MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Birdkids Triple VCO and 1 U Control Bus


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New Birdkids Triple VCO and 1 U Control Bus

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

A Few NAMM Pics & Comments in via Atomic Shadow Including the New VOX!


These in via Atomic Shadow

"The Vox keyboard is styled after the classic Continental combo organ. It has CX3 and Farfisa models as well as the classic Vox. It also has piano, clavs, Trons, and staple synth sounds. So it's in the same ball park as the Hammond SK-1 or the Roland thing.

The OB6 sounds fabulous! I am really impressed with the musicality of this thing. While I was there who wandered in but Tom Oberheim himself. I stepped back and fumbled with my phone but caught the moment. It was as if two unicorns had wandered in to a clearing. How often do you see something like this?

The Arturia Matrix Brute is a 3 oscillator mono synth with a Steiner filter and a classic ladder filter. The push button matrix is similar to a VCS3 pin matrix for connection modulation sources and destinations. Has CV options on the back. Again, this thing sounds incredible! The other photo is from a panel discussion about the future of synthesis. Check the roster! There was enough brain power on that stage that they could build an atomic bomb from items found in the room! Axel Hartman was in the audience."

[NAMM] Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 NAMM Floor Video with Dave Smith & Tom Oberheim


You'll find a new video with both Tom Oberhiem and Dave Smith added to the main post here.


NAMM 2016: Yamaha Montage NAMM Floor Video


Video added to the main post here.

"..up to 10x the power of the Motif"

NAMM 2016 Modal Electronics Eurorack Modules NAMM Floor Video


Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"Polysynth makers enter the Eurorack market with oscillators and filters from the 002 and 008 as modules."

Pics here.

Volca Beats meets Synthesizers.com


Published on Jan 21, 2016 SynthMania

"Just some fun Thursday evening sequencing, testing out how the Volca series synchronizes to a Synthesizers.com modular synth."

New DSI / Tom Oberheim - OB6 - Patch Demonstration by Daniel Davis


2nd demo video by Daniel Davis added to the bottom of the main OB-6 post here.

KORG's Tatsuya Takahashi Shows Off The New KORG Volca FM


Two new NAMM floor videos added to the main KORG Volca FM post here.

NAMM 2016: Rossum Electro-Music - Evolution, Control Forge, Morpheus


New NAMM floor video added here.

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Endorphin es Shuttle Mate and Porta Nuova Eurorack Module


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New Endorphin es Shuttle Mate and Porta Nuova Eurorack Module

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/

Shuttle Mate approx. 100 EUR Spring 2016
Porta Nuova approx. 150-200 EUR Spring 2016"

NAMM2016 Introducing the Mordax DATA Eurorack Module


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

OK, that's something new. It was one thing to see an individual module, but seeing them lined up like that... That is pretty cool.

"NAMM2016 Introducing the Mordax DATA Eurorack Module

Available 2016 March at
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

Quick Session: Analog Rytm + DSI Tetra + Volca Bass


Published on Jan 21, 2016 my4trackmachine

"A session where everything goes wrong. Batteries died both in my volca bass and my sequencer. Oh well."

It still works for me. A quick interlude between NAMM posts.

NAMM2016 Introducing the Buchla 260e Oscillator & 218 Stand Alone Keyboard


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the Buchla 260e Oscillator

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

Rob Papen Introduces New Prisma Plugin


via Synth Anatomy

"Making its début at the 2016 NAMM show, Prisma can stack up to four Rob Papen instruments, complete with their respective settings, as a single sound source. Each instrument can be opened individually and easily edited plus Prisma’s built-in features such as four top quality FX allow users to bypass the individual instruments’ effects to save on CPU – making it even faster to produce fresh and unique sounds.

Other smart features include individual velocity or keyboard range split layers which allows the user to creatively combine two instruments at once.

Imagine a Prisma preset with a dreamy pad from Blue II, together with an arpeggiated sound from Predator, a wild wobbulating effect from Blade and a groove from Punch…

Prisma is packed with a range of professionally-programmed presets, including stacks that only use instances of the same software instrument in case the user only owns one Rob Papen product.

Prisma will be completely free for registered Rob Papen users."

Update: and the press release:

Rob Papen proffers PRISMA plug-in to stack its software instruments as a ‘single’ sound source... for free!
ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer Rob Papen Soundware is proud to announce the upcoming release of PRISMA, a useful utility plug-in for Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10) that allows any Rob Papen plug-in owner to stack several software instruments — including instances of the same plug- in or otherwise — as a ‘single’ sound source, scheduled for release towards the end of March 2016...

Who better to make the formal introductions, then, than the company’s namesake Managing Director, Rob Papen, professional sound designer and resident Rob Papen progressive product ‘dreamer’ par excellence: “PRISMA provides the Rob Papen ‘sound garden’ with ways of providing terrific tone colours by combining these into a single ‘prismatic’ sound source,” he starts, somewhat poetically. “Powerfully, PRISMA stores those stacked software instruments and all their respective settings as a single preset. Of course, there’s a whole lot more to this than might first meet the eye since users can open each single software instrument individually and easily edit and creatively combine it wonderfully with any other stacked software instruments from Rob Papen to create a whole new range of PRISMA sounds!”
Seriously smart features of note include individual VELOCITY or KEYB. RANGE (keyboard range) split layers for creative combinations. Owners of Rob Papen’s Punch — its award-winning drum synthesis/sampler software instrument with built-in grooves that can be triggered — will take delight in the fact that PRISMA perfectly adapts to that feature favourite by also allowing keyboard range selection for those grooves. Get into the groove with PRISMA by using Punch to generate background rhythms!

Creative combinations within PRISMA are almost limitless. Let’s try picturing a PRISMA preset with a pad from BLUE-II, for instance — itself excellently embodying Rob Papen’s present-day vision to devise a powerful dream synth by building upon the success of the original BLUE, a bona fide soft synth classic developed in close collaboration with RPCX (Rob Papen ConcreteFX) partner and music software developer Jon Ayres nigh on a decade ago (cleverly combining FM and subtractive synthesis with Phase Distortion and waveshaping synthesis to create self-styled ‘Crossfusion Synthesis’) and skyrocketing its innovations onwards and upwards, together with an arpeggiated sound, say, from Predator — ‘phat’ analogue-sounding soft synth with killer presets and first-class features from Rob Papen, combined with a cutting- edge sound from Blade — representing the cutting-edge of soft synth development, and adding a groove from Punch... picture perfect!

PRISMA also has four top-quality FX on board, allowing users to bypass the individual software instruments’ inbuilt effects to save on computer resources, ready for building picture perfect PRISMA sounds!

