Ghostly International continue with their eclectic collaborations joining forces again with Brooklyn-based workshop, Brandnewnoise, to release their Ghostly Zoots — a take on the kalimba (African thumb piano).
The new bespoke instrument combines elements of an original kalimba with new looping and pitch shifting capabilities, to add a whole new dimension to this classic instrument.
The Ghostly Zoots forms the third piece in a collection with Brandnewnoise, joining the Phone Home Xylophone and Looped Visions Recorder Box in this unique instrument collection.
The Hyve synth — that looks like a cross between a stylophone and the Buchla Music Easel — launched on Kickstarter last week, and has already reached its $20,000 target with 25 days to go!
This futuristic-looking, DIY synth garnered a lot of interest when it was first announced back in 2015 and now, thanks to its successful crowd-funding campaign, is set for a full release in September this year.
The Hyve comes with two playing surfaces, a traditional piano-style keyboard and a hexagonal grid. The grid allows users to move their fingers over notes that work together in groups to create chords, the playing surface is also pressure sensitive allowing for some interesting modulations of sound.
You can pre-order the DIY Kit on Kickstarter for between $79 or $149 whilst a fully-built one will set you back $299.
Technics SP10MK3 Ferrari Corsa Red Micro Suede is officially on the market via Audiogon for a whopping $38,895, with shipping in the USA for $695.
The pricey turntable was originally created by Technics Matsushita Japan in the early ‘80s, but this model has been hand-crafted and finished by Artisan Fidelity.
The listing states: “The evolution of Artisan Fidelity's continuing and ongoing designs using optimized conventional and direct coupled based turntable models based on the Technics SP10MK3 drive platform over past years has lead us to this final NGS iteration, a no expenses spared flagship design, engineered and crafted from the ground up with absolutely zero compromise. Indeed, the playback capabilities of the Technics SP10MK3 NGS platform easily exceed and surpass both conventional plinth type designs and direct coupled designs”.
Watch the video of the making of the Technics SP10MK3 below.
The SP-6 was instantly a favorite feature to DJs around the world when it was added to Scratch Live over half a decade ago. In first few years after Serato DJ became Serato’s only supported DJ software, the SP-6 went largely unchanged. Learn about the many features of the Serato Sampler, which many DJs aren’t even aware of, in this article.
What’s The Serato Sampler Capable Of?
The Serato sampler has some really cool functionality that many DJs don’t even know exist, let alone use. Let’s take a look at some of the Serato Sampler’s features:
With the latest phase out of the SP-6 to the Serato Sampler, a new features were added as well:
If you are already a Serato DJ user play around with the Sampler and it’s possibilities. We’ve already seen it used as a key part in the world finals sets for the last two Red Bull Thre3style champions (see the 2016 winning set below):
Australian designer Dan McPharlin is paying homage to retro synths and other vintage studio equipment with a series of beautiful miniatures.
The highly detailed figures draw influence gear from the '70s and '80s gear (although none are exact replicas), and are made out of paper, framing mat board, string, rubber bands and cardboard.
Check out some of the sets below and head to Dan's Analogue Miniatures Flickr for the full series.
The Voxarray 61 modular synth from Swedish design house, Love Hulten, a swoon-worthy piece of kit well worth saving up for.
Featuring a cream coloured paint job, orange knobs and dials with an oscillator-style display showing the audio waveform, it looks like something straight out of retro TV series, Space 1999.
Inspired by (and a tribute to) the iconic synthesisers from the '70s, this 61 key modular synthesiser comes fully-packed with an array of analog and digital audio modules, including Meeblip Anode monophonic synthesizer, PianoBox Mini MIDI module, and TC Electronic Ditto Looper that are stored in the top lid section of the synth. The semi-weighted keyboard is also fully MIDI enabled so can be easily connected to your existing set-up.
External audio can be patched through the instrument and there is a cool-looking detachable mic that just adds to the overall vibe of the synth.
Each synth is custom built and price is on application.
Check Love Hulten's Voxarray 61 in action below.
Roland's synth museum is every producer's dream.
Featuring Roland crafted synths, drum machines and FX pedals from throughout the ages, it's an addictive watch that will see you opening Skyscanner in a flash.
If you're a Roland-obsessed synth lover, you need to check out I Love Acid's 10th anniversary USB stick — it's a 303-shaped dream more than worthy of the price of the epic compilation.
Watch the 360 tour of the Roland Museum below.