Sequential macht einen DX7 aus deinem Pro 2, kostenlos!

SCI Pro2 V1.4SCI Pro2 V1.4

Wie? DX7? Der ist doch ein FM-Synthesizer? Wie kann denn ein analoger Synthesizer so was schaffen?

Der Pro 2 hat vier Oszillatoren, die schon immer FM und AM miteinander machen können. Dies war schon bald beim Prophet 12, dem „Schwestergerät“, auch als lineare FM angeboten worden. Um es konkret zu machen: Es ist eher ein DX9. Der hatte nämlich 4 Oszillatoren und natürlich sind es keine Operatoren, sondern noch immer ganz normale Oszillatoren, die der Pro 2 hat.

Sequential Pro 2 FM – per Update kommt lineare FM

Per Update auf Version 1.4 bekommt man aber lineare FM, die man für die im DX verwendete Form der FM benötigt. Nun kann man die Lautstärken der einzelnen Oszillatoren über Hüllkurven steuern. Da der Pro 2 auch genug davon an Bord hat, lässt sich das durchaus realisieren. Bei FM-Synthesizern ist in der Regel die Kombination aus einer Hüllkurve und einem Oszillator mit Amp-Abteilung nötig, um vollständig Nutzen aus ihr zu ziehen, denn sonst blieben die Spektren statisch. Der Pro 2 und der Prophet 12 haben Sharc-DSPs für die Oszillatoren und leisten daher einiges.

Es gibt aber nicht „nur“ dies, sondern eine Menge neuer Funktionen für den Sequencer, der ja gerade im Pro 2 besonders gut zu bedienen ist. Das ist sicher auch sicher ein Grund, ihn überhaupt genommen zu haben. Dort kann man dem Arpeggiator eine Synchronisation zum Sequencer aktivieren, sodass der nicht mehr „versetzt“ startet. Etwas, was manche an Korgs Radias ärgerte, weil man dort eben auch recht genau einsetzen muss. Hier nicht mehr!

Außerdem kann der Sequencer jetzt verschiedene Richtungen pro Spur inklusive „Pingpong“, der Variante in der zunächst vor-, dann zurückgesprungen wird. Außerdem gibt es Updates zum Handling wie etwa Editieren der Sequenz und gleichzeitiges Ändern von „Programs“. Ebenso kann man den Rest (Tie-Funktion) jetzt auch auf Spur 1 vernünftig handhaben und aufnehmen. Der Sequencer sendet seine Daten per MIDI aus und kann damit auch externe Synthesizer steuern. Dazu kann er jetzt auch Gate-Signale gezielt ausgeben.

Als ob man sich abgesprochen hat, gibt es auch bei Sequential jetzt einen Microtuning-Modus, in dem alternative Skalierungen für die Tastatur geladen werden können. Diese sind nicht am Gerät einzustellen, sondern wirklich nur zu laden und dann kann man sie einsetzen.

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Novation celebrates Bass Station’s 25th anniversary with v2.5 update

25th Anniversary Novation Bass Station

Novation has announced a firmware update for the Bass Station synthesizer instrument in celebration of its 25th anniversary. To celebrate 25 years of Bass Station and thank you for your support, we’re releasing the Bass Station II v2.5 firmware update and giving away a Bass Station II 25th Anniversary Edition – one of five units […]

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Bass Station II turns 2.5: filter tracking, paraphonic mode, microtuning

Novation’s Bass Station has reached the 25 year mark – and their Bass Station II synth gets a significant set of updates as “2.5” to celebrate. Think new sound design possibilities and architectural wonders, plus microtuning. Let’s look:

Let’s face it – as much as the 90s were a great era for techno and dance music and pop, and even as they saw the gradual rise of computers for audio (which, hey, we like around here), the decade did not produce a lot of classic synths. The Bass Station is one gorgeous exception to that. Hands-on, simple, affordable, friendly, it was an outlier at the time but a sign of what would endure in synths. It had a great lineage – Chris Huggett built on his clever Wasp design. And it was an alternative to the ubiquitous Roland TB-303 for bass lines, as the name implies. You can check out that history in a new Novation blog piece:

The Bass Station Story

But you’re not here to relive the year 1993. (Oh, God … please don’t send me back to high school.) No, you’re here to get some new sounds out of the Bass Station II.

Novation has been giving users a lot of what they want in firmware updates, but this time we’re especially fortunate.

Paraphonic mode. By giving you independent control of the pitch of each of the two oscillators, you can now play two notes at once (via the same single-voice architecture with ring and filter modulation).

Filter tracking. The filter now follows the keyboard pitch if you like.

Envelope retriggering. This opens up various possibilities – rhythmic modulation, you name it. The basic idea: as an envelope reaches the end of its decay, it triggers again.

Oscillator error. Adjust random detune on each note on, for subtle analog-style inconsistencies or wilder extremes.

Edit microtuning. Mmm, microtonal!

You also get new preset packs and the ability to customize the display (“Hello, world!”) when the units boot.

