May 292013
 
Giorgio Moroder Tells His Story On New Daft Punk Track

  The new Daft Punk / Giorgio Moroder collaboration on Daft Punk‘s new album, Random Access Memories, is not only a great track, but it tells a great story too, courtesy of Moroder’s autobiographical voiceover. Moroder’s dialog not only gives insight to his start in electronic music, but frames the music in the track perfectly […]

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 […]

Jan 262012
 
One of Arturia's MiniBrute Designers: Yves Usson

I was fortunate to attend the recent Winter NAMM Show where the Arturia MiniBrute made its debut. For any of you synthfiends who have been frozen in carbonite, trapped in a well, or without a computer or smartphone for the last couple of weeks, the MiniBrute is Arturia’s first analog synth (and arguably one of […]

Dec 182011
 
Wendy Carlos Playboy Interview, May 1979

This is one time that I can honestly say I was reading a Playboy magazine for the articles. I came across this post about Wendy Carlos, which mentioned a 1979 article in Playboy magazine about her. It just so happens that my father was an avid collector of Playboy magazines which I’ve kept tidily boxed up […]