Remembering the sounds of Casio VL-1, a pocket calculator with chiming noises

Published on :

When I first heard Kraftwerk’s 1981 album Computer World, it felt like the future was within my grasp. The album was a musical vision of how computers were infiltrating our lives and one particular track, Pocket Calculator, incorporated bleeps and blips from actual calculators.  Thanks to the electronics company Casio, a little bit of that […]

Black Corporation’s Deckard’s Voice is an Eurorack CS-80

Published on :

Black Corporation has unveiled Deckard’s Voice, the Eurorack sequel to Deckard’s Dream. Like its predecessor, the new device is a clone of Yamaha’s popular CS-80 synth. However, instead of having eight voices of polyphony, it only has one. The Eurorack module was revealed via an Instagram post by the Japanese company. It’s been described as […]

6 best samplers and ROMplers

Published on :

Native Instruments Kontakt 6 NI has steadily built Kontakt into an awesome powerhouse of a sampler and its latest iteration is one of the most powerful sample-based instruments that’s ever existed. Its flexible sampling stage is linked to an equally flexible synthesis stage and incorporates powerful DSP abilities and great-sounding effects. Price £359 Steinberg HALion […]

A rare Bob Moog synthesizer prototype is going on show

Published on :

The Bob Moog Foundation has announced an upcoming exhibit of a rare Moog synthesizer prototype. The showcase is part of Moogmentum, an upcoming three-day event that celebrates the opening of the Moogseum at downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The prototype originally belonged to synth pioneer and Bob Moog collaborator, Herb Deustch. The pair commenced work on […]

Review: Qu-Bit Electronix Chord v2

Published on :

      Price £269/$299 Contact Qu-Bit Electronix If there’s one uniting feature of modular systems, it is the complexity of creating a patch that works convincingly polyphonically – which explains why almost all modulars tend to concentrate on monophonic signals and are often happier that way.  But let’s face it, it’s pretty difficult for […]

Novation releases 1,000 artist presets for Peak and Summit synths

Published on :

To celebrate the debut of Summit, Novation is releasing 1,000 artist presets for the new synth and its sibling, Peak. The preset catalogue is stacked with free patches crafted by the likes of Legowelt, Craig Williams, Emily Sprague, Shawn Rudiman, Hinako Omori and more. The 1,000-preset library boasts an array of basses, leads, arps, pads […]

Tracing the origins of hardware ROMplers

Published on :

In our previous article, we examined the history of sample-based synthesis, starting in 1979 with the astronomically expensive Fairlight. In this article, we delve into the history of another technology that brought together sampling and synthesis. Something else Musicians and producers loved the accurate emulations that sample technology allowed. Being able to capture completely original […]