dropbox folder, you can create high quality custom graphics, patterns, color palettes or stop motion videos. anything can be animated in pace with your music. Create your own world OP-Z is tailor made for unity 3D, the world's most popular multi-platform game engine. chosen because of its intuitive workflow and excellent VR support. a dedicated OP-Z toolkit for unity will be available at launch that opens up the entire machine. Full unity 3D integration teenage engineering have worked closely with keijiro takahashi and the unity tokyo studio to fully integrate OP-Z with the unity game engine. as keijiro-san is both a full time software evangelist at unity and a renowned VJ at night, we have had access toa selection of keijiro-san's personally Developed tools and shaders which deliver stunning 3D graphics that run at full speed on iphone or ipad. keijiro-san's tool-set and real life experience in performances with motion graphics have been invaluable in making OP-Z an inspiring live tool for moving images in sync with music. The weakest point of VJ-ing has always been the creation of content. by exposing the inner control data of the OP-Z and linking it to unity, users can create anything within unity, build the project and just drop the build to a dropbox folder. customizing every single polygon in a performance. If it don't have tape, it's no OP. The new tape feature is probably one of the coolest sonic features of the OP-Z. imagine a short snippet of tape secretly recording every thing that is programmed in the sequencer – all in realtime. and with its own dedicated track it's possible to sequence the tape, trig the in-point, length and speed. OP-Z will come with a range of tape reels with unique character and functions. scrub, scratch, wind-up and mess-up!
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  16. 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.
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    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.
  18. Pearl once again redefines the electronic percussion experience by introducing the revolutionary malletSTATION Adjustable Range Electronic Mallet Controller. Designed in partnership with Keith McMillen Instrument, the malletSTATION brings next-generation technology to the 21st century mallet percussionist. The malletSTATION model EM1 is a full sized 3.0 octave adjustable range electronic mallet controller designed for all players in any genre, from the beginning student through the gigging professional. The adjustable low note range function allows you to set the fundamental diatonic note of the instrument to what you need—low D xylophone? No problem! The malletSTATION is powered exclusively by Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices through USB Bus Power, allowing performance almost anywhere with minimal set-up and equipment. Designed in collaboration with Keith McMillen Instruments, malletSTATION’s tech-forward design features KMI’s Smart Fabric Sensor technology allowing the silicone bar material to have an extremely sensitive, natural response, including mallet dampening and aftertouch control, and all can be easily tailored to your individual playing style. The EM1 features a master control section, with 3 programmable faders, 4 programmable buttons, and the fixed function low note and octave shift buttons. In addition, three assignable pedal inputs allow for flexibility in performance such as sustain, expression, or any MIDI parameter of your choice. These controls are fully programmable through a software editor so changing your configuration is as easy as clicking a mouse. The EM1 malletSTATION is also the most affordable mallet percussion controller on the market, street priced at just $999. The ultra-thin, lightweight chassis allows for easy portability, and the flexible mounting options provide many different ways of using your instrument. This is the only controller that will grow with you throughout your playing career—from music apps on your phone or tablet, to professional digital audio workstations and sound libraries—your sounds, and even the instruments you play, are only limited by the software you run. Read all about the EM1 malletSTATION at http://pearldrum.com/products/kits/electronics/malletstation/
  19. The ANS synthesizer is a photoelectronic musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1937 to 1957. The technological basis of his invention was the method of graphical sound recording used in cinematography (developed in Russia concurrently with USA), which made it possible to obtain a visible image of a sound wave, as well as to realize the opposite goal—synthesizing a sound from an artificially drawn sound spectrogram. In this case the sine waves generated by the ANS are printed onto five glass discs using a process that Murzin (an optical engineer) had to develop himself. Each disc has 144 individual tracks printed onto it, for a total of 720 microtones (discrete pitches), spanning 10 octaves. This yields a resolution of 1/72 octave (16.67 cents). The modulated light from these wheels is then projected onto the back of the synthesizer's interface. These are arranged in a continuous swath vertically, with low frequencies at the bottom and high frequencies at the top. The user interface consists of a glass plate covered in non-drying opaque black mastic, which constitutes a drawing surface upon which the user makes marks by scratching