MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

SSM Chip Production to Return as SSI Chips under Sound Semiconductor


We have some huge news in. Most of you might be experiencing a slight state of adrenalin induced shock right about now; I admit, much like myself when I read the press release that follows further below. If you have been following synths over the years, and are familiar with CEM vs. SSM chips like me, you know how big this is. For those of you not familiar with SSM, to say they made chips responsible for the sonic character of some of the most revered classic vintage synths out there, would be an understatement. SSM and CEM were the two top manufacturers for chips used in many of the classic vintage synthesizers you have come to love. CEM stood for Curtis Electromusic Specialties and is now Curtis Electromusic, run by the family of the late Doug Curtis. SSM stood for Solid State Music under Solid State Micro Technology for Music founded by Dan Parks. Dan Parks is back, under the helm of Sound Semiconductor, and they will be reproducing new chips. For a full list of what chips were used in various vintage synths, see this Wikipedia article, but I'll just mention a few that used SSM: the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Rev 1 & 2 (which some say sound warmer than the CEM based Rev 3s), the Fairlight CMI II and IIx, the PPG Wave 2.2 and 2.3, the Octave Voyetra 8 and Cat SRM, the KORG Mono/Poly and Polysix, E-Mu's Drumulator, SP-12, SP-1200, Emulator 1 & II, and Emax, the Buchla 296 Programmable Spectral Processor, the Aeries System 300 modular, and more.

The following is the official press release from Sound Semiconductor:
[note the Dave Rossum mentioned below is, of course, Dave Rossum formally of e-Mu, and now of Rossum Electro-Music]



"NEW SEMICONDUCTOR VENTURE FOCUSES ON ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND AUDIO

First Product is Voltage Controlled Filter for Analog Synthesizers

April 20, 2017 - Sound Semiconductor today announced its formation and first product for analog synthesizers.

Headed by Dan Parks, CEO of 80's chipmaker SSM and former Audio Products Director at Analog Devices and National Semiconductor, Sound Semiconductor will focus on high performance IC's for electronic musical instruments and professional audio equipment. The development team includes previous SSM IC designers; all passionate about music and audio.

Sound's first product is the SSI2144 Four Pole Voltage Controlled Filter, an improved re-issue of the SSM2044 that many believe to be the best sounding synthesizer filter chip ever produced. Developed by original SSM2044 designer Dave Rossum - known for his many electronic music contributions - the SSI2144 utilizes modern process technology for high reliability and low cost. Improvements include lower noise and control feedthrough, better performance of the resonance control circuit, and pin connections optimized for PCB layout. Preservation of the SSM2044's coveted sonic characteristics - a key project requirement - were achieved.

The SSI2144 is now available in sample quantities to interested OEM's, with production quantities in stock by late Spring. The device is offered in a 16-lead Shrink Small Outline Package (SSOP).

Pricing of the SSI2144 is $1.60 at 1000-pieces. Sound Semiconductor intends serve the hobby and enthusiast community through resellers for small volume sales and evaluation boards.

'It's exciting to see the renaissance of analog synthesis,' stated Dan Parks, President of Sound Semiconductor. 'When the idea hit to develop new ICs for this market, it was gratifying to have so much interest from my former colleagues to get involved in this effort.'

A second product is in layout design, with first samples expected by Summer. More information on that product will be forthcoming at a later time.

Sound Semiconductor is composed of musicians and technologists with the goal of developing affordable, high-performance integrated circuits for the electronic music and professional audio markets. For more information, please visit www.soundsemiconductor.com."

Roland Jupiter 8 w/ JL Cooper Memory Expansion Mod


Published on Apr 20, 2017


via this auction

"ROLAND Jupiter 8 12-bit Vintage analog synthesizer in very good playable condition. It sounds INCREDIBLE!
Cosmetically very nice with only a few scratches from normal use. Serial 171xxx
A couple of the pots are a bit scratchy sounding when adjusted. I would recommend a general servicing as it has not been serviced in a while.
Rare JLCooper "PATCH 120" three bank memory expansion installed and it works! USA voltage.
DCB connector was installed after original purchase and is untested
Flight case included. Pelican "top-load" flight case included"

M-Audio "Venus" : a New Side to the M-Audio Venom Synthesizer


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Cloudwalk Music

"I am sharing these sounds and more for free, in a bank of 33 single presets for the M-Audio Venom. You can download the SQB file at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/87nu1o16x6...

