Top 5 Synthesizers at Superbooth 2019 by Soma, Novation, Pittsburgh, UDO, Gamechanger

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Superbooth this year was packed with a bundle of inspiringly fabulous noise making machinery and sound shaping systems of synthesis. From those three days of chaotic, creative and very loud production demonstrations I’ve pulled my top 5 synthesizers. Soma Laboratories Pulsar-23 More drum machine than synth – or perhaps more environmental pulsating rhythm repeater than […]

Serato Studio hybrid groovebox/DJ DAW presents interesting possibilities

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Serato, makers of the popular DJ software of the same name, are taking their developments in an interesting direction. The company has introduced Serato Studio, a music-production oriented DAW that has at least two noteworthy things about it. First off, it incorporates DJ techniques like cue points, time-stretching, and key detection. So if you ever […]

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3: Mini beats and big mobility

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The Mikro is the last in the Maschine series to receive an update. Gone are the white buttons and bezels and instead it’s all sleek and black and understated – except for the circus of 16 colourful pads on the right. Maschine Mikro MK3 And that’s not all. The screen has been reduced to something […]

Melu Instruments tease something spectacular in a groovebox styli

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Melu Instruments released their first Eurorack module, the weirdly modern sounding phase synchronised Freak dual digital waveform oscillator, last year. It turns out that since then they’ve been working on something altogether different. Gold knobs Let’s call it “Gold knobs” or maybe GK for short. All we have is an image and some cryptic ramblings […]

Novation Circuit Mono Station 1.2 brings Patch Flip, CV sequencer & synth tweaks

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Novation has released a 1.2 firmware update for the Circuit Mono Station. They’ve brought in some really interesting enhancements to this fun little synth/sequencer box. Patch Flip The first idea comes from the Sample Flip they implemented on the Circuit Groovebox, but instead of swapping out samples on-the-fly this is all about patches. So, every […]

Gotharman’s Little deFormer 3 granular groovebox ready for preorder

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Gotharman’s Musical Instruments has opened preorders on their latest computerised groove box machine called deFormer 3. The previous deFormer was an effects box whereas this is definitely more in the mould of the DuoSpaze and PolySpaze boxes of noise and rhythms. I get the feeling that Gotharman’s are sort of developing a chunk of technology and put […]

Superbooth 2018: MFB announce Tanzbar 2 hybrid drum machine

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The MFB Tanzbar was a 14 channel analogue drum machine with 2 channels of synth for melodic voices. They have announced the Tanzbar 2 which gets a much-expanded feature set including samples and a new paint job. Tanzbar 2 It’s still an analogue drum computer with a bass synthesizer built in but it now has […]

Roland mixes ACB and samples in the TR-8S Rhythm Performer

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After a thankfully short tease campaign, Roland has revealed their latest AIRA device. I give you the welcome if not extraordinary TR-8S Rhythm Performer. Roland TR-8S Yeah, I know, I was hoping for something new and devastatingly exciting as well but instead, we get a sampler version of the TR-8. Don’t get me wrong, that’s awesome, […]

Roland teasing a new AIRA product to be revealed on Monday

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A foggy and mysterious cover video with growly music has recently appeared on the Official Roland Aira Facebook page. Along with the notification of an intention to “Go Live” at 8am on Monday 5th March. Then an Instagram post appeared with a very similar video but this time it has something lurking in the dark, some […]