Purple Disco Machine’s rise to disco deity over the past few years has seen him delighting clubbers and festival-goers around the world, as well as filling the DJs’ rekordboxes with his feel-good, weighty, disco-friendly productions. His ‘Dished (Male Stipper)’ and ‘Body Funk’ tracks have both been firm favourites among the regulars at Glitterbox, much like the man himself. We caught up with him to find out about one synth he loves the most, how he uses it in his records and why he ended up buying it twice...
Roland Cloud, the manufacturer's suite of software instruments, has announced the Techno Suite, an extensive set of 220 presets and grooves which the company says "encapsulate the history" of techno from its late '80s roots to current trends in the genre.
The suite of samples has been developed by sound designer Francis Preve and "sample wizard" Jim Stout, and takes in sounds from some of Roland's most iconic products, such as the TB-303, TR-808, TR-909, SH-101, JUNO-106 and JUPITER-8.
Roland have added the TB-303 – the classic sound of the 'acid' bassline – to their subscription service Roland Cloud. The virtual re-creation of the famous synth features the same layout and interface of the hardware version, using Roland's ACB (analogue circuit behaviour) technology to generate the sounds, similar to the plugin versions of the Juno-106, Jupiter-8 and others from their Legendary Series.
Roland have registered the trademark for the design of the 303 and the 808 in Germany. The moves comes suspiciously soon after Behringer – a German company – showed off their final version of the RD-808, a not-so-subtle clone of the legendary machine.
If there’s one instrument that faithfully captures the true spirit and essence of electronic music, it’s the Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer: a machine that has infiltrated every imaginable genre, from the heaviest uncompromising techno to the lightest unapologetic pop. Used on records by Richie Hawtin to Daft Punk, KRS-One to Madonna (and everything in between, even Phil Collins), this humble 48cm wide, 4.5kg unit has helped to revolutionise and characterise a huge wealth of contemporary music since 1983. Yet only 10,000 were ever made.
It can be tempting to drop our pay cheques on the newest, shiniest bits of kit and software for our studio. But there are plenty of hidden gems that, for whatever reason, managed to slip under the radar but still perform and sound like the big boys. This is what My Studio Bargain feature is all about – re-discovering old kit that can give you a powerful sound at a low price. This time it's the turn of Berlin-based Cinthie, owner of at least five labels, radio host, producer, DJ and former Ableton employee – she knows exactly what she's talking about.
Behringer’s clone of the Roland SH-101 synthesiser, the MS-01, is currently in production.
As is customary to him to do, company founder Uli Behringer posted on the Gearslutz forum, writing:
‘Here is a quick update. We're now in pre-production with the MS-101. It took longer than we anticipated as we're running our factory at near maximum capacity. Pre-production means we're now producing around 50 units to ensure everything is in order. Provided we don't find any issues, mass production will then commence a month later, which would be January. Thanks for your patience. Uli’
When looking for throwback sounds, it's often tempting to resort to sample downloads designed to sound from the era – even though they were likely made 20 years later. It's often much better – and sometimes just as affordable – to look at the lesser-known bits of kit from that era to get the authentic sound. That's exactly what Marquis Hawkes was after when he picked up the Roland JV-1080 from a Turkish wedding musician.
We spoke to him about why he loves the JV and why it's his pick for a studio bargain...
Behringer has announced that, from next year, it will sell the RD-909, its clone of Roland's TR-909 drum machine, the back bone of Detroit techno, for less $299.
Though more and more artists are bringing live elements into their tech riders, Saytek is no bandwagoner. His first shows were in 2003, when a Roland MC-909 was at the heart of his setup. 15 years later and the core values are the same – deep, hypnotic house and techno, all performed live and heavily improvised.