A perfect item for those who want to enter the DJ world. It works with both iPads and laptops, it’s affordable and compact (being able to carry the entire setup in a standard backpack is a huge plus in my book!) and it plays well with the main DJ software applications.
If you’re looking for a stereo filter that oozes character, the new Acidbox III has all you need (and then some). Based on the famous Polivoks VCF, it comes with unique audio signal overdrive circuit, built in LFO and envelope follower in a compact, full aluminium case.
In 2017 AKAI revamped the MPC line with a new flagship model, the MPC X, and its more compact and affordable sibling, the MPC Live. This road-friendly groovebox comes with a smaller touch screen and much simpler connectivity options but is based on the same architecture of the MPC X. The MPC Live also integrates well with your Mac/PC setup (it doubles as an audio/MIDI interface). If you were waiting for a standalone MPC (and don’t need all the extra features of the MPC X), or if you’ve always been wondering what the fuss is about, make sure to check out the MPC Live.
Thyme, a ‘sequenceable robot operated digital tape machine’, is Bastl’s most ambitious project yet and sets new standards of quality and craziness (yay for craziness!). It should finally be available by the time you read this. Warning: Thyme is addictive!
An ultra-compact drum synthesizer created in collaboration with Magnus Lidström of Sonic Charge, the developer of Microtonic, our favorite software drum synth! We’re not big fans of the PO family’s ‘raw design’ but the PO-32 is so compelling that it kinda makes up for it. If you’re like us, that’s what those silicon cases are for…
The most compact, affordable and easy to use Elektron instrument to date. Digitakt is a drum machine and sampler with an attractive price point, a sweet OLED screen, and those Elektron’s sequencing tricks everybody love. Software-wise is not there yet (see what we said above about the MPC Live), but the company is aware of the issues and we’re confident we’ll see some updates soon. If you’re an Elektron fan or if you could never afford their previous machines, this might be a great addition to your setup.