In my recent review of the Behringer VD400 analogue delay, I already mentioned the Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter. At slightly below 130 bucks, it’s the cheapest one-second analogue delay in the market today. By a margin. I decided to get it. Appearance, Package, Connections The ES2 comes together with a small kinda-manual (multi-language folded paper) […]Read more "Review: Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter"
Ever since I got this album, it had been constantly on my (not properly kept) List of Greatest Albums of All Time. And it has been the only one to accomplish that feat. Time to review it – decades later. And if you don’t want to read on: just get the album! Introduction Back in […]Read more "Review: Steve Coleman “Curves of Life”"
How stupid is it to name the sixth main installment in a (video game) series just like the series as a whole? Independently of the answer to this pressing question, I’m reviewing Hitman (the 2016 video game), not the series. Overview Hitman is built like the preceding games and also shares a similar story. Timeline-wise, […]Read more "Review: Hitman"
The delay. One of the most important effects in any musician’s or mixing engineer’s toolbox – in fact, signal theory has it that it’s one of only two basic ones (the other being nonlinear dynamics). Leaving non-manmade implementations aside, there have been three important technological implementations through the years: tape echoes, bucket brigade delays (BBD, […]Read more "Review: Behringer VD400 Analog Delay"
The other day, when I was at an old clothing store in München, I bought an album. The reason for this is that this store has now, for many years, a very good jazz music department – maybe the best one here in München. I came to the department with nothing on my mind than […]Read more "Review: Nels Cline & Julian Lage – Room"
André LaFosse made me aware of those – Airwindows plugins, which do, as Chris, the man behind them, puts it, do “handsewn bespoke digital audio”. Those (effects – AU, and for quite some time now, Win and Mac VST2 32/64) plugins are somewhat different. The GUI is very minimalistic: sliders from left to right in […]Read more "Review: “ToTape5” and “Air” (by Airwindows)"
The christmas season does have advantages – like receiving gifts which, in the best case, are a Korg Volca Kick. This latest offering in Korg’s highly interesting Volca series of small, low-priced synthesizers, follows suit on the Beats, Bass, Keys, Sample and FM. “Kick”, so that means it can only do kick sounds, making it […]Read more "A New Synth – Korg Volca Kick"