CNC versus handmade guitars: Is “Handmade” really better?

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Is a “handmade” guitar really better than one with a CNC-carved body? Well, some people would have you think so! In this YouTube video Rhett Shull gives you all the facts on both sides of the argument. CNC vs. Handmade Guitar CNC stands for Computer Numerically Controlled, and means that someone programmed a computer that controls […]

SampleRobot 6: fully automated recording and sample instrument building

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Skylife has released a new version of their SampleRobot sampler software. It’s been redesigned inside and out to offer fully automated sampling and instrument building in a modular interface and now support for native MacOS. SampleRobot 6 SampleRobot sucks in sounds and spits out sample library. Connect your computer to the MIDI input of your […]

Unexpectedly tuneful Ellitone Multi-Synth from noise maker Ellistronics

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Ellistronics has been at it again but this time it produces much more than excitable and barely controllable noise. There’s some kind of melody going on in here that elevates it to some very enjoyable places. Ellitone Multi-Synth It’s cheap and handmade with a DIY charm that only Ellis can muster but hiding inside is a cool […]

Get some guitar feel in your electronic music with the StrumPad MIDI Controller

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StrumPad is an immediately impressive MIDI controller that you strum with your fingers. It then manipulates incoming MIDI notes and sends them out in response to the strumming. It looks a little awkward but it seems to work marvellously. StrumPad MIDI Controller It’s an Open Source project based upon the Arduino ATMEGA328 microcontroller. It has 6 […]

Tone Lab: a stackable modular synthesis system for easy music making

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Apparently, all this music making business with synths, DAWs and whatnot is really hard. It can certainly be a bit challenging. Well, never fear because designer Colin Hearon has had a notion about how to make the whole experience both simple and beautiful. Meet Tone Lab, a synthesizer for “youth and adults alike” that focuses […]

Build your own Korg MS-20 filter clone with the AI Synthesis AI004 OTA

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AI Synthesis make cool little kits of simple and useful Eurorack modules. This is only Abraham Ingle’s 4th module, the clue being in the AI004 name, and yet it seems like a massive leap from what has come before. He calls it a loving tribute to the Korg MS-20 filter and you can build it yourself […]