Novation has a user group on Facebook for owners:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/synthowners

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Rane DJ upgrades Seventy-Two mixer firmware, public beta available

Rane DJ Seventy Two 1.3

Rane DJ has announced the immediate availability of the public beta version of its new 1.3 firmware for the Seventy-Two mixer. The new firmware is being released in conjunction with Serato’s new Beta DJ Pro 2.1 and DJ Lite 1.1. Running both Beta versions delivers several new key features and improvements, including the highly sought-after […]

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Denon DJ adds Engine Prime compatibility to MCX8000 controller

Denon DJ MCX8000 Engine PrimeDenon DJ has announced a major update to its Engine Prime software and firmware. Version 1.2.1 now enables the MCX8000 controller to be feature enhanced with Denon DJ’s standard-setting Engine Prime music management software, giving DJ’s unprecedented control over their digital music. The MCX8000 will utilize Engine Prime optimized music libraries via its USB drives, […]

Hack a Launchpad Pro into a 16-channel step sequencer, free

Novation’s Launchpad Pro is unique among controller hardware: not only does it operate in standalone mode, but it has an easy-to-modify, open source firmware. This mod lets you exploit that to transform it into a 32-step sequencer.

French musician and engineer Quentin Lamerand writes us to share his mod for Novation’s firmware. And you don’t have to be a coder to use this – you can easily install it without any coding background, which was part of the idea of opening up the firmware in the first place.

The project looks really useful. You get 16 channels (for controlling multiple sound parts or devices), plus 32-steps for longer phrases. And since the Launchpad Pro works as standalone hardware, you could use all of this without a computer. (You can output notes on either the USB port – even in standalone mode – or the MIDI DIN out port.)

You’ll need something else to supply clock – the sequencer only works in slave mode – but once you do that (hihi, drum machine), you’re good to go.

Bonus features:

  • Note input with velocity (adjustable using aftertouch on the pads)
  • Repeat notes
  • Adjustable octave
  • Setup mode with track selection, parameters, mute, clear, and MIDI thru toggle
  • Tap steps to select track length
  • Adjust step length (to 32nd, 16th, 16th note triplet, 8th, 8th note triplet, quarter, quarter note triplet, half note)
  • Rotate steps

On one hand, this is what I think most of us believe Novation should have shipped in the first place. On the other hand, look at some of those power-user features – by opening up the firmware, we get some extras the manufacturer probably wouldn’t have added. And if you are handy with some simple code, you can modify this further to get it exactly how you want.

It’s a shame, actually, that we haven’t seen more hackable tools like this. But that’s all the more reason to go grab this – especially as Launchpads Pro can be had on the cheap. (Time to dust mine off, which was the other beauty of this project!)

Go try Quentin’s work and let us know what you think:

http://faqtor.fr/launchpadpro.html

Got some hacks of your own, or inspired by this to give it a try? Definitely give a shout.

The open firmware project you’ll find on Novation’s GitHub:

https://github.com/dvhdr/launchpad-pro

More:

Hack a Grid: Novation Makes Launchpad Pro Firmware Open Source

Launchpad Pro Grid Controller: Hands-on Comprehensive Guide

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Hands-on: Roland’s #808day upgrade for the TR-8S is a blast to play

It’s a little thing, but it adds a lot when you’re playing live: STEP LOOP lets you repeat steps in a sequence as they play, without losing time. Here’s how it works, along with other updates to Roland’s TR-8S drum machine.

Roland’s version 1.10 firmware is out today, and the big new feature is called STEP LOOP. The basic idea:

Hold down a step to make it repeat.

Hold down multiple steps, and they repeat in order.

Release that step or steps, and the sequence continues in time. (LED feedback shows you that the sequence position advances even as you have steps triggered.)

STEP LOOP impacts the whole sequence, not just one part. To activate it, hold down SHIFT and INST PLAY. To exit the mode, just trigger any other sequence mode. Here is in action. Notice the visual feedback as I enter the mode, and what happens when I trigger one or more steps.

It’s hugely useful, because it lets you make fills and variations out of the existing material of a sequence – and you don’t ever drop out of time. It’s not the first drum machine to do this (the ElecTribe ES2 from KORG springs to mind, among others), but it’s hugely useful in this context. The TR-8S is already a great live performance feature, thanks to its flexible routing and I/O, ample controls, faders for volume, and the ability to load custom samples. STEP LOOP is then a perfect addition for live jamming, because it’s intuitive and rhythmic.

The TR-8S has been getting a steady stream of updates – the other huge one in 1.10 is the ability to preview samples. Here’s a reverse-chronological timeline of some of the highlights.

1.10, August 2018
STEP LOOP
Preview sound samples when you import

1.03 April 2018
Improved performance

1.02 March 2018
Batch import kits
Import and export patterns and kits
Write direct to an SD card from the computer (“Storage Mode”)

All of this fits nicely together. It’s now really quick to chop up some samples and load them onto an SD card, then import them into custom kits. That makes the TR-8S’ own onboard hardware a useful way to build your own custom kits – even preferable in some way to working with software. And the combination of STEP LOOP with other features for making custom rhythms adds tons of variety. (Use LAST to make different length parts, add sub-step rhythms for more complex patterns, and use “auto fill” to mix things up even if your hands aren’t free.)

