“Listening to the hottest electro and dubstep jams is always a good time. If you’re gonna hunt down tracks, there’s no better place than Electro Jams. For some of you though, finding fresh beats isn’t as awesome as making them. And if you’re making them, you need proper gear. And since you need proper gear, you need to read the rest of this post, because I’m going to give you the scoop on what to buy.
First of all, I’m talking legit music gear, not software. Although computer music is cool (it’s how I produce), you really should know what gear is currently rocking the scene or getting ready to rock. I’ll even go out on a limb and say you’re just not as authentic without real hardware. It’s like DJs that spin on vinyl turntables versus the ones that rely on auto-sync buttons. Or, you could say it’s like the performers that actually perform versus the ones that only press buttons.
So what is this all-star hardware lineup the title is referring to? There are three hardware pieces I chose and together they’re good enough to be all you need when creating a song. They rock hard and stand out above all the other great gear being released. I picked the Arturia MiniBrute, Studio Electronics’ Boomstar, and Dave Smith’s Tempest, and if you know anything about these instruments, it will be hard to argue on the amount of awesomeness they present. If you do have doubts about how sweet these instruments are, let me explain the ‘How’ and ‘Why’.
When making electronic music, especially electro, dubstep or other balls-to-the-walls genres, it’s important to have a synth capable of destroying minds and ears. The two synths I’ve selected handle that job with ease. To round out my selection, I picked the Tempest, which is as fine a drum machine as anything ever created before. This beast comes with everything you need to make devastating beats and when combined with the two synths, makes a powerhouse ready to create the next dubstep hit.
What exactly makes these instruments so incredible? First, each piece is entirely analog. If you’ve heard or participated in the digital vs. analog war, you’ll know that many people think analog is better. To spare myself an argument, I’ll just say that although analog instruments might sound richer, it’s truly the artist that makes the difference. A second reason my selection stands out is that all the pieces are totally NEW. In fact, all three products have only been released this year. Some of you might have heard about these choices, but none of you ever had the chance to own this hardware before 2012. Last but not least, this gear selection is unique in that one product is less than $800 and another is less than $600! Yeah, to a broke guy it’s a lot, but to those of you out there who understand you’re paying for quality, you know you’re getting a great deal.
Okay, let me first introduce you to the MiniBrute. It is Arturia’s first analog synth and it completely owns! It’s got a 25-note keyboard, aftertouch capabilities, two envelopes and two LFOs. It’s monophonic, making it great for super fat bass riffs, and you can choose from sub, square, triangle and sawtooth waveforms. It also generates white noise and comes with two enhancing knobs, called the Metalizer and the BruteFactor respectively. If that isn’t enough, it also comes with an arpeggiator.
The other synth is the Boomstar from Studio Electronics. It has four variations, each emulating a different famous filter from classic synths. The Boomstar synths come with an LFO, two envelopes, a noise generator, two oscillators, and various modular patch points. If you use the MiniBrute as your bass synth, this one will take care of all your lead synth needs.
Finally, the Tempest is the rhythm machine that wraps everything up nicely. It too is fully analog, and comes with four oscillators. There are also 16 pads that are sensitive to pressure and velocity and can be used for real-time programming as well as sequencing. There are five envelopes, two LFOs, a low-pass filter and a high-pass filter. Surely this is a machine to buy, whether you’re only using it in the studio, on tour, or both.
If you’ve got some cash to spend and are contemplating buying hardware gear, give serious consideration to the above instruments. They pack a punch that few others have, and they will last you probably forever. They will definitely be classics 30 years from now, and if nothing else, buying this equipment will impress your friends and maybe help you get laid. Should you decide to buy this stuff and you want to learn how to actually produce decent music, head over to my blog at www.makingelectronicmusic.com, and learn everything for free!”