Animal Collective turn to Korg M3 for next album

Call it “noise pop,” “neo-psychedelia,” or “avant-garde electro-folk,” it doesn’t really matter; the fresh and experimental approach Animal Collective takes to their music creates a sound all their own.

Animal Collective

Members Deakin, Avey Tare, Geologist, and Panda Bear have garnered critical acclaim and gushing blog praise as they continue to redefine their sonic signatures.

Panda’s 2007 blissful solo album, Person Pitch, received tons of applause, making numerous indie “Best of” lists, including Album of the Year from major internet publication Pitchfork Media. He, Avey, and Geologist, put together Animal Collective’s most recent offering, Merriweather Post Pavilion, which is already being received as a musical landmark for 2009. We were lucky to have Panda share his thoughts on creating music, and how Korg products help him sculpt his work.

Take us back. How did you begin your journey as a musician?
I started taking piano lessons when I was 8 or so. Then I moved on to cello and then guitar and drums and a bunch of other things. I really had a good time singing in a choir in high school, too, and I feel like it informed most parts of my process these days.

When you create music for Animal Collective or your Panda Bear releases, do you have any go-to techniques or formula…or is each recording approached differently?
I think I’m a little afraid, or at least wary, of having go to techniques, and I feel like I’d rather steer clear of repeating things if I can. I’d like to stay in a zone that’s sort of uncomfortable creatively speaking, if you know what I mean. I’d say that being in the possession of some kind of mastery and being a beginner are two very similar states of mind. So I’d like to stay as close to those extremes as possible.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is out and receiving great reviews…do you have any favorite songs on the album? Any memorable stories from putting it together?
I’ve gone through a couple of favorite songs, and it changes all the time – which is a good thing, I would say! “No More Runnin” is the most emotionally resonant for me these days, and I like a lot of Dave’s words on that song. There was a tornado one day while we were recording (in Oxford, Mississippi), and it passed maybe only 15 miles or so from where we were. We went outside because we heard the sirens, but it seemed really calm and sticky warm out there. Then lightning struck and the sky lit up, and you could see the massive black triangle off in the distance a little bit.

Korg M3Korg M3 workstation…an Animal Collective new favourite

Why did you choose the Korg M3?
I started making songs on a Korg 0/1W pro that my family had, and I feel that by using it so much I came to understand how the thing worked inside and out. I guess I felt like I had learned the Korg language, if you know what I mean. So when I first heard about the Korg M3, I was excited because it felt like a familiar face coming back. I was really into the idea of the Karma engine too, and how it could throw surprises and twists and turns into the sounds. I really like how you can manage the sounds in detail and how you can kind of rip the thing apart from the inside out.

I’ve also really been into the idea of using current equipment and new technologies and devices. I feel like there’s a lot of interest in older machines and gear, and I’d rather go the other way and try to embrace what’s now or what’s new.

Do you have any favorite features of the M3?
I really like the arpeggiator and the Karma engine. I feel like I can get all kinds of sounds just using combinations of those two. I don’t use a keyboard at all, although sometimes I’ll hook up a guitar with a MIDI pickup, because it’s fun to see how things end up melodically and structurally that way.

How did your Korg gear fit into the making of Merriweather Post Pavilion? What do you plan to use live on the upcoming tour?
The other guys used the KAOSS Pads on the record, for sure. I hadn’t gotten the M3 until after the recording of that release was over, but I’m planning to use the m3 nearly exclusively to make my new songs. I really like how with the M3 and other devices Korg seems to be looking forward, and I’d like to be that way creatively if I can.

Check out Merriweather Post Pavilion and find out more about Animal Collective and Panda Bear at www.dominorecordco.com/artists/animal-collective !

Link:

Korg M3 products at Dolphin Music

Animal Collective Artist Page at Dolphin

Animal Collective Myspace page

NAMM 2009: Korg Releases the microKORG XL!

Korg, a leading innovator in keyboards and synths for the studio, touring and DJ markets, expands its micro line of portable synthesizers with the microKORG XL synth with vocoder (MKXL), offering a variety of tools for performers, producers, computer musicians and beginners alike.

New release! microKorg XL

Joining the ranks of the top-selling originals microKORG and R3, the 37-note velocity-sensitive microKORG XL offers Korg’s legendary analog modeling, along with an ergonomic interface, in a lightweight and portable keyboard. MKXL employs full eight-voice, multi modeling technology, a 16-band vocoder, on-the-fly parameter editing and USB MIDI connectivity, all packaged with the all-new, great-feeling Natural Touch keyboard action.