I wanted to make this demo to show off the versatility of the M-Audio Venom. Most fans are familiar with it's edgy, gritty, dance and industrial sounds. These are great sounds themselves and really set the Venom apart as a unique sounding instrument, but I wanted to show that the Venom is capable of much more versatility, like beefy vintage synth sounds, colorful digital sounds, softer sides like pads, and even electric pianos.

I decided to share these presets since the M-Audio Venom has a very small sound library. Venom users deserve more sounds!"

Ninstrument Transitions to Million Machine March w/ Eurorack Converted MoogerFoogers


Ninstrument wrote in to let us know they are transitioning beyond chiptune oriented products and will be doing so under a new moniker as Million Machine March. In the same spirit as their Ninstrument conversions of classic gear into the eurorack format, their first products will be converting MoogerFooger's to the format. Via Million Machine March:

"I was really hoping that Moog would have been putting out more eurorack modules in this last year. Maybe this will inspire them! Here I am converting over their MoogerFooger guitar pedals to eurorack. Since Moog has picked a eurorack aesthetic, with the Mother 32 module, it was a ‘no brainer’ to make these follow suit. I am working on the rest of them so stay tuned for more!"

Pictured: The MF-101 Lowpass Filter, MF-102 Ring Modulation, and MF-103 12 Stage Phaser.

Superbooth 2017 - HyperWalkThrough via Thonk


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Thonk Synth DIY

http://www.thonk.co.uk/

Novation Circuit Mono Station and Novation Peak jam


Published on Apr 20, 2017 -CALC-

"Here's a little Novation Peak, Circuit, Circuit Mono Station and 0-Coast jam. Of course my beloved LepLoop is in there too. To be honest I think this is a pure Power Combo.

Everything is clocked from Circuit's MIDI out
Drums are from Circuit,
Peak is triggered by Circuit's track one,
Circuit Mono Station is triggering the 0-Coast too.
Leppy is leppy and is one of the best friends you can have :o)

It's early days for Peak and Mono Station but I figured I'd share a little pre-SuperBooth preparation jam. Rest assured there will be more to come.

At last I can break the silence start to talk about these quite special musical instruments! They are quite special!

Hope you like it."

Novation Circuit Mono Station Test Drive


Published on Apr 20, 2017 -CALC-

"A short test drive of the all new Circuit Mono Station..... It's INCREDIBLE!
Two Oscillators ties to 2 mono sequencers independent pitch control in Paraphonic mode (they share the same filter and amp)
True Analogue (yes that's how I spell Analogue....) sound with 4 oscillator types, ring mod, noise and Sub Oscillator. Modulate-able PWM of course!
Heat up your tracks by processing external audio through the filter and distortions via audio input... turn up that heat by sequencing the filter, modulations and distortions.
CV/Gate and additional Aux CV (- modulation matrix and mod sequence destination) for sequencing and controlling your external CV gear
Full MIDI sequencing with MIDI in/out and THRU :o)

IT'S A BEAST!
-CALC-"

Novation Peak & Circuit Mono Station @ Superbooth 2017


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Bedroom Producers Blog

"Novation has released two new synthesizers, Novation Peak and Circuit Mono Station, at Superbooth 2017."

Elektron Digitakt @ Superbooth 2017


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Bedroom Producers Blog

"An epic Elektron Digitakt performance at Superbooth 2017.'

Digitakt Demo Superbooth 17


Published on Apr 20, 2017 cuckoomusic

"Cenk of Elektron had some time to show me the new Digitakt sampler/ drum machine. We went on for a while, but I think important aspects surfaced, so let's keep it long! I decided to label all button presses in the first half of the video, to give you some more insight of how Cenk is manoeuvring the Digitakt. He can be pretty fast sometimes 😆
In the end, there's also a closeup little performance, where we can see it up close."

Superbooth 2017: Introducing Doepfer New Modules and the Performance Mixer


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing Doepfer New Modules and the Performance Mixer

LET'S CONNECT!
AnalogueZone ► http://www.analoguezone.com"

See this post for a list of the new modules.

