Cuckoo found some more time to cover NAMM inbetween the Elektron demos and he decided to pay a visit to Bastl Instruments. This small company from the Czech Republic showcased their microGranny 2.0 as well as their modular...
Cuckoo found some more time to cover NAMM inbetween the Elektron demos and he decided to pay a visit to Bastl Instruments. This small company from the Czech Republic showcased their microGranny 2.0 as well as their modular Trinity hardware boxes at the show. Between their NAMM appearance and the media coverage of the microGranny 2.0, I really hope Bastl can keep up handmaking these boutique instruments now that the demand for these boxes is rising.
How about a lo-fi, monophonic granular sampler from the Czech Republic? That’s exactly what the microGranny 2.0 is. Bastl Instruments offers the first batch of this quirky little box for sale on their website. The microGranny 2.0 takes a microSD card with WAV samples and allows you to perform granular algorithms on your audio. You can set your sample’s start and end points and have limited envelope controls. You can record your own audio with the onboard mic, in glorious 8-bit 22050Hz WAV. Extra retroness is added with vintage orange knobs as well as a sample bank of Czechoslovakia 80s […]
Akai has announced the MPX16 Sample Launcher + Recorder that is in most ways twice the MPX8. This portable sampler uses the same SD-card storage as the MPX8, however you can now use an internal mic or external 1/4″ inputs to sample your own sounds on the 16 pads. The for Akai unconventional layout of the 16 pads is setting this apart from their signature MPC style, although the MPX16 is going towards MPC territory only lacking a sequencer. The MPX16 will also be released this Summer, for a price tag of $200.
Sampling enthusiasts have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to mobility. Of course you can sample sounds through a decent line-in or microphone input on your audio interface, but that’s not much fun and hands-on is it? An MPC500 or MPC1000 would be a step right in the right direction if you’d like to go around sampling without staring at a laptop screen. When you prefer playing keys instead of pads, like chromatically across a keyboard, the Korg microSAMPLER seems like a right fit. Let’s take a look at its features.