FL Studio update 20.5 includes FLEX expandable ROMpler style virtual synthesizer

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Image-Line has announced a new small update to FL Studio which isn’t a huge deal by itself but they’ve decided to include a brand new virtual synthesizer called FLEX which is certainly worth talking about. FLEX The idea behind FLEX is to offer a wide range of “production-ready” sounds that you can drop into your […]

Craig Anderton’s Amazing Multiband Helix Presets: Dynamic drive with added clarity

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The Craig Anderton’s Amazing Multiband Helix Presets pack is a set of carefully programmed, dynamic patches for the Line 6 Helix family based upon Craig’s famous Quadrafuzz from the mid-80s. Craig Anderton’s Amazing Multiband Helix Presets If any of you ever owned or tried out Steinberg’s Quadrafuzz plug-in back in the ’90s then you may know it […]

Elektron Analog Drive deal at Thomann – EUR 89 instead of EUR 395!

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Swedish company Elektron is known for its excellent synthesisers and drum machines. The Analog Drive 2016 was their first outing in the direction of the guitar universe. Unfortunately, it was launched with a price of just under 400 euros, which was quite high priced. Now three years later Thomann is selling them for under EUR 90 a pop, […]

Superbooth 2019: Polyend Preset will recall your Eurorack patches

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Just how exactly does it do that? Details are a little on the light side but the Polyend Preset basically records CV values, saves it and sends it back out on demand. Polyend Preset Polyend Preset will recall up to 9 different CV output values. These could be notes (1v/oct), gates, constant values or recorded […]

Joyo Gem Box III: A new, low-price multi-fx pedal with IR loading

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Joyo has just announced the Gem Box III, a multi-fx box with 61 preamp emulations, a total of 157 effects and it even has IR loading. At this price it might just succeed in taking some market share from more established brands in this segment… Joyo Gem Box III On top of all those effects and […]

Patch & Tweak develops an online Patch & Tweak Editor

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Patch & Tweak is a celebrated book exploring modular synthesis by Kim Bjorn and Chris Mayer. Compulsory reading for anyone with an interest in modular synths and a coffee table to put it on. Since the launch of the book they’ve been working on a patch editor based on the system of symbols they use […]

SampleTank 4 with up to 8000 sounds and 250GB of samples available now

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It’s a big one. SampleTank 4 is upon us and the fully maxed out version offers over 8,000 sounds and 250GB of samples. That’s one heck of a download. SampleTank 4 SampleTank is the original workstation software synthesizer specialising in a broad selection of sounds, covering all genres wrapped up in a simple 16-part multitimbral […]

NAMM 2019: Electro Harmonix Bass Mono Synth pedal gives bassists new synth sounds

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Electro Harmonix has just announced a new Bass Mono Synth pedal kitted out with 11 bass synth options including some inetersting vintage synth emulations. Electro Harmonix Bass Mono Synth Last week, EHX announced that it won a big lump sum of cash from Mooer for copying its software. So it’s good to see the New […]

The Messiah second coming: a Prophet of virtual synthesis

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He’s not the Messiah, he’s an emulation of the Prophet 5 (to paraphrase the Life of Brian). Messiah 2.0 is a brand new version of the Messiah Prophet 5 virtual instrument coded by Chris Kerry. Messiah 2.0 We all ike a bit of Prophet 5 and Messiah certainly looks the part. Version 2 brings some […]

Tinami MD-1 is a custom MIDI controller built to your design

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We first came across Tinami in the summer of 2017. Seemed like a neat idea – from an online template 4 x 4 grid of MIDI control possibility you can populate it with the knobs, buttons and sliders of your choice. Hit the order button and Tinami will make you your very own customised MD-1 […]