Superbooth 2017: Exploring Rossum Electro Assimil8or Main Functions with Dave Rossum


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Exploring Rossum Electro Assimil8or Main Functions with Dave Rossum

LET'S CONNECT!
AnalogueZone ► http://www.analoguezone.com"

Superbooth 2017: Introducing 4ms Company Performance Recorder and Spherical Wavetable Navigator


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing 4ms Company Performance Recorder and
Spherical Wavetable Navigator

LET'S CONNECT!
AnalogueZone ► http://www.analoguezone.com"

Superbooth 2017: Introducing XOR Electronics Nerd Seq Hybrid Tracker Sequencer Eurorack Module


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing XOR Electronics Nerd Seq Hybrid Tracker Sequencer Eurorack Module

LET'S CONNECT!
AnalogueZone ► http://www.analoguezone.com"

You can find some more info on NerdSynth label below. I created a new XOR Electronics label for these moving forward.

Superbooth 2017: Introducing Winter Modular Eloquencer


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Winter Modular Eloquencer 500EUR Shipping now

LET'S CONNECT!
AnalogueZone ► http://www.analoguezone.com"

Superbooth 2017: eowave Quantrid Swarm Synth


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Ask.Audio

"The Quandrantid Swarm is a versatile, unique instrument for sound designers and musicians looking to explore exquisite and unfamiliar timbres that range from subtle to outrageous, nebulous to shimmering. It is comprised of a digital synthesizer voice with a percussive element, 2 pole analog filter, 8 waveforms for modulation, and a spring reverb. The 8 touch keys can be used as a mono keyboard, polyphonic keyboard or an 8 step sequencer. The QS interfaces with other instruments via MIDI, and CV/Trig inputs."

Superbooth 2017: Bastl Thyme Machine


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Ask.Audio

"Bastl Instruments demo their awesome effects processor at Superbooth 2017."

DADA MACHINES // the automat toolkit // Superbooth17


Published on Apr 20, 2017 LESINDES

"Electro acoustic DADA MACHINES the automat toolkit at Superbooth17"

KOMA ELEKTRONIK // Electro Acoustic Wonder Box // Superbooth17


Published on Apr 20, 2017 LESINDES

"Superbooth17 showing KOMA ELEKTRONIK // Electro Acoustic Wonder Box"

Sequence on Two Moog Sub 37s


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Resonant Anvil

"64-step (including rests) one and two note sequence running on the lower Sub 37, tracked through MIDI by the upper. Main changes are between saved patches on the upper. No presets used."

Moog Voyager Formant by OSC 3 to Filter cv in'


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Ebotronix

"Moog Voyager, VX 351, CP 251
Maestro Ringmodulator Voyager Insert
carrier by Voyager headphone out
Lexicon PCM 80/90
Roland EF 303 (harmonic minor)
mackie the mixer²
30/16 drums by Voyager
vid # 1726"

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Keyboard Synthesizer w/ MIDI


via this auction

"This has been completely gone through by an SCI tech and given a full clean bill of health. It has a factory midi retrofit installed. Therefore it has automatically become a revision 3.4 for those of you who find that information noteworthy."

"Spacedrum" analog synth jam


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Ludwig Kopp

"A jam with a taste like the synare synth drum (kind of reminds me of those 70ies ones)

Gear:
Akai Rhythm Wolf
Dreadbox Erebus with its internal lofi delay
Korg SQ1 sequencer

No external FX or processing.

Thanks for checking this out."

Further Explorations on the Make Noise Morphagene with the 4MS SMR & DLD


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Genshi Media Group

"This video delves into Experimental Microsound Soundscapes using Granular Processing. If this is not your thing, simply move along...
Patch Notes:

The pretty ambient beginning and end of the video are the 4MS Spectral Multiband Resonator into the 4MS Dual Looping Delay.

The part in between is the Make Noise Morphagene recording and processing original sci-fi horror 'Film Scores' that I created which are playing off of my two Radio Music modules.

Everything is going into and being further processed by Mutable Instruments Clouds. Modulation provided by Make Noise Richter Wogglebug and the Xaoc Devices Batumi Quad LFO.

Lighting by Philips HUE."

An Interview with Barry Schrader Question 6E: Monkey King (2005-2007)


Click here for the next installment of my interview with Barry Schrader. This one covers Monkey King (2005-2007), featuring the Yamaha TX816 and several computer applications, particularly FM8. As I'm finding with all of Barry Schrader's compositions, this one has a great story to go along with it. Once there, it is recommended that you start each video before reading each corresponding section. You can then read along as each part plays.

Also remember to scroll up for previous sections of the overall interview once there, if you haven't read them already, or come back to this post and click here to get to the top. There some incredible bits of synth history here. It's not often we get to follow the story of an artist that was not only there at the birth of it all, but one who continues to embrace new synthesis technology with a focus on making music, throughout the years. Don't miss this. Bookmark it for later if you have to.

