MODO Drum: physically modelled percussion from IK Multimedia

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Well, we guessed from the tease that it was going to be something about drums and now IK Multimedia has revealed MODO Drum a virtual instrument built on physically modeled drums and percussion. MODO Drum The idea is to offer the most customisable drum kits the world has ever seen. Using a combination of model […]

Relish Guitars Mary One: Aluminium core, distinctive looks and magnetic access

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Swiss company Relish Guitars has just released the new Mary One, which is similar to its higher-priced Mary model. The Mary One has a metal body and a magnetic back lid that Relish Guitars says lets you change pickups at “light speed”.  Mary One The Mary One has a unique three-layer body construction with an […]

NAMM 2019: Dexibell introduces VIVO S7 PRO and S3 PRO stage pianos

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Italian keyboard manufacturer Dexibell has two updated stage pianos to show this year, the Vivo S7 Pro and S3 Pro. Vivo S7 Pro As will all stage pianos it’s all about the sound and feel. The S7 Pro has 88 hammer action keys with graded weight, triple contact and an ivory feel. Internally the sound […]

NAMM 2019: Plugin Alliance and Brainworx announce mysterious new virtual instruments

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In a weirdly mysterious press release Plugin Alliance and Brainworx announce that they are getting into the virtual instrument game but forget to tell us anything about any actual products. Brainworx VI Instead, they spend a lot of time telling us how awesome their plug-ins have been up until now (no argument there) and how we’re […]

Markus 88: a spectral modelled Stage 88 electric piano

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When this press release dropped into my mailbox I absolutely assumed it was yet another sampling of an electric piano. Nothing wrong with that except that there are a lot of them about. But with the Markus 88 instrument developer Sampleson have approached it differently and they call it Spectral Modelling. Spectral Modelling They start out […]

Roland System-8 gets new FM oscillators and filters in meaty 1.2 update

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The System-8 is the top-end device of the AIRA range of groovy green music-making machines. It’s an analogue modelling polysynth with the ability to load up fully realised versions of other classic Roland synths. It’s a lot of fun but Roland isn’t done with it yet. Firmware version 1.2 brings some really decent new goodies […]

Arturia reminds us of Spark’s existence with 2.4 update

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Arturia’s Spark drum machine platform has languished while they focused on their hardware synths and classic emulations. But fans of the software/hardware drum machine hybrid have been remembered and rewarded with a 2.4 update. Spark 2.4 The main thrust of this update is to fix a few bugs and ensure that it runs smoothly on […]

Waldorf KYRA: virtual analog FPGA powered hardware synthesizer we’ve seen before

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The press release says that Kyra is “literally like nothing else out there”. Which is very exciting! Although what Kyra actually is is the new name for the Exodus Valkyrie that Waldorf has taken on since discovering it at Musikmesse. Kyra So there was Manuel Caballero, designer of the Valkyrie, minding his own business being the […]

This is Not Rocket Science (TINRS) throws a Wobbler

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If you are finding your LFOs to be a bit on the basic or intermediary side then how about an “Advanced LFO” from Dutch modular makers This is Not Rocket Science (TINRS). Wobbler, they say, will add some badly needed controlled chaos to your sound. Wobbler This is an LFO with 5 wave shapes. There’s […]

PRS John Mayer Silver Sky signature guitar – It’s official!

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We all knew it was about to drop after a few select PRS US dealers leaked it by accident on their websites – now the PRS John Mayer Silver Sky has been officially announced – and it’s available to order… John Mayer Silver Sky It took about a year to finally become official, having been […]