Tag: synth

Premiere: J. Mono – cms6 [Dalmata Daniel]

J. Mono is back with his first full length release on Dalmata Daniel, starting the labels album series with DDA01 – Redate. Hungary’s beloved introverted synthjammer mastermind brings us a collection of tracks all recorded between 2014 – 2016 through livejams. J. Mono‘s real name is Loránt Keresztes and he hails from Hungary’s countryside. He started to produce music in the early 2000’s on a small collection of gear, ever expanding his collection over the years. In 2008, J. Mono was one of the founding members of Hungary’s now legendary Wedding Acid Group or simply WAG. The album covers styles like acid, IDM an electro, ... Read more

Moog Releases Revolutionary App Of Iconic Minimoog Model D Synth

Based on Moog’s original analog designs for the first portable keyboard synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D App invites users to explore the fundamental elements of sound. Created by Moog exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, supporting any 64-bit iOS device to deliver advanced audio desktop-class performance on the go, while integrating seamlessly with mobile DAWs. New Functions Include: – ability to play chords of up to four notes at once, – an easy-to-use arpeggiator module for rhythmic pattern creation – a real time looping recorder with unlimited overdubs – a tempo-synchronizable stereo ping-pong delay module – the Bender — ... Read more

Classic Soviet Era Polivok Synth To Be Reissued

The Polivok was the Soviet Union’s favorite synthesizer and now the company behind its production then has lifted the veil on its impending reboot. Of course the completely hand made synth will be limited, with only 100 being made, but with 85% original Soviet components, Polivok promises the same kind of space age sounds the original made famous. Obviously, there will be some updates to the item as three decades passed tends to do. Now, it will also feature MIDI connectivity and a handy cyrlic translation on its underside. A staple of Soviet chic, the Polivok was the USSR’s answer ... Read more

New Korg Synth Recreates Classic 80s Video Game Audio

In partnership with video game designer Bandai Namco, Korg has created a new chiptune synth for its app, Gadget. Gadget, which launched back in 2014, features numerous virtual synths and drum machines based around the iconic Japanese company’s arsenal of products. It is also a sequence and mixer for those recording full tracks. With the apps latest update, it allows you to utilize the “Kamata” synth, recreating the sounds found in classic Namco games like Pac-Man and Galaga. Kamata will join the 8-bit “Kingston” synth, with a very 80s inspired interface to match. Gadget retails for £14.99, while Kamata is ... Read more

This Easy To Use Synth For Two Makes Music Production Truly Social

Aimed at everyone (age 3-99), Dato DUO is a Dutch designed synth meant for two. With a gritty sounding synthesizer and a flashy sequencer, the easy to use synth is an approachable way for two to play and learn music together. The idea behind Dato DUO is for one person to play a melody on the sequencer while another adds sounds on the synth side with limited chance for error. By easy to use, the Dato Duo not only offers an easily navigable interface but also allows for any music to be played in key, using a pentatonic keyboard. As ... Read more

These Mini Synths Are As Cute As Kittens

Produced between 2006 and 2009, artist Dan McPharlin attempted to “pay tribute” to early synths and recording equipment with a stunning (and rather cute) collection of miniatures. “Rather than replicating existing machines, the focus was on creating a revisionist history where analogue technology continued to flourish uninterrupted,” says McPharlin of the project which saw him use “framing matt-boards, paper, plastic sheeting, string and rubber bands.” for the creation project. See also: Synth Geek Creates Miniature LEGO Versions Of Classic Moogs To be honest, there really isn’t too much more to say on the matter. Just go through the gallery below ... Read more

Apps Of The Month: March 2016

From crowdsourced DJ sets to musical sketching, we take a look at some of the apps and updates of the month this past March 2016. Most applications come in iOS versions, unless otherwise specified. Did we miss any? Let us know what your favourite apps from the past month were. Bloc’s Wave | iOS Blocs Wave is a music creation app designed to inspire new musical ideas. Easily combine original professional sounds across a wide array of genres. Tweak your sounds using beautiful touchable waveforms, and make your ideas even more unique. Record your vocals and instruments, and bring your ... Read more

New Interactive Rare Synth Museum To Open In Melbourne

A Melbourne not-for profit organization, Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MEES), will soon open, providing one-on-one experience with a slew of vintage synthesizers, which is being described as an interactive synth museum. Conceived and operated by artists Robin Fox (perhaps best known for  laser-orientated A/V) and Byron J Scullin (a prominent mixing and mastering technician) out of their North Melbourne studio, the duo claims they have “one of the most unique, eclectic and historically significant collections of electronic instruments in the world,” with a slew of vintage and rare Roland, Korg, EMS, Moog, Yamaha as well as super rare pieces like the Transaudio LaTrobe (3 were made, 2 reside ... Read more

Korg Announces New Analogue Synth: Minilogue

Only a few more days to go as Korg‘s latest hits shelves on 21 January. Named Minilogue, the new analog snyth from the famed company, which has taken a turn into the budget conscious market. Priced at a reasonable US$500, considering its capabilities. Of which include: 4-voice analog synthesizer Fully programable analog controls, with 200 program memories and 100 presets Analog signal path includes 2 x VCOs, 1 VCF, 2 EG, 1 VCA, and 1 LFO Shape controls allow you to dial in harmonic content in the oscillators’ waveforms Voice Modes allow you to play the minilogue in 8 ways 16-step ... Read more

Synth Geek Creates Miniature LEGO Versions Of Classic Moogs

Hardware freaks can unite behind a new project from a synth lover who has created two models of classic Moog synthesizers in miniature LEGO form. He has done so in an attempt to convince the famous toy manufacturer to actually start producing these ‘miniMoogs’, so that kids could play around with them and be triggered to an grow an interest in synths and music. Grobie87, the brain behind the project has already mocked up two models, ‘The Model D’ and ‘Voyager Old School’ that accurately depict how he sees LEGO creating the miniature Moogs. He further explains some of the reasons we should all ... Read more

Teenage Engineering Makes Portable Production An Inexpensive Reality

Sweden’s Teenage Engineering, the company best known for its popular and versatile OP-1 synthesizer, has recently unveiled a new line of three new synths dubbed Pocket Operator. To the contrary of their popular yet pricey OP-1 ($849), these tiny, easily transportable instruments will only cost 69 Euro, easily making them a production steal. Made in conjunction with cult clothing designer Cheap Monday (who offer an array of customisable accessories for the device) Each of the three Pocket Operator models literally leaves little to the imagination, with components and circuit board exposed. The PO-12 drum machine, PO-14 bass synth, and PO-16 lead-synth all feature ... Read more