The microKORG XL utilizes Korg’s powerful RADIAS engine to offer a rich analog sound with 128 stunning sounds right out of the box. Everything from thick basses and crisp leads to sumptuous pads and fantastic arpeggios are never far out of reach with the unit’s intuitive genre and sound categorization system. In addition, external audio inputs let players use any audio source as the waveform, which can then be processed using MKXL’s synth engine. Also on board are 17 effects derived from Korg’s KAOSS series of dynamic effects processors. Included are reverbs, choruses, decimation, distortion, grain shift, several types of delay, flanger and much more. Users can apply two effects at a time to any program or performance. A virtual patch mode lets users further sculpt their sound by setting synthesis parameters to be modulated by other parameters. Up to six virtual patches are available per program.

microKORG XL’s interface provides clean, uncluttered control. Three large knobs let players instantly modify the current sound to their liking. The knobs can also be used to explore the full edit mode with the large backlit LCD screen as their guide. The full edit mode allows users to choose filters, adjust AMP, EG and LFO settings, add effects and EQ the sound, then save it all on the spot.

The built-in vocoder features 16 bands with formant shift. An included heavy-duty gooseneck mic provides immediate access to the vocoder. In addition, any sound source can be run through the vocoder via the stereo audio inputs. A fully sync-able step arpeggiator lets users choose from six preset patterns (Up, Down, Alt1, Alt2, Random and Trigger) or create their own with the on-board step arpeggio editor.

microKORG XL offers direct USB connectivity with users’ computers, allowing it to act as a MIDI controller for their favorite software. The three real-time knobs on the front panel can transmit MIDI messages (control change), so they can be used as controllers for software synthesizers. USB also provides instant access to the dedicated Editor/Librarian, without the need for additional interfacing hardware.

The microKORG XL’s compact size is perfect for musicians or DJs looking to add a synth to their setup, especially when space is an issue. It is also a great choice for use in a computer-based music setup. With its battery power option, it can be easily transported from studio to stage to living room.

For more details, view the microKorg XL product page

NEW! microKORG XL SYNTHESIZER/VOCODER Arriving Soon!

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer. Now the new big brother to this mega selling synth is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL!

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2009! PRICE TBC

The original microKORG is loved and used daily by musicians around the world – from keyboardists to guitarists – enabling everyone to experience the enjoyment of a great synthesizer.

Now an advanced microKORG is available; a synthesizer that lets you generate your own personal sound, packing a cutting-edge sound engine and powerful effects into a compact, vintage-like body. Welcome the microKORG XL

This will certainly prove to be one of the best and most exciting releases next year. The new microKORG XL may quite easily be even better than the classic microKorg – will it become more popular? Let’s wait and see!

For complete info, click here.

Main features

  • New vintage design is both fresh and nostalgic.
  • Korg’s renowned MMT Multi Modeling Technology, optimized for the microKORG XL.
  • Sixteeen band vocoder for voice controlled effects. A gooseneck microphone is included, so you can begin vocoding right away.
  • 128 powerful sounds are built-in and ready for immediate use.
  • Intuitive sound selection; simply specify the music genre and instrument category.
  • Seventeen powerful KAOSS derived effects.
  • Newly developed natural touch mini keyboard is compact, yet easy to play.
  • Editing software can be downloaded from the Korg website, as well as converted MS2000 and microKORG programs.
  • Battery powered for on-the-go enjoyment.

Nord announce next-generation Electro 3

Nord and UK distributor Sound Technology are very pleased to announce the next generation Electro – the Nord Electro 3. With the introduction of the Nord Electro 3, the legacy of the original Electro and the knowhow that have shaped some of the other Nord models have been combined.

The Electro 3 features a new organ section, a new piano section, new effects and also a new exciting feature that allows the Electro 3 to use any samples from the Nord Wave library.

Electro 3 replaces the Electro 2, albeit at a slightly higher price point. Electro 3 is expected to ship in limited quantities in early December 2008.

New and improved features:

  • Load any sample from the Nord Sample library
    Users can add virtually any sound they want to the Nord Electro 3. Sounds can be loaded from the Mellotron Library or any other instrument or sound from the extensive Nord Sample Library, the same format as the Nord Wave uses. Users are even able to create their own Sample Instruments using the Nord Wave Manager and then use these in the Nord Electro 3.
  • Exquisite new pianos
    The Electro 3 uses the same sample format as the acknowledged Nord Stage, to take full advantage of the Nord Piano Library’s multitude of velocity layers, pedal-down samples and extremely high quality samples with unprecedented expressiveness. Any current or future piano that is available for the Stage family will also automatically be available to the Nord Electro 3.
  • Increased memory capacity – 8 times the size of the original Electro
    The Nord Electro 3 has a memory for pianos and samples of 256 MB and can it can store 126 programs.
  • Second generation organ emulation
    The organ section is a direct descendent of the award winning Nord C1 Combo Organ with its fabulous vintage sounds from the B3, Farfisa and Vox-type models. Each and every individual sound creating component and even the artifacts of the original instruments have been faithfully reproduced in the Electro 3.
  • Brand new effect section
    The Nord Electro 3 is equipped with a great selection of high quality effects including a lush sounding reverb with five different algorithms. There is also a selection of tremolo, panning, wah-wah, phaser, flanger and chorus effects.
  • New amps, compressor and EQ
    Users can sculpt their final sound by choosing from a selection of three amplifier simulations that can add any amount of grit and distortion from gentle to manic levels. A three-band EQ with sweepable mid-range and a compressor can be added to the final stage of the audio path.
  • Enhanced Rotary speaker emulator
    The rotary speaker emulator also originates from the Nord C1 Combo Organ, with its acclaimed sound quality. This rotary speaker emulator incorporates the acoustic variations that occur when a physical speaker spreads the sound in a room, providing the full experience of when the air is moved around.

