The last 2-3 years has seen a rise in the production of mono synthesizers in the market by several different hardware companies. As competition increases, it seems that a quick way to generate revenue for hardware companies is by producing inexpensive mono synthesizers marketed around popular styles of electronic music.Furthermore, there also seems to be a rise in the demand for hardware synths vs software programs. Many of the leading mono synths are slightly less than the full price of a DAW, or software synth as well. This is a favorable aspect that the market seems to be responding to. Many hardware users also are enticed by hardware synths because they are not affected by ram, processor speeds of a computer, or the need to upgrade to a newer computer in order to continue using it. These are competitive factors that are here to stay, and will continue to influence the market place.
So lets move on to reviewing the Rocket Synthesizer by Waldorf. ( Mind you that i am a Waldorf fan, and in particularly of the Waldorf wave. But i will not let my biases interfere with this review ) This is a very sleek mono synth with a stunning build to it. The unit has a great design, and has an extremely sturdy build and design to it.
5 Magazine February 2013 Issue
Issue #91 – Mike Huckaby, E-Smoove, DJ Gregory, Ludus Pinsky & more
Out Now: The February 2013 issue of 5 Magazine is now available. Here’s a look at what’s inside:
In a ridiculously overdue feature, we sit down with Detroit’s Mike Huckaby, who graces the cover of Issue 91 as this month’s 5 Magazine Interview.
We also talk to DJ Gregory about the rediscovery of his Point G alias, and the first of several re-issues & new records that capture his older, rawer sound.
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Mike Huckaby isn’t just one of Detroit’s most beloved producers and DJs, he’s one of its most dedicated teachers and irrepressible enthusiasts.
Since he first made his name in 1995, the house music stalwart has released classic records on labels such as Third Ear, Rick Wade’s Harmonie Park and most recently Tresor, as well as on his own Deep Transportation and S Y N T H imprints. He worked for years behind the counter at the legendary Record Time store. He has remixed the likes of Model 500, Pole, DeepChord, Vladislav Delay and Terrence Dixon, and released two volumes of reel-to-reel edits of Sun Ra (“Jazz is the umbrella under which deep house music resides,” he once told FACT). Meanwhile his ever-evolving understanding and appreciation of synthesis and studio processes, and his voracious appetite for new technology, has earned him a reputation as something of a producer’s producer.
To his infinite credit, Huckaby is also someone who takes pleasure in sharing what he’s learned, and encouraging others to bring their own ideas to fruition. He can be founding regularly coaching students at Detroit’s Youthville Centre in Ableton Live, Reaktor and other music production technologies, and he has led many workshops worldwide. Just today it was announced that he has compiled a free sample pack for Groove, featuring sounds culled from such disparate sources as the Alesis Andromeda synthesizer and his brother playing live percussion in a noisy café in Toledo, Ohio.
Mike Huckaby will be playing at the Holic NYE 2013 party in London, which takes place at Cafe 1001 and the Old Truman Brewery Warehouse on, of course, December 31. But this is no ordinary NYE party: it’s an 18-hour marathon, kicking off at 8pm and going hard until midday on New Year’s Day. The Huck will be joined by Kate Simko (live), DJ Steaw, Tomoki Tamura and many more; find more information and tickets here.
Ahead of the event, he apprised FACT of his five key tips for producers looking to establish themselves and their sound. “Weak producers die,” he concedes. “Strong ones continue on…”
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DOWNLOAD Exclusive Mike Huckaby Sample Kit
Mike Huckaby, one of Detroit’s most esteemed producers and djs, is a lifelong devotee to the sounds of vintage synthesizers. He has even published a sample CD called My Life With The Wave that only contains sounds recorded with the sought after Waldorf Wave, a wavetable synthesizer of which only about 300 units had been produced and sold in the early 1990s. When we told Huckaby that his CD would be featured in an article about sample packs as part of the sound design special in our current issue, he offered to compile a collection of brand new samples and to make it available as a free download. The collection contains 16 astonishing sounds created with various instruments and synthesizers. When we heard that Huckaby even recorded the sounds of a typewriter, we asked him to give us a breakdown of the sources for his collection. As you will find out below, each of the samples literally has it’s own story to tell!
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– The “My Life With The Wave Radio Show” (04/10/2010)
The Groove Sample Kit by Mike Huckaby
Samples 1-3: ”I sampled my brother, Craig Huckaby playing percussion in a noisy cafe in Toledo, Ohio. I used iMaschine by Native Instruments to capture the recording. After listening to the recordings, we were really interested in the dirty sound that was captured within the samples from being within this environment. I then proceeded to transfer the samples to my computer. Then I was able to warp the samples into perfection using Ableton Live. This was a win-win situation because my brother’s percussive playing was completely undetermined at the time of recording the samples.”
Sample 4: ”This sound was recorded and created in the Waldorf Studio of Vancouver, Canada, using the Alesis Andromeda synthesizer.”