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 062011
 
The Keyboard of the Year Project

Nearly a decade ago I began a pet project over at The Keyboard Corner forum at Musicplayer.com (an excellent keyboard community that I highly recommend). Basically, I set out to establish a synth history of sorts based on what instrument defined each year. Here’s a link to the thread. So, for each year in question, […]

Nov 232011
 
Twenty-One Moogfest 2011 Awards

From the viewpoint of one attendee of Moogfest 2011 (me), here are twenty-one awards from Moogfest 2011: 1. Best Music Technology Immersion Award – The Moogaplex: Not only a synth-geek haven (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but three full afternoons of great insight into the past, progression, and future of music technology. And […]