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RTP-MIDI, AppleMIDI or MIDI over Real Time Protocol is a way to send midi over a network in real time. Most of the time it is used to send midi within a local network to either hardware or software instruments but it can also be used to send midi over the internet. However, the timing is not always perfect. In my experiments, connecting to over the internet back to another local computer I experienced occasional lags, which got worse as I visited new web addresses that were data heavy like a YouTube video, but the lag went away a few seconds after the video got started.

Dan Alvarez is an Emmy award-winning composer and producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He was taught music technology by Malcolm Cecil (producer of TONTO's Expanding Head Band, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, Gil Scott-Heron) and then went on to work with Denny Jaeger Synclavier II, as well as a sound designer for Michael Jackson's Thriller album), guitarist Jason Becker, synth pioneer Pat Gleeson (with Herbie Hancock), and Gary Malkin (Unsolved Mysteries theme and score).
Bibio is Stephen Wilkinson from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, England. His works from 2005 to 2009 consisted mostly of acoustic guitar and tape manipulation which can be described as tape-warbled, half-remembered, nostalgia-inducing folk. Although it did not contain any obvious synths (the software Super Sollider was used very sparingly as synth and audio processor), it was heavily influenced by the feeling of Boards of Canada. One obvious element that influence Bibio from BoC's music was his use of their tape warble and saturation effect. BoC would then go on to be influenced by Bibio by incorporating acoustic guitar in The Campfire Headphase.
We compared the sound similarities and functions of our Jupiter 8 with the new Roland Boutique series synth the JU-08.
Deep Signal Studios held their first pop-up studio in Los Angeles (the) Handbag Factory. Attendees brought their own laptop, headphones, and audio interfaces to track vintage synthesizer parts for their songs by playing midi sequences or live keyboard playing. This workshop was a unique opportunity for producers to use highly-sought after vintage hardware synths for music productions. Thank you to everyone who attended. Everyone had a good time and it was great to meet so many talented producers in the LA area.
Deep Signal Studios will hold its first Vintage Synth Recording Workshop in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 11, 2016 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Handbag Factory in Downtown Los Angeles. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop, headphones, and audio interface to track vintage synthesizer parts for their midi sequences or live keyboard playing. This workshop is a unique opportunity for producers to use highly-sought after vintage hardware synths for their music productions. This is a free event.
Aphex Twin's new release, Syro, includes a list of his gear, which room each song was made in (he has 5) and which pieces were used in each song. In looking up a few of the more unfamiliar pieces you can find some pretty esoteric items such as one of the first standard acoustic plate reverbs, a TR-909 clone kit, moded synths, and various DIY effect kits.
Just prior to NAMM 2014 Roland announced a series 2 new products with many more on the way: the Aira line. So far they have announced the TR-08 (apparently a unit with physically modeled 808/909 sounds) and the VT-3 (which contains the indented pitch and formant shifter of the much sought after VT-1). They also released a series of videos touting the happy accidents that were the TR-808 and TR-909 and some teaser shots of the new black, backlit green units. Then at NAMM they only released details to the press who are sworn not to release their details until some time in February.

On the heels of Elektron's Analog 4 and Analog Keys is the Analog Rytm: an 8-voice, 6 output analog drum machine with a sample voice layer and din sync. And unlike the Machine Drum or Octatrack the Analog Rytm has both MPC trigger style pads and 808 style step sequencer buttons. There are also 8 assignable knobs for things like ADSR, effect level, volume, etc. Each voice has a dedicated multimode filter, distortion, and LFO.

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