Keyboards & Synth

Hacking MIDI Controllers to Create Drum Machine/Guitar Hybrids

In 2001 I started bringing my Ensoniq EPS sampler keyboard on stage to make freestyle beats. It came about in part because as a DJ and producer, it’s always a challenge to be interesting on stage and keep an audience’s attention. But, it was also something born of necessity. I didn’t necessarily have the super […]Read More »

How to Hack the TI BeagleBone Black to Make Your Own DIY Synth

The BeagleBone Black is a powerful and low-cost computer the size of an Altoids tin, and can become a DIY synth or effect unit. It can run Linux, a free and open-source operating system. With Csound, a real-time audio synthesis engine, custom synthesizer and effect programs can be designed and executed. While a USB audio […]Read More »

Jack Forman Explores the 1980 Moog Source Monophonic Synthesizer

My band Recess Monkey is a Seattle trio known nationally for our unique spin on “family music.” We’ve made eleven albums and played hundreds of shows over the past 9 years. MAKE & MODEL 1980 Moog Source Monophonic Synthesizer WHAT IT MEANS TO YOU I got it on eBay five years ago and have played […]Read More »

Qu-Bit Electronix Profile & Nebulae Review

Qu-Bit Electronix is a Eurorack modular synthesizer company based out of New York and California. They build synthesizers that are computers hiding in plain sight, able to do things analogue machines could never accomplish while providing a playable user interface. Instead of trying to replicate or replace older, beloved synthesizers and effects, Qu-Bit aims to […]Read More »

Casper Electronics NovaDrone Review

“The Friendly Ghost in the Machine” Casper Electronics is less a company more than it is an ethos encompassing the many ventures of its creator Peter Edwards. Instead of creating a line of many different tools, Casper Electronics has focused on creating an adaptable art tool that facilitates experimentation and creation across varying mediums. The […]Read More »

Older Entries »