Today we’re looking at a DJ headphone aimed at the top end of the market from über-cool Swedish company Nocs. The Nocs NS900 Live headphones are as understated as they are premium, giving up their desirability slowly.
Fyrd Instruments’ MTRX is a beautiful-looking, boutique hardware sequencer. But its one drawback had been the 8-step sequencer. Now, this should give you steps: think four simultaneous sequences, 32 steps, and the ability to output on the MIDI port and USB port simultaneously.
Commenters frequently complain that technology for its own sake gets in the way of music. Well, that may be so, but here, the sequence sounds excellent. Our own MeeBlip (in the older SE version) joins some other great hardware and software: the Shruthi open source hardware, Native Instruments’ Monark, and Madrona Labs’ Aalto – three of my favorite synths. (By the way, hearing it again, the SE-generation MeeBlip sounds good, but I can confidently say I think anode sounds better; it’s now shipping and we’ll have it at Musikmesse this week.)
You get robust sequencing on all four sequencers:
- pitch, velocity, octave, duration
- shift (small delay of each step)
- bend (pitch wheel sequencing – Slide/Glide effect)
- active step selection, loop length
- speed (1/32th, 1/16th, 1/8th, 1/4th)
- warp (forward/backward/ping-pong/random)
And there’s a new MTRX-S, replacing the previous MTRX-8. That’s “S” as in “small” – the MTRX-S is more compact than the original, but otherwise identical. Pre-orders are now 249 €.
Curious about the MTRX sequencer? I wrote a review for DE:BUG here in Germany, which you can read in either English or German:
The only real issue with the MTRX-8 is that you may find the button-and-jog wheel scheme limiting, and wish that you had more controls – and less paging through menus. But if your primary application for a step sequencer is fine-tuned control of dance patterns and bass lines, the MTRX-8 is a bargain.
Now, I think those tradeoffs are even less of an issue once you have access to these four sequencers and 32 steps. Most hardware sequencers available today are pricey affairs. That makes this a really wise choice; I can see why the last run sold out.
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Synth maker Waldorf revealed the 2-pole Analog Filter in the USA at the NAMM show. Now, they’re coming home to Germany with more details.
The emphasis here is making a filter for everyone: producers and synthesists, yes, but also DJs and guitarists. We already know guitarists like having access to this stuff if it can be playable (see KOMA, Moog), and if Waldorf can sell DJs a buttery filter instead of the awful stuff you get on many DJ mixers, they may be doing the world a public service.
The hardware has an all-analog filter path, which makes sense for a filter, using Waldorf’s own multimode filter design. (Waldorf has a track record here, with the 4-Pole, X-Pole, AFB16, Q+, Wave, and Pulse.) To that, they’ve added modulation (LFO, envelope follower, or external signal), and a lot of goodies that let you do more with the sound.
To keep this from just being a boring filter, there’s a Rectifier and overdrive after the filter; as you hear in the video, you can make some extreme-squelchy sounds, making this as much an effect as a run-of-the-mill filter.
And playability/performance options are what might really justify buying this as dedicated gear. There’s a Trigger button so you can “play” the result, true bypass, CV input for those with other analog gear, foot pedal controls for both the filter and envelope follower.
“Funk up your guitar licks.” Or lick up your guitar funk, perhaps. In any case, crank up the modulation and you have some pretty wild sounds.
It’s all mono, but you can “cascade to stereo” if you really want to buy two. I could see this box in a rig with gear from someone like KOMA; I’ll be in the booth with them this week, so maybe we can borrow a Waldorf and try mixing all this stuff together.
Availability: this month.
Pricing is 229€ (should see a bit lower than that in America).
Fully analog signal path: Preamp -> Filter -> Overdrive
Award winning Waldorf analog multimode filter technology
Filter can be modulated by LFO, envelope follower or external signal
Preamp with overdrive capability for direct connection of instruments like bass or guitar
Post-filter overdrive with adjustable gain
LFO with different ranges, rate up to several kHz
Envelope follower with trigger section and different modes
Cascadable to stereo (for two 2-pole units)
Input Gain with level LED
Rectify pot for mixing-in the rectified input signal
Filter Cutoff pot
Filter Resonance pot
Bipolar Filter Env Mod pot
Filter Type switch
Output Level pot
LFO Range switch with 3 positions
LFO Rate pot with LED
LFO Mod Depth pot
Trigger Button with LED
Trigger Threshold pot
Trigger Hold pot
Envelope Follower Source switch with 3 positions
Envelope Follower Attack pot
Envelope Follower Decay pot
Cutoff CV In
Envelope Follower CV In
Power DC 12V
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Yeah, yeah, fake knobs and faders.
A video teaser reveals what Lemur developer Liine is about to announce, and … whoa.
Via Dr. Nick at Liine on Vine.
As always, we’ll be on top of it. (Actually, not always. This time, we’ll be on top of it. Check in some time in the next 24 hours or so, I’m guessing.)
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