Arp Axxe


Published on Apr 20, 2017 SyntheticMachines

"Here is the latest video: the Arp Axxe, which coincides with the openig of the Superbooth 17 in Berlin. ;-)
As always: multitrack recording + FX
The Axxe is the version with the moog filter inside"

Make Noise Morphagene basic demo, recording, slicing, noising, superbooth


Published on Apr 20, 2017 DavidH

Synth bunny!

#superbooth #hyperbooth #megabooth
00:00 recording
00:26 bunnying (his name's Fuji san)
01:00 playing, slicing
01:50 sliding, shifting slices
02:36 morphing
03:40 gene-(re)sizing
04:18 varying-speed
05:32 sequencing
06:25 cool sequence running
07:38 patch removing (to much)
07:47 sound is back
08:00 overdubbing
08:30 dark tones
09:20 don't know what I'm doing

Sequential Prophet-6 Presets 400-449


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Pure Ambient Drone

Update: Looks like this one was pulled. I'll let you all know if it goes back up.
Update2: re-posted here.

"Sequential Circuits Prophet 6 Synthesizer Patches, Sounds and Presets 400-449.

Part 7 of me playing the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 6 module with no external effects. Played notes up and down to give an idea of what each patch sounds like."

All parts here.

New Paperface Serge Re-issues from 73-75



via 73-75.com

"With the permission of Serge Tcherepnin we are relaunching the fabled paper face modular system from 1973. All functions and appearances remains the same as it did 44 years ago, staying true to the origin of Serge Modular Music Systems. The panel graphics has been carefully reproduced with all it’s amazing hieroglyphic properties. The old adhesive paper has been replaced by silkscreen print: the only improvement we’re willing to make. Even though the circuits are 40+ years old they still function and integrate perfectly with modern electronic music systems. Standard control voltages between 0-5V and triggers and gates within the same range, a remarkable feature given the evolution of electronics. A big plus with the Serge Modular Music System has always been it’s use of banana jacks and keeping both audio and control voltages at the same level, making it possible to interchange the different signals seamlessly. A slew generator can be both an LFO, a low pass filter and an oscillator and more thanks to this.

This fall we’re launching two sets of panels, followed by a third panel at the beginning next year. Panels are all mounted on a sleek aluminum chassi with internal PSU."


Voice

VCO, VCO, TWS, VCF, VCA, VCA, RING, ENV, ADP


Two oscillators, a wave shaper, filter and two voltage controlled amplifiers. It also includes a ring modulator and a very clever envelope generator. Rounding of with an adapter, making it possible to convert between banana jacks and 3.5mm.

Release date: Q3/Q4 2017
Target price: 9995 SEK (Incl VAT)


Control

NOI, POS, NEG, COM, PRC, SSG

Noise source for white, pink and a dirty saw, plus sample and hold. Positive and Negative slew, the fore runners of the Dual Universal Slope generators, can be everything from processors to oscillators. A Triple Comparator followed by the necessary Dual Processor. And last but not least a Smooth & Stepped function generator, the multi dimensional tool for your everyday patches.

Release date: Q3/Q4 2017
Target price: 9995 SEK (Incl VAT)

Preset

SEQ, PRG, TBS

A modular sequencer. Patch the sequencer to the programmer for a classic sequencer action or trigger it manually for presets. The Bi-directional router supports as a sequential switch, pulse divider, source selector etc. the possibilities are endless! A simplistic yet complex selection of modules.

Release date: Q1 2018
Target price: 8995 SEK (Incl VAT)

Homebuilt

VCO, TWS, P&T, COM, PRC, RING, GATE, PRVB
POS, NEG, ENV, ENV, ENV, ADP

A creative system that can hold its own or complement any future investments!

Release ~June 2017
Price 4500 SEK (Incl VAT)

Novation Peak Overview Videos


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Synthtopia

"Novation has introduced a new 8-voice polyphonic hybrid synthesizer, the Peak.

In this set of videos, Novation's Enrique Martinez gives us an in-depth look at the new synth."

Playlist:
1. Novation Peak Synthesizer Part 1: Overview & Architecture
2. Novation Peak Synthesizer Part 2: Modulation, Effects & More
3. Novation Peak Synthesizer Part 3: Arpeggiator, Connectivity & More

New Kilpatrick Audio TUNGSTEN Revealed at SUPERBOOTH17


"Introducing TUNGSTEN: Performance. Anywhere."

