This is the first in a series of videos on the basics of keyboard synthesis. Our very own Ed Diaz shares these fundamentals on a GAIA SH-01. This basic knowledge could be applied to any keyboard synthesizer from any make and model and will overall better your understanding of sound design via oscillators, wave forms, filters, and arpeggios. More
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As we head into this year’s V-Drums World Championship U.S. Finals it’s worth mentioning that every finalist has to incorporate the use of either an SPD-SX or an OCTAPAD® SPD-30 into their sets. Upon winning their semi-final competition, each contestant had a choice between these two units as their winning prize with the caveat of having to integrate it as part of their finals performance. Both units have tons of features that appeal to their legions of users.
Here are a few videos by Michael Schack demonstrating the SPD-SX and the SPD-30, Michael is Netsky’s touring drummer and also a Roland product specialist, demonstrator, and overall drum enthusiast. More
Like all members of the Agents (Pitbull’s band), Omar Tavarez wears many hats. When Pitbull is not touring, Omar is in the studio with Pitbull working on new songs and productions. Omar explains how using MIDI mapping of samples helps brainstorm ideas and significantly expedites production. (This is a common technique used in dance music. Omar’s example in this video is from Justice‘s 2007 hit D.A.N.C.E.) More
In Part 4 of our series with Kurt Kesedar of the VILE KINGS, Kurt demonstrates how to use the Gaia‘s arpeggiator. In the concluding video below, Kurt also explains the Gaia’s versatility for live use. To listen to the entire song (Tear The Walls Down), please visit the VILE KINGS on SoundCloud. More
Kurt Kesedar is a member of the Electronic Dance duo “VILE KINGS” from New Jersey. This musical team prides itself for using gritty, retro, analog sounds that are usually reserved for vintage synths. In this video, Kurt demonstrates how to acquire that same vibe with a Gaia SH-01. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this tutorial as Kurt demonstrates bass drops on the Gaia. More
Shiny Toy Guns pioneered the use of social media during their formative years. In this video, Jeremy discusses how successful bands are currently using social media and strategies for effectively engaging with their fan base. If you’re in a band, you don’t want to miss this.