Friday, 6 March 2015

NAMM 2015: New Korg gear

A little late out of the running, but worth talking about nonetheless. Meanwhile in camp Korg, the other major Japanese synth maker still seems to be powering ahead with their own ideas and released a number of new hardware units at NAMM this year. Nothing quite on the lines of the Korg volca range but still some interesting things nonetheless.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Pocket Operators - SonicLab review


Arriving in my inbox this morning was notification that Gaz Williams, frequent contributor and panellist for Sonic State, had published a series of videos about the wonderful new Pocket Operator series of digital synths. These are a look into these three machines and I have quite a few take homes from a more thorough look into them.

Positive

  • Lots of interesting sounds
  • Shuffle (Volcas, take note!)
  • Built in effects
  • Syncable
  • Charming Game & Watch style displays
  • Cheap
  • Straightforward to use

Negative

  • AAA battery powered only
  • Only Ionian scale (no sharps/flats!)
  • Danger of damaging components too easily
  • Game & Watch display nearly useless when making music
  • Controls look far too small
  • Very few parameters
  • Almost demands the use of the case (sold separately)

Any negative feedback for the Pocket Operators can be easily dismissed in terms of the especially low price, though getting hold of one (or all three) is another thing altogether, with stock shortages at the moment. The more I look at them, the scaling problem in particular, I have started to see a number of large compromises in these units that will make me want to take a closer look at them until I eventually get to play with them myself.

Keep any eye on Sonic State as they are due to release another video on chaining all three together and good to see Gaz outside of Sonic Talk!

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW64y2tidRL5njv0JrQdvbA

Friday, 27 February 2015

More space for Google Music!


First 10,000, then 20,000, now 50,000 songs can be added into Google Music. While the jump from 10K to 20K was useful as so far I have uploaded 11,379 according to my latest figures, I still am no where near digitising my entire back catalogue, including lots of album samplers, compilations etc etc. Last time I did some tidying up in my room I managed to fill two large toy crates full of CD compilation albums that I haven't dared to touch yet, so there's plenty to go. 

If I've managed to amass at least 11.5K's worth of tracks, rounding up to around 12K with everything else I haven't added just yet, that means that if I keep collecting music at the same sort of rate by the time I die at around 80 years old that's nearly 33,000 tracks. Assuming that they will never put the library size up again and even for a free account, it is quite amazing that a company can offer enough space to store all the music I could ever buy (let alone download illegally) in my lifetime.

I still don't think I'm going to get rid of any of my CDs though, despite what George Takei recently posted on Facebook.