Still better, PRISMA is available for any Rob Papen user to download for free! Simply stack any already-owned Rob Papen software instruments to use (or create new) PRISMA presets using those software instruments at their disposal, even if it’s just a case of combining multiple instances of BLUE-II, Predator, or any other Rob Papen product. PRISMA, of course, comes packed with a wide range of professionally-programmed presets, including stacks that only use instances of the same software instrument... in case the user only owns one Rob Papen product.

PRISMA really comes into its own when used with eXplorer-III, The Complete Rob Papen Synth & Effect Collection, combining all of the company’s multi-award-winning Mac- and PC-compatible software instruments — including the relatively recently-released RAW soft synth specialising in ‘distorted’ sounds specifically suited to EDM (electronic dance music production) and beyond — and also all of its critically- acclaimed effects plug-ins into an attractively-priced performance and sound design dream bundle to die for. Fortunately, eXplorer-III also installs PRISMA as part of the bundle, so eXplorer-III users will no longer have to worry about installing it for themselves.

Either way, welcome to the wonderful world of PRISMA. Why wait? It’s available for free and simply sounds superb, whether using Rob Papen’s professionally-programmed PRISMA presets or creating new ones!

Rob Papen himself will be demonstrating an advanced version of PRISMA in Hall A, Booth #6825 at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California. Come check it out!

NAMM 2016 Teenage Engineering OP-z NAMM Floor Demo


New demo added to the main Teenage Engineering OP-Z post here.

AKAI AX80 Analog Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer


via this auction

NAMM 2016: New Intellijel Rainmaker & Jellysquasher Videos


New NAMM floor demo videos added to the main post here.

Stevie Wonder at the Moog Music Booth NAMM 2016


via @moogmusicinc

"#PastimeParadise: the incomparable Stevie Wonder visits the #Moog Island of Electronicus."

http://moogmusic.com

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Rossum Electro Eurorack Modules


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New Rossum Electro Eurorack Modules

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

See this post for details on the new Rossum Electro eurorack modules.

Update:

NAMM 2016: Rossum Electro-Music - Evolution, Control Forge, Morpheus

Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"Three new modules from this veteran synth designer."

New Malekko Eurorack Cases at NAMM


via @malekkoheavy

Strymon Enters the Eurorack Market with the Generalissimo Four Head dTape Echo

NAMM 2016: Strymon Generalissimo Eurorack Delay!

Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"The first euroack module from this revered pedal company."

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Strymon Generalissimo Eurorack

Published on Jan 22, 2016
"NAMM2016 Introducing the New Strymon Generalissimo Eurorack

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"



NAMM floor pic via @ctrl_mod


And the official pics & details from Strymon for the archives:

"Five modules in one.

Not only does Generalissimo allow you to create an abundance of warm, gooey, and saturated tape soundscapes, it provides a huge amount of utility and versatility, giving you the functions of five separate modules in one.
Four Head Tape Echo. Sound on Sound Looper. Spring Reverb. Clock Multiplier. Self-Oscillator.

Combining musically inspiring hands-on and voltage-controlled parameters with uncompromising sonic quality, Generalissimo will launch your modular performances into uncharted interstellar space. Generalissimo gives you the deep, luscious sounds of our Four Head dTape Echo machine, with extensive control over tape characteristics and machine health.

You also get a truly playable sound-on-sound looper with instant tape splice and loop triggering. With 1-to-1 dedicated hardware controls for all functions, CV control for multiple parameters, plus tape speed control independent of tempo, Generalissimo allows you to incorporate the warm, inviting sounds of tape into your modular rig in limitlessly creative and expressive ways.

Generalissimo provides you with a complete four-head tape echo machine, with detailed tape warmth, character, and artifacts that can be tweaked with a host of dedicated controls. Adjust the health and specs of the machine with Wow & Flutter, Record Level, and Low Cut. Change the quality of the tape with Tape Age and Crinkle. Go from a brand new machine with new tape to a worn out unit overflowing with mangled magnetics. You get individual level controls for each of the four play heads, a master feedback control, and individual feedback tap switches for switching each play head in or out of the feedback circuit.

When you’ve already traveled to the edge of the galaxy in Echo mode, Sound on Sound mode will take you far beyond. In Sound on Sound mode, the fourth head works as the Sound on Sound recording head. While you’re loop recording with the fourth head, you’ve still got an active three-head delay in front of that! With feedback active, this is a living, breathing system with a life of its own. There’s also a Sound on Sound Trigger CV input that seamlessly takes you back to loop start.

Generalissimo’s independent spring reverb allows for reverb-only operation, independent of delay playback levels. The reverb is dripping with character and voiced with inspiration taken from the darker sounds of the spring verbs found in some of the vintage tape echo machines. It pairs perfectly with the tape head echoes to provide an extra dimension of space and sound.

Generalissmo’s four heads are aligned so that the fourth head is the ‘quarter-note’ head, determined by the tapped tempo or clock input. The other heads are spaced at selectable subdivisions from equally-spaced sixteenth notes, triplet rhythm, or uneven spacing. Each head has it’s own CLOCK OUT jack, providing sub-divided clock signals determined by the selected spacing. Send a trigger to align the clock edges, or let them run free.

With the Feedback turned up, Generalissimo will easily self-oscillate, even with no input applied. The Speed knob acts as a pitch control, allowing you to use the Generalissimo as a slightly unpredictable sound source, as the speed, filtering, and frequencies present in the tape oscillation work in harmony to find the most willing harmonic content to keep the party going. Add the Reverb to this madness, and you enter into uncharted sci-fi soundscapes.

Generalissimo’s Speed knob is the fun performance tool, calibrated in a very musical and playable way so that it’s easy to hit octaves when adjusting the pitch. The Tap button sets the delay time, effectively determining the tempo by setting the tape head distance. The Tap control is entirely independent of the Speed setting, and this independence is key to the huge impact Generalissimo will have on your sound and creativity."

New Harvestman Stillson Hammer Makes its Debut at NAMM


via @ctrl_mod

NAMM2016 Introducing the New 4ms Company Dual Looping Delay Eurorack Module


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New 4ms Company Dual Looping Delay Eurorack Module

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

4ms Dual looping Delay eurorack Modular NAMM 2016

Published on Jan 22, 2016 Flux302 of Fluxwithit.com

NAMM 2015: 4ms Dual Looping Delay

Published on Jan 22, 2016 sonicstate

NAMM 2016 Dtronics Dirty Pi synthesizer ( Ploytec PL2 engine )


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Dtronicsmusic

"The Dirty pi synthesizer is a dirty mono/duo synth.
Based on the Ploytec PL2 chip, the Dirty Pi gives you full control over all the settings.

