Posts Tagged ‘Analog’


AKAI release Vintage Beat Machines for MPC

March 17, 2009


Fat kicks and raw snares.

Vintage Beat Machines is a a sample library for MPCs containing all kinds of classic drums and percussion sounds. You’ll find some of the most common sounds, and some sounds you’ve likely never heard before. These sounds are from drum machines, beat and rhythm generators, and other synthesizers dating from the 1980s all the way back into the 1960s!

These sounds have the less-refined, more raw sound qualities that many producers prefer for their drums. Until now, building a library of these classic sounds has meant locating expensive and rare equipment – a time-consuming and costly process. With the Vintage Beat Machines Sample Pack for MPC, you’ll have everything you need in a single, affordable download.

According to the manufacturer, this sample pack works with all MPC models and contains samples and analog synthesis-based sounds from nearly all well-known units dating back to the 1960s.

This sample pack works with all MPC models and contains samples and analog synthesis-based sounds from more than 55 different beat machines.

  • Sample library for all MPC models
  • Classic drum and percussion sounds from drum machines, beat and rhythm generators, and other synthesizers
  • Less-refined, more raw sound qualities
  • Samples and analog synthesis-based sounds
  • Sound from from more than 55 different beat machines

Dave Smith: Mopho the little analog mono synth

February 6, 2009


Dave Smith Instruments have a new addition to the family: a little analog mono synth called Mopho.

According to Dave Smith:

“The challenge with Mopho was to deliver the renowned sound quality of a single voice of the Prophet ’08 in a package that would be affordable for a much broader group of players and recording artists without sacrificing the performance features so important to making an analogue synth really sing.”

To achieve that end, the Mopho user interface was pared down to certain essential controls and four user-assignable controls per program. The assignable parameters can control any of Mopho’s parameters, so the synth is fully programmable from the front panel. Mopho also includes a basic software editor for Mac OS or Windows.

Never content simply to repeat himself, Dave Smith wanted Mopho to be more than just a monophonic Prophet: “I wanted to give it a character of its own, something to distinguish it from its big brother.”. Each of the oscillators has a suboctave generator; oscillator 1’s is one octave down and oscillator 2’s is two octaves down. Mopho also features an external audio input that allows processing of external audio sources as well as the ability to mix the output back in pre-filter for feedback effects. By varying the mix amount, feedback effects can range from a subtle distortion to completely trashed.

“The Dave Smith Mopho has taken on a life of its own,” enthused Dave. “It’s an inexpensive, feature-rich mono synth that really excels at basses and big, fat lead sounds.”

  • Affordable, fully programmable mono synth with a 100% analog signal path.
  • Classic, real analog sound—including legendary Curtis analog low-pass filter.
  • Process external audio through the filter and envelopes.
  • Just 7.5″ x 5″ (19.05 cm x 12.7 cm).
  • Free editor for Mac OS and Windows.



Product Spotlight: Arturia Analog Factory Experience

January 27, 2009

Arturia Analog Factory Experience

Hardware control over 3500 analogue sounds… Analog Factory Experience offers the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer combined with the flexibility of a software based solution. How is this possible? Analog Factory Experience is a unique combination of a software synthesizer that brings 3500 sounds, along with a high-quality dedicated hardware controller keyboard.

Arturia Analog Factory Experience

Once the software is launched, you can put your mouse away – all functions can be activated from within the keyboard controller: select a sound to play, modify this sound, recall snapshots… This is a true hands-on experience: simple, straightforward and fun!

Controller Keyboard by CME
The Analog Factory Experience velocity-sensitive keyboard is powered by renowned controller keyboard manufacturers CME, and places a wide dynamic range at the player’s fingertips, along with dedicated knobs and sliders to control the on-screen functions.

Smooth key action, keys shaped for comfortable glissando playing, silent operation come as a result of CME’s expertise in the production of controller keyboards. 32 keys and a sturdy aluminum case make the Analog Factory Experience controller keyboard the ideal solution for the contemporary musician who is always on the go.

Analog Factory Experience Controller Keyboard

Analog Factory Experience Controller Keyboard

Controller Keyboard - Rear Panel Connections

Controller Keyboard – Rear Panel Connections


  • Keyboard: 32 keys with velocity
  • Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 10 encoders, 4 sliders, 11 switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel
  • Connectors: Hold, Sustain, Expression

Analog Factory 2.0 Software
The Arturia Analog Factory 2.0 software comes with 3500 preset synthesizer sounds. These sounds have been at the center of contemporary music production for the last 30 years. From the starship funky leads of the 70’s to the contemporary Hip-Hop basses, from the 80’s Pop Leads to modern Sound Track Special Effects, if you heard a synthesizer sound somewhere, there is a strong likelihood you will find it inside Analog Factory.

All presets in Analog Factory 2.0 have been carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synthesizers: minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80 V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet 5 and Prophet VS. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.

Software Specifications

  • 3500 analog synthesizer sounds that have defined the sound of modern music.
  • All presets are carefully selected from Arturia Classic Synths (minimoog V, Moog Modular V, CS-80V, ARP2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS and Jupiter-8V). These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
  • Smart Preset Manager. Quickly filter the presets according to these choices: by instrument, by type (Bass, Pads, Leads…) and /or by
  • Characteristics (hard, soft, complex, simple, short, long…), and find preset according to these fltered choices.
  • Straight forward editing, with the most essential parameters for personalizing presets: (Filter and LFO sections, 4 Key Parameters differing for each preset, Chorus & Delay mix, ADSR envelope)
  • Integrated as a plug-in within your sequencer, on Mac and PC, or plays as a stand alone software synthesizer.
  • Save and recall presets.

Hardware Specifications

  • Keyboard: 32 keys with velocity
  • Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 10 encoders, 4 sliders, 11 switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel
  • Connectors: Hold, Sustain, Expression
  • Power Supply: USB Bus Power or DC 9V (AC Adaptor, sold separately)
  • Current Draw: 1500 mA (AC Adaptor), 1500 mA (USB Bus Power)
  • Dimensions: 480(W) x 240(D) x 60(H) mm, 18-7/8(W) X 9-4/8(D) X 2-3/8(H) inches
  • Weight: 3.7 Kg / 8.15 lbs
  • Ultra thin 32 keys with full action effect and velocity sensitivity
  • High quality aluminum case

Platform Specifications
PC: Windows: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Mac: Mac OS X: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher and Universal Binary

Required Configuration
PC: PC/Windows: 512 MB RAM, 1.5 GHz CPU
Mac: Mac OS X: 512 MB RAM, 1.5 GHz CPU

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Compatibility Matrix

Stand-Alone ASIO Core Audio Supported
Cubase, Sonar, Acid, Live Cubase, SX, Live
Pro Tools Pro Tools
n/a Logic Audio, Live,
Digital Performer