Music Production Hardware
machines for music

 
Machines for production of music : synthesizers, samplers, drummachines, sequencers
Nord Modular G 2 Nord Modular G 2
The Nord Modular G2 concept is based on a stand alone hardware keyboard with a freely configurable sound synthesis architecture and a software user interface (Editor) made for Mac OSX and PC.
Many of the G2 modules were also found in traditional analog synthesizers. Among the selection are building blocks such as oscillators, filters, sequencers and envelope generators, LFO etc etc.
There are more than 160 modules to choose from. Editing is done with the software editor, but the sounds can be used without computer attached. There are plenty of knobs and switches for realtime control of the synth parameters.
Yamaha RS 7000
The RS7000 features a 62-voice AWM2 tone generator with over 1,000 onboard ROM-based synth voices and 63 drum kit sounds. There are six different types of filters, including resonant low pass, band pass, and hi pass all controllable with envelope and LFO.
The LFO included has numerous BPM-synchronized waveforms for creating BPM-synchronized effects.
The MIDI sequencer offers both pattern-based recording with 16 sections of 16 tracks each, and a 200,000 note-per-song linear sequencer.
Real-time recording with input quantize, step recording and grid (x0x) style recording methods are all available.
Even though the presets are a bit dated, the sequencer still is in a class of it's own.
Tinysizer Analog Modular Synthesizer
The TINYSIZER from anyware instruments is a complete analogue modular synthesizer system with the size of a laptop.
Great sound, extreme flexibility and even MIDI/CV is the basis for a huge fat sound. Even though it is so small it is very good to handle with the patchcords provided with the synth.
The module list is too big to be shown here, but if you are interested : LINK
Yahama TG 77
The TG 77 FM Racksynthesizer has a very complex FM part and a ( by today's standards ) soso PCM Rompler part.
What makes this synthesizer still interesting is the AFM (Advanced Frequency Modulation) with 6 osc with 16 waveforms and a 45 different algorythms.
It is even possible to include the PCM samples in the FM string. Up to 4 layers can be used to build a sound and a FX processor is included. The filter and FX processor are a bit strange but do a great part of the character. The big brother SY 99 has the same FM part and a much better FX processor and sounds much more HIFI, but somehow looses character against the TG 77.
Technics WSA ( R )
The Technics WSA is a 64-voice polyphony, 32-part multitimbrality synthesizer with an interesting approach to physical modelling.
The structure is like this :
at the start of the chain is a sample ( ROM ), used as Driver, which forms the attack portion of a sound.
The Driver is then going into a Resonator, the modelling section of the synth. This is the physical modelling part with models including string, cylinder, cone, flare, plate, membrane, and others.
The signal goes into a (great) filter and finally through a quite versatile multi effects processor.
The overall sound has a very wide range from acoustic instruments to very weird organic athmospheres.
Unfortunately there is a certain "plastic smell" in all these sounds, which you may like or not.
Novation Nova
the Nova is a virtual analog synthesizer desktop module. It uses analog Sound Modeling (ASM) to create a wide range of analog-like sounds.
3 oscillators with the typical saw/square/noise waveforms as source and 2 ring modulators per voice. The filtersection consist of several types from Resonant Low-pass, Hi-pass, band-pass; all 12, 18 and 24 dB/Oct slopes and overdrive. 2 LFOs, 3 envelopes, 6 part multitimral and there a multieffects processor included and a lot of knobs make sound creation very easy.
