Archive for the ‘Synth Design’ Category

The discovery of dubstep…

Posted: June 13, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Synth Design
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Did not know this. Will have to add this to the new spec, eh Edexcel?

Turbo Kid!

Posted: April 19, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Synth Design
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Fans of the 80s will want to watch this fantastic film (available on Netflix) with a superb synthwave soundtrack by Le Matos.

Student Showcase

Posted: March 22, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Synth Design
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Another track from one of our former students, Tom Patrinos, (whose face still adorns the clock in M2) featuring vocals from another former student, Murray Ashdown. Excellent house stylings, catchy hooks and slick production. Great job!

Student showcase!!

Posted: February 11, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Synth Design
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The start of a new feature here on the blog! It’s always nice to know that ex-students are keeping up with their music! This week’s tune comes courtesy of geckojsc (getting a Royksopp vibe off this one!)

Text to singing synth fans rejoice: Plogue have released a new plugin that enables you to create vocalised parts from within your DAW. The first sound bank titled ‘Daisy’ is free, and features a range of different voice sounds. Now you too can create Hatsune Miku like vocal phrases to use in your pieces!

Arturia Maxibrute!

Posted: January 25, 2016 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Synth Design
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The big brother of our little analogue beast has arrived. Showcased at NAMM 2016, this monster polyphonic synth features oscillators and filters galore, along with a potentially game-changing 16×16 modulation matrix/step sequencer. No cost as yet (£££), but it will be fascinating to see whether this synth can break into the market so heavily dominated by Korg and Moog.

**UPDATE** It’s going to cost £1539!

Web Based Synths – Viktor NV-1

Posted: November 11, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in studio, Synth Design
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The future is here, in the form of web browser based synths! Imagine being able to load up any famous synthesiser brand in your browser and then output audio to your DAW of choice. This may not be many years away, and it offers attractive possibilities to consumers and publishers alike. (Subscription based synths, anyone?) Other creative industries have already moved in this direction (see Adobe Creative Cloud) and this type of service can also prevent software piracy, making it an attractive option for the big brands. There are a few big obstacles to overcome, such as latency, processing load and stability, but it might not be too long until the dream of a web based DAW and synths becomes a reality.


Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator

Posted: June 10, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in hardware, Synth Design
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Expect to see one or more of these in Mr Dunne’s possession very soon. Pocket sized, portable retro synths with a 3.5mm output for £49. What more could you ask for?

Pitched Riser Tutorial

Posted: March 26, 2015 by TGASMrDunne in Synth Design, Techniques
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With many AS students attempting the House variation of Task 1C, they could do worse than look at this tutorial on the use and creation of Pitched Risers, from Future Music magazine. A riser can give your transitions a boost, and let the listener know that things are going to change.

AudioLabs Tonematrix – The Evolution!

Posted: December 5, 2014 by TGASMrDunne in Songs, Synth Design
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We’ve been fans of Tonematrix for a while now, using it mostly as a fun way to teach sequencing techniques, composition, and even baroque transformations! Imagine our delight and amazement when we discovered that the incredible Andre Michelle has now developed a whole DAW that runs in your browser. Press the ‘Add Drums’ button at the bottom of the Tonematrix window to open up the mini DAW, featuring a mixer, synths, drum machines and effects pedals!