Producer and American progressive house and electro house DJ Morgan Page joins Dave and Herb on the 116th episode of Pensado’s Place!
Tired of the same old reverbs? Dave Pensado shows you a cool trick to create interesting reverb effects with the help of some delay plug-ins and creative panning.
Keith McMillen Instruments has just announced that they have begun shipping their QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller to customers around the world.
The QuNexus features KMI’s Smart Sensor technology which transmits pressure, tilt, polyphonic aftertouch, and velocity. QuNexus also supports CV, MIDI, USB, and OSC, for maximum flexibility.
“QuNexus is the most important evolution in keyboards since the Erard Escapement was introduced to pianos in 1821,” said KMI founder, Keith McMillen. “QuNexus gives keyboardists forms of expression that were only available to string and horn players. Although playful in appearance, it performs and feels like a serious instrument.”
- 25 Smart Sensor keys detect velocity, pressure, and tilt
- Polyphonic pitch bend and aftertouch
- 2 CV/Gate inputs; Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit)
- Pitch bend pad
- Octave up/down buttons provide a 7 octave range
- USB powered, receives power directly from iOS device or Mac/PC
- Class compliant for iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows and Linux, no drivers required
- Portable: 3.3″ (84 mm) x 12.8″ (325 mm) x 0.43″ (11 mm), 0.76 lb (345 g)
QuNexus has a suggested retail price of $149.00 US. Learn more about QuNexus at the KMI website.
Dave Pensado teaches you some new tricks to try to get great vintage analog delay effects for your tracks!
Today I’m doing a review on the finger drumming course by Jeremy Ellis put out by macPro Video called “Maschine Virtuosity”. One thing I must say is that even though he is using Maschine, this course will help anyone that wants to learn finger drumming on any type of controller or sampler.
Here’s a user review & tutorial of Audio Mastering for iPad:
A review and tutorial of this new mastering software for the iPad..an excellent way to polish off your finished tracks, and a great way to learn about mastering techniques for £6.99 or $10…nice.
Audio Mastering for iPad is available for US $9.99 in the App Store. If you’ve used it, let us know what you think of it!
Mix Engineer Mick Guzauski (Earth, Wind and Fire, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Baby Face, Boyz to Men, Daft Punk) joins Dave and Herb to talk shop on the 115th episode of Pensado’s Place. The trio talk about Mick’s recent mixing and tracking work on Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” as well as his work on classic albums by Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton.
This week we start with the awesome ISS Space Oddity piece, then on to the brilliant video from Future Music with Benge at his modular synths, we talk about the Rain Computing LiveBook V super laptop and finally a discussion on how yo manage ear/brain breaks during intense sessions.
DX7 Disasters!, via elmosexwhistle, is the fourth installment in the DEM JAMZ series, which explores the possibilities of vintage synths:
This one focuses on the much maligned and misunderstood Yamaha DX7, a synth who’s complexity and abilities few ever managed to discover, most people instead relying on it’s preset cartridge sounds, including a little electric piano patch…
It also offers a rare glimpse of hardcore ‘jazz hands’…. [Synthtopia]
- The DX7 Song/Black Gold
- TERROR BASE
- Chant Number 3
- The Yamaha DX7 by Marc Doty, Part – The Operators
- A Disconnect
- Hurt (NI? Cover)
Checking out the brand new instrument library from Heavyocity called AEON, I’m looking at both the melodic and rhythmic collections. As usual I go through the interface to show you around as well as play a bunch of the sounds so you know what they sound like.
Dave Pensado shows ways to humanize digital performances using a hi-hat as an example in the 72nd Into The Lair!
A real scoop – we have Karl Hyde (Underworld) who’s solo album Edgeland is currently out, together with a tour and accompanying film for the first 20 minutes. A rare opportunity to talk to him. Then we move on with our panel to talk about ColorPlay, the Bionic Ear,10.9 rumours and isn’t it about time we had an audio OS?
Checking out a new product from Tronsonic and Synthmagic called the System 1000M which is an analog modular synthesizer for Kontakt. It was sampled through valve tube equipment directly to tape and it has tons of character and warmth.
Songwriter, producer, and musician Rodney Jerkins (Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Whitney Houston and Britney Spears just to name a few!) joins Dave and Herb to talk shop on the 114th episode of Pensado’s Place!
This video, via Arturia, takes a look at Vince Clarke, his studio in New York and his thoughts on the new MiniBrute synthesizer.
Mix Engineer Dave Pensado goes over some reference mixes he uses and why he uses them.
This video, via AnalogAudio1, takes a look at the Korg 770 analog synthesizer, a vintage synth from 1976.
Technical details below:
The Korg 770 is a great little monophonic synth from 1976. It has 2 Oscillators, 2 Filters, Ringmod, White & Pink Noise, Scale Noise, 2 LFOs and external signal input.
Korg 770 along with a Lexicon MPX 500 for reverbs and a Roland DEP-5 for delays.
“The sound is surprisingly different to a Minikorg 700S or Korg 800DV,” they note. [Synthtopia]
GRAMMY Award winning Mix Engineer, Dave Pensado goes over 5 things that he uses as inspiration before he starts to mix a song.
- MOG: http://mog.com
- Spotify: http://spotify.com
- Sound on Sound Secrets of The Mix Engineers: http://www.soundonsound.com/articles/…
- Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/
- Various manufacturers websites
- Pro Tools Expert: http://www.pro-tools-expert.com/
- Instrument websites: In Dave’s case: http://guitargearheads.com/
Dave and Herb are joined by Sean “Sully” Sullivan, Engineer and FOH Mix Engineer for acts such as Beck, Rihanna, Thom Yorke, Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones (and many more) on the 113th episode of Pensado’s Place!
Checking out the official Digga drum kit from iStandard Producers. They get some of their top producers to put together kits of their own exclusive drum samples, sometimes from their popular tracks or just from their personal stash. This one is definitely a kit for the boom bap lover. Find out what’s in the kits before you decide to purchase.
Mix Engineer Dave Pensado goes over the top 5 things he does before and during every mix that he does.
Today I’m checking out the MKSensation library for Kontakt from Gospel Musicians. It’s based on the popular digital piano module from Roland the MKS-20. This is a Kontakt player library so you don’t need to own the full version of Kontakt to use it. Very popular sound in Gospel and RnB music.