Come watch it at NAMM 2016 booth #5008 MODE MACHINES"

Dirty pi test 1

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Soulsby Oscitron Eurorack Module


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New Soulsby Oscitron Eurorack Module

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Qu Bit Eurorack Modules Chord Mixology and A 2HP Oscillator


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New Qu Bit Eurorack Modules Chord Mixology and A 2HP Oscillator

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

NAMM 2016: Qu-Bit Electronix - Chord, Mixology and Ana

Published on Jan 22, 2016 sonicstate


Pic via @ctrl_mod

"The Chord analog poly voice coming soon from @qubitelectronix #ctrlmod #namm2016 #eurorack #modularsynth"

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Verbos Eurorack Modules


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New Verbos Eurorack Modules

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

New Sequence Selector 5-stage analog sequencer & selector, Random Sampling and more.

NAMM 2016: Tiptop Audio New Cards, New Cases New Modules!


Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"New Cards, New Cases New Modules!"

New SD909 & RS909 modules. Drum machine eurorack synth systems. I spy George Mattson of Mattson Mini Modular in the background.

http://www.tiptopaudio.com

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Intellijel Jellysquasher and Rainmaker Eurorack Module


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"NAMM2016 Introducing the New @intellijel Jellysquasher and Rainmaker Eurorack Module

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

Update:

NAMM 2016: Intellijel Rainmaker 16 Tap Delay and Comb Filter

Published on Jan 21, 2016

"This thing is DEEP!!"

NAMM 2016: Intellijel Jellysquasher

Published on Jan 21, 2016

"All The Colours of the Compression Rainbow"

NAMM 2016: Pittsburg


Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

NAMM2016: Arturia Matrix Brute - What Do You Want To Know?


New NAMM floor video from Sonic State added to the bottom of the main post here.

Chroma Polaris Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer


via this auction

"Fully functional, 6 Voiced Polysynth from the 80s... Most polysynths from the 80s used DCOs but this bad boy uses 12 VCOs. 2 VCOs per voice. You can stack 6 VCOs on top of eachother to make fat basses, screaming leads, and experimental poly sounds. You can also split the keyboard in half to use half for one sound and the other half for others! This synths sequencer is also insane!"

NAMM2016: iConnectivity iConnect 2+ Audio Interface


NAMM floor video added to the main post here.

Sonic State's OB-6 NAMM Floor Video


Sonic State's NAMM floor video has been added to the main OB-6 post here.

New Arturia MatrixBrute NAMM Floor Video


See the update at the bottom of the main post here.

New Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators NAMM Floor Video


NAMM floor video added to the bottom of the main post here.

NAMM2016: Tom Oberheim Mini Sequencer & SEM Plus Eurorack


On the heels of the recently announced Marion Systems SEM*PLUS eurorack module, Tom Oberheim shows us a look at the new MINI*SEQUENCER.  16 steps, MIDI as well as CV, onboard storage, Portamento, Rachetting, and more.


Some of you might remember this post way back in June of 2015. It looks like it happened.  Marion Systems is back.  Two VCOs, LFO, VCF with variable LP, Notch, and HP modes along with a Band Pass mode.  Two envelopes and extensive patch panel & modulation.  Two AUX ins.


Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"NAMM2016: Tom Oberheim Mini Sequencer & SEM Plus Eurorack Nick talks to Tom Oberheim"

Update:

[NAMM] Marion Systems

Published on Jan 22, 2016 Audiofanzine in English

"Here's a presentation of Marion Systems' new products by Tom Oberheim."

Tom Oberheim OB 6 SEM

Published on Jan 21, 2016 musicianews

"Wow great to see Tom Oberheim and his take on the OB-6, Eurorack SEM and the world of Analog design in the 21st Century!"

Modal Electronics Goes Eurorack at NAMM


Some pics sent my way via effegee on the NAMM floor. Click each for the full size shot. You'll see what appears to be a GC YNC? MIDI module and 3 008 VCF modules in black, clearly from the Modal 008 hardware synthesizer. In white, below you'll see five modules based on the Modal 002 - two 002 NCO modules, and three 002 VCF modules.

The module on the top right is the Folktek Matter.

Teenage Engineering Introduces OP-Z Synthesizer, Sequencer, & Video Synth at NAMM


OPZ Screen Uploaded on Jan 21, 2016 Virtual Flannel

This one sent my way via @VirtualFlannel, via @SammyJams


wireless 16 track multitimbral synthesiser
with fully sequenceable parameter locks, video synthesis
and the introduction of step components.



NAMM 2016 Teenage Engineering OP-z sonicstate
Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"Holding back on all the details, we got a look at this new synth and sequencer."

NAMM 2016 Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators PO-20 Arcade, PO-24 Office, and PO-28 Robot

Published on Jan 22, 2016 Kraft Music

"Great deals on Pocket Operators at Kraft Music:
http://www.kraftmusic.com/sitesearch/...

Oscar from Teenage Engineering presents the new Pocket Operators at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show."

Moog Hosts a Desert Oasis at NAMM


Some pics in via @reverbdotcom.

How cool is that?!

Executive Roundtable: Keyboards and Virtual Instruments at NAMM


Single shot sent my way via effegee.

You should recognize a few faces including Dave Smith, Jordan Rudess, Mike Martin of Casio, Roger Linn, and Stephen Fortner of Keyboard Magazine on the far right. I recognize some of the others, but can't recall their names. If you know please comment and I'll update the post.

Update: Info and panel list via Music Starts Here:

"Where are keyboard instruments going? Is hardware in its twilight, or is it having a renaissance for live performance? Is the analog revival here to stay, or a passing fashion? What will keyboards do in the virtual world of the future? Are mobile apps and touchscreens viable for serious music production? In this panel moderated by legendary music technology thought leader Craig Anderton, top experts in keyboard and software design, product management, and media will discuss the future of the electronic musical instrument industry. Panelists include:

Craig Anderton (moderator), Executive Vice President, Gibson Brands and Editorial Director, Harmony Central.

Athan Billias, Director of Strategic Product Development, Yamaha and advisory board member, MIDI Association.

Stephen Fortner, Editor at Large, Keyboard Magazine.

Ralph Goldheim, President of U.S. Operations, Arturia.

Jimmy Landry, Head of PR and Artist Relations, Cakewalk.

Roger Linn, CEO, Roger Linn Design and inventor of the modern drum machine.

Mike Martin, General Manager of Marketing, Casio.

Jordan Rudess, Keyboardist in Dream Theater and Founder, Wizdom Music.

Dave Smith, President and Founder, Dave Smith Instruments and co-inventor of MIDI.

Topics covered will include virtual instruments, analog synths, traditional keyboards versus alternative controllers, and more. If you’re attending NAMM and into keyboards or synths, don’t miss what is sure to be one of the most thought-provoking discussions at the show.