through the mastic, and therefore allowing light to pass through at that point. In front of the glass plate sits a vertical bank of twenty photocells that send signals to twenty amplifiers and bandpass filters, each with its own gain adjust control. It is akin to a ten-octave equalizer with two knobs per octave. The ANS is fully polyphonic and will generate all 720 pitches simultaneously if required (a vertical scratch would accomplish this). The glass plate can then be scanned left or right in front of the photocell bank in order to transcribe the drawing directly into pitches. In other words, it plays what one has drawn, similar to how a score is written. This process can be aided with a gear-motor drive (similar to an engineering lathe) or it can be moved manually. The scan speed is adjustable down to zero. The speed at which the score scans has no relation to pitch but serves only as a means of controlling duration. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (ANS): Scriabin (1872–1915) was an occultist, theosophist, and early exponent of color-sound theories in composition. The synthesizer was housed in the electronic-music studio situated above the Scriabin Museum (just off of the Arbat in central Moscow) before moving to the basement of the central university on the corner of Bolshaya Nikitskaya. It was saved from the scrapheap thanks to Stanislav Kreichi, who persuaded the university to look after it. The ANS was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, and other Soviet composers. Edward Artemiev wrote many of his scores of the movies of Andrei Tarkovsky with the help of the ANS. Of particular note is Artemiev's score of Tarkovsky's Solaris in which the ANS was used to abstract, sci-fi effect akin to ambient music. After several years at the Theremin Center, the ANS (there is only one—the original was destroyed and this is the improved version) is now located in the Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture in Moscow. Notes on Using the ANS Synthesizer (1964) With ANS a composer can create music of any color in the form of a directly-sounding, without musicians performers. The composer writes he needed the sound of glass covered with opaque paint, paint removing cutters in certain places. This glass is a kind of score tool. Recorded sounds sequence codes can be immediately executed on the machine, the composer listened to and, if necessary, adjusted. On one glass score record all possible voice and polyphony, and any noise. All the synthesized sound composer on the score as a combination of pure tones sound with selected laws change their strength. For this purpose at the disposal of the composer are controlled oscillators 720, covering 10 octaves height sound. The main instrument scale represents the division of the octave into 72 interval. When working with precision recorders using mounting operation is possible with the division of the octave into slot 144 or even 216 intervals. Such a wide range of initial tones provide any synthesis of sounds. Composer, working on the score synthesizer, is likened to a painter who paints a picture: it tints, retouching, washes and causes the new code pattern, realizing the auditory control of the result. Freedom of work in such a score fraught with endless possibilities. Composer can develop on the glass score absolutely unusual spectrum of sounds. The device allows you to store this kind of research on magnetic disks and subsequently use them, striking automatically to the desired location of the score sequence of spectra by varying their pronunciation from one sound to another. ANS allows the composer to write music every party in the rate of live performing, performing it, if necessary, with the executive vibration and nuances volume and tone. With the help of the studio system tape composer can sync to mount a set of parties and clarify the overall pace of execution and the power of the sound, and enter the required reverberation. In order to provide a thorough control sound synthesizer ANS total number of controls is very large (more than two hundred), however, they are grouped by function and can be easily made by composers. Lacking practical limitations in temperament, ANS allows you to compose music using any frets and scale on the globe. Not having restrictions in their voices and changes in the works ANS allows music to use artificial voices and noises of all kinds of buildings and fragility. Some technical characteristics of the ANS synthesizer - The generation of pure tones - optical - Read useful signals - photoelectric - Long-term memory - magnetic - Channel amplifiers - vacuum electronics - Control circuit - a semiconductor electronics - Power units - a stable, solid - Range of spectra at temperament in 72 steps - from 20 to 20,000 cps. (10 octaves) - Range of spectra at temperament in step 72 to 6 octaves lower and upper stages 144 - from 40 to 10,000 cps - The number of managed band-pass registers - 20 - Registration number of control channels - 10 - The accuracy of the drawing up of a formant-5 points per octave - The accuracy of drawing up the envelope - 22 points per sweep - The dynamic range in the spectrum of the useful signals on the score - two versions: 48 and 24 decibels - The highest sharpness of the attack shock of sounds I ms - Maximum speed of the score - 24 mm / sec - The smallest amount of RAM on the score - 20 sec - The basic resolution of the reading target by score - 0.8 mm - Power - 50 Hz, 220
