Legends of Synthesis: J Dilla and the MPC

When it comes to music synthesis, one of the most recent to stand out as a giant of innovation is Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla. James Dewitt Yancey. Dilla produced music for Erykah Badu, The Roots, Common, De La Soul, and many more. He was also a part of Slum Village, who made what some consider one of the greatest hip-hop records — Fantastic Vol. 2:

So when Red Bull Music Academy shared this video (“He used the MPC like Jimi Hendrix used the guitar”) via the folks at @voxdotcom, it sort of broke the internet.

As the first comment puts it: “Imagine what Dilla could have done with Ableton and a Push 2.” Indeed.

Music:)ally Talks to Roli Boss Roland Lamb about Blocks

“If the Seaboard is an evolution of the piano, let Blocks be an evolution of the drum.”

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

British music-hardware startup ROLI has just launched its latest product, Seaboard Block, which the company hopes will help it attract more customers who are mainstream, amateur musicians rather than just professionals.

The new device, a £280 ‘super powered keyboard’, is effectively a hybrid of ROLI’s existing products: the Seaboard keyboard which first launched in early 2014, and the Blocks modular music-making devices that debuted in late 2016.

Interested? We sure are! Click right here and head to Music:)ally for the fascinating interview with Roli inventor Roland Lamb.

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The Roli Seaboard RISE

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Inside the lab, we host numerous advances in music technology, including the amazing Seaboard RISE. Here’s a demo of this remarkable keyboard.

In our latest story about how real-life artists are using the Seaboard RISE we feature Adriano Clemente, the Brooklyn-based sound designer and DJ known for his genre-bending sets of techno, ambient, and synthwave music. Adriano is obsessed with sounds — and even more so with the technology that helps him create new ones. He’s using three of the Seaboard RISE’s dimensions of touch — Press, Slide, and Glide — to add depth and color to his music.

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This multidimensional sound control is changing the way he makes music, whether he’s performing at an underground club in Brooklyn or crafting sonic textures in his studio.

Read the full story at Roli’s website.

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Intro to Digital Signal Processing and Synthesis Using Max for Live Workshop – FREE WORKSHOP [9/9]

Want to learn about digital signal processing and synthesis?

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Stop by our laboratory on September 9th for our workshop on Digital Signal Processing and Synthesis with DJ and audio engineer Ed Guild! The workshop will focus on Ableton and Cycling ‘74’s collaboration, viagra buy Max for Live, unhealthy which is a great way to start learning about digital signal processing and synthesis techniques.

The workshop will cover such topics as:

– Wavetable synthesis
– Filtering
– Feedback delays
– Distortion

The Instructor – Ed Guild

maxfor liveEd Guild is a designer, audio engineer, and technologist. He got his start in the Boston music scene 15 years ago as a VJ for underground DJ events and local jambands playing the rock club circuit. Ed joined up with a few bands to project visuals during their shows. After VJing for a number of years he started to absorb new roles as an audio tech in the underground dance music band, Psylab.

A friend introduced him to Cycling ‘74 ‘Max’ and everything changed. Max is a visual programming environment used for building audio/visual applications. Having limited programming experience, Max allowed Ed to learn how to build digital signal processing (DSP) he wanted for live performance without writing a single live of code. With Max he was able to build a live performance drum sampler, audio effects for a trumpet player, and audio-reactive DMX light controllers for Psylab’s epic live shows.

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