Another great reason to get Computer Music magazine is the CM-505.
‘The CM-505 is a 24 note-polyphonic VST drum synthesizer. The instrument is designed specifically for creating synthetic drum sounds; no samples are used to create its sounds, not even a single cycle. The sounds created by the CM-505 have their roots in classic analogue drum machines. Although the CM-505 can replicate many of the sounds of these classic analogue drum machines, it also extends them into new sonic territory.’
The CM-505 comes bundled with loads of other free vst plugins on the disc that comes free with Computer Music every month.
Also the articles, reviews and tutorials make the magazoine worth it’s cover price alone.
The DVD disc crammed with lot’s of music making goodies just makes the magazine a great buy.
Fender Deluxe Mini Amp Review 3 – Using Japanese Squier Silver Series Strat.
Fender Deluxe Mini Amp Review 2 – Fender Telecaster made in Mexico modified with a Seymour Duncan bridge pickup.
Just after christmas I purchased the NanoPad and NanoKontrol usb controllers.
The keyboard wasn’t necessary, It looks too small and awkward – but that is from a visual impression.
Anyway here’s a review of how things have gone with these dinky studio toys,
This is my review.
From the start these were tricky to set up, I use sonar – a quick search on Sonars forum brought up a work through which I followed – unfortunately I can’t find it now to give a direct link – but I will add a work through of my own soon.
I don’t read manuals as a rule – so don’t ask me anything about those – that’s the beauty of the tinternet.
Once up and running they worked a treat.
The NanoKontrol is a bit cheap feeling (what do you want for the price?) – it works though, and it works well though.
9 dials, 9 faders, and 9 buttons.
Play, Rewind, Forward, Loop, Stop and Record Buttons
And a ‘Scene’ Button – 4 scenes available.
Each scene is dedicated to 9 channels – altogether you get 36 – with sonarthough you can assign only 32 tracks.
That’s it really, once you’ve assigned each channel it works like any mixing channel – the time saved is much more than I expected – although if I’m honest some times I stil find myself reaching for the mouse – but hopefully I can drum myself out of that.
The NanoPad on the other hand is straight out of the box – plug it in and off you go – once assigned it’s set up to play.
The X,Y controller is pretty cool on synths – does some weird shit to drums though. The pads are good for the price and you can belt the crap out of it.
It has 12 pads – assignable to 4 scenes via software or drum map.
It has a scene button and roll and hold as well.
The roll works to a certain degree, really I don’t use it – the hold is pretty pointless – but then again look at the price!
Both of these are excellent value, and even though they may require a bit of work getting set up it’s worth it.
Also available in a very sexy black, I found out too late, dagnabbit.
Here’s what Korg says,
‘The nano Series from Korg – Serious Music Production in a Seriously Small Space
Meet the most compact family of USB-MIDI controllers ever! Introducing the new Korg nano Series USB powered slim-line controllers – so small you can put them on your workstation, in front of your laptop, on a recording console or anywhere else you need versatile control over your DAW, virtual instrument/effect or DJ software.’
‘Three Flavors to Satisfy Your Creative Palette
Despite their small size, all three controllers go HUGE when it comes to functionality, yet their intuitive layouts provide extremely easy operation for any user. The nanoKEY features a great-feeling 25-key velocity-sensitive keyboard that’s ideal for song production. The keys can also be set to send MIDI control data, further expanding its power. The nanopad features 12 highly responsive trigger pads, also capable of sending both notes and MIDI control data, plus an X-Y pad with roll and flam functions giving you a unique interface for realistic drum programming. The nanoKONTROL offers nine faders, nine knobs and 18 switches plus a full transport section for expansive control; plus it features a note input mode to help you lay down your next big groove!’
Found this site – (found? probably wasn’t lost and has been around for a while, although I am new to it)
Anyway – I’ve been visiting it as a listener to see how it works.
Listeners can operate as a ‘scout’ – you listen to songs delivered at random.
Each song has to be listened to for at least 1 min before a written review can be entered.
Reviews have to hit a certain criteria, certain musical aspects have to be addressed and finally you score the track out of ten.
To be honest the rewards aren’t going to make you rich but there is satisfaction. You’re ranked and given a star rating.
The higher your rank the more you are rewarded.
Scores are based on how correct/inline with public opinion you are.
I enjoy it – as a listener it makes me listen differently as I do as a musician – as a musician I can give pertinent advice.
The cool thing is as you score bands you can influence wether that band will get the funds they need to progress.
‘Slicethepie enables you to shape and support the careers of your favourite new and established Artists.
We pay you to review and rate new Music in the Scout Rooms on Slicethepie – our A&R engine room.
The better you are at writing reviews and spotting talent the more you get paid.
Support your favourite Artists by investing in those that you think will be successful. This will entitle you to exclusive Artist access, your name on the album sleeve, a free copy of the album and a share in the in the financial returns from album and single sales.
Slicethepie is unique…it enables Artists to work directly with their Fans to create a professionally recorded album.
Join now, start Scouting, earn money and help yourself to a piece of the music industry…..’ – slicethepie – join now free
As an artist the feedback form my view be invaluable and also if you’re lucky you may get the financials to make a difference to your career.
‘Slicethepie is a financing platform for the music industry that enables new and established Artists to raise money directly from Music Fans and Investors.
As a financed Artist, you get to keep 100% of your copyright and publishing rights and will only pay a small (25p per track) royalty from your single and album sales for a 2 year period. Plus all the money you receive is non-recoupable.
To raise finance you must first qualify for a Showcase. There are two ways to get there:
- Receive high ratings from Music Fans in the Scout Rooms; or
- Demonstrate you have enough genuine Fans who want to finance you on Slicethepie
Once in a Showcase Artists must raise a minimum of £15,000.
Even if you do not reach a Showcase, you are guaranteed dozens of genuine, objective reviews of you Music from Music Fans all over the world.
Sound interesting? Join for free now….’ – slicethepie