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    UVI Launch Beathawk, iPad Music Production App

    Our friends at UVI have just announced their first foray into iOS music production with the launch of Beathawk, a fully featured portable music production studio for iPad. Check out the video here… Available now on the App Store for $4.99 for a limited time (usual price $9.99)

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    Dave Smith Wins NAMM 2015 Day One

    With lots of new stuff hurtling out of the press booths at NAMM 2015 today, one has made every electronic musician collectively climax in a sloppy, sticky mess. Dave Smith has announced the Sequential Prophet 6. As if to totally compensate for Korg’s miserable launch last night, Dave (if I may call you by your […]

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    Korg Announce New Arp Odyssey, Badly

    Last night (for those of us in Europe), many thousands of synth fans stayed up late to watch the highly anticipated launch of the new ARP Odyssey from Korg. Broadcast live on YouTube, we waited until kick off time (11pm GMT) and were promptly delayed by 30 minutes, but we didn’t seem to mind too […]

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    Fairlight Restoration – A Verbal Video Update!

    Not much to add to the video, so sit back and enjoy and try and stay awake!!

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    Ian Stanley’s Beard Scratchings

    Apologies for the title, especially to Ian, if by some chance he is following the progress of my restoration of his old Fairlight, but all is explained in the video below, which I shot the other day as I began work on restoring the music keyboard of the Series III CMI that I have here. […]

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    Fairlight Re-installed!

    I know, I know!! It’s been ages since any kind of update on the Fairlight restoration. I have good reason, having recently moved house. That whole process takes time (and money) and today I finally managed to open up the flight cases and bring the beast upstairs to my new studio. So, it’s in my […]

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    Reason Song Challenge 6 – Re-Tron – The Winners!

    Well, not one to keep you guys waiting, Dave & Chris have been hard at it since Sunday afternoon and I now have the results. Also, I have some words from Chris & Dave that they would like me to share, plus personal critiques from the guys on each and every one of the entries!! […]

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    Reason Song Challenge 6 – Re-Tron

    Blimey! It’s been a while since we did one of these, eh?? Ok, so let’s do this. Now we are in the world of Rack Extensions, it makes absolute sense to base this challenge on one of them, especially as the Try & Buy option means everyone can participate. And given my association with GForce, […]

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    Song Challenges – Challenge 5: Synth Nation – WINNERS!

    Sooooooooooo…. It’s been a while! But we made it! This morning I received a mail from our judge, Marc Doty, informing me of his winner and giving me feedback on every single one of the entries. So, let’s get right to the point here and announce our winner…. Ladies and Gentlemen, the winner of the […]

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    UVI EGP | Electric Grand – Review

    Some years ago, a rather enthusiastic, and somewhat giddy, Steve Howell (Hollow Sun) popped up in my Messenger application and proceeded to get all excited about his latest project. The fog of time has clouded the exact details somewhat, but I got roped in to broker the deal and acquisition of a Yamaha CP70 and […]

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    UVI Vintage Vault – Review

    There seems to be a growing trend amongst software instrument developers in recent years of bundling their goods up into an “ultimate” package and offering that package at a considerable discount to their customers over the combined prices of the individual, component items. This has a number of effects. Firstly, the user community tend to […]

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    My review of Blank & Jones ZTT Reconstruction Project

    Oh my, I’ve been published again, darlings! My track-by-track review of Blank & Jones “So80s Presents ZTT” album, is now available over at the wonderful Super Deluxe Edition website. Big thanks to Paul at SDE for the commission. It’s nice to know other people want my ramblings every now and again http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/reviews/so80s-presents-ztt-review/

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    UVI release Mello, free for a limited time!

    Three of my favourite words. UVI FREE MELLOTRON So when these words can be used together, this makes me happy! A couple of weeks ago, UVI, sample library creators extraordinaire, announced the release of Mello, a compact library based on the legendary Mellotron and designed for use with either their free UVI Workstation or the […]

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    UVI IRCAM Prepared Piano Review

    I suppose it has to be said that the piano is a bit of a one trick pony. I mean, it has one sound set whose sounds can only be affected by the velocity with which you strike the keys, and the level of sustain you apply using the pedals. Maybe opening the lid has […]

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    UVI The Beast Review

    I think it’s fair to say that, of all the digital, sampling behemoths of the late 70s and early 80s, the New England Digital Synclavier was probably the biggest, most expensive, most desirable of all. Why? Well, it was, arguably, far superior sonically than its competitors and had a far higher level of specification in […]

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    Steve Howell – A Book of Condolences

    It is with a heavy heart and with much sorrow that I have to report the passing of an incredibly dear friend of mine, and of this blog, Steve Howell. Steve was the quiet man behind Hollow Sun, a site that was initially all about sharing his incredible samples of classic synths for free and […]

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