Category Archives: Demos

Rick Fresco performs on two Midi fighter 3Ds while wearing a calculator watch

Despite trying to look cool with the sunglasses, I would like to believe a guy like this is a nerd at heart. You’d have to be if you’re playing midi controllers made of video game buttons. Lets get one thing straight, when I say Nerd, that’s a complement. The last thing you want me calling you is a cool guy. Oh yeah, he’s also wearing a calculator watch which is nerd to the max.

Anyway, Mr. Rick Fresco is completely amazing at playing these MIDI fighter 3D controllers. I’m not sure I’d like the buttons over pads, but maybe. Never tried one myself. Definitely check out this video though.

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Jupiter 8 performance by Synthmania featuring a TR-808 and Simmons SDSV brain

This is such a beautiful and mellow piece of electronic music. I really enjoyed it. SynthMania, who runs a pretty damn amazing Youtube channel, made this wonderful piece of music all in real-time using a plethora of vintage gear.

It’s so nice to hear the melodic side of synthesis and I think this performance shows how electronic instruments can be quite emotional, even when purely instrumental!

Enjoy!

roland Jupiter 8

The drum sound of the 1980s | Simmons SDSV and SDS7!

When a lot of people think about 80s drums they think about In The Air Tonight, by Phil Collins and the famous “Gated Reverb” drum sound. As much as I love Phil Collins, I think another drum sound is even more defining of the era, the sound of Simmons electronic drums.

Those weird looking hexagon shaped pads were played by nearly every synth pop band that had drummers in the 80s, and even by bands like Van Halen and King Crimson both playing the Simmons drums. Their epic tom sound is unmistakable and that giant wet snare sound pulses nostalgia into your brain with every hit!

I wanted to make a post with somebody playing some Simmons drums for a while, but many of the videos I were finding were pretty terrible. But today I found this incredible cover of Thomas Dolby’s song “One of our submarines” where WIRECOOLEY rerecorded his own instrumental version of the song then made a video of himself playing some Simmons to the song! It came out great and love that drum sound!

Simmons drums weren’t samples, they were actually drum synthesizers. The module that produced the sounds, or “brain” was actual an analog synth with a bunch of trigger inputs. Awesome…. Awesome to the max.

vintage simmons drums

This guy takes Electronic Drumming to melodic perfection and technical mastery

Came across this awesome video on youtube of Tony Royster Jr. playing a drum solo on a set of Roland V-Drums. What I really liked about this is the melodic aspect of the first half. I think this is something a lot of drummers don’t consider when thinking of the possibilities of an electronic drum set.

Electronic drums are essentially synthesizers but instead of a keyboard, you have a drum set to interface with them. Most people still don’t utilize them to their fullest potential. This video is a step in the right direction though.

Korg Volca Sample | In depth review

Thanks to Sonic Lab for making this in depth review of the new Korg Vocal Sample. This thing is basically cool as fuck and I want one immediately. I’ve been impressed with all of the new tiny Korg items, but this one just takes the cake.

The coolest thing to me is the low sample rate and true vintage sound. We have so much technology these days. Korg is intentionally making items that are more limited, but in great ways. This makes you think outside the box which also helps keep you focused on making music rather than trying to select which of the 8 billion fx you should use and most modern digital hardware.

Check it out!

Volca Sample