Rob Papen digs out some vintage analogue synthesis with B.I.T.

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Rob Papen’s synths are usually hybrids of analogue modelling and digital synthesis but with B.I.T. he goes back-in-time (see what he did there?) to focus on old fashioned analogue synthesis from the “good ole days”. B.I.T. You get two oscillators, two filters, a couple of LFOs and an envelope per voice. No flashy wavetables or […]

Enter the laboratory of a 1950’s electronic studio with Berna 2.0

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Long before Bob Moog and Wendy Carlos brought electronic music to the mainstream beeps, sweeps and noises were being pioneered inside European radio laboratories. Berna 2.0 attempts to emulate that exciting new world of oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers with a fabulous amount of realism and historical accuracy. Berna Built by sound artist […]

Novation Peak gets new features with firmware update 1.2

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The Novation Peak is generally well regarded and one of the more interesting desktop polyphonic synthesizers to emerge from our current hardware craze. So when a new update brings some new features I think it’s worth taking a look. Novation Peak 1.2 Novation is good at keeping their products up to date and offering existing […]

Modal CRAFTsynth 2.0 futuristic monophonic wavetable synth that’s not a kit

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Awww we loved the original CRAFTsynth. It was cute, cheap and retro looking with a gritty sound in a brilliant little kit to build to get you into the idea of DIY synths. Modal Electronics has completely ruined it with CRAFTsynth 2.0. Don’t get me wrong, CRAFTsynth 2.0 looks and sounds amazing but there’s nothing […]

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5 Hardware Synth Integration finally arrives

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It was the talk of NAMM back in January. Spectrasonics had somehow evolved their massive Omnisphere atmospheric virtual instrument to be able to integrate with over 30 well-known hardware synthesizers. That update to version 2.5 is finally here and free to all users of Omnisphere 2. Omnisphere 2.5 The idea is along the lines of […]

Root and Matter II: Two new modules from Folktek and more to come

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The Folktek artistic Eurorack and synthesis collective has spent 2018 beavering away on a lot of new products. They seem to be working towards a complete synthesis system and I imagine there’s a lot more of these beautiful anciently futuristic, experimental modules to come. Just arrived are Root and Matter II. Let’s see what they’re up […]

IK Multimedia UNO monophonic analog synth now shipping

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One of the more unexpected releases at Superbooth this year was a hardware synthesizer from IK Multimedia. It looks all right, it sounds pretty tasty and has a decent feature set for a great price. They might have got the UNO spot on, which is unusual for any first foray into something new. We’ll all […]

SKULPT – a huge 4-voice 32-oscillator minisynth from Modal Electronics

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SKULPT is a funny looking synthesizer from British synthesizer makers Modal Electronics. It has a futuristic, isometric feel and sort of becomes its own box. It’s a grey slab with a scattering of tall knobs, upon a white slab with a little touch-keyboard. It looks like it could come apart or slide or something. Maybe […]

StepPolyArp Unit: a step sequencing polyphonic arpeggiator for iOS

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It’s all in the name. StepPolyArp Unit is an app for iOS that does real-time polyphonic and polyrhythmic MIDI step arpeggiation and sequencing. This could be very handy. StepPolyArp Unit As an arpeggiator it can create melodies and patterns based upon played notes or chords. Or as a sequencer you don’t need to play anything, […]

Miclop Ctrl X virtual synthesizer and hardware controller combo

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Coming very soon to Kickstarter is a new virtual synthesizer from Miclop which comes with its own rather dashing dedicated hardware controller. Ctrl X A polyphonic virtual synthesizer that integrates perfectly with a knob and touch-screen controller. Giving you the tacticity of hardware control over the versatility of software. Is it the best of both […]