    The Electro 3’s rotary also features a brand new function in the addition of the Rotary Stop Mode. This allows users to switch between fast and stopped rotation and back again by using either the controls on the panel or with a foot pedal connected to the Rotor Pedal input. This is a crucial functionality that mimics the behavior of early one-speed original rotary speaker units.

  • Play along to music with the Monitor Input jack
    Just plug in your mp3 or CD player to the Electro 3 to be able to play along, rehearse or jam with previously recorded music without the need of an external mixer or sound system. The signal that is present at this input will be monitored through the Electro 3’s headphone output.
  • Free Electro Manager application to manage the memory areas
    The content of the pianos, the samples and the program memories in the Nord Electro 3 will be managed by the Nord Electro Manager. This application will be available for free to Electro owners, and compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OSX.
  • Increased portability
    The Electro 3 is slimmer and lighter than the original Electro.

You can Pre-Order your new Nord today, at Dolphin Music: Nord Nord Electro 3 – 61 or Nord Nord Electro 3 – 73

Nord special prices – for a limited time!

Here’s some good news for Nord. Dolphin Music is offering some really good prices on several of their best and most popular models!

Fancy playing a Nord? Great news for you, then – Dolphin Music is offering a great selection of Nord products for very special prices! But hurry up – offer is for a limited-time only!

Nord C1 Combo Organ – ONLY £1499

The dual manual Nord C1 Combo Organ comprises three types of vintage organs: a classical tonewheel, Vox* Continental and Farfisa* Compact Deluxe, all carefully modeled from their originals. Also featuring our famous tube style overdrive, rotating speaker simulation, delay, reverb and more. FULL INFO

Nord Electro 2 – 61 Key – ONLY £899

Remember that great organ sound from Procul Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”? Or the electric piano from Supertramp’s “The Logical Song”? What about the Clavinet from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”? These classic instruments have inspired generations of players and the Electro 2 brings those sounds back. FULL INFO

Nord Electro 2 – 73 Key – ONLY £999

The Remember that great organ sound from Procul Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”? Or the electric piano from Supertramp’s “The Logical Song”? What about the Clavinet from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”? These classic instruments have inspired generations of players and the Electro 2 brings those sounds back. FULL INFO

Nord Rack 2X- ONLY £549

Used extensively in studios, on stage and on records by the world’s greatest artists, the Nord Leads have contributed with their characteristic sound on hit song after hit song. Get this sound, and more, with this rack module! FULL INFO

Nord Stage 88- ONLY £1999

Featuring the best of Clavia’s award-winning technologies, the Nord Stage hosts three different instrument sections – Organ, Piano and Synth – plus an extensive effects section. . FULL INFO

Nord Stage Compact – ONLY £1599

Featuring the best of Clavia’s award-winning technologies, the Nord Stage hosts three different instrument sections – Organ, Piano and Synth – plus an extensive effects section. Compact model! FULL INFO

For more Nord,  Nord page at Dolphin Music 

Waldorf New Blofeld Keyboard Synthesizer!

If you thought the original Blofeld was great, you’ll love this new keyboard synthesizer!

Blofeld Keyboard

Blofeld Keyboard

We are proud to introduce the next member of the Waldorf family, our brand new Blofeld keyboard!

Available at Dolphin for £599

Features:

  • 60 Megabyte sample memory 
  • Class compliant USB MIDI for PC,Mac and Linux 
  • 16 part multimode 
  • maximum 25 voices polyphony 
  • highest quality standard keybed with 49 weighted keys and aftertouch 
  • Internal power supply 
  • Pitchbend and modulation wheel 
  • Virtual analog, wavetable, and sample based oscillators 
  • MIDI in/out 
  • Sturdy metal case 
  • Stainless steel rotary encoders 
  • Backlit 128×64 pixel LCD 
  • Over 1000 sounds 
  • 3 oscillators, 2 filters per voice 
  • Selectable drive curves 
  • Frequency modulation for oscillators and filters 
  • Three LFO, four envelopes per voice 
  • Extensive modulation capabilities 
  • Complex arpeggiator 
  • Powerful effects section 
  • weight: apprx 8,– kgs 
  • weight in carton: apprx 9,5 kgs
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