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Let’s talk synthesizers…

Komplete 13 just released last week, my first Komplete upgrade, and it made me reflect a bit on my synth passion. Since this blog hasn’t seen much posts as of late I figured I’d share, you might even learn something. I’m not fully sure how it all started, but as a kid I was quite interested in electronic music. There were two major influences here. First an audio cassette which I got from my grandparents which featured synth versions of popular theme music from that time (think Star Wars, Aurora, Close encounters of the third kind, and so on).

(offtopic: I know the formatting looks like shit, blame the new WordPress editor which is so easy to use that I can’t even find an option to apply some spacing to my images. Not without having to manually add CSS which I don’t have handy from mind on a late Sunday evening.. sometimes I wonder why I even bother…)

And then there was the Commodore 64 home computer which was known for its powerful audio capabilities through use of the SID chip.

For some reason electronic music (not necessarily dance music!) always fascinated me and so when I got a place of my own I was determined to get myself a synthesizer to go with it.

And I did, but not in the way you might expect, also see the picture…

It’s more than 10 years ago since I started my synth hobby, which quickly turned into a passion, and well… I felt like venting. Unfortunately my synth blog where I’d normally share this kind of stuff is currently down (and it’s revival is still on my (in)famous todo list) so I figured I’d “abuse” my WordPress blog to share.

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October 5, 2020 Posted by | Editorial, Software, Synthesizers, TechBlabber | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Let’s talk synthesizers…

5 programs with an under appreciated interface


In the early days of the computer everything was done using a command line, also known as a Command Line Interface (CLI). The concept is simple: you type a command followed by carriage return (“enter”) and the computer ‘does’ something in response.

As development progressed computers became more capable of handling graphics and that eventually resulted in the ability to do most of our work on a computer in a graphical environment, also known as the Graphical User Interface (GUI). And just like the CLI the concept is simple, it usually evolves around pointing and clicking with a mouse. And, if you’re writing an article like this, with plenty of typing as well.

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June 13, 2016 Posted by | TechBlabber | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on 5 programs with an under appreciated interface