When does ‘brown’ guitar tone get too brown? Dropping voltage to get the EVH sound

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Eddie Van Halen used a Variac to get his legendary ‘Brown Sound’ – by dialling down the voltage of his Marshall Plexi heads he started a quest for rock tones still followed by players to this day. When is brown sound too, well, brown? We love Johan Segeborn and his crazy YouTube channel. Why? Because […]

Soundbrenner Core: 4-in-1 smart watch for the gigging musician

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Why check your email with something square and boring on your wrist when you can feel the beat, tune your instrument, check your levels and tell the time on the Soundbrenner Core 4-in-1 Smart Music Tool? Soundbrenner Core We’ve already seen the Soundbrenner Pulse, the vibrating, wrist-worn metronome. You’re probably aware of it through the […]

Modular Synthesis School idea floated on Kickstarter

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Anna Martinova, aka Tulpa | Dusha, and Nate Houk of Epsylon Records have put forward the idea of opening a Modular Synthesis School in Amsterdam. With little more than a concept, they are hoping to raise $11,726. Modular Synthesis School The money is to go towards vital equipment, modular systems, sound systems, materials for DIY […]

Melody Puzzle Modular Synthesizer: playful 8-bit handmade patch machine

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A crazy little synthesizer box handmade in the USA by Ellistronics could be an exceptionally good value step into experimental modular synthesis. The Melody Puzzle Modular Synthesizer contains a 6 oscillator wavetable synth engine and a poly-step sequencer and bristles with patch wires. Melody Puzzle Modular Synthesizer It’s all about combination patching. Parameters are changed depending […]

Love Hultén Noistation hand crafted space synthesizer

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Love Hultén build beautiful boxes filled with sound and experimentation. We’ve experienced his Tiaccord synthesizer tryptic, we’ve marvelled over the cutest Bivalvia mini synths and now prepare yourself to enjoy Noistation, a space piano from some 1970’s future retro universe. Noistation Handmade in a mahogany case built around a 37 note semi-weighted keyboard it features […]

BBC archives release 16,016 sound effects online for personal use

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Some of my first vinyl purchases as a kid were BBC Sound Effects records. From awesome laser zaps and sci-fi planetary bubbles to industrial machines and falling rocks I would listen to these things for reasons I can no longer remember. Then I discovered pop music and my eclectic taste was lost forever. So when I […]

Wusik Station v9 music software is out with ample updates, affordable price

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Wusik Station is a popular all-in-one synth/sampler workstation and effects processor that you can load up in your DAW as a VST2, VST3 or AU plug-in. It’s very affordable considering the many, approaching countless, things it can do to your sounds — including generating them. Version 9 of the software is out now, with ample […]