When: Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Room 203 A/B (“The Forum”), Anaheim Convention Center

For more info visit https://www.namm.org/nammu/exec-roundtable-keyboards-and-virtual-instruments"

M-AUDIO Introduces CTRL 49 Controller


Update: I originally thought the CTRL-49 had the ability to load VSTs onboard, minus the computer, much like the MUSE Recepter, but it appears you still need the computer connected to run the VSTs.

"M-AUDIO ADDS REVOLUTIONARY VIP SOFTWARE TO ITS LEGENDARY KEYBOARDS IN GROUNDBREAKING NEW CTRL 49 CONTROLLER

Producers can now load, play and control all their virtual instrument plugins directly from the CTRL 49 keyboard, for seamless hands-on performance and perfect VI software integration.

Cumberland RI, USA (January 21, 2016)— M-Audio (m-audio.com), synonymous with innovative music production technology, today announced the introduction of their revolutionary, premier controller, the CTRL 49. The new keyboard provides advanced control of virtual instruments and DAWs via a full-color, high-resolution 4.3-inch screen. It features a 49-key semi-weighted keybed, and the directional cluster of hardware controls has been meticulously thought out for effortless operation. Producers will find the CTRL 49 to be an inspiring and intuitive experience.

The CTRL 49 is powered by the included Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software. VIP software enables users to access any VSTi virtual instrument or effect in their computer directly from the keyboard. Users can quickly filter and search through every patch in their plugin library by using the built-in tagging function, making it simple to find the sound they’re after quickly. VIP auto-maps the CTRL 49’s controls to the selected plugin, and displays the plugin parameters directly on the full-color display for a natural, familiar 1:1 workstation-style experience.

VIP software in the CTRL 49 also creates a multi directly from the keyboard. Using a multi, producers can combine up to 8 patches from 1 or more plugins, and have the option to layer, mix and pan these patches all at once. Users can even set keyboard splits and transpose individual patches within their multi. This advanced design feature means users can save all the new sounds they’ve created and easily recall them at any point.

For optimum live performance use, VIP software also creates 'setlists' that deliver fast on-demand access to virtual instruments and effects. With the press of a single button, users can switch to the next plugin they want—without ever reaching for a computer.

CTRL 49 Features:
• Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
• Screen provides 1:1 real-time feedback of plugin parameters
• Includes Virtual Instrument Player software--- load, play and control any VST or effect plugin quickly
• Mackie/HUI for DAW control
• 49-key M-Audio semi-weighted keybed
• 9 faders and 8 buttons with Mackie Control® and HUI® for seamless control of the DAW
• Performance-ready 360-degree encoders
• FX button for future VIP updates
• 4 banks of 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive drum pads with RGB illumination
• Roll mode, time division, transport, arpeggiator, and tap tempo buttons
• Functions as a standalone MIDI controller or controls your plugins and DAW simultaneously
• Includes software: Ableton Live Lite, AIR Creative Collection FX (20 World Class FX AU/VST
plugins as made famous by Pro Tools®), Vacuum Pro, Loom, Hybrid 3, Xpand!2, Velvet, Transfuser, Eighty Eight Ensemble

'The CTRL 49 is a game-changer for serious producers,' said JC Sutherland, Product Manager for M- Audio. 'Now they can access their entire virtual instrument library right from their keyboard, without ever being distracted by a computer, which makes the creative/performance process smoother than ever before. Working together, the CTRL 49 and VIP unlock your VSTs and enable them to function like actual instruments. Once you get used to this, there’s no going back.'

The M-Audio CTRL 49 has a U.S. retail price of $499

It will be available in the 2nd Quarter of 2016.

Please visit us in Hall A, Booth #6700 at Winter NAMM."

1st NAMM Floor Video of the New Tom Oberheim & Dave Smith DSI OB-6


See Update2 currently at the bottom of the main OB-6 post here. Also, don't miss the two demo videos above it if you haven't seen them yet. It sounds pretty incredible. I own an OB-Xa and it nails some of the sounds and then some.

Audulus 2 Minute Tip - 6: How to Make an Auto Wah Effect


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Bimini Road

Audulus for iOS | Audulus for Mac

All parts here.

"An Auto Wah is volume-controlled filter. The louder you signal is, the higher the frequency sweeps. In this demo, I just used the microphone on my iPad picking up a Jess Glynne song through my speakers. Auto Wahs generally sound best on one instrument - you hear them most often on guitars.

Auto Wahs are also knows as Envelope Controlled Filters (ECF, as opposed to VCF, a voltage controlled filter).

The 2 Minute Tip series breaks apart topics on Audulus into bite-sized chunks. I don't talk during the tutorials (though there are a few notes that pop up), and this is so that international viewers who don't understand English well don't feel left out. Familiarize yourself with the node menu and my navigation won't be so mystifying. In the future, we'll develop a finger press indicator so you can see where I'm tapping.

http://www.audulus.com"

Yamaha FS1R Rack Mount FM & Formant Synthesizer


via this auction

Oberheim OB-12 with Original Box


via this auction

"Oberheim OB-12 synth in perfect condition, it even has the plastic covering on the screen still. This synth has no defects and is in the original box. The manual is completely legible, however it had an unfortunate run in with a cup of coffee, reference the photos.

Here is an excerpt from the manual: the Oberheim OB-12 is a synthesizer designed to be fully controllable in real time, the main feature of the famous analog synthesizers. And the huge advantage this provides is a user-friendlyness which was perhaps being lost with the latest digital synthesizers, with programming procedures too complex for many people to attempt. However, this does not mean the OB-12 offers limited potential. As well as giving it an 'analog feel', the OB-12 also use the most sophisticated digital technology for signal generation and processing."

Roland Jupiter 6 Analog Synthesizer


via this auction

Possibly SN 90910.

New Yamaha Montage 6,7, and 8 Prototype Video


See Update2 in the main Yamaha Montage post here.

DYNACORD DDL-12 + CLAVIA NORD MODULAR for 70s PADS // BOWIE BERLIN YEARS


Published on Jan 21, 2016 LESINDES

"Fabualous and extremely underrated DYNACORD DDL-12 is meeting CLAVIA NORD MODULAR. How is it possible that two completely digital machines as the digital delay line (DDL) from Dynacord and the modelled analog synth NOD MODULAR are meeting and create completely analog feeling pads of the seventies -- reminding those Eno synths and string machines at the Bowie albums created in Berlin from 1976-79. I don't know but the alchenic reaction has obviously happened here :-)"

Teenage Engineering Introduces New Pocket Operators - Arcade, Office, and Robot

Audulus 2 Minute Tip - 6: How to Make an Auto Wah Effect

Published on Jan 21, 2016 teenageengineering

"introducing PO-20 office by teenage engineering and cheap monday."

Update: CUCKOO tutorial added below!

