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 […]

Jul 072012
 
Frankenweenie Synth Sighting

If you’re like me, any time you spot a synthesizer or keyboard in a movie or TV program, you’re immediately identifying what model it is (and hoping to get at least half the generous camera shots that singers and guitarists get, right?). I was pleased to see a synth appearance in a trailer for the […]

Apr 242012
 
Virtual Instruments & Software Synths: accurate & awful names.

Random thought of the day: what’s up with what the world has ended up calling those wonderful electronic instruments that originate from a program in a computer? Yes, we all know them as software synths or virtual instruments (a.k.a. VIs if your character count is limited or you’re just that cool), but these names, however […]

Mar 062012
 
Instagram, Chillwave, and SiriusXM U

I started listening to SiriusXM U a couple of months ago – I think it’s important to keep in touch with what’s happening in college radio (which is different than mainstream Alternative). I was immediately struck by the gratuitous use of reverb, the likes of which I hadn’t heard in decades, if at all. Reverb […]

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 […]