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Arturia KeyLab 49 Producer pack review

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The KeyLab 49 has been high on my list of potential purchases for a while. I was not fully satisfied with the current controller keyboard I was using, but I also was having trouble finding a controller with the specs I wanted.  When I first came across the KeyLab 49 my initial impression was that I really liked the metal casing, the smooth turning knobs, the beautiful blue LED scheme and the layout. I was admittedly a little worried that the light synth action of the key bed would turn me off (being used to a much stiffer controller) however this proved to be unsubstantiated. I found myself very much enjoying the keys over the past 2 months that I have spent with the board.
     A few items that really stand out for me are the wonderful faders. It may seem like a small item but they really are a joy to use when sculpting synth ADSR settings. I also found my self enjoying the ability to quickly browse presets from the controllers preset and category knobs. The included software really illustrates how far Arturia has come in the past few years. While All the sounds in the Analog lab software are certainly usable, I did find that the newer offerings (SEMV) compared to older offerings (ModularV) show a much higher sonic quality (listen to a filter sweep between the two and you will hear a marked improvement in the new software).
The vast number of Presets make it a real joy to quickly and easily find what you are looking for. I had no troubles with the software stability I also found it utilized the controller very well. Continue reading

Arturia Beatstep Unlocks the Hidden Sub37 in the Moog Sub Phatty

The Arturia BeatStep is a wonderful little midi controller and Sequencer.

 

When I first purchased it I had the intentions of using it as both a nice little sequencer for my analog synths and other gear.  I also had considered using it as a dedicated controller for my Moog Sub Phatty. Why you ask? Well the Sub Phatty has a plethora of hidden features that must be reached by complicated button presses from the from panel or a VST editor. With the Arturia BeatStep I am able to control all of those functions with direct hands on control just as you can on the Moog Sub37.  In recent videos I have seen people wowed by the Sub37’s wonderful looping envelopes. I often here people wishing for those envelopes on their Sub Phatty… little do they know they already have them! yes thats right the Sub Phatty has those same envelopes just hidden!

I spent some time looking into the Moog Sub Phatty Manual and found all of the Hidden Function MIDI CC#’s and then mapped them directly to a template on the Arturia BeatStep… you can download it here —> Beatstep Template for Sub Phatty Hidden Controls

 

To see it in action, Check the video out.

Musix iPad Midi/osc controller by Shiverware


I have been using this App in the lab for a little while now. I notice that when plugged directly in via the iRig midi I have next to no latency and it can be really used to create some wonderful progressions. It’s very flexible in set up and super easy to use. I love it!

Liquid Rhythm by Wave DNA @ NAMM 2013

This one is gonna need a bit more for me to write up on. Basically what we have here is a new way to sequence drums in your DAW quickly. This software essentially is not only a way to organize your drum patterns but to give you every possible combination of notes to construct a pattern in a one bar loop. You have the ability to allow it to endlessly chain these patterns together creating slight groove variations with out the tedious programing. Watch the video and feel free to leave a comment. what do you think about this new way of working. is it quick and fast or is it warping your puny little mind and making you take aspirin. I have yet to try it out but am very interested. I will be heading over to www.wavedna.com to get more info soon.