Arturia releases OB-Xa V – an OB-Xa with a modern twist

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French manufacturer Arturia launches a new software instrument based on the legendary Oberheim OB-Xa. The recreation comes with some extra features to get a little more experimental with its sounds. Arturia kept the OB-Xa V’s sound true to the original, but has included a stereo spread feature for a wide and precise stereo image, plus […]

ZENOLOGY bridges the gap between Roland’s ZEN-Core hardware and DAWs

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In January, Roland unveiled its ZEN-Core Synthesis System – which the company called “the most advanced sound engine ever made by Roland”, and the culmination of its five-decade-long experience in synth building. Now, the company has unveiled ZENOLOGY, an in-the-box version of that very synth engine that boasts “seamless sound compatibility” with their equally-equipped hardware. […]

Learn FM synthesis basics with Dexed

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Frequency modulation synthesis has something of a reputation for being complicated and difficult to master, and while FM synths can definitely be intimidating, they’re really quite straightforward once you’ve got your head around the basics. That said, programming patches on the quintessential hardware FM synth, 1983’s Yamaha DX7, would have been a slog. The instrument […]

Massive X gets a price drop and three new Expansions

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Native Instruments has launched three new Expansions to its wavetable giant, Massive X. Each Expansion contains 150 presets which have been “cooked up by the finest sound designers, with a meticulous approach to squeezing the very best out of Massive”, according to the Berlin-based brand. Rush, Pulse and Scene each contain sounds suited for different […]

Vangelis Tribute 2 preset pack lands for Arturia  V Collection

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Superbooth 2020: Arturia has already made their outstanding V Collection 7 more affordable with a snap 50% off sale in light of the global pandemic. However, if you’re looking for even more inspiring sounds from yesteryear, look no further than Vangelis Tribute 2: Android Dreams. The new preset pack made by sound design master Paul […]

Substantia is a physical modelling system boasting hundreds of models

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Giorgio Sancristoforo is offering you the keys to the Substantia Physical Modelling Laboratory for 15€. The software uses modal synthesis, a form of physical modelling, to generate intriguing, resonant sounds and sports a euclidean sequencer and recorder to produce patterns and sequences. Modal synthesis has gained some popularity in recent years, particularly in the modular […]

Review: Krotos Audio Concept

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Price £99 / €119 / $129 Contact Krotos Audio Edinburgh’s Krotos Audio is approaching synthesis from a different perspective. The software-development company’s core products are aimed primarily at those writing music for picture and video games, with sound design, vocal manipulation and effects processing their key components. Concept, then, is a logical step into synthesis […]