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

Slim Line models bring a new dimension to the Clavinova range

The recently introduced CLP300 series Clavinovas have been very well received by pianists across the world. In addition to the current range, Yamaha is proud to present two new members of the CLP family, the CLP-S306 and S308. These elegant new models introduce a new design concept to traditional digital pianos – the new CLP Slimline series.

New Clavinova

This new concept has been specifically designed in response to market demand for an overall smaller cabinet whilst maintaining a full size, 88 note piano keyboard. These new models feature a reduced depth dimension all contained within a very stylish design. The new slim-line cabinet evokes the traditional elegance and atmospheric appeal of an upright piano but occupy a smaller footprint in the home. These instruments will appeal to traditionalists and modernists alike, thanks to the classic Polished Ebony finish and detail finishes such as chromed fittings. The same “Pure CF Sampling” technology featured in the CLP300 series has been included, ensuring the best possible piano sound reproduction – whilst Yamaha’s premium GH3 and Natural Wood keyboard action (S308 only) provide the ultimate in keyboard response and sensitivity.

The new models roster of features is completed with the inclusion of Yamaha’s unique Internet Direct Connection service, allowing access to hours of streaming background music and online practice aids.

Key Features

Unique new slimline console piano design in Polished Ebony
Pure CF Sampling technology with 3-level Dynamic Stereo Sample
GH3 keyboard with synthetic ivory keytops (CLP-S306)
Natural Wood keyboard (white keys only) with synthetic ivory keytops (CLP-S308)
Internet Direct Connection, Clavinova Radio and Exercise-On-Demand features
USB To Device

For more information contact your local Yamaha Clavinova dealer or visit http://www.yamahaclavinova.co.uk

Customer Spotlight: Promote Your Talent!

Are you a performing musician, or music producer? Want to let the rest of the world know about your work, or promote your band? Get in touch with us and be in our “Customer Spotlight” feature!

Dolphin would like to hear from musicians, recording artists and producers who’ve bought gear from us. Let us know how the gear you’ve bought from us has helped you. Let us and other Dolphin customers know a little bit more about you and your work!

Just email media@dolphinmusic.co.uk  and tell a bit more about your music! Let us know what gear you bought from Dolphin, and how it helped you! You can send you a press-release, bio and website links so other people can hear your music.

Each week we’ll do a Customer Spotlight profile in our News section and the next one could be yours! The feature will also be included in our Weekly News Round-Up which is sent to over 30 thousand people each Friday.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to promote yourself! Get in touch with Dolphin now!

Read previous entries:

Customer Spotlight: John Burns and Purple Comedy
Customer Spotlight: Janey Summer, D.I.Y. Solo Artist

Yamaha TYROS 3 – Super Articulated Workstation!

Yamaha Tyros is a digital arranger workstation keyboard produced by Yamaha Corporation in 2005. It was produced and designed by Kazuhisa Ueki and Soichiro Tanaka, respectively. Currently the flagship digital arranger workstation of Yamaha since 2005.


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Yamaha Tyros is loaded with new features such as MegaVoice, primarily used in MIDI recording, which use velocity switching to add realism to your songs, Super Articulation, that includes additional sound effects on voices, to add much realism to your performance, Live!, Sweet! and Cool! voices, that are painstakingly sampled using stereo and multilayered samples to fully capture the natural presence, expression and vibrato of the real instruments, and Internet Direct Connection, for users to fully optimize the features of Tyros through downloading your favorite music for playback on Tyros.

61-key digital workstation with authentic sounds, powerful, exciting styles.

Combines the most advanced tone generation technology, Super Articulation 2 with state-of-the-art digital electronics and features to give you stunning sound quality with maximum musical versatility.

* 749 Voices, 35 Drum/SFX Kits and 480 XG and 256 GM2 Voices including brand new Super Articulation 2 Technology
* 450 exceptionally high-quality Styles including the new MegaVoices
* Eight slider, one assignable slider and articulation switches
* Adoption of Two-Track Hard Disk Recorder and large-capacity Hard Disk Drive
* Convenient Multi Pad Sync function, Registration and OTS Setting

# Super Articulation 2

Mainly for wind instrument Voices, a special Yamaha technology called AEM has been used, which features detailed samples of special expressive techniques used on those specific instruments – to bend or slide into notes, to “join” different notes together, or to add expressive nuances at the end of a note, etc.

Yamaha Tyros3 DVD sample covering Super Articulation 2 voices control

TYROS 3 is one of the most feature packed workstations available, just look at these specs…..