NAMM 2016 Roland A-01 with Scott Kirkland from Crystal Method


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Kraft Music

"Scott Kirkland from Crystal Method performs at the 2016 NAMM show for Roland US. Scott is using the A-01 controller/generator module, system 500 analog modular synth and other gear."

http://www.kraftmusic.com

NAMM 2016: Make Noise Tempi - 6 Channel Clock Manipulator


New video added to this post.

Particle frames - eurorack modularsynth live


Published on Jan 21, 2016 Kri Samadhi

Yamaha Officially Introduces the New Montage Synthesizer

MONTAGE Development Story

Published on Jan 21, 2016 yamahacorporation

Update: Two new videos from Kraft Music added under the press release below.

Introducing the Tom Oberheim & Dave Smith OB-6 Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer


Uploaded on Jan 20, 2016 Dave Smith Instruments - "Tom Oberheim & Dave Smith Introduce the OB-6"

Update: new demo video from INHALT in via Soviet Space Child below!
Update2: DSI / Tom Oberheim - OB6 - live looping demonstration by Daniel Davis added below.


Awesome video! You'll find an audio demo at the bottom of this post. So, if you weren't sure NAMM had any big surprises coming, well here you go. A brand new six voice polyphonic Oberheim synth based on the original SEM's discrete VCOs and filters, complete with trademark blue pin strips, and a few extras. This is not a CEM based Oberheim. This is discrete analog with some modern capabilities. Think closer to the original Oberheim FVS and classic OB-X (CEM VCOs & VCFs came with the OB-Xa). A new Tom Oberheim six voice polysynth has arrived!

The following is the official press release:

"Tom Oberheim and Dave Smith Unveil OB-6 Analog Synthesizer

Legendary Poly Synth Creators Team Up on New Instrument with Discrete VCOs and Filters

Anaheim, CA—January 21, 2016—Dave Smith Instruments today announced the OB-6, a new 6-voice synthesizer with an all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs and filters developed in collaboration with Tom Oberheim. Boasting a sound engine inspired by Oberheim’s original SEM (the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers), the new instrument is designed to provide true, vintage SEM tone with the stability and exibility of modern technology.

Said Smith: 'Tom and I have been friends and friendly competitors since the late 1970’s. Back in the day, people were typically in either the Prophet or the Oberheim camp. Now, with the Prophet-6 out and doing so well, we thought it would be fun to combine our strengths and bring back Tom’s classic polyphonic sound, too — in a modern format.' Added Oberheim: 'A lot of people, myself included, have always felt that the SEMs had a certain uniquely big, organic sound unlike anything else. Working with Dave to make that sound widely available again with some modern touches and full programmability has been real a pleasure.'

The OB-6 features two discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice, with continuously variable waveshapes (sawtooth and variable-width pulse, with triangle on oscillator 2). There is a classic SEM- inspired state-variable lter (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and notch) per voice. Voltage-controlled ampli ers complete the all-analog signal path. 'The classic, bold SEM sound is all there,' said Oberheim.

Present also is X-Mod, with lter envelope and oscillator 2 as modulation sources (with bi-polar control). Destinations include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, lter cutoff, and lter mode. The knob-per-function front panel puts virtually all parameters at a user’s ngertips. Toggling on the Manual switch enables live panel mode, in which the OB-6 switches to the current settings of its knobs and switches.

A dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (including standard and BBD), chorus, and faithful recreations of Tom Oberheim’s acclaimed phase shifter and ring modulator. The effects are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, but a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path. Additionally, the OB-6 features a multimode arpeggiator and a polyphonic step sequencer with up to 64 steps (and up to 6 notes per step) plus rests. It allows polyphonic keyboard input and can sync to external MIDI clock.

The full-size, four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard is velocity and aftertouch sensitive. Said Dave Smith, 'As with the Prophet-6, we made size a primary concern on the OB-6. It’s the right mix of power and portability and it ts right in on-stage or in the studio.' Added Oberheim, 'And of course, it’s got that unmistakable SEM sound that’s going to turn a lot of heads. '

The OB-6 is manufactured and sold by Dave Smith Instruments. It will be available in March, with a projected MAP of $2,999."



Update: new demo from INHALT in via Soviet Space Child.

Oberheim Dave Smith OB 6 Demo by INHALT

Published on Jan 21, 2016 INHALTVIDEO

This sounds like an Oberheim.

"As long time users of the Oberheim OB8 and 2 Voice (take a listen to our "Occupations" EP as both are on it all over the place) we were pleasantly surprised when Dave Smith Instruments showed us their new analog workhorse and collaboration with the inimitable Tom Oberheim— the OB6. The allure for the Oberheim polyphonic sound, for us, has always been it's unique melancholic tone colour. No matter what kind of sounds are programmed, Oberheim's tend to have this wonderful midnight music vibe, like driving in a car late at night circa 1983. We're pleased to report that the OB6 captures this sound quality effortlessly and in spades.

Our approach to the design of the factory bank patches we submitted (most of which you hear in the demo) was rather simple: we made the same kinds of sounds we would program on our Oberheims, and barring a couple, largely ones we would find useful in a production context. Though we don't typically record synthesizers with FX printed on the same track, the FX engine is so wonderful sounding on the OB6, and highly controllable, that it made us reconsider. In short, the FX engine is no slouch, and for the many decades spent dismissing the on board FX of most 'modern' synths, this is the first time that we've heard an FX engine exude the same quality as the top end hardware units from Lexicon, Eventide, or AMS that we tend to use in the production process.

Everything you hear on the demo was done entirely on the OB6. Absolutely NO additional FX or sequencers were used. We simply ran the stereo output from the OB6 into a DI and a stereo mic pre amp directly into Pro Tools HD and tracked it in."

DSI / Tom Oberheim - OB6 - live looping demonstration

Published on Jan 21, 2016 Daniel Davis

"DSI / Tom Oberheim - OB6 - live looping demonstration

Live looping demonstration of the new OB6 analog synthesizer. Only used the OB6 and Pigtronix Infinity looper."

I own an OB-Xa and the two videos above nail the sound and then some.

Update2:

NAMM2016 Introducing the New Dave Smith OB 6 Desktop Synth

Published on Jan 21, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing the New Dave Smith OB 6 Desktop Synth
@dsiSequential

Available soon from
http://www.analoguezone.com/"

NAMM2016: Dave Smith Instruments OB6

Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"NAMM2016: Dave Smith Instruments OB6 Dave Smith shows us the new OB6"

DSI / Tom Oberheim - OB6 - Patch Demonstration

Published on Jan 21, 2016 Daniel Davis

"DSI / Tom Oberheim - OB6 - Patch Demonstration

Some patches I made on the new OB-6.

