Feb 202013
The End of an Amazing Decade, Part 2: Music Production Technology Matures

In what could perhaps be the longest gap ever between multi-part blog updates, I’m finally going to continue¬†my recap of the last decade and just how amazing the changes that took place over that timeframe were. While the first part focused on the convergence of hardware and software companies and the drastic consolidation that took […]

Dec 072012
Micro-Key Snob Hypocrite? That's Me!

I’ve watched the growing micro-key keyboard trend with some disdain. “But they’re not full-size keys,” I say. They’re compact, even playable, but … I just realized I’m a hypocrite. Let’s back up a bit first. So where did the micro-key trend start? The lineage of the current line-up of micro-key keyboards is most easily followed […]

Aug 242012
Is this the New Golden Age of Synthesizers?

  I came across this post over at one of my favorite blogs, Synthtopia¬†– the question posed is whether Apple’s iPad has made digital synth keyboards obsolete. The discussion there is really great and worth the read – but it made me think even more about an idea that I’ve been thinking about recently: is […]

Dec 212009
The End of an Amazing Decade, Part 1: The Marriage of Hardware and Software

I came across a thread in the Keys, Synths, & Samplers forum on Harmony Central in which people were discussing what significant music-related trends/events had occurred in the first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009, the “aughts,” or better yet, the “naughties”). I began writing a post for the thread, and the more I thought […]