Archive for the 'Synthesizers' Category

12
Jul
09

DSI Evolver Banks

 There are not many complete banks posted for the Evolver on the internets, but if I find more I plan on posting them here for my own convience.

Back in January 2008, Rozznet created a Bank of 128 patches for the DSI Evolver.

http://www.rozzer.net/wp/?p=47

http://www.rozzer.net/downloads/Rozzer_Evolver_Bank.zip

The following was recently uploaded by Anu Kirk, a bank of 50 patches. You must be a member of the group to access the files section. There are a few more individual patches available there as well, most in sysex format. The ELS format requires SoundTower’s Evolver Editor (the “offical” editor). The demo version will work for sending patches to your Evolver.

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/DSI_Evolver/files/Patches/ – Jinsai Bank 1.els

 

20
Aug
08

Tenori-DS? Electroplankton 2.0?

 

Now that the Korg DS-10 is a certified best seller – 3 weeks running @ #1 or #2 since its release, despite being sold in Japan strictly through Amazon.jp! Will we see future “serious” music applications for the Nintendo DS? What about a Tenori-DS? A portable version of the Tenori-On? Will Toshio Iwai return to Nintendo for an updated version of his beloved Electroplankton, giving us such a product? Not even a rumor at this point, but definitely something that could have some legs if either camp were to mention even a wiff of a possibility.  A homebrew release of a Monome-style midi controller is already out there on the interwebs so its already a desired concept. Not to mention theres just a logical and technological reasoning behind such a natural pairing. So where could Toshio Iwai turn his sights next? Hopefully, this is it.

09
Aug
08

Korg DS-10 DNB

Made a video of myself running through some DnB patterns I whipped up. Enjoy!

29
Jul
08

DS-10 Update, a few more details.

Update 8/1, demo video:

My DS-10 Has Arrived. Not going to bother describing the feature set entirely, as I’m busy using the DS-10 right now and theres tons of information and videos already out there, but I thought I’d drop a few tidbits of info that I found pleasing:

The pattern management and solo/mute features are very similar to the way Electribes work. You can ‘Lock’ the selection of a new pattern to wait for the first pattern to finish playing. This makes coming out of mutes and solo performances easier to come out of because it frees up your hands.

Each stored session is a collection of a project’s patterns (PTN) and all the current settings of the 2 synthesizers, 4 drum parts, patching. etc. The FX are also similar to the Electribes.. each of the 4 drum parts can all have individual effects [chorus, delay or flanger] and then there’s a global fx chain that can be mixed in various ways [syn1, syn2, syn1+syn2, all (including drums), off]. All of the FX can be sync’d to the BPM or runfreely. All basic synth parameters, vol/pan, cutoff/resonance, note/gate can be recorded in realtime. Further modulation, to a decent degree as on the MS-10 is available on the patchbay page.

There’s also a Song mode where you can string a ton of patterns together. You have several save slots, but not only can u save a project but you can also store presets for all the drum parts and synth parts seperately to be used in any project.

The Drum parts are actually all full blown synth parts, with the lack of a release on the envelope and the ability to tweak the parameters in realtime (though their patch bays are also there like syn1/2 so you can automate w/ lfos still). All the patching options are also still there. The sequencer for the drum parts by default is the matrix sequencer like you see in all the pictures and videos, but you can alternately use a piano roll sequencer. This really opens things up as you could imagine.

20
Jul
08

Kaossilator 16-step

Eventually I need to slow down with the Korg posts, but this is decent enough to share. As I mentioned previously I recently got myself a Kaossilator for a price i couldnt pass up…and I’m glad I did. There’s quite a few tricks to using the thing to speed up creativity like using the arp/gate patterns to automatically quanitze individual drum hits/ and drum synths, etc. (see the charts below, click for larger versions).

To the point: while exploring my KO, I discovered a boot-up mode by holding random buttons while powering the unit on. I googled a bit and found out ppl @ Korgforums and Youtube have already discovered this but the information seemed pretty buried so I thought I’d pass the info along myself.

When powering on the unit, hold down the TAP/BMP and Rec/Play buttons simultaneously and wait for the screen to boot up. DLY will read on the screen then release the buttons. Hold down Rec/Play and press the TAP/Bpm button again (Length setting). You can now change the overall pattern length to 16 steps and record some parameter automation like loop length and tempo, which can’t be recorded in regular mode. Recording acts differently as well, for example.. you can let go after laying down some sounds then make some changes on the length and tempo and the changes will be recorded.

You gain some you lose some. Overdubbing can no longer be undone via Fix and Cancel. In 16-Bar mode you can only delete the entire loop or keep overdubbing. Instead you have Erase and Clear. Erase works like it does in regular mode and so does Clear. Also, you can Pause the playback but if you stop it in order to sync something with the downbeat (pause/begin record on trigger), it will overwrite what was previously there.. not a big deal really.  Check out the video below the charts for a great example of the sorts of things you can do in this Mode by tripleninesquared.

  Gate-Arppeggio chart  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buaFeNpb0A0

14
Jul
08

Korg DS-10 update

NCS Product Update – July 25, 2008
«©NCSX» An initial shipment of AQ Interactive’s highly anticipated KORG DS-10 Synthesizer software for the Nintendo DS arrived today and preorders will begin shipping this afternoon. Please note that the remainder of our shipments are expected to arrive next week.

Korg DS-10 ACQ Interactive

Update: I’ve pre-ordered a Japanese version of AQ Interactive’s Korg DS-10. Apparently the DS-10 has got a bit of a raw deal in Japan in that it is now exclusively going to be sold through Amazon.jp. People are having an odd time figuring out that move, espcially in a region where for quite a time they couldn’t keep Kaossilator’s on the store shelves long enough to meet the demand. Speaking of the Kaossilator, I got caught up a little and managed to find one for such a good price ($125) that I had to pick it up, plus it looks tons of portable improv fun.  I’m especially encouraged by the fact that it has one-hit kits and some drum synths instead of just relying on drum loops.

There’s still going to be a english language release in the States but that has been apparently set back to October and will be sold in stores where-ever available, not through Amazon. Apparently the gaming distributor XSEED has gained the rights to distribute the DS-10 in North America, so it sounds like a done deal.

Anyways, as soon as I learned of the new import date and that in Japan iwas exclusive to Amazon.jp (you cannot order through Amazon.jp in North America) I decided I could wait no longer and immediately ordered myself a Japanese copy which should be up for Sale offically on the 24th. No delays are expected. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Here is a fully detailed image gallery of the DS-10 from DSFanboy.com:

http://www.dsfanboy.com/photos/korg-ds-10/912601/

Check out this cool video/interview with the Creators of the DS-10:

http://gamevideos.com/video/id/19545

05
Feb
08

padKontrol native mode step sequencer

padkontrol = monome4x4+velocity sensitivity!