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
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
James Dewees, keyboardist for My Chemical Romance, talks about the move away from high-tech electronic music, to more simple, organic tones and how that’s changing the sounds in My Chemical Romance. Currently, James relies on the Jupiter-80 and Gaia SH-01 to deliver these tones, both in the studio and on the road.
On Friday, July 13 we caught up with Serj Tankian at his Harakiri Release Party to discuss his new album and his creative work flow. He shares with us his writing process, his use of loops, and his use of the iPad for developing songs. Serj also mentions his iPad application, “I Am Serj,” that fans and musicians can download from the iTunes app store. The app allows you to remix and dissect songs from three of his solo albums, including his newest release Harakiri.
Harakiri, Serj’s newest solo album (Reprise Records/Serjical Strike), is the follow up to 2010’s acclaimed Imperfect Harmonies. The album is the third solo release from the System Of A Down frontman. Serj produced Harakiri himself at his home studio in Los Angeles. Here he discusses how the record came about and his thoughts on solo projects by musicians in general.