Synthwatch: A synth you wear on your wrist

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Of all the crazy/cool ideas we come across at Gearnews this is probably the chunkiest. It’s a synthesizer in the shape of a very thick watch that you would drag about on your wrist. You can tell it’s a synth because of the Synthwatch name and also because of the huge/weeny 1-octave keyboard that takes […]

Get foot control over the Ableton Live Looper with State of the Loop

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State of the Loop attempts to bring the live performance ease of hardware loopers like the Boss RC-505 to the Ableton Live Looper device.  State of the Loop The Looper device in Ableton Live is a very useful live performance on improvisation tool. Although it has great integration with controllers such as the Ableton Push it […]

Rava Yamana: 60 knob MIDI controller for analog-style VST synthesizers

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Raphael Huber has gone through the familiar journey failing to find the perfect MIDI controller for software instruments. And so he’s decided to design “The Ultimate VST-Synthesizer MIDI Controller” which he is calling Rava Yamana. Rava Yamana It’s a USB MIDI controller with 60 knobs. But it’s designed and laid out to reflect the most […]

Onde and Pyramid powered wooden soundboard resonators for your synth

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Amplifiers and speaker cabinets have long been used to add tonal qualities to the sound they are producing. But these are usually directed at specific instruments such as guitars. In more general amplified sound we’re often looking for transparency so that we can hear the desired output of the music or instruments. So using acoustic […]

Grid: snap together modular control surface coming to Indiegogo

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We first saw the Intech Studio Grid system back in April. It seems to be a popular idea, to have a MIDI controller that you can adapt and customise, but perhaps the ROLI Blocks is the closest thing I’ve seen to actually get to market. Grid is about to make its debut on the Indiegogo […]

Dark Arcade: earthy and cybernetic low cost hybrid hardware synthesizer

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Onto Kickstarter, we have the Dark Arcade hybrid synthesizer tempting us to get on board with the first production run. Created by Stevey Yarusinsky initially as a labour of love but it has now taken over his life and wants to make it into the outside world.  Dark Arcade It was intended as an entry-level […]

Soundbrenner Core: 4-in-1 smart watch for the gigging musician

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Why check your email with something square and boring on your wrist when you can feel the beat, tune your instrument, check your levels and tell the time on the Soundbrenner Core 4-in-1 Smart Music Tool? Soundbrenner Core We’ve already seen the Soundbrenner Pulse, the vibrating, wrist-worn metronome. You’re probably aware of it through the […]

DU-INO: Arduino in a Eurorack module running any function you like

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DU-INO is a multi-functional, programmable Eurorack module with a vast array of readily uploadable programs. It can be pretty much any synthesizer function you can imagine – VCA, ADSR, LFO, Logic, sequencer, quantizer, clock, divider, waveshaper, effects – whatever you can build in the Arduino IDE you can run on the DU-INO. DU-INO Because that’s […]

Stick your gear together with midiglue converter, sequencer and effects unit

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A couple of days left on this remarkable Kickstarter that almost slipped past unnoticed. Or at least unnoticed by me as they have currently raised four times their goal so plenty of people have picked up on it. Let’s get stuck in some midiglue. midiglue midiglue is a neat programmable MIDI/CV controller, sequencer and MIDI […]

Window Transform Function WTF Oscillator morphs waveforms in unique ways

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New in on Kickstarter is the misleadingly named WTF Oscillator. WTF, in this case, stands for Window Transform Function and it’s a method of morphing between two waveforms that we’ve not seen before. Paula Maddox from Dove Audio (previously from Modal Electronics) has fashioned the technology into a Eurorack and Moog Unit module and are […]