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SynthMaster One brings Great Value as a Software Synthesizer

Anyone searching for a flexible software synthesizer with a wide array of sonic possibilities at a great price need look no further than SynthMaster One. Developed by KV331 Audio, this soft synth is also easy to use, with an entire interface that fits on one screen. Supporting most popular plug-in formats and including a standalone […]

The New Apple iPad pulls me back into iOS Music

The recent introduction of Apple’s new iPad line surprised many industry pundits. With technical specs rivaling the iPad Air 2, but a pricepoint of $329 (32GB) and $429 (128GB), the new iPads appear to be an attempt by Cupertino to prop up its declining tablet computer market. For musicians using the iOS platform – this […]

A Love Letter to the Line 6 DL4 Delay Stompbox

“Delay is the Antidote for Anger” – Ancient fortune cookie wisdom The Yamaha MM8 serves as my main synth for pianos, e-pianos, and the like. Its weighted keys remain a worthy challenge for someone known more as a drummer. Nonetheless, the MM8 remains a valuable part of my studio setup. Budget constraints – always lurking […]

Virtual Dispatches from NAMM 2017

The fact that I didn’t attend this year’s NAMM conference doesn’t stop me from writing about a few of the interesting announced products in the synth realm. This same rule applied in both 2015 and 2016. Like many of you, I watch from afar, typically overcome with an acute case of gear lust. Maybe some […]

The Hotone Skyline Choir Analog Chorus – a Review

After receiving a holiday gift card for the famous “blue branded” consumer electronics retail establishment, I struggled to find any item worth purchasing. Thankfully, I soon discovered they now carry guitar effect pedals. Needing a chorus or flange to use in the studio, my eyes quickly turned towards the Hotone Skyline Choir. The purchase was […]

Arturia DrumBrute – First Impressions

For this Holiday season’s gift to the studio, I decided on the Arturia DrumBrute. An analog drum synthesizer and sequencer, the DrumBrute simply demands to be played, considering its host of performance features and a classic drum machine sound, ala the TR-808 and TR-909 — all at a street price of $449. More esoteric functionality […]

Recording Digest: Church of Hed — Brandenburg Heights

Editor’s note: Jerry Kranitz published Aural Innovations magazine for nearly twenty years until retiring earlier in 2016 to work on a book project. No other entity did a better job covering the worldwide psychedelic music and spacerock scenes. He typically interviewed me every few years about Church of Hed and Quarkspace, my two primary musical […]

Space Out with the TC Electronic T2 Reverb

Effects pedals haven’t been the sole domain of guitar players for decades. Increasingly, keyboardists and synthesists use pedals to transform their sound for a variety of purposes. Reverbs and delays are especially useful when paired with a synth, as they facilitate travel to the outer regions of space and time. My Moog Sub 37 pairs […]