Nerdseq Portable takes tracker sequencing and sampling mobile

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Will 2020 be the year that trackers make a return? Around the same time of the release of Polyend Tracker, XOR Electronics launched a portable version of its Nerdseq Eurorack tracker module. Nerdseq Portable is a full workstation with sampling, MIDI I/O, modulators, sound generators and more, with eight tracks of polyphonic tracker sequencing that […]

Polyend Tracker has landed, dialling us into a different age

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Over the last few weeks, Polyend has rocketed itself in the spotlight with Tracker – a sleek, modern-looking instrument with elements of the past creeping to the surface. The name stems from the retro, vertical tracker sequencer seen on the large built-in screen, which is the centrepiece of Tracker. Polyend designed Tracker with the intention […]

Review: Korg Wavestate

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Price £700 Contact Korg Back in the early-1990s, analogue was dead, sampling was big and everyone was searching for the next big thing in synthesisers and audio programming. Sensing a shift in the waters, Korg caught a huge wave and rode it all the way to the bank with the introduction of its Wavestation series. […]

What exactly is Polyend up to?

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“Soon, everything will be on the right track”, claims Polyend on the front page of its website. Several teaser videos have surfaced over the last couple of weeks, with a new video uploaded today showing another sneak preview of what appears to be a new sampler.   While we’ve still not been given a full […]

Elektron Model: Cycles is a comprehensive groovebox with six FM synths

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Elektron has unveiled Model:Cycles, a new sibling to the Model:Samples groovebox, this time with a heavy focus on FM synthesis. Model:Cycles features six FM-based ‘Machines’, each with their own primary use: Tone, Chord, Kick, Snare, Metal and Perc. Each Machine is represented by a pressure and velocity-sensitive pad, meaning you can tap a pad to […]

MOD Dwarf climbs past its Kickstarter goal in just one day

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The MOD Dwarf has been on Kickstarter for just a day, but has already surpassed its pledging goal of €100,000. With new plug-ins available to download to the stompbox on a monthly basis, the MOD Dwarf is a standalone, compact device that can offer effects, amp simulations, cabinets, virtual instruments, synthesizers, and MIDI utilities, plus […]

Vintage Rewind: Suzuki Omnichord

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In bygone eras of music technology product design, many instruments veered towards the toy-like. Casio and Bontempi have much to answer for with the advent of the auto-chord system, where a single finger would allow for a complete orchestration, albeit with chords of a distinctly major tonality. Add another finger and you might get yourself […]

Check out this full walkthrough of the Yamaha CS-80

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Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Toto, Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder are just some of the prominent artists who crafted wonders with the Yamaha CS-80. Built in the 70s, the Yamaha’s 8-voice polysynth was considered to be the first great synth from Japan, thanks to its polyphonic aftertouch, patch memory storage and 16 tone generators. In […]

Review: Korg Krome EX

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Price From £665 Contact Korg Korg’s Krome synthesizer was launched back in 2012 as the mid-priced option in Korg’s workstation range. For those unfamiliar with the ‘workstation’ concept, these machines will do pretty much anything required in song production bar the vocals (although some even attempt that). You get drums, keys, real instruments, feature-packed synthesizers, […]