Usable as both a standalone programmable synth and as a controller, the Continuum is a synth performance dream. The Continuum is similar to a ribbon controller but it’s much greater. Instead of restricting to one axis you are able to exert continuous control over three dimensions FOR EACH FINGER.
Yes, it’s multi-touch and multi-axis. It’s available in both eight octave and four octave versions via hakenaudio.com; pricing starts at $3390.00.
Alec Empire and CX KiDTRONiK of Atari Teenage Riot walk through what gear they are using live on their current tour. It’s a good mix of old and new technology. Custom effect boxes, an Analogue Solutions Vostok, and an old school Atari ST sequencer that has taken a beating are among some of their gear. The Atari ST is running Notator. I’ve heard nothing but good about the reliability and tight midi timing of Notator running on the ST.
I’ve always wanted a Vostok since I first heard one several years ago.
For musicians that engage in sample-based live performance, Elektron has what you crave.
Presenting the Octatrack:
If you are currently using a laptop and Ableton Live for performances this could totally replace that setup. The file space is only limited by the CompactFlash card that you use with the Octatrack. This hardware unit is far more inspiring than mousing around in software as well. Step sequencer goodness…mmm.
Moog Music has released the keyboardless Slim Fatty. Slightly smaller in width than a standard rackmount unit you can get that Moog Phatty sound on a smaller budget. Retails $849, street price of around $800.
The Alesis Andromeda and Ion synths have officially been discontinued. Get them while you can. I’ve heard nothing but good about the Andromeda but I’ve heard they were pretty expensive to produce and sales have declined with the increasing popularity of software synths.
Looks like yet another setback for the much anticipated LinnDrum II drum machine.
In an update on his blog, Roger Linn gave an update on the current status of the joint project with Dave Smith: We’re still hard at work but regrettably won’t be able to meet our earlier estimate of a 3rd-quarter 2009 ship date. The recent changes in the economy have caused us to rethink our design, which had become too expensive. One problem is that Dave’s customers and my customers had different views of what the product should be, so we had been working on a more elaborate design that we thought would please them both. Then the economy tanked. Oops. The other issue is that Dave and his team have been having such success with their analog synths that they’ve been spreading themselves pretty thin trying to work on both projects.
So given these circumstances, we’d prefer not to state another release date estimate at this time, but when we do we promise to post it here along with any other information we’re able to release. Also, given that Dave and his team have their hands pretty full and that a beat-oriented product is more of a Roger product anyway, we’ll probably be selling it through Roger Linn Design instead of from both companies as we had previously considered.
I’d personally love to tell everybody all the details of the product design, features and price as we did with our initial designs of the product, but there’s that pesky problem of keeping the information from our competitors. So we need to keep tight-lipped for now and regrettably can’t answer any questions. Thanks also to those who have kindly asked to place advance orders. However, we don’t feel it’s right to accept orders until we are able to release the price or more information about the product.
The Linndrum II was originally called the BoomChik and was first announced back in February of 2007.
I’ve been reading the blogs about new products from NAMM. This new controller interface from AKAI seems promising. The APC40 is Ableton Live specific but they may add support to it for other software in the future.