A Soundtrack for Spiritual Awakening

Jon Hopkins makes gentle music with hidden depths.

Celebrated music writer Kelefa Sanneh reviews Jon Hopkins new album Singularity for the New Yorker. Mr. Hopkins was the first artist we collaborated on bringing to Boston five years ago.

[Singularity] is both the gentlest and the most epic of Hopkins’s career. — Kelefa Sanneh

Sanneh talks about Hopkins‘ early on being “seduced by the Roland TB-303,” how Singularity signaled his transition from Logic into Ableton, and which Spotify playlists he comes up on.

As an inspiration for our school, and for many of our students, Hopkins’ release is something to celebrate to be sure. After the 6 years and 7 months (!!) since we brought the acclaimed producer to Great Scott, we’re happy to see him remain

one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation

and be

one of music’s great minds operating in peak form.

Start your musical journey today: polina@mmmmaven.com.

Roland x Serato = DJ-808

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It’s what you’d call a game-changer.

“World-class software meets world-class hardware” as DJ program Serato unties forces with hardware specialist Roland to create the DJ-808.

Amongst its features:

  • Roland TR-S drum machine
  • TR-S sequencer
  • VT voice transformer
  • RGB color pads
  • seratoroland

  • Channel FX
  • 4-channel digital mixer
  • seratoroland2

  • Serato DJ FX
  • Serato Pitch ‘n Time DJ Included
  • Visit their site for a whole ton more videos and details.

    Stay in the loop! Hopefully we can get our hands on one of these bads boys sooner rather than later. We’ll announce any demo of this product in our newsletter!

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    Best of NAMM 2016

    Best of NAMM
    Every January the music tech world descends on Anaheim, California to show off its new gear at the annual NAMM show, and while the past few years have seen companies like Korg release compact synths, and Roland and Yamaha revive classic hardware in new forms, the overriding trend at this year’s event was modular synths – and lots of them.

    Formerly a niche concern, Eurorack format modular gear has been growing in popularity with affordable, entry level systems like the AIRA System-1m being released over the past year.

    As well as all the Modular offerings, there were plenty of other unexpected announcements: Korg’s Minilogue, Arturia’s MatrixBrute and Teenage Engineering’s intriguing audio and video synth, the OP-Z to name a few.

    Probably the most talked about announcement at NAMM was the MatrixBrute from Arturia. The MatrixBrute is an all new 100% analog synthesizer, featuring a 49-key keyboard, 3 “brute” oscillators, Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, 3 envelope generators, and an outlandish modulation matrix that aims to make patch-cable systems obsolete. The matrix features 256 buttons, and allows you to route any of 16 modulation sources to any of 18 modulation destinations, as well as functioning as a sequencer and preset selector. You can watch Arturia’s new promo video below.

    Another new release that looks as though it will have big implications in the future is the new wireless MIDI adapter from Yamaha. The release date is still TBA, however it should retail for $50, making it an affordable way to clear up clutter from wires in the studio.

    Head on over to FACT Magazine for the full scoop on the best offerings from this year’s NAMM conference!

    Interested in Synthesizers? We have a Synthesis program that allows you to work hands-on with professional hardware! If you have any questions, make sure to send me an email!

    Roland Launches Its First Music Game App

    TRRECHere’s something has been a long-time coming:

    Roland is pleased to announce the launch of the TR-REC GAME on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. TR-REC GAME is a rhythm entry game app for smartphones and tablets that incorporates the rhythm programming schemes used in Roland’s TR-808 and TR-8 rhythm machines.

    Players can enjoy programming authentic dance music in a fun game setting. TR-REC GAME features 16 original dance music pieces, and 48 stages in all. Players receive points for tapping in the rhythmic elements correctly, and receive bonus points for completing a pattern.

    To download the TR-REC GAME, click here.

    Want to get your hands on a real Roland? That’s sort of the final boss of our Master Program, which ends with a course in live music synthesis. More info on that can be found here. Payment plans available!