Tag: synthesizer

This Tiny TS Synthesizer Is The Size of A Credit Card

Step it up Roland, competition is in town! Who needs a smartphone app to be able to make music on the go, when you can take carry around a syntheziser in your pocket? No seriously this awesomely cute synthesiser is so small you’ll probably lose it in the back of your sofa. Tiny TS with a 1-octave keyboard, that fits into your wallet, is an absolute must have for anyone from a proper synth-head to that about-to-get-his-break-through composer! It’s entirely open sourced and, just like your dream girlfriend’s bust x waist, goes by the measures of 100 x 65, just in millimetres. But what is best, ... Read more

Hans Zimmer Teaches Film Scoring

Hollywoods film scoring king, Hans Zimmer, will be sharing his knowledge in online course. In his Masterclass, the Academy Award Winner, will be sharing his approach to creating “sounds from nothing, composes compelling character themes, and scores a movie before ever seeing it” – offers the class description. Hans Zimmer can be regarded as the producer that truly establsihed the use of synthesizers in film. The prolific producer has created film scored for over 150 films, and has made impecable film scored for The Rain Man, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar. Considering that as a child he was attaching ... Read more

You Can Play This Futuristic VR Synth With Your Own Hands

Last year, Amsterdam based creative coder Sander Sneek released Soundscape VR; a synthesizer that lives within the virtual reality environment. Now, with new technology Oculus Rift CV1 and the Leap Motion Orion Hand Tracker, integrating their own virtual reality capabilities, users are able to play the synthesizer with their hands while in VR. Though still a work in progress, based on the video below, Sneek’s hand tracking capabilities seem to be on the right path. So far, Soundscape allows users to add musical notes on huge virtual screens, change effects and influence the characteristics of one of three instruments. You ... Read more

Play Any Instrument In 3D With A Single Device

Samplers, effects and Midi Sequencers have been staples of electronic music production for years, but tapping is far from “playing”. PULSE, is a new hardware controller, who’s versatility may make it the future of music production and, most importantly, PLAYING. Lauched on Kickstarer last week, and debuted at Abbey Road studios Red Program, PULSE is a circular play surface that uses a number of sensors to let you interact with it many ways: bang it like a drum, play it like a synthesizer, or even float your hand over it like a theremin. PULSE even recognizes the type of drumstick ... Read more

Moog Unveils Its First Tabletop Semi-Modular Synthesizer

Moog, the iconic synthesizer with half a century of history, has unveiled a new synth that invokes its early days while also paying respect to the future of sound synthesis. Named the Mother-32, it is the companies first tabletop semi-modular synthesizer. It is an analog instrument, therefore able to add raw analog sound, sequencing and extensive interconnectivity to any electronic or modular ecosystem. Meticulously designed to provide artists with a diverse array of creative tools to inspire new music (including samples programmed by The Haxan Cloak), unique sound and endless sonic exploration, the Mother-32 will be available as a standalone unit and/or Eurorack ... Read more

Moog Music CEO Gives Full Company Ownership To Employees

“I’ve sold half the company”, is what factory employees of leading synthesizer brand Moog were told by CEO Michael Adams last week. For a staff known to be one of the most loyal across industries, this came as quite a shock. A sigh of relief followed when Adams continued “I sold it to you”, thereby officially announcing Moog Music, which was founded in 1953 by Robert Moog, to become an employee-owned business. Company staff will immediately own 49% of Moog Music, Adams explained, while the other 51% will be granted to Moog employees in the following six years. The New ... Read more

Make Music In Your Browser With Google Chrome Midi

As apps move further and further into the cloud, Google sees it as the next frontier for music production. With the latest Google Chrome update, MIDI support is now offered through the browser.  This update will allow anyone with a MIDI controller, to turn a website into a virtual instrument.  The update allows Google Chrome to scan for a MIDI device connected to a user’s computer and use that information to playback notes on a web-based synth. If you want to try out the feature now, then Web Audio MIDI Synthesizer (loosely based on the Moog Prodigy) is a good place to start. Find ... Read more