SYNTHESISERS & ELECTRONIC WIZARDRY
THE BEST ANALOG DRUM MACHINE EVER MADE
Love them or hate them, there is no doubt that drum machines are very useful and creative tools. From Prince to Daniel Lanois, virtually everyone uses them for writing or tracking.
Many years ago I owned a Roland TR-808, Linn Drum LM-1 and Oberheim DMX but gave them away!
I did look for a number of years to find something great and then discovered Roger Linn and Dave Smith had come up with a new drum machine with both digital and analog oscillators. You can never go wrong buying something designed by these guys!
It is a fiendishly complex device to get into as it had a lot of depth - you can edit everything - but I love almost everything about it, especially the old school step programming features.
Suzy and I adore this beautiful machine and are very proud to be Sequential artists.
WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE?
MOOG ETHERWAVE PLUS
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL
In the '70s I saw pictures of Jimmy Page waving his arms around a strange box like a sonic sorcerer wondering what the hell it was. I later discovered it was a theremin.
The theremin was the product of Soviet government-sponsored research into proximity sensors and was invented by a young Russian physicist named Lev Sergeyevich Termen (known in the West as Leon Theremin) in October 1920.
To say these are tricky to set up and play is an understatement but there are a few incredible exponents of the art!
I am not one of these but have managed to use this wonderful instrument on quite a few recordings combined with my Maestro Echoplex EP-3.
Check out the ethereal vibes on 'Do You Want Me'.