What was the first bit of hardware that you acquired?
Jon: “The first actual piece of hardware was a Yamaha CS2x. I'd seen Sister Bliss from Faithless using one and then Depeche Mode using one live and that was my mind made up. Actually, I still have it in storage at the studio. Might have to dig it back out...”
What is your favourite bit of kit at the moment?
Aphex Twin has uploaded a video showing how his track ‘Vordhosbn’ was made using now discontinued tracking software PlayerPro.
In a clip uploaded to his official Vimeo channel, the producer plays through the track in the retro software, showing the MIDI notes, waveforms, drum sounds and more.
Sadly, it doesn’t go into detail on his more intricate drum programming, but it’s still a rare glimpse behind the curtain from the once-secretive producer.
Deadmau5 recently opened up his Canadian home for an in-depth tour, and now the web is free to explore the producer’s trove of gear and technological gadgetry.
Groovebox is the new music production app from Ampify, the Novation backed team previously known as Blocs.
In essence, it's a portable and cost-effective music studio app for the iPhone and iPad which is packed full of cool sounding synths and drum machines.
Basically it's the grown up version of their previous app (Blocs) but with more music creation tools to enable producers to create tracks from start to finish.
Producers can expand upon the basic system with in app purchases, offering more sounds and instruments or soundpacks.
Science Channel’s Machines: How They Work series has shared an incredible 3D exploded view animation detailing the inner workings of a turntable.
Check it out below to get an inside look at how the simple but extraordinary technology works.
Denon DJ launched their new range of products earlier this year, with Tiësto changing his tech rider earlier this week, specifying the SC500 Media player and X1800 Mixer at all shows.
And Denon DJ’s new DJ gear represents a potential game-changer in the world of DJ technology.
The four new products aim to confront the dominance of Pioneer DJ in the booth: the SC5000 media player, Engine Prime music management system, X1800 mixer and the VL12 turntable.
Ableton’s Loop Summit for music-makers is back for its third year from 10th through 12th November 2017 at Funkhaus Berlin.
As per last year, Loop will be back at the amazing Funkhaus venue, built in the '50s as the broadcast headquarters for the GDR’s state radio.
Registration for tickets is open to interested parties now with student ticketing and subsidised ticketing available.
Zedd's new headphones, created in partnership with Japanese tech company Double Zero, are now available to buy online.
The US star announced the project earlier this month, saying he wanted to "create headphones that don’t only look and feel incredible but also sound REAL".
The cans are available to buy now from the Double Zero website for $199.99 USD.
Objeq Delay is the new plug-in from AAS which offers more than just the average delay!
In fact, the Objeq Delay offers producers a creative delay unit with some tasty filtering options that goes far beyond traditional delay duties.
The Objeq Delay delivers modular type effects, which can be used for drum track layering, one-shot re-crafting, dynamic loop mangling, drones and much more.
The presets are a great way to get users started but once you get the hang of it, the real fun comes from programming your own modular delay style effects from the plugin.
In the next instalment of our DJ Mag TV ‘In the Studio’ series we take a trip to Vitalic’s Paris studio where he talks to us all about the new album ‘Voyager’ the new live show and custom built controller and shows us around some of his prized synth collection including Buchla’s Music Easel…
Can you tell us about your Buchla synthesizers?