Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Check out this cool Cajon from Tycoon Percussion. It includes an embedded amplifier and speaker to produce a larger sound that the acoustic instrument itself. I don't own one, but this is a cool idea.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
- You can change the sensitivity of the needle, so that it doesn't bounce around so much.
- You can select: "Pitchpipe" to have it generate a tone
- You can select up to 23 temperaments out of the box, and you can enter in your own.
- Cleartune supports A4 calibration in increments of 0.1Hz.
All in all, I really like the design and function of this application.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
It's produced by xx of Tong Instruments.
Here's a link: http://tonginstruments.com/
Here's a couple videos:
Monday, July 27, 2009
It's a great idea. It uses a real hockey puck, and plugs right into your bass or guitar amp.
Here's the link: http://www.peterman.com.au/music/stomp.php
And a video:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
He says: "200 watts"
I say: "No way, 200 watts in that little box? You gotta be kidding me..."
He says: "Yup, it's a ZT Lunchbox amp"
So I go back to my table, pull my iPhone and google "ZT Amplifiers" right there in the blues club. Sure enough, 200 watts from an amplifier no bigger than a lunchbox. Incredible.
Here's a pic of the "cute little amplifier" with the monster sound from a 6.5" speaker:
You'll find all of the details here: http://www.ztamplifiers.com/products/
I don't own one (yet), but this little guy is now at the top of my wish list.
Anyone want to buy a 30 watt Crate Taxi amp, cheap?
Friday, June 05, 2009
"The Hang Drum is a unique tone based percussion instrument,
which is almost impossible to come by, since there is only one maker in the
world and less than 1000 drums in circulation. The instrument has a soft,
sorrowful, melancholic tone to it and is a perfect companion for emotional or
ambient type of scores. The Tonehammer Hangdrum is unique in the sense it was
recorded at an average of 15 velocity layers and with 10 round-robin repetitions
pr. layer/note, so you will never experience any repetition in the articulation.
We used custom microphone set-ups to capture the delicate resonance both inside
and outside the drum, since the resonance defines the true sound of the drum.
Additionally we sampled multiple playing techniques with fingers, palm, slaps,
hand brushing and the back-side of the drum, which has the similar properties to
the Udu. Multiple versions of all multis allow for a variety of ways to switch
or fade between articulations while playing.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
IT'S FINALLY HAPPENED!
The Halo site is finally open on the Pantheon Steel website. There a four minute video posted on the site showing we may finally see the Halo shipping soon! I can't wait...
If you want to get on the info list or even the waiting list, every thing is there to make your dream a reality.
About the Halo:
"The 1st generation HALO is a bit larger than the Hang and is lower in pitch. Where the low D3 (Ding) resides on a Hang is a low C3 on the HALO and the first three notes in the tonal circle (F,G,G#) are lower than the lowest tonal circle pitch (A) on a Hang. Our Ake Bono scale is C - F,G,G#,C,C#,f,g,g#.
Looks like the price will be $1500 USD
With 2300 people already on the waiting list, the folks at Pantheon should be busy for a long time. I am in the first third of that waiting list, so you'll definitely hear my Halo, when the time arrives. Until then, I'll just have to keep dreaming and listening to the videos.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Here's the content of the recent email newsletter:
"HALO is now reality!
The developmental phase of the HALO has now become the production phase. For the past 20 months we have been working to contribute to this art from while respecting the originators by not making a copy of the original, but rather introducing our own unique process, material and sound. We feel we have stayed true to that in producing an instrument with a soulful and rich timbre of its own that is capable of creating a powerful sonic experience.
The 1st generation HALO is a bit larger than the Hang and is lower in pitch. Where the low D3 (Ding) resides on a Hang is a low C3 on the HALO and the first three notes in the tonal circle (F,G,G#) are lower than the lowest tonal circle pitch (A) on a Hang. Our Ake Bono scale is C - F,G,G#,C,C#,f,g,g#. The warmth and projection of our lower register creates a new tonal experience in HandPan playing. The helmholtz (internal) resonance of the HALO is being used in a new way that not only can be activated when the top dome is played, but also while the low F pitch of the tonal circle is played (depending on leg placement and/or tilt angle). You will also notice that when leg placement is correct it creates a 'pedal pitch' of C2 which remains active while entire HALO is played. If you listen closely enough you can hear this in the upcoming audio as well as the video. We are excited about the nearly infinite possibilities our manufacturing process provides. The 1st generation HALO might possibly be the lowest pitched production HandPan in existence.
You may be wondering why the HALO is being unveiled in two stages. So much can be missed while both listening and watching something. Therefore we have decided to release the audio track of the HALO before the video itself. We would like your ears to discover the HALO and all its harmonic abilities first. Please use quality headphones or speakers. Nothing is better than the real experience, but quality sound reproduction is the next best thing. Listen over and over to the many nuances as the HALO comes to life.
Part 2 of the unveiling (the video) will be sent in approximately 24 hours.
HALO audio 1
HALO audio 2
Kyle Cox and Jim Dusin
Pantheon Steel, LLC