All effects are from the OB-6. No post processing or production."

[NAMM] Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 NAMM Floor Video with Dave Smith & Tom Oberheim

Published on Jan 21, 2016 Audiofanzine in English

"Here's a presentation of Dave Smith Instruments and Tom Oberheim's OB-6 at the NAMM Show 2016."

NAMM 2016 Dave Smith Instruments OB-6

Published on Jan 22, 2016 Kraft Music

"Great deals on Dave Smith Instruments at Kraft Music:
http://www.kraftmusic.com/brands/dave...

Mark from Dave Smith Instruments presents the OB-6 at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show."

Dave Smith OB 6

Published on Jan 21, 2016 musicianews

"Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim team up to create a fantastic sounding new instrument. OB-6 has arrived. Check out the video."

Tom Oberheim OB 6 SEM

Published on Jan 21, 2016 musicianews

"Wow great to see Tom Oberheim and his take on the OB-6, Eurorack SEM and the world of Analog design in the 21st Century!"

New Eurorack Case From Bluelantern


Bluelantern has introduced a new 12U eurorack case. The following are pics and the specs.

Product Specs for Metal 12U Booty Case.

Dimensions: 19.5" Height, 16.5" Depth, 17.5" Wide
Power ratings: 2.4A +12v,2.4A -12v, 1.5A 5V
Power Supply Type: DC-DC converters. There are 3 total. Two of them are each rated 1.2A. 5v voltage is using a modern LDO part.

HP WIDTH: 84hp
12U height.
10 spaces per power buss. 4 Power Buss Strips.

Threaded Strip Provided, M2.5 type screw for mounting your modules is used.

This has an on board RGB LED Strip with special BLM 4hp Controller Module. This uses a separate 12v DC wall adapter and not part of the Module Power System.

The RGB Controller has a rgb fading mode, strobe mode, and fade selected color mode. You can control the speed of the fade.

When you push the 'Color" button the lighting is static and you choose your color of choice. The Speed/Brite button will toggle briteness of the color.

The RGB Controller has memory so on power down it will remember your last used settings. For example if you leave it on CYAN color, it will remain CYAN on powering off and turning it on again.

The sale includes the power supplies and buss strips. You supply the modules, and M2.5 screws.

Price $750.00"

Announcing MIDI Designer Pro 2 and MIDI Designer Player


Published on Jan 20, 2016 MIDIDesigner

"Announcing MIDI Designer Pro 2, just in time for NAMM 2016. MIDI Designer Pro 2 is a beautiful, fully-customizable and performance-oriented MIDI controller platform for iPad (optimized for iPad Pro) and iPhone.

MIDI Designer Pro took the music-making world by storm, and Pro 2 is set to do it all over again!

We're also announcing MIDI Designer Player, a first-class, lowest-latency MIDI controller player.

Dream, create and play your perfect MIDI controller with award winning MIDI Designer: adored by Recording Magazine (July 2013), loved by Sound on Sound (June 2013), featured in Keyboard (May 2013), and awarded Sonic Touch Gold Award for Best App (Episode 11). Trusted on stage by touring acts like Todd Rundgren, POSTYR and Electroband. Used in studios to control all gear from vintage to cutting-edge, MIDI Designer has been lauded by UK's House DJ, Shadowchild. Used in theaters, VJ and DJ booths all around the world, MIDI Designer is also the platform for community- and professionally-sourced layouts for top-flight gear, including synths by Korg, Roland and Yamaha. If you can dream it, you can create it in MIDI Designer.

Thanks to Popup, Planeshifter, and Ibo-Kai for your layouts in this video (please let us know if you've been omitted).

Music by Superfly: www.soundcloud.com/superflymusic and mastered by Mike ("User #1")"

NAMM 2016 Waldorf New Modules


Sonic State video added to this post.

NAMM 2016: Make Noise System Cartesian


Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"NAMM 2016: Make Noise System Cartesian A new 104HP 3u system to demonstrate the power of a small system"

See the Make Noise overview video here.

Arturia Introduces the MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer

Arturia presents MatrixBrute, analog avant-garde

Uploaded on Jan 21, 2016 Arturia Web

"MatrixBrute is arguably the most powerful analog monophonic synthesizer ever ! As flexible as a modular system but offering presets, MatrixBrute is a dream machine for everyone interested in creating a sound palette of their own."


"Arturia ushers in analogue avant-garde era with massive-sounding MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to introduce its innovative MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer — set to reset the benchmark by going down in history as arguably the most powerful analogue synthesizer ever created — at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California, USA...

When was the last time your heart started racing at the thought of making music? How long has it been since you heard sounds that were entirely new? When did you last find an instrument that truly inspired you? Arturia actively posed such challenging questions to itself when readily rising to the challenge of designing the MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer. So here’s the answer: an astonishing programmable monophonic/duophonic analogue synthesizer set to start your heart racing and serve up entirely new sounds as a truly inspirational instrument... meet MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer! As a massive-sounding and highly-specified beast of analogue avant-garde-era synth technology, it is fit for reaching the outer limits of truly 21st Century sonic exploration, thanks to the trademark sound of its three ‘Brute’ oscillators, superb-sounding Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, three ultra-fast envelope generators, amazing analogue effects, and — the pièce de résistance — its incredible modulation matrix. Modular... without the painful patching practice of going modular, in other words!

What makes the massive-sounding MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer so state-of-the-art, then? Matrix by name, matrix by nature, that namesake modulation matrix is at the heart of MatrixBrute, making the most of each ‘module’ through a matrix that offers thousands of potential modulation routings. Assign any of 16 modulation sources to any of 16 modulation destinations (in MOD mode) and set the amounts of each modulation routing using the dedicated data encoder; four such destinations are user programmable and can clearly be seen in the eye-catching E Ink (Electronic Ink) display. Don’t be afraid to invent a sound palette of your own and make your musical mark!

That multifaceted matrix also allows presets to be recalled quite literally at the touch of a (dedicated) button (in PRESET mode). Go grab one of the 256 pioneering, pre-programmed professional presets or recall one of your own original sound creations... instantly! Indeed, MatrixBrute packs the power of a modular synth system with an all-important ability to save each patch. No need to worry about recording a sound straight away for fear of losing it forever!

Furthermore, the matrix can also be pressed into action as an awesome 64-step sequencer with separate STEP, ACCENT, SLIDE, and MODULATION options (in SEQ mode). Make musical moves directly on your analogue synthesizer. Sounds can evolve in melody and texture... exactly the way you want them to!