Details to follow...

I/O include: Phones, Line In, Mic In, USB, MIDI IN/OUT, USB.  No line out?

New Yamaha MX88 Synthesizers Press Release


The official press release including price has been added to the main announcement post here.

See here for additional posts featuring videos of the new MX88.

Superbooth 2017 - Venue Walkthrough


Published on Apr 20, 2017 DivKidVideo

"WATCH OUT FOR THE VACTROL JUICE!

The modular podcast trio are in Berlin! We headed into the FEZ on set up day (hence some empty stands etc) for Superbooth 2017. Camera in hand here's a look at some of the stands, the venue, meeting a few people and a glance at some of the new gear."

Superbooth 2017: Sherman Filterbank In New Form


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

"Sherman's legendary Filterbank gets a makeover - new case to make it more portable."

Superbooth 2017: What The Founders of Synton are up to?


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

"From the founders of Synton, Syntonovo are developing both a new synthesizer, and a new keyboard with X/Y/Z exprtession."

Superbooth 2017: Jomox AlphaBase - Their Best Drum machine yet


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

"Jomox show us the AlphaBase - their ultimate drum machine, available soon, around $1699"

Superbooth 2017: MFB Dominion Club and Nanozwerk Eurorack


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

New MFB Dominion Club desktop synth and Nanozwerk Pro eurorack module.

Superbooth 2017: First Look Patchblocks minijam studio


Published on Apr 20, 2017 SYNTH ANATOMY

"Sebastian from Patchblocks showed me in the Superbooth cafe the new minijam studio. First look and a short audio demo."

Superbooth 2017: Twisted Electrons Therapsid Synth & Crazy 8 Sequencer


Published on Apr 20, 2017 SYNTH ANATOMY

"Twisted Electrons announced at Superbooth 2017 the Therapsid Synth MK2, a new Synthesizer on SID chips and the Crazy 8, a new 8 track hybrid analog/ Midi step sequencer"

Novation Supernova 2 Pro 36 Voice Keyboard Blue SN 10064


via this auction

Roland TR-8 with 7X7 expansion and 606 update


via this auction

"Great shape! Some minimal signs of use, but not abuse. Works great, no issues. Original PSU and box. 7X7 expansion with 606 update."

Remember, if you support the site you can submit your auction items for posts as well.

Roland Vintage System-100 Full set. 101.102.103.104.109 Perfect Working / no.2


via this auction

Full set no.1 posted here.

Korg SQ-10 Vintage Analog Sequencer SN 15542


via this auction

ROLAND SH101 SYNTHESIZER, WITH MOD GRIP AND STRAP


via this auction

Vintage Roland SH-101 synthesizer with mod-grip


via this auction

"Vintage Roland sh-101 with mod grip. Great / near mint condition. Very clean overall. Clean battery compartment. Recent professional service checkup and calibration. Fantastic player."

Look Mum No Computer Synth Bike Tour


Published on Apr 20, 2017 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"Take a closer look at the Synth Bike. Shot with red bull music, an intro to the Synth Bike for the SYNTH"

http://www.matrixsynth.com/search/label/synth%20bikes

"SLOW MOVES" Series N°2


Published on Apr 20, 2017 fran vives

Moog Sub 37.

"Series n°2 RHODES

Song produced on the basis of a jam. All instruments played, composed and mixed by Fran Vives. Only harmony preparation before playing.


"The best way to compose and produce a song for me, is based on a Jam. Quick and without giving so many laps heard"


I will be uploading every month a song composed based on a jam with a different main instrument where I will set the production of the song.

ENJOY !!"

Arturia Announces the Step Black Edition


"Arturia are set to release a limited number of “Black Edition” KeyStep, BeatStep, and BeatStep Pro sequencer-controllers.

Known and loved throughout the industry, Arturia’s trio of DAW controlling, step-sequencing hybrids are now available in a sleek black finish. Offering something for every musician, the Step range synchronizes the analog and digital worlds, letting musicians control hardware instruments, outboard modules, virtual instruments, and recording software simultaneously.

Each of the new Black Edition models comes complete with CV cables, giving you immediate access to the sequencer’s hardware control functionality.

Superbooth 2017: Circuit Mono Station More Details


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

Superbooth 2017: 4ms SWN - 6 Oscillator Wavetable Madness


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

Superbooth 2017: Rossum Electro-Music Assimil8or - We Finally Hear What It Can Do!


