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Acoustic & Electronic Instruments, Musicians, News, Tutorials, Videos & Interesting Finds

Daily Roundup 26 Jan 2022: Infinite Space Piano, Bobbe Adair, donated pink baby grand, Roland n/zyme, funk with MPC & talk box…

Infinite Space Piano plugin

Zak Sound has released its free Infinite Space Piano plugin for any VST3/AU-compatible DAW.

“Infinite Space Piano is a piano combined with inspirational textures and environments designed to fill the space.
It is based on an essential acoustic piano mixed with three different textures to achieve a perfect combination.

Just as the space is infinite, this plugin consists of sounds that surround the environment.

The cube figure combines a piano with a room reverb pushed to the limit. The contrast of the medium produces a balance of environmental textures. And finally, the infinity pad turns on an endless bright tone.

Each part of the textures can be adjusted using the ADSR controls to get the perfect point. The base piano also has envelope controls.

In addition to the controls for each section, the Infinite Space Piano also has general controls for managing the tone and output.

Plugin page

Jazz pianist Bobbe ‘Beegie’ Adair dies

“Jazz pianist, session musician and bandleader Bobbe Long “Beegie” Adair, who played on over 100 records throughout her six decade career, has died. She was 84. Her manager, Monica Ramey, said Adair died Sunday in Franklin.”

Read more at Coast Reporter.

Gemma Collins donates pink baby grand piano to children’s home

“Gemma Collins has given her pink patterned baby grand piano to a children’s home, saying she is ‘so happy’ to be able to donate it.

The former TOWIE star, 40, took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday and shared a clip of moving men hauling her piano into a truck in order to give it to the Cambian group, which looks after more than 160 children’s homes around the UK.

The piano was painted pink with a floral print, with Gemma captioning the post: ‘Enjoy this piano as much as I did. So happy to give this to you.’

Read more at Daily Mail.

Roland n/zyme model expansion for FANTOM

Roland announces the n/zyme Model Expansion for the FANTOM synthesizer series, the latest addition to the acclaimed ZEN-Core Model Expansion lineup. Built for hands-on sound design, n/zyme is a thoroughly modern instrument with an innovative new synth engine from Roland. Offering layered wavetable oscillators, phase and shape modulation, resonant filters, and two powerful step LFOs, n/zyme is a highly interactive music tool that brings a new dimension of creative power to all FANTOM owners.

Wavetable-based synths are famous for their distinctive sound, but many can be hard to program. FANTOM’s hi-res touchscreen and physical controls change all that, making n/zyme a fun, tactile instrument that inspires players to take their music into uncharted sonic territory. In contrast with basic synthesizer waveforms, wavetable oscillators employ multiple waveforms, and it’s possible to jump or morph between them for everything from dramatic shifts to slowly evolving soundscapes. With the ability to mix two layers with 63 wavetables each and adjust their positions in real time, n/zyme makes it easy for creators to develop complex textures in the heat of the moment.

Players can physically shape the sound of n/zyme by drawing custom waveforms right on FANTOM’s touchscreen, and then tweak them using a range of powerful modulation tools. It’s also possible to manipulate sounds with an X/Y pad on the touchscreen, complete with automation support and tempo-synced control over speed, intensity, and more.

Two onboard Step LFOs feature 16 tempo-synced steps and 37 different shapes per step. There’s also a Step Kick Switch to add percussive attack for deeply rhythmic sounds and phrases. Going further, users can process n/zyme’s futuristic oscillators with FANTOM’s eight onboard filter types, including detailed models of vintage analog designs.

With FANTOM’s massive DSP power, players can layer multiple n/zymes for ultra-deep tones with sophisticated movement. It’s also possible to mix n/zyme with classic Roland synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and vocoders to craft sounds never heard before.

n/zyme is the latest in a growing lineup of Model Expansions for ZEN-Core instruments and is available via a Lifetime Key purchase through Roland Cloud. Support for n/zyme is included with the free Version 3.0 update for the FANTOM 6, FANTOM 7, and FANTOM 8 keyboards.

Available for US$149.

Creating Amazing Funk Beats Using the Akai Professional MPC Live II & a Talk Box!

Making beats and tracks has never been easier with the Akai MPC ecosystem. Today we are taking a look at a new expansion pack for the MPC releasing the 28th of February! And, using the Akai MPC Live II & a Talk Box, we make incredible beats!

Roland JD-08 vs JD-800 – How identical are they really?

Anders Engers Jensen writes: “I ordered a Roland JD08 Boutique sometime in October 2021. It finally arrived last week and since I couldn’t find anyone comparing the sounds with the original JD800, I figured I could do just that. So let’s check out how the little one sounds compared to the original.”

Erica’ Synths .EDU VCO – Building, tuning, playing

Erica Synths and Moritz Klein have teamed up to offer an incredible full system, designed to teach you about electronics and circuit design for real!