  20. Theory of Obscurity​: a film about The Residents ​tells the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents. A story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. They always perform wearing masks and costumes, which is part of their magic. Fortunately for us, The Residents have a management company, The Cryptic Corporation, that will help us tell the story by allowing our crew unprecedented access to the groups vast archives and 40th anniversary tour. Through fly on the wall observations and candid interviews, this film tells the story of a group that has always played by its own set of rules. We traveled with The Residents around the US and Europe during their 40th anniversary tour as they staged their elaborate productions, shooting more than 20 performances and also capturing rare behind the scenes moments that show what it truly takes to put a dynamic show together on your own, and on a tight budget. We also interviewed musicians they inspired from well-known bands like Devo, Primus, Ween, Talking Heads, and Pinback along with fans who adore them, music critics who are confounded by them, and music industry insiders who have helped them explore new technology like CD-Roms, laserdiscs and digital downloads. Our goal is to tell a well-rounded tale that is satisfying for audiences who already know part of The Residents story and people who are new to their world. At its heart, this story is about perseverance and chasing your dream. The Residents never caved to convention. They never compromised. Their art is their own and we want to shine a light on what they’ve done, and what they’re continuing to do on their current albums and tours, while also showing the difficulties they’ve faced along the way. We want audiences to experience what it’s like to be part of the unpredictable world of The Residents while also respecting the mysteries that have defined the group throughout its life. It will be a fun ride full of humor and irony, but also heart and inspiration…rough around the edges at times and full of creativity​. ​The Residents are truly original…there’s nothing like them anywhere in the world. In our culture today everything is a download, a ringtone, or a reality show singing contest. It’s all very easy and very forgettable. The Residents have never made music for the masses; in fact many of their most recognizable compositions are satires of popular culture. They’ve followed their muse for decades and thousands of fans have hung on for the ride. Along the way they’ve also inspired many people to be weird, take chances and find their own voice. Hopefully our film will do the same by introducing The Residents to a whole new generation.
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    CYRNAI 1980-1990 6XLP BOX SET

    Dark Entries is honored to reissue the first 4 full-lengths from Carolyn Fok / CYRNAI, an Asian-American female solo artist from the Bay Area. The 6xLP box set contains all of Carolyn’s officially released music as CYRNAI between 1980-1990, as well as bonus materials. Most of these songs will see their first vinyl appearance ever in a deluxe edition limited boxed set (333 copies). Remastered by George Horn, the set features an exclusive 48-page booklet with photos, quotes, interviews and liner notes written by Carolyn and introduction by Greg Allen (author of ‘Klaus Schulze, Electronic Music Legend’). Over 70 songs, 4 hours of music, spread across six records plus an exclusive bonus 7” of cover songs by The Cure and Gang Of Four all packaged in a black matte wrap box with crimson red foil stamping. Carolyn’s adventures in sound began with recording stories on a tape recorder at age 9 in 1976. A short time later, exploring the scattering of musical instruments and effects units her father left lying around the family home. She became especially fascinated by his TEAC reel-to-reel recorder that set off a lifelong fascination with sound design. By the age of 16 Carolyn had become inspired by industrial electronic act Cabaret Voltaire, as well as anarcho-punks Crass. Creating the stage name CYRNAI, a rearranging alphabet of Carolyn Fok, she played in several Bay Area bands including Treason, A State Of Mind, Trial and Rhythm & Noise between 1983 and 1991. Her debut release as CYRNAI, 1985’s 12” EP ‘Charred Blossoms’, followed by the cassette albums ‘Parts of The Insomnic Wheel’ in 1986, ‘Hypno-Seizure’ in 1987 and two versions of ‘To Subtle-Drive’ in 1989/1990. Despite having been featured in publications including Electronic Musician, Keyboard and with a long term association with Industrial music, Carolyn has remained an intensely private musician, artist and writer until now. However, she has launched an ambitious project that involves releasing her vast archive of music as a ‘memoir’ via her website memoirofsound.com. Having spent extensive time in the studio amassing around 100 albums worth of electronic and experimental music, field recordings, collaborations, band projects and more, these are now being released in one place. “Her time is beyond due to be recognized, represented and attributed for her contributions to experimental analogue culture with sounds still fresher than tomorrow.” Eloise Leigh (New Age Rage, Berlin Community Radio)
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    White Eagle by Tangerine Dream

    White Eagle is the seventeenth album by Tangerine Dream.
