Elektron Machinedrum

Musikmesse Highlights – Day 1

So, day one of Musikmesse is complete, and it’s time to give you a quick low down on some of the things that caught my eye.

 

Elektron’s little boxes both look and sound great, from the Machinedrum drum machine to the dual channel sampling audio mangler Octatrack. I’ll be interviewing the guys tomorrow, and getting samples in for review soon.

Elektron’s little boxes both look and sound great

Another thing with both looks and sounds going for it is the Synthlab SL1, a fully analogue mono synth.

the Synthlab SL1, a fully analogue mono synth

I’m serious, manufacturers, just put wood end plates on it and I’ll like it. Video demo is on the way, as is a review

model to give it a proper going over in

the Oh Drat studio.

 

Arturia’s Spark and Analogue Experience Laboratory made an appearance, and I got the lowdown on the them both, video’s on the way!

The pads feel really nice on the Spark

The pads feel really nice on the Spark, in fact it feels like a solid unit in general.

Rhizome is a totally standalone workstation

 

The Rhizome has been on the market for a few months but it’s not seen much action yet – it’s a totally standalone workstation, running on an embedded version of Windows XP meaning it can load all the VST plugins you’re used to and take advantage of their flexibility in its unique workflow. You know the drill – video soon, as is review…

Finally, these monitors from Monkey Banana caught my eye.

these monitors from Monkey Banana caught my eye

They’re available in black too, but if you’re considering hexagonal monitors in the first place (and I could definitely imagine these in the Oh Drat studio!) you may as well go all out! Perhaps not a video with these guys, but definitely a review.

More tomorrow, but for now make sure you let me know what you think….

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