  
  
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CAI777 - I DREAMED OF DYING released 1994 by Discordia Rec., this debut CD made CAI 777 worldwide known for their very own style of sinister electro
CAI777 - Life / Death released 1995 by MASCHINENMUSIK -  A complex journey between birth and death and back from death to rebirth featuring some extreme crossover between death industrial, djungle and ritual dances
CAI777 - VCO released 1996 by MASCHINENMUSIK -  a reflection of the cybercivilisation and the phenomena of the evolution from industrial culture to virtual culture : very electronic / very danceable
CAI777 - Hybrid released 1997 by Maschinenmusik Rec. - a psychedelic mix of agressive rythmic dance-elements with ambient sound scapes like restless daemons in the virtual jungle of junk media and cyberspace, somewhat similar to FSOL's Dead Cities
CAI777 - Antiphoton released 1999 by MASCHINENMUSIK - energetic grooving urban music with disturbing negative radiation this might be the real soundtrack for -Blade Runner- or -Alien-like movies
CAI777 - UFO released 2000 by Maschinenmusik Rec. - a live performance in the WerkIII factory halls. Hard technoid beats and agressive Soundscapes combined in this rare live set
psaiclone the Debut CD released in 2000 by MASCHINENMUSIK. A great mixture of psychic trance-like loops and weird atmospheres, banging basslines and synthesizer sweeps
JANA-Iluminatus released in 1999 by MASCHINENMUSIK this CD is extreme dark heavy symphonic Industrial, packed with doomy machine noises, ritual chants and the thrilling voice of Singer JANA adds that extra touch that makes this CD very unique
SekreT - Atmospheres 1, released in 1999 by MASCHINENMUSIK, this CD contains 17 acoustic scenes that could be described as sinister film scores which lead you into a strange form of reality where light is poor and the time is frozen with alien lifeforms crawling out of the crevice under your feet while you walk alone through a dying metropolis...
STEELCRUSH the Debut CD released in 2000 by MASCHINENMUSIK. Hammering steel-factory samples
combined with agressive sequences and powerful drums are the basis for banging EBM/Powerelectro at its best !
BitNativeDance released 1997 by MASCHINENMUSIK - oldskool 90ties style hard techno stomping agressive electro- tekkno  music
borgmekanik : Irina Funk released in 2004 by MASCHINENMUSIK. borgmekanik combines stunning,  sometimes jazzy, melodies with complex sequences,lush pads and relaxed grooves
CAI 777 Autist released in 2003 by MASCHINENMUSIK this CD is a energetic combination of drum and bass grooves, dark step and old skool EBM / Industrial elements flavoured with some ambient soundscapes
CAI 777 frozen architecture released in 2005 by MASCHINENMUSIK this CD is a cold journey through a sunken city below the arctic ocean where the aura of the lost civilisation still can be heard in frozen halls...
POLYCONTROL - Symphony in C/V - a very analogue sounding RETRO 80ties synth pop
SekreT - Athmospheres 2 released in 2001 by MASCHINENMUSIK. With the second CD Athmospheres II SekreT brings you further down into a world of frozen time and deceased civilisation. In the 16 Tracks of Athmospheres II the soundscapes are even darker and more mysterious than in SekreT's Debut-CD. Imaginations of morbid rituals and forthcoming decay along with portentous alien artefacts arise from these disturbing modulated sounds.
psaiclone Mulch Matrix released in 2002 by MASCHINENMUSIK. The entire album was created with the Audio Mulch software combining phat drum loops with strange sound effects and exciting synth hooks...
psaiclone Ad Freak released in 2004 by MASCHINENMUSIK. Made with Audiomulch this CD delivers cool grooves, great synthesizer sounds and bizarre ambient scapes. File under IDM / Ambient.
SekreT - Athmospheres -III- release 2010 by MASCHINENMUSIK. A new collection of horryfying Athmospheres and weird sample mangling. ANGST Ambient...
STEELCRUSH - Hookfire released in 2004 by MASCHINENMUSIK. Another strike from these wild powernoise/EBM steelworkers. Banging drums and screaming basslines, this CD seriously kicks ass.
borgmekanik - MM105 - a selection of slow minimal / techno ambient at 105 bpm
psaiclone - live recordings of mangled and effected percussion instruments, file under experimental / avantgarde / weird ambient
elektrokaos - live recordings of modular synths and sequencers, file under experimental / minimal / electro
CAI777 - Dawn45 released 2008 by MASCHINENMUSIK - dark postindustrial music from grooving agressive electro to dark neurotic ambient drones
The Cheating Musician - TCM released 2007 by MASCHINENMUSIK - a weird combination of cheesy 60pop entertainer styles with 80ties wave, funny harmonies and a surrealistic athmosphere