  23. ModulAir is a modular polyphonic software synthesizer for Microsoft Windows (VST) and Apple macOS (VST/AU) written in native C++ code for high performance and low CPU consumption. WARNING! ModulAir is a work in progress, unfinished, buggy, as of now with only a few quirky presets. Expect horrible things to happen. It is a clumsy unhandy complicated piece of software. You have been warned! Anyway, ModulAir is currently in Beta stage. I am not sure if it ever reaches the General Availability stage since I am constantly adding modules and stuff to it. The main features of ModulAir are: Fully modular architecture Up to 18 modules per patch 31 module types available Up to 64 voices polyphony TUN/SCL micro-tuning file import MIDI Learn – all parameters can be controlled by MIDI CC Double precision audio processing
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    Raymond Scott Birthday

    Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, September 10, 1908 – February 8, 1994) was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. Scott, who attended Brooklyn Technical High School, was an early electronic music pioneer and adventurous sound engineer. During the 1930s and 1940s, many of his band's recording sessions found the bandleader in the control room, monitoring and adjusting the acoustics, often by revolutionary means. As Gert-Jan Blom & Jeff Winner wrote, "Scott sought to master all aspects of sound capture and manipulation. His special interest in the technical aspects of recording, combined with the state-of-the-art facilities at his disposal, provided him with enormous hands-on experience as an engineer. Read more - http://www.raymondscott.net/
  25. Transformer is a 64Bit standalone software developed to transform and perform your audio samples into new sounds, using a microphone, pre-recorded audio files or a virtual instrument. By using convolution processing you can add new layers of sound to existing audio files and performing them into different ways depending your needs. Transformer offers a new way of creative audio processing for sound designers and musicians. - REAL-TIME AUDIO PROCESSING - MICROPHONE, SAMPLE PLAYER & VIRTUAL INSTRUMENT INPUTS - SPECTRAL CROSSOVER - ADD PLUGINS TO MODULATION AND CARRIER SIGNAL OUTPUTS - XY PAD VIRTUAL MIXING - INPUT DEPENDING - MASTER FX RACK - RECORDING. SAMPLE PROCESSING. - INPUT & OUTPUT ROUTING TO DAW OR AUDIO EDITOR. REWIRE. - MIDI MATRIX. CONTROL TRANSFORMER VIA YOUR MIDI DEVICE - KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS - INCLUDES 1.2GB OF SAMPLES PACK MAIN FEATURES INPUTS | MODULATION SIGNALS Microphone. Use your voice or any sound captured by your microphone. Sample Player. Play any file from your computer (wav, aiff, mp3). Includes envelope designer, loop, reverse, pitch, playback speed and normalizer. Virtual Instrument. Use any vst/au instrument. Procedural Engine. Generate procedural sound based on your settings. CARRIER SIGNALS Sample Players. Up to 4 Sample players to use as carrier signals. Includes envelope designer, loop, reverse, pitch, playback speed, delay, pan and normalizer. Virtual Instrument. Load any vst/au instrument. Includes Autokey function which allow playing instruments based on your note selection and without using a midi keyboard. SPECTRAL CROSSOVER Select any frequecy range content to use as modulation and carrier signals. PLUGINS Load up to 2 vst/au plugins on input section and on every carrier signal section. XY PAD MIXING A virtual mixing section that allows mixing carrier signals outputs using a XY Pad. INPUT DEPENDING Activate or deactivate any carrier signal output depending the input level. It allows creating more dynamic sounds. PROCESSING MODE It allows changing the modulation/carrier processing. Both can be reversed or mixed depending your needs. WET/DRY | MORPHING MIX Add the original input source to the output section. Morphing section allows changing the processing mode and dry/wet balance using a unique fader control. MASTER RACK Includes 4 vst/au plugin sections, 5-Band Parametric EQ, Pitch-shifting, LFO and Phasor. RECORDING WAV or AIFF files. Up to 192kHz / 32 Bits (depending your soundcard). Sample processing: Process and record any audio file in just 1 click. PRESET MANAGER Create your own presets. Store and recall the whole session data. MIDI MATRIX Control Transformer via your midi device. INPUT & OUTPUT ROUTING. REWIRE Play and record audio from any DAW/Audio Editor. KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS For better and faster user experience.
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