Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue To Digital (And Back)

Velocity Press has published Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back), a new book the they say ‘celebrates the impact of synths on music and culture.’ It’s written by Oli Freke, a London-based musician, artist and author who has had a life-long passion for analogue synthesizers and electronic music. Description: From acid house to prog-rock, there is... Continue Reading →

Synapse Audio Obsession Synth Inspired By Classic Oberheim Sound Synapse Audio Software has introduced Obsession, a new software synth that’s inspired by the classic Oberheim OB-Xa. Features: Emulation of a classic analog polyphonic synth Two part engine with 8 or 16 voice boards Precise control of many sound parameters per voice board Single, Dual and Split modes Stepped LFO modes with freehand drawing High-quality effect block... Continue Reading →

Arturia iSpark For iPad Now A Free Download Arturia has made iSpark for iPad, a software drum machine, available now as a free download. iSpark lets you build custom sounds – using samples, synthesis and physical modeling – and then create custom drum patterns on the fly. Features: Multiple sound engines: TAE analog synthesis, physical modeling, and multi-layered samples 640 Instruments / 40 kits Classic drum... Continue Reading →

MIDI 2.0 Specs Now Available for Download

The MIDI Association has announced that complete specifications for the MIDI 2.0 update are now available to the public. The original MIDI spec, introduced in 1983, consisted of a transmitter talking to a receiver. The MIDI 2.0 specification now enables two-way communication between MIDI devices. This allows for features like automatic setup, based on one device querying another,... Continue Reading →

Sequential Prophet X Gets New Features, Sound Libraries & More

Sequential today announced updates for the Prophet X line of flagship hybrid samples+synthesis keyboards, including: a new OS;two full-featured third-party sample editing applications; andseveral new add-on sample libraries. Prophet X OS v2.2 adds several user-requested features, including 24 additional User Sample Groups, support for crossfades on forward-backward loops, and the capability to modulate between tempo-synced LFO values. The new OS... Continue Reading →

Moog 16 Channel Vocoder Back In Production

Moog Music today announced that it is returning its 16 Channel Vocoder to production: The Moog Factory in Asheville, NC has resumed production of the highly sought-after Moog 16 Channel Vocoder, an instrument which continuously analyzes the timbral characteristics of one sound (Program) and impresses these timbral characteristics upon a second signal (Carrier). Originally introduced in 1978, and... Continue Reading →

Free Vocoder Based On Vintage Korg VC-10

Full Bucket Music has introduced Full Bucket Vocoder (FBVC), a software plug-in for Windows (VST) and macOS (VST/AU), based on the Korg VC-10 Vocoder from 1978. Features: 20 band full stereo vocoder 64 voice polyphonic built-in Tone Generator section Accent Bending and Vibrato effects Optional WAV file playback Fully tweakable Analysis/Synthesis section Tweakable Ensemble effect Double precision audio processing All... Continue Reading →

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