Feb 08
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MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Native Instruments Reaktor 5 in The Technofile 

If I ask you to imagine a synthesizer, the chances are that either you’ll think of an oblong box housing a plastic keyboard, various knobs, buttons and sliders, or you’ll think of  the virtual software equivalent…though if you’re of a certain vintage…and still have the flares…(but no longer have the hair) to prove it, you might just imagine racks of electronic modules connected together with a spaghetti like jumble of patch leads, that looks more like the deranged experiment of some mad physicist, than a musical instrument, as, prior to the advent of the ‘integrated synthesizer’,  that’s pretty much what a synthesizer was. Continue reading »

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Jan 25
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MC rebbe the Rapping Rabbi in The Technofile

With 3 major expos in rapid succession, January is always a big month for all things tech, but January 2006 seems to be taking da cheesecake.

Before The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had even opened its doors, manufacturers were already making product announcements…already… Continue reading »

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Nov 26

Emu 1820m Soundcard & Emulator X Studio Software

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MC rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Emu 1820m and Emulator X Studio in The Technofile

I’ve bolted the doors, I’ve locked the windows and I’m sitting here with my Uzi in one hand and my Emulator in the other…if Emu think they’re getting it back…they can think again…not that I need the Uzi to scare them off…the sample library of The Emulator X Studio is so comprehensive that it’s bound to contain an ultra realistic multi sampled Uzi, so if they come a knocking, I’ll put my speakers up against the windows and let rip…in real time with near zero latency! Continue reading »

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Oct 25

Native Instruments Guitar Combos

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Native Instruments Guitar Combos reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

If you’re part of my huge posse of regular readers, then over the last few months you’ll have seen reviews of various NI plug-ins like Absynth and Electronic Instruments…which are wicked for keyboardists…but what if keys aren’t the only thing you like to finger? What if you also like a good hard pluck?

Well, if you like me like to play a bit of axe…or even a bit of saxe (that’s a guitar of Lithuanian origin…), then you’ll love NI’s latest plug in which offers three classic guitar amp simulations, plus added effects. Continue reading »

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Oct 11
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Cakewalk ZETA reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

Look at the description and screenshots on the Z3TA box and read the manual inside and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Z3TA is just another soft synth plug in. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is Z3TA one of the easiest to program soft synths I’ve tweaked, it delivers some of the best analogue emulations I’ve heard. Continue reading »

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Jul 21
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Native Instruments Electronic Instruments 2XT reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

Lock some of the world’s top sound designers in a room with a hundred copies of Native Instruments’ ‘Reaktor’ and eventually they’ll come up with an exclusive range of cutting edge synthesizers, drum machines and effects. Ask Photek, BT, Junkie XL, Speedy J, Richard Devine and others to create presets for these new instruments/FX, then release them as a stand alone package that’s based on the Reaktor Engine, but which doesn’t require Reaktor to run and you have Electronic Instruments 2XT. Continue reading »

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Jun 08
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I was expecting Battery 2 to be a beatbox on steroids, but actually, it’s da beatz without da box…in other wordz, it’s a drum sampler.

Native Instruments Battery 2 reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

At its heart is a drum/sample matrix selectably viewable as either 12 or 9 columns by 6 rows, giving a total of 72 or 54 cells reeeespectively. Right click on one of these cells, choose ‘add sample’ and a browser window opens, allowing you to audition samples before loading them. The list of files supported is extensive and includes Kontakt, Battery, wav, aiff, HALion, Samplecell, LM4, Gigasampler, REX/REX2 & Akai S1000/3000…amongst others…and you can load a total of 128 (which don’t necessarily have to be drum/rrrhythmic samples)…into each cell! Continue reading »

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Mar 03
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Famed for its visual hallucinogenic effects, Absinthe was THE drink of 19th century artists. Famed for its hallucinogenic auditory fx, Absynth is THE software of 21st century sound designers. It’s not hard to see why… it’s massive…really massive…and, unlike Absinthe, Absynth isn’t going to make you go blind…though turning it up loud enuff might just make you go def…

Absynth 3.0 reviewed in the technofile by Jewish rapper, jewish comedian and journalist, MC Rebbe the Rapping Rabbi.

Essentially it’s a complex synthesizer (that can operate in both stand alone mode and as a plug in) which offers pretty much everything but kitchen sync. Most of the action takes place in the patch window, where there are three ‘oscils’, four filters, three mods, one waveshaper and one effect module, all of which are modular so can be turned on and off independently of each other. Continue reading »

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