# Two-track Hard Disk Recorder – The Hard Disk Recorder lets you record your performances to two audio tracks – Main and Sub. A Bounce recording feature lets you record even more tracks, allowing you to easily record multiple parts in layers.
# Massive 80GB HDD – Staggering amount of MIDI data, style data, wav files and the like can be stored on the keyboard’s internal hard disk.
# Convenient Multi Pad Sync function / Registrations and OTS Information – You can embellish your performance as you play with several preset phrases by using the Multi Pads. These can even be synchronized with Style/Song playback. The information displays for Registration Memory and One Touch Setting allow you to confirm the registered panel setups easily.
# Voice Expandability – Download additional Voices from the website and load them to the Tyros3 – and increase your selection of available voices.
# High-Speed Communication – The built-in LAN terminal lets you easily connect your instrument directly to the Internet. The USB terminals compatible with USB 2.0 High-Speed enable high-speed communication with USB storage devices and computers

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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

Terry Lawless Merges Math and Music to Program for U2

See how keyboard tech and programmer extraordinaire Terry Lawless supports legendary rock band U2 using a variety of M-Audio gear.

Behind every supergroup are great techs and programmers like Terry Lawless, who supports U2 from the studio to the stage. Lawless laid his foundation in Iowa, studying performance, music education and mathematics in college while playing single and double reeds in both academic bands and combos.

He soon started pursuing piano as well, drawing on his mathematical background to master the synths and effects of the day. This firm grounding in electronic music technology gives him tremendous appreciation for today’s powerful virtual instruments.

What projects are you working on?

Right now I’m in the middle of working with U2 and company on the newest CD release. When I am off the road and not gigging locally, I can always be found in my production studio in Santa Maria. I write for two music production libraries, one in London and one in Philadelphia. Of course, I have also been adding session work in the studios around the Central Coast and, more recently, vintage keyboard sessions over the Internet.

How did you get started as a touring keyboard tech?

I got to Los Angeles with degrees in music and math in 1983, the year that the Yamaha DX7 hit. Programming with relationships of numbers made perfect sense to me and I started to get a lot of programming work. A good friend of mine, Todd Grace, was moving from a technical position with Barry Manilow to a playing position in the band and got me the job as the technician. I got my hands on every synthesizer I could and read every scrap of paper about programming. The rest is just application and honing. The jobs started to become very steady.

What M-Audio gear are you using on the road with U2?

I use M-Audio USB keyboards for extra keys. In the show, two of the U2 principals can be seen using an Oxygen8 on stage to play some parts with MIDI wireless to my rig. For special TV appearances and hotel room work, I use a laptop with the FireWire 410 interface. I also use the BX8 monitors when editing.

You also use the KikAxxe and TimewARP 2600 virtual instruments by Way Out Ware. What are your impressions?

Both of these emulations are as exact as I have ever heard. The oscillators on both have absolutely no aliasing and extra garbage when you play extremely low or extremely high. They are the best. The addition of the step sequencer into the KikAxxe was a stroke of genius. I mostly use it to add step filtering into a sound, but the arpeggiating and retriggering makes a great palette from which I “paint.”

How do the Way Out Ware software instruments compare to their vintage counterparts?

I own both an ARP 2600 and an ARP Axxe. I can assure you that these emulations are absolutely perfect! Every knob, every function seems to react exactly the same as the original instruments (except, of course, for the additional features). I am back in the ‘70s all over again!

For More info visit:

M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2

M-Audio KikAxxe

Yamaha’s Tyros 3: Get Close & Personal!

See The Tyros 3 in action, live! Dolphin Music will be one of the first stores in the UK to recive the Tyros 3, and Dolphin will be organising two instore events for those simply too anxious to know more about the eagerly awaited YamahaTyros 3.

Yamahas new Tyros 3

Yamaha's new Tyros 3

 

The ‘Up Close And Personal’ days will take place on Wednesday 22nd October (Gateshead shop) and Friday 24th October (Huddersfield shop).

At those events, customers will be able to see a demo and have ago on the Tyros 3 – courtesy of Yamaha’s top demonstrator Richard Bowyer, who’ll be giving 1-2-1 lessons on the day. Customers are advised to phone the Dolphin shops to book a slot and avoid disappointment.

Tyros 3 UCAP Event @ Dolphin Gateshead

22/10/2008

16 Garden Walk
Yellow Quadrant
Metro Centre
NE11 9XY

Tel: 0191 493 2244

Tyros 3 UCAP Event @ Dolphin Huddersfield

24/10/2008

11-15 Market Street
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD1 2EH

Tel: 01484 427455

 

Hurry up!

We were informed that the Huddersfield shop has just 2 places (12pm & 2pm) available to fill for a private viewing hosted by ace Yamaha demonstrator, Richard Bower. Call David now on 01484 427455 for more information.

View Yamaha Tyros 3 @ Dolphin

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