NAMM 2020: Sonicware’s Liven 8bit Warps does more than retro chiptune sounds

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NAMM 2020: Sonicware has debuted Liven 8bit Warps – a portable synth that shares the same DNA as the company’s ELZ-1. The 27-key Liven 8bit Warps is primarily designed for retro chiptune sounds, although Sonicware claims that the synth is versatile enough to handle a wide variety of electronic music genres. The synth also comes […]

NAMM 2020: EarthQuaker Devices releases the Afterneath Eurorack reverb module

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NAMM 2020: Like the guitar pedal on which it’s based, the EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath 16HP Eurorack module is an otherworldly reverb unit, just released at NAMM. Hooked up to your modular synth rig, the Afterneath produces sounds that span from ping-ponging delay to cavernous subterranean echoes. It is, as EQD, describes it, “an ambient powerhouse […]

NAMM 2020: Moog’s Subsequent 25 has arrived

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NAMM 2020: When you look at the Subsequent 25, Moog’s latest synth, you could be forgiven for thinking it looks rather familiar. That’s because it’s essentially a Subsequent 37 – the company’s duophonic analogue synth – in the same footprint as a Sub Phatty. The 25-key synth was due a refresh, and the Subsequent nomenclature […]

NAMM 2020: Sequential Pro 3 is a three-oscillator paraphonic monster synth

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NAMM 2020: Sequential has revealed a brand-new hybrid mono/paraphonic synth in the shape of the Pro 3. Described as “a worthy successor” to both the classic Pro-One and the modern Pro 2 by Sequential founder Dave Smith. At the heart of the Pro 3 are three oscillators: two VCOs with waveshaping and a third digital […]

NAMM 2020: Nord Wave 2 is a quad-layered beast of a performance keyboard

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NAMM 2020: The Nord Wave 2 from Clavia is the newest in its esteemed range of keyboards, featuring four independent synthesisers, with meticulous control and manipulation over each one. An impressive selection of modulation sources and onboard effects could make this an instant desire for many keyboardists. Nord Wave 2 features a 61-note keybed with […]

Korg Wavestate is the brand’s next step in digital synthesis

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As promised, Korg announces its new synth today: Wavestate, a 37-key, 64-voice, four-layer digital synth that’s presented as the modern successor to the Wavestation from 1990. The classic synth used vector synthesis paired with a technology called Wave Sequencing that could create ever-evolving pads and textures. Its key limitation, however, was the repetitious nature of […]

Korg M1: A classic workstation synth gets the nostalgia treatment

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Were you making music in 1988? Things were very pricey in the synth market back then, with old-guard-analogue being firmly out of favour. The new digital breed, such as the Yamaha DX7 and the Roland D-50, were firmly established, no doubt sounding very fine though your ‘digitally ready’ headphones (remember that meaningless sales campaign?). But […]