To help maintain a 100% analogue signal path, MatrixBrute also adds true ANALOG EFFECTS to its stereo output — choose from chorus, delay, and flanger with five operational modes... and, yes, any ANALOG EFFECTS controls can be set as modulation destinations in the matrix! When was the last time you worked with analogue effects and a great arpeggiator? Ask no more. MatrixBrute has got you well and truly covered. Multiple modes of both the Arpeggiator and Sequencer allow almost unlimited musical ideas to quickly and easily flow forth for instant inspiration!

It’s a given that any analogue synthesizer only sounds as good as its VCFs (Voltage-Controlled Filters) and VCOs (Voltage-Controlled Oscillators). The MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer sounds superb, markedly making the most of its four-mode STEINER FILTER (upgraded to support both 12dB/oct and 24dB/ oct slopes alongside a dedicated Drive control for creating thicker sounds) and three-mode LADDER FILTER (known for creating punchy bass and fat lead sounds with 12dB/oct and 24dB/oct slopes alongside another dedicated Drive control). The three VCOs are each equipped with a sub-oscillator as well as Saw, Pulse, and Triangle waveforms with the unique wave-shapers that are the trademark of the beloved ‘Brute’ sound of the MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer’s smaller siblings, the award-winning and amazingly compact and bijou MiniBrute and MicroBrute monosynths (both boasting MIDI, USB, and CV connectivity together with a host of unique features). But by pairing a 49-note (full-size) keyboard (featuring both velocity-sensitivity and aftertouch for a musical feel with plenty of expression) with a beautifully-designed, solid chassis (featuring a helpfully-hinged, hands-on capacious control panel), the road-ready MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer is both bigger and better, boasting more connections than an airport... well, almost!

As such, you can comfortably work with any setup — cue control voltage interfacing in abundance (12 CV inputs and 12 CV outputs to interface with any standard 1V/oct modular gear); AUDIO IN (line and instrument levels allow for adding an external oscillator from a favourite modular synth or processing a guitar or other instrument through the filters, VCA, and analogue effects); GATE In and Out (to trigger external gear or trigger the internal envelopes remotely); SYNC In and Out (to synchronise the internal sequencer and arpeggiator with external devices); standard MIDI In, Out, and Thru (to connect to both modern and vintage gear alike); USB I/O (to interface to a computer-based DAW directly and also use the free editor/librarian software); and PEDALS (Expression 1, Expression 2, and Sustain inputs to provide realtime control) — not forgetting, of course, MASTER OUT (stereo master outputs on 1/4-inch jacks).

As a phenomenal source of inspiration and a truly empowering instrument, MatrixBrute is easy to understand. Forget drop-down menus and dual- function controls. Forget connectivity issues. Forget imitations. This is you in control. This is you inventing sounds. This is analogue avant-garde!

The MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer will be being showcased on Arturia’s booth (#6920) in Hall A at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California. Come check it out!

The MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer is expected to ship in Spring 2016 when it will be available to buy directly from Arturia online or through the company’s global network of dealers and retailers.

For more detailed information, please visit the MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer product webpage here:
http://www.arturia.com/products/matrixbrute"


Arturia Introduces New KeyStep Controller & Sequencer


Uploaded on Jan 21, 2016 Arturia Web

"KeyStep is a new breed of portable musical tool combining the functionalities of a keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analog and digital devices."


"Arturia advances portable USB MIDI keyboard controller concept with CV connectivity and step sequencing

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to introduce its KeyStep Controller & Sequencer — a positively portable, yet perfectly playable USB MIDI controller keyboard and polyphonic step sequencer with CV connectivity — at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California, USA...

You need a portable USB MIDI controller, but also want a keyboard that provides a musical playing experience. You have some MIDI modules you want to connect as well, but don’t want the footprint of a large keyboard. You have a modular synth system and analogue gear you want to control via CV (Control Voltage). You want a step sequencer with polyphonic capability that you can sync to your favourite modern and vintage gear. If only a single product could do all of this. Dream on? Not necessarily. Now, thanks to Arturia, that dream has become reality... ready yourself and your music, for the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer does all of this and more!

Making that dream reality began by designing a 32-note keyboard with Arturia’s proprietary Slimkey action. Aftertouch and velocity sensitivity are all present and accounted for, of course, so by balancing the best features of compact mini-keys with the musicality of full- size keys into this new keybed the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer successfully provides the freedom of portability without sacrificing playability. Portable perfection personified. Why stop there, though? Why, indeed!

Implied by name, the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer sports a newly-designed polyphonic step sequencer with eight programmable memories, recallable at the touch of a knob. Cleverly choose Gate times (10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 90%) and Swing settings (Off, 53%, 55%, 57%, 59%, 61%, 64%, 67%, 73%, and 75%) instantly to change the feel of the sequenced performance on the fly. Furthermore, Arturia also added an ability to record, overdub, and transpose sequences in realtime while still playing the keyboard live. Last, but not least, adding an Arp Mode (with eight arpeggiator pattern styles — 1 / Up, 2 / Dwn, 3 / Inc, 4 / Exc , 5 / Rand, 6 / Order, 7 / Up x2, and 8 / Dwn x2) and Chord play mode (for setting chords and playing them back with a single note or via the Arp Mode making chord-based arpeggiations a breeze) means many hours of musical adventures always lie ahead for any user of any ability, putting them ahead of the game. A dream come true!

These features alone should surely make the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer the best portable keyboard controller currently on the market. But Arturia has seen fit to take things several steps further forward with a wealth of connectivity options for communicating with the outside world. Whatever electronic instruments you may own, the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer has got you covered (and connected). USB MIDI (to connect to computers and Arturia’s MCC editor)? Of course! Standard MIDI IN and OUT? Check! SYNC IN and OUT (supporting 1 pulse per step, 2 PPQ, 24 PPQ DIN Sync, and 48 PPQ DIN Sync)? Yes! Yet there’s still room on that slender rear panel to comfortably accommodate GATE and PITCH CV OUTPUTS (supporting 5V or 12V and 1V/oct or Hz/V, respectively) alongside a separate, assignable MOD (modulation) output that can be used with the Mod (modulation) capacitive-touch strip, velocity, or aftertouch. And there’s still space for a SUSTAIN pedal input connector (for adding a sustain pedal)! Simply said, the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer is an amazing little controller. Then again, saying that is not saying enough!

Enough is never enough, in fact, for KeyStep’s deceptively sparse front panel packs in many more productive performance controls, including a Hold button (allowing for sustain pedal operation); Shift button (for setting Keyboard MIDI CH and the Gate and Swing times of the sequencer and arpeggiator); Oct- and Oct+ Transpose buttons; capacitive-touch Mod (modulation) strip; Rate knob and Tap button (to tap the tempo or enter rests and note ties in Seq Mode); record, play, and stop transport buttons (for enabling and disabling the sequencer or arpeggiator, using the record button to record step-time sequences or realtime overdubs)... suffice to say, KeyStep is the perfect performance controller in a compact package. Pack one to go and let it take you wherever your music needs to go!