Oh, and you can sidechain external inputs. So I’ve used the TR-8S with my laptop and Native Instruments Maschine. I use MIDI out from Maschine to keep things in sync, and route audio from the computer into the TR-8S so I can sidechain that audio with the drum machine. I’ve also played with Roland’s own AIRA VT-3 vocal transformer, which also lends itself to sidechaining. But it’s an ideal live performance box.

For more resources on the TR-8S, check out Francis Preve’s blog – he’s done a great Master Class on the instrument for Electronic Musician, plus a custom kit for you to download:

Master Class: Roland TR-8S

Previously:

Roland TR-8S hands-on: a more playable, powerful drum machine

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No new products, but Roland celebrates #808day with free gear updates

Roland now routinely enjoy the fact that August 8 is “808” day. But we aren’t seeing new product announcements today as in some past years. What you get instead is a bunch of updates for existing gear. Here they are in one place so you can see what’s relevant to you.

All AIRA products – a new Web resource with free sounds. Roland have a newly redesigned AIRA website. Instead of splashy promotional things being thrown at you, you get a tidy selection of news and updates – and, importantly, a Sound Library with free patches and sound content. For now, that includes the TR-8S drum machine and SYSTEM-8 synth, but Roland tells us the site will cover the whole AIRA lineup over time. And there are some gems in there already, like polymeter stuff from live virtuoso and producer KiNK, and FM and percussion sounds that use the synth engine in the SYSTEM-8.

TR-8S / TR-8 – STEP LOOP. Firmware update 1.10 adds STEP LOOP to the TR-8S flagship (808-inspired) drum machine, plus the earlier (and more neon green) TR-8. What does it do? It repeats steps as you hold them down, including repeating multiple steps if you hold multiple steps down, and then returns to the pattern when you release the buttons. Simple feature, big results – because you can jam with variations over top of a pattern, without losing your place. (Some other drum machines have had a similar feature, so it’ll be even more welcome to those users on the TR-8/8S.) It’s easier to show than describe, so we’ll have a video hands-on later.

https://aira.roland.com/newsandtopics/new_step_loop_function_for_tr-8s/

SYSTEM-8 – JX-3P add-on. SYSTEM-8 synth owners get a nice freebie: a complete model of Roland’s 80s classic, the JX-3P, in “PLUG-OUT” form (meaning the model can be loaded directly onto the hardware).

https://aira.roland.com/newsandtopics/jx-3p_plug-out_for_system-8_now_available/

Oh yeah, and the SYSTEM-8 has been coming into its own this summer. It got an FM oscillator for a wider range of timbres, plus new filters. Now, you get a model of a great polyphonic synth for free, too. (Remember when Roland was charging for PLUG-OUT add-ons for hardware owners? Seems they’ve gotten away from that.)

It’s all in the latest update.

Speaking of the SYSTEM-8, that platform also got a boost with the US$19.99 Synthwave library, designed by our friend Francis Preve along with Jim Stout, showing off some of the retro Roland sounds you can get out of this engine. And in case you didn’t get the 80s / 90s nostalgia flowing yet, their promo video will do it for sure:

It covers the Juno-106 and Jupiter-8 engines as well the SYSTEM-8’s own original modeled synth engine. Of course, what’s nice about this is you then have access to the sounds in both software (Roland Cloud) and hardware, and then you get hands-on tweakability on the hardware – so you can start with one of these presets and then shape it a bit.

Synthwave for Roland System-8

All of this says something about value in 2018 instruments. It’s not just about the new gear when you take it out of the box, but the value over time. (See also major firmware updates lately from Novation and Elektron, among othes.) Add in the JX-3P, and maybe that sound library, and the SYSTEM-8 is really maturing into a lovely bit of kit.

The SYSTEM-8, now with JX-3P sounds on top of Juno-106 and Jupiter-8 (plus its own original engine).

And yeah, maybe some people will be disappointed about no new gear, but… that STEP LOOP. That JX-3P. Not paying for either. So, hey, like:

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MOTU audio interfaces gain Touch Console for mobile mixing

MOTU Touch ConsoleMOTU has announced it is now shipping Touch Console, a new mixing environment in its Pro Audio Control web app software specifically designed for mobile mixing on the touchscreen of a tablet or smartphone. Users launch the Pro Audio Control web app on their tablet or smartphone (iOS or Android) to access Touch Console, giving […]

PreSonus announces major StudioLive Series III update and free plug-ins

PreSonus StudioLive Series IIIPreSonus has released version 1.9 firmware for its popular StudioLive Series III digital consoles and rack mixers. The update includes enhanced support for PreSonus AVB networked products, including the EarMix 16M and NSB-series stage boxes, as well as improving mixer performance. All StudioLive Series III console and rack mixer owners are strongly encouraged to update […]