Category Archive for: ‘Review’

Learning To Listen Again

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Inner Portal Studio Upgrades 2014 #2. Well, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I ordered some new monitors for the studio, Tyler Acoustic D2x’s.  Due to huge snow storms in the US, they took an extra week to get to me, but the wait was worth it.  Last Thursday, 4 big boxes arrived via UPS Freight, the 2 speakers and their …

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Air Time

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  If you’re reading this blog, then you already know how much I enjoy making music on portable devices. So it’s no surprise that I am one of those who was very interested in the iPad Air that was just released. Prior to it’s announcement, I had been giving serious thought to possibly downsizing to an iPad Retina when they …

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Software Wears Soft Hair

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Well, it’s been a week now and my Octatrack is still in the shop, hopefully getting fixed and on it’s way back to me asap. As is usually the case when a big project I’m working on gets interrupted for technical reasons, I’m having a hard time making the jump to working on something else in the mean time. I …

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More Power

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Ah, the dream of blazingly fast computers and never needing to wait for renders again, something all computer based musicians wish for at one point or another. Luckily there’s a few computer upgrades you can make that promise to speed up your workflow, but are they really worth it for day to day use? Will these upgrades make a noticeable …

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Push Part 2

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It’s great to see that so many people are curious about Push still, I’ve been getting a lot of questions since I posted my first thoughts after playing one.  So I think I’ll keep a running log here on the blog about how I’m getting on with it over time, since it’s likely going to be something I use a …

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Ableton Push – First Thoughts

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I have to admit, I was on the fence about Push when Ableton first announced it with Live 9.  After people started getting them and I heard generally positive things, I decided perhaps it was time to give one a try.  So I placed an order and after a bit of a wait, it arrived yesterday. A few people have …

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Logic Pro X First Play

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Specific Features Well, today ended up being quite a bit different from what I had originally planned!  Woke up and during the usual coffee, email, and web-browsing routine, realized that Apple’s Logic Pro X was released overnight.  Ok then, guess that answers a lot of questions about Logic’s future! At first look there were some nice changes, but nothing that …

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KMI QuNexus – Full Review

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Back in December I was shown one of the early prototypes of the QuNexus from Keith McMillen Instruments.  You can read about it here if you want a refresher: http://tarekith.com/qunexus-hands-on/ At the time I was pretty excited for this to released, for awhile now I’ve been wanting a nice and compact keyboard controller like this.  The fact it could be …

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Boss Tera Echo TE-2 Review

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At Winter NAMM this year, one of the things that really caught my eye was a brand new effect pedal from Boss, called the Tera Echo TE-2.  Aside from being the 100th pedal that Boss has created, it was also one of 3 new designs Boss made to alter the effects based on how dynamically you’re playing.  Billed as neither …

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Chroma Caps Review

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  Noting too deep this time around, but I wanted to take a quick minute to review the new Chroma Caps replacement knobs I recently got for my Traktor S4 controller.  I had posted a couple pictures of it on Facebook and had a lot of people asking me about the new knobs.  I just assumed people know about these …

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