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Terrence O'Brien


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Recent articles by Terrence:

Korg Volca Modular synth review: As weird as it is affordable

Korg's Volca Modular makes the experimental world of West Coast synthesis affordable for the masses. → Read More

Confronting existential dread through DIY musical instruments

'The Book of Knowledge of Impractical Musical Devices' confronts the fleeting nature of memory and life through DIY instruments powered by GPS and random number generators. → Read More

PicoBrew shifts it focus from beer to coffee with the MultiBrew

PicoBrew takes another stab at a "universal" brewing machine with the coffee-first MultiBrew. → Read More

CraftSynth 2.0 is portable, fun and a little bit flimsy

Teenage Engineering says the Pocket Operator series is about compromising on everything except sound quality. But I think UK-based Modal Electronics may have be... → Read More

Jammy’s digital guitar is a futuristic idea let down by today's tech

When I was younger I took my acoustic guitar with me wherever I traveled. It's ridden in the back of a van to the Poconos, taken rides down to the Jersey Shore... → Read More

How to give your hike a high-tech upgrade

The best tech to upgrade your hike, without distracting from nature. → Read More

In case of emergency: The tech that might save you

Look, nature is beautiful. It's fun. But it can also be unpredictable and dangerous. And while I highly encourage you to head in to the great outdoors as often... → Read More

Ableton Live can control modular synths from your computer

Modular synthesizers are having something of a moment right now. Even mainstream players like Korg are trying to bring them to the masses. So it's no surprise t... → Read More

Organelle M is a portable and endlessly hackable music ‘computer’

This Raspberry Pi-powered Organelle M is a synth, a sampler, a guitar pedal... basically anything you want it to be. → Read More

Blipblox is a synth made for kids that adults will like too

Blipblox is a synthesizer designed for children. The company behind it, Playtime Engineering, even calls it a toy. And it certainly looks like one. It'... → Read More

Korg's Minilogue and Monologue synths are getting a major update

The Minilogue and Monologue are a few years old at this point, and approaching modern classic status in the synth world. But that doesn't mean that Korg is cont... → Read More

The best multi-effects pedal for new guitarists

The best multi-effects pedal for beginner guitarist needs to be affordable, easy to use and, above all, it has to sound great. → Read More

Drone motors make wonderfully grungy synth music

Gamechanger Audio’s Motor Synth makes wonderfully grungy music using, well, motors. → Read More

Soundtrap for Storytellers is Spotify's latest play for podcasters

Spotify has been snatching up companies left and right. One of the odder acquisitions was Soundtrap, an online music production tool. It just didn't really seem... → Read More

The best coding kits for kids

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Part of the reason I write about technology for a living is that I couldn't cut it as a coder. It's not that I... → Read More

Elektron turned its Digitone groove box into a proper synth

If you're into synths and grooveboxes at all, chances are you're familiar with Elektron's Digitone. It's part of it's mid-range "Digi" line of instruments, and... → Read More

Arturia's MicroFreak is an affordable synth that lives up to its name

Arturia already has a compelling low-cost analog synth in the MicroBrute. And an affordable analog drum machine in the DrumBrute Impact (that FM drum sounds bon... → Read More

Elektron is making its powerful music-making sequencers more affordable

Elektron has a reputation for building high-end synths, samplers and grooveboxes with matching high-end prices. It's "affordable" options -- the Digitakt and Di... → Read More

Teenage Engineering is making modular synths for the masses

Teenage Engineering aims to make modular synths affordable and compact with new Pocket Operators. → Read More

Korg Minilogue XD synthesizer review

When Korg introduced the Minilogue in 2016 it was a game changer. It's a true analog polyphonic synth for around $500 and frankly, there isn't much else lik... → Read More