Early this year, I found myself in the market for a lightweight pad controller that was affordable and portable, but also flexible and expressive. After looking at a lot of different options that were either too limited, bulky or expensive, I found the BopPad.
You might be forgiven for thinking that any book whose subtitle is “The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music” would merely be YAKB (Yet Another Kraftwerk Book). But prepare yourself for a nice surprise...
This week, Cycling '74 sits down with the guys from Surreal Machines and looks at options for repurposing your Push 2 with Max.
Once in awhile, I’m in a position to have a sit-down with the people who make the things I use - in this case, two of the men behind Surreal Machines’ Max for Live devices: Matt Jackson and Peter Dowling.
When much of the world looks at the Push 2, they see a really well integrated solution for working with Ableton Live. As a Max user, I see that as well – but it’s also an alluring controller/collection of knobs and buttons and LED displays that could maybe be repurposed for, well… something else. Here’s a quick overview of resources out there if you feel the same way….
This week, Cycling '74 chats with Walker Farrell about process, practice and plans, takes a look at Korg’s nanoKey Studio MIDI controller, and announces a special offer from Kadenze.
The Korg nanoKey Studio seems to have it all: keys, pads, knobs and a touchpad. Let's take a look at how it performs - and if it might be a useful addition to your rig (or your backpack).
Learn about the time-limited Cycling '74 and Kadenze promotion.
Many of us know Walker Farrell by virtue of his association with the analog synth wizards Make Noise Instruments. What may be less obvious about him may be his life as a composer, improvisor, and performer. Walker was kind enough to sit down and talk about his process and his practice and his plans.