songwriting

Korg nanoSERIES: Small Size, Big Idea


Speaking of nano, Korg is coming out with a brand new line of portable controllers called the nanoSERIES. They are coming out next month, and judging from the feedback they are getting everywhere, this one is going to be one hot product.

This summer, I’ve finally moved from a desktop music system to one based around a Macbook laptop. The little nanoKey is exactly what the doctor ordered: it’s small, stylish and doesn’t require external power. Anyone who has ever tried to input drum sequences using a keyboard will appreciate the nanoPad and while, I’m not much of a mixer type, I totally want the nanoKontrol too.

I must applaud Korg on this: this is one company listening to its user base and coming out with useful products at a reasonable price. These are perfect for the songwriter on the go who does not want to haul around a bunch of midi controllers and power supplies.

One caveat: they do look a bit toy-like. I wish Korg had used a more elegant metallic enclosure, like the Apogee Duet. Then again, they would have been more expensive. Maybe for version 2…

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songwriting

IPod Nano: Now Songwriter-Approved

new ipod nano

new ipod nano

OK, quick: What’s the most awesome features in the brand newiPod Nano? Is it the gorgeous curved screen? The accelerometer? The wild colors?

If you’re a songwriter, the only thing that matters is that…the Nano also now features a built-in voice recorder. Yes! No more clumsy third-party add-ons and missed song ideas! If you’ve read my past posts on the subject, you know that I’ve been waiting for a long time for this feature alone.

I’m praying that the sound quality is more than the 4 or 8khz I’m getting on my 3G iPod…

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Digi Is Your Friend

Following a surprisingly candid letter from its CEO, Digidesign has now started a blog in order to better communicate with it’s user base. The man behind this is Scott Church and he’s quickly making friends around music blog circles. This is good news because it puts a human face on an otherwise opaque corporation.

Personally, I hope they follow the example of Adobe’s John Nack, who basically confronts every hot situation with clear answers devoid of cynicism or corporate double-speak. It’s great for the company, because it stops the rumors and half-truths from spreading. It’s great for the users because they have a way to influence future releases and better understand the decisions coming from the company.

Nothing beats humans talking to other humans. Go Digi!

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