The KeyStep Controller & Sequencer will be being showcased on Arturia’s booth (#6920) in Hall A at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California. Come check it out!

The KeyStep Controller & Sequencer will be shipping in Spring 2016 and available to buy directly from Arturia online or through the company’s global network of dealers and retailers for €119.00 EUR/$149.00 USD.

For more detailed information, please visit the KeyStep Controller & Sequencer product webpage here:
http://www.arturia.com/products/keystep"

New Yamaha Montage Videos


Published on Jan 21, 2016 sudclaviers

"Découvrez Montage, le nouveau synthétiseur Yamaha."

Yamaha Montage : Synths Sounds

Published on Jan 21, 2016

Yamaha Montage : Acoustic's Sounds


Everything Yamaha Montage

iConnectivity Announces iConnectAUDIO2+:


Published on Jan 20, 2016 iConnectivity

Note a synth, but I'm using the original iConnectAUDIO4+ and love it. Their audio and MIDI routing can't be beat.

"iConnectAUDIO2+ by iConnectivity puts flexible audio and MIDI connectivity for the stage, studio, and club into a portable, bus-powered package. Its versatile features and configuration make it ideal for musicians, DJs, and producers.

iConnectAUDIO2+ will be on display at Booth #6806, Hall A at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, from January 21-24, 2016.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/iCA2Plus"


"Ultra-Versatile 2-in 6-out Audio & MIDI Interface for Musicians & DJs

In the studio, on stage, or on the go, iConnectAUDIO2+ lets your music go wherever it takes you.

2 high-quality combination mic/line/instrument inputs assure that every nuance of your musical creations is captured faithfully.

3 pairs of independent stereo outputs are perfect for DJ and electronic music applications.

Configurable audio paths let you route, combine, and monitor signals the way you need.

Advanced MIDI connectivity, routing, and management solve the connection challenges between you, your MIDI gear, and computing devices.

Full compatibility with Mac, PC and iOS devices, and the ability to pass audio and MIDI from one to another unleashes new solutions for your creative process.

With its powerful features and affordable price, iConnectAUDIO2+ is unbeatable."

Update:

NAMM2016: iConnectivity iConnect 2+ Audio Interface

Published on Jan 21, 2016 sonicstate

"NAMM2016: iConnectivity iConnect 2+ Audio Interface New USB audio interface from iConnectivity"

MODSTEP 1.0.2 UPDATE with audio recording, audiobus and AudioShare


iTunes: modstep - AppBC

"Changelog for modstep 1.0.2

New features:

audiobus support: added 8 audiobus output channels
AudioShare export and recording of all tracks (hit the new tapedeck button to record all tracks with internal instruments or IAAs, the files can be found in the /Recordings/ folder and exported to AudioShare or the internal Sampler via the file browser). The recordings are quantized to the current clip quantization.
improved Reverb
massively lower CPU usage especially older iPads will run a lot more tracks now.
iPad 1 support is back (unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to keep it that way!)
new parameter on Sampler ‘One Shot’ that disables the ADSR completely
Clips, Scenes and Arm, Mute, Solo, Volumes per Track are now MIDI mappable to external controllers.
Tempo Up/Down and Nudge are now MIDI mappable.
CPU meter is much more accurate now and only monitors the audio-thread.
Tracks will now correctly remember their MIDI setup and restore it upon load
lots of small enhancements

Bugfixes:
IAA Effects load the proper effect now
IAA Effects will delete/restore fine again
IAAs show the proper icons in the VST when used with studiomux
fixed a bug that would prevent tempo changes when Ableton Link was not activated
fixed a bug that would cause wrong IAA fx to be loaded
tons of enhancements and other bugfixes
fixed Clip & Track Import & Export
new externally recorded notes and CCs will be played back immediately now

Requirements:
iOS 8 or later
for audio and MIDI streaming to a Mac or PC, the studiomux server software is required: get the latest for free at studiomux.net.
Price: 19,99 $"

New KORG Volca FM Digital FM SYNTHESIZER


3-Voice, 6-OP.

Note the Reface DX was 4-OP and the original DX7 was 6-OP.

Update: and we have a NAMM floor video below.



NAMM 2016 Korg Volca FM 6 op Synth Published on Jan 21, 2016

"We talk to the designer [Tatsuya Takahashi] about the latest Volca"

NAMM 2016: Korg Volca FM Synth

Published on Jan 21, 2016 Gear4music

Elektron Monomachine SFX60 MKII Live Jam by Karl


Published on Apr 29, 2015 Karl Choueiri

Eowave Capsule Titan Black Edition


Published on Jan 21, 2016

"An overview of the Capsule Titan modular synth by Eowave"

Make Noise TEMPI Overview Videos


Published on Jan 21, 2016 MAKEN0ISE

"TEMPI is a 6 channel, polyphonic, time-shifting module. It provides an intuitive method for the creation and recalling of complex clocking arrangements within a modular synthesizer system.

The primary user interface and programming elements for the module are six large, illuminated buttons:
BUTTON-1 through BUTTON-6, and two smaller illuminated buttons:PGM_A and PGM_B. The module is able to store up to sixty-four clock/timing scenarios called "STATES", arranged in four BANKS of sixteen. An LED is used to indicate the current BANK by COLOR and changes in STATE indicated by FLASHING. There are INputs for External TEMPO, a Gate INput for MOD, and STATE Selection via a CV INput (with Combo pot for attenuation) and / or GATE INput.

The primary goal of this module is to have the maximum amount of artist-controlled musical variation with a minimum amount of data inputs."

Playlist:
Make Noise TEMPI Pt.1: the Overview
Make Noise TEMPI Pt. 2: Human Programming and Factory Presets
Make Noise TEMPI Pt. 3: Machine Programming and MUTE
Make Noise TEMPI Pt. 4: SHIFT
Make Noise TEMPI Pt. 5: Copy, Paste, Mutate
Make Noise TEMPI Pt. 6: PHASE Programming

Gotharman's Alu-Fuzion


Published on Jan 21, 2016 gotharman

"Alu faced Fuzion playing back a piano track."

Moog Minimoog Vintage Analog Synthesizer "Force"


Published on Jan 21, 2016 RetroSound

"(c) 2016 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Moog Minimoog Analog Synthesizer
strings : Logan String Melody II
bassdrum: Roland TR-707
sequencing: Doepfer DarkTime step sequencer
recording: multi-tracking
fx: reverb and delay"

Roland Jp-8000 Synth Jamming Part 1 ( Synthonia - Performer )


Published on Jan 20, 2016 Space4Keys

Roland Jp-8000 Synth Jamming Part 2 ( Synthonia - Performer )
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