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

Superbooth 2017: Floor Walk Day 1


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

"Come and take a look around the show floor with us."

Update:

Superbooth 2017: Day 2 Floor Walk

Published on Apr 21, 2017 sonicstate

Superbooth 2017: Yamaha MX88 Motif Engine Light


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

"With 88 Keys, we have a full graded piano action, but at a 13.9KG weight and with 128 voices of Motif"

Kick.S Live / X1134 (ACID)


Published on Apr 20, 2017 Kick.S

/// Equipment ////
Korg electribe SX
xOxbOx xOx-heart
xOxbOx 2VCO
acidlab Miami
MIDIMINI
Strymon BigSky
Strymon TimeLine
MixWizard

Superbooth 2017: A Prophet 5 from U-he (REPRO-5) & Zebra 2.8 Update


Published on Apr 20, 2017 SYNTH ANATOMY

Update: one more from Sonicstate

Superbooth 2017: U-he Repro5

Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

"Urs Heckmann takes us through the new Repro5 - based on the classic Prophet 5 poly."

Volca FM - Interstellar


Published on Apr 20, 2017 RemixSample

"3 voices of simulated pipe organs on the Volca FM doing it's best to play music from Interstellar. Some notes are a bit off because I'm not perfect. Effects used are same as usual, Valhalla Shimmer. Also used the built in chorus."

Superbooth 2017: Pittsburgh Modular Double Helix Oscillator In Depth


Published on Apr 20, 2017 sonicstate

Yamaha Introduces MX Series w/ FM Essential iOS App Integration for MX BK/BU Series


Published on Jul 21, 2016 Yamaha Corporation

iTunes: FM Essential - US - Yamaha Corporation of America

"With your MX49 BK/BU/WH or MX61 BK/BU/WH connected to the iPhone or iPad, you can use all internal voices and also store them."

Note the MX88 is new.

Playlist:
Yamaha Music Synthesizer MX BK/BU Series Official Movie
FM Essential Introduction
iOS Application FM Essential Voice demo
Introducing the MX88 music synthesizer
Yamaha MX88 with FM Essential Artist Interview

Update: one more not yet in the playlist:

How to unlock the YAMAHA FM Essential iOS app

Published on Apr 20, 2017 Yamaha Corporation

Update: And the official press release:


"Yamaha Expands MX Series with 88-Key, Weighted-Action MX88, Combining Synth Features and Real Piano Feel

BUENA PARK, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Yamaha today announced the MX88, the latest addition to its popular MX line of synthesizers for stage and studio.

Equipped with 88 weighted keys, the MX88 represents the logical extension of the MX line, known for its high-quality instrument and synth sounds, deep computer and iOS integration, and with this introduction, a full-size keyboard featuring realistic piano action.

Connection to both Windows and Mac computers is a breeze, thanks to a class-compliant, bi-directional USB audio/MIDI interface. Players can record the keyboard’s superb internal sounds into a computer-based DAW and monitor the computer’s output through the keyboard’s ¼" audio outputs or headphone jack.

The comprehensive sound collection of the MX88 is based on the legendary Yamaha Motif sound engine, and contains everything from synthesizer leads, pads and more to authentic acoustic instrument sounds. The realistic Concert Grand Piano sound has been optimized for the MX88 keyboard to provide the highest level of expression.

'The MX88 will appeal to players who need the touch and feel of a real piano with 88 weighted-action keys,' said Nate Tschetter, product marketing manager, Music Production, Yamaha Corporation of America. 'Now, any keyboardist can take advantage of the computer and iOS integration and superb Motif sound that distinguish the MX line in the market. And like the MX49/61 BK/BU, MX88 unlocks FM Essential – a free FM synthesizer iOS app. This provides the great sounds inside MX88 along with the pure FM synthesis Yamaha made famous.'

Other key features on the MX88 include:

A full selection of VCM effects
Easy Split/Layer Performance Mode
16-part Multi timbral operation and 128-note polyphony
Extensive hands-on control for VSTs and DAWs
A software bundle that includes Steinberg Cubase AI
Between its comprehensive design, 88-key weighted-action keyboard and affordable price, the MX88 will appeal not only to professional musicians, but also to the educational and worship markets.

Pricing and Availability

The MX88 will be available at authorized Yamaha piano retailers starting April 20, 2017, with an MSRP of $1,299.00

For further information, visit http://4wrd.it/YAMAHAMX88"
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