Showing posts with label Rumors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rumors. Show all posts

Thursday, December 20, 2018

NAMM Leaks: New KORG Volca Modular & Volca Drum

And the first NAMM 2019 rumor is in. A new KORG Volca Modular "Micro Modular Synthesizer" & Volca Drum "Digital Percussion Synthesizer". Click the pics to explore. Note the mini patch points (ala Tinysizer) on the Volca Modular, and the display on the Volca Drum.

The Volca Modular appears to be a "West Coast" approach with a Woggle modulation source and 2 LPGs or Lowpass Gates.  An LPG is essentially the Buchla version of a Lowpass Filter.  There also appears to be some oscillator wave folding on the left.  Man, this is going to sell like hotcakes.  I want one now.   Digital drums on the Volca Drum with modulation does look interesting as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Buchla USA Revisiting 100 Series in 2019?

This one spotted by Soviet Space Child.

Note the system in the background. Buchla started in the 1960s with the 100 series, followed by the 200 series in 1970. The new 200e from Don Buchla arrived in 2004. BEMI took over and re-released an updated version of the Buchla Music Easel and various systems and modules. BEMI then of course became Buchla USA. You can read a condensed history of Buchla on Wikipedia here.

Of course it could just be a Calandar.

It's worth noting, if you are into eurorack, Catalyst Audio currently makes a eurorack system based on the the Buchla 100 series.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New Sequential Prophet-XL - 32 Voice, 76 Keys & a 32 Voice Update for the Prophet X Coming?

This one was spotted by Soviet Space Child.

As you can see at the bottom, it's from the November issue of Sound on Sound's upcoming November issue.

In pink it reads:  "Two days before I submitted this review Dave Smith sent me a brief specification and a photograph of the (at the time unannounced) Prophet XL, which will be a 76-key version of the Prophet X offering a 32-voice mode that bypasses the main filter section (which still only has 16 filters) but uses two fo those filters paraphonically to spice things up.  This mode will be more suited to sample-based sounds, but I could see myself programming FM sounds to take advantage of the extra keyboard width and the doubled polyphony.  I can't wait to get my hands on it... a Prophet T8 for the 21st century!  And, so that existing Prophet X owners won't feel short-changed, the 32-voice mode and a few other new features will also be available as a free update for the existing synth.  That's a nice touch."

The current Sequential Prophet X supports a bi-timbral, 8-voice-stereo (16-voice mono) engine.

Note the piano style keys pictured.

Update: You can find the official Prophet XL announcement and intro video here.

P.S. The Prophet XL is the first synth from Sequential post DSI. Giving this post the DSI and Sequential labels but moving forward XL and future Sequential synths will only have the Sequential label.

Friday, October 12, 2018

New Korg Volca in the Works?

SynthFest 2018: Korg Volcas - Space for a New One? Published on Oct 12, 2018 sonicstate

Monday, September 10, 2018

New Yamaha MODX7 8-OP FM Synthesizer In the Works?

Spotted on

"The new MODX7 is still not official but it will be more or less a 1.4k-Pound Version of the 8-OP Synth with ROM Sample Section and the morphing function 'the super knob'.

AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine
76-note semi-weighted keybed for fluid playability
Unparalleled sonic versatility for creating sounds from iconic 80s sounds to modern-day EDM cutting-edge leads
Integrated performance controls include faders and encoders for in-depth control over parameters
Ideal for both studio and stage use
FM-X Synth Engine
LCD-Touchscreen 7″-Colour-Wide-VGA-TFT
Waveform-ROM expanded from 741 MB to 5.67 GB
2,370 new Waveforms, 6,347 total in ROM
1 GB Flash-ROM built-in
Ca. 2,000 preset performances
640 user performances
5,120 library performances
Seamless Sound Switching “SSS“ for Performances with up to four Parts
13 dual insert effects (12 Parts + A/D Input)
Over 256 preset live set slots, 2,048 User & 2,048 library live set slots
10,239 arpeggios
Eight arpeggio Parts simultaneously
Eight Scenes per Performance
Master keyboard functions for each Performance
Multichannel USB Audio Interface, 2-in/10-out

We have seen a delivery date for September"

That would be this month. An interesting side note is the MOD-7 was KORG's FM engine in the KRONOS. The DX7 was 6-OP. The MODX7 will be 8OP.


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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

New Roland Polysynth Based on the Studio Electronics CODE8 / Omega8 in the Works?

This one is in via Soviet Space Child.

Studio Electronics posted this image of the inside of a CODE8 with the following on Instagram:

"studioelectronicsThrough-hole SE style. Current #CODE8 Black #omega8 build in the shop... Dreamy #Rackmount #Analog sounds, after a good Greg St. Regis directed calibration or two, and burn in, of course. #studioelectronics #synthesizer #polyphonic"

Some one asked them to bring it to a wider audience like they did for SE02 with Roland. Studio Electronics's reply? "There’s a pretty good rumor that that’s happening."

via the Instagram thread:
vincewizz: Please bring it to a wider audience like you did for the SE02
studioelectronics: @vincewizz There’s a pretty good rumor that that’s happening.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Moog's First New Poly Synth Coming in August/September?

Update: some pis of the PCB and patent here.

First a quick note on leaks: I don't enjoy posting them as I admit they make me feel a bit shady. Manufacturers work hard to make sure a product release goes smoothly. Leaks throw a wrench in that. On the other hand I feel obligated to you my readers. If the news is out there, I feel like it is my job to post it and let you all know. My policy on the site has always been not to leak unless the info is already out there and already leaked. Once it is, it's just a matter of time before all sites pick it up. That said, manufacturers need to do a better job at not leaking info out there. All info ultimately comes from the source. I sometimes wonder if manufacturers actually allow carefully placed leaks to get out. Who knows...

Second: This is still in the rumor stage. Read below and decide for yourself.

So... remember that rumor about a new poly Moog coming to Moogfest?

It might actually be real. Not the render, but a new poly from Moog. Rumor is it will be the "Moog One", currently trademarked by Moog. Note August/September would correspond with a Knobcon release. Update: Soviet Space Child mentioned, "Summer NAMM starts this week, maybe the reveal was scheduled for later in the week? That would make more sense for a potential August release." That is a good point. You rarely see major synth product announcements during Summer NAMM, but that would make for a surprise with little competition to steal the limelight. It would also be a little closer to Moogfest, which would explain the previous rumor. Often product announcements get pushed out, as you know.

The synth could be based on the tech presented here: Geert Bevin, Amos Gaynes - Designing and Implementing Embedded Synthesizer UIs.

Details follow, spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child. I will admit I sat on it for a bit as the original source post was pulled, however, it went up elsewhere, so here it goes:

[Disclaimer: the following seems a bit shady to me. Why would this guy post it w/o mentioning the dealer? How could any dealer think it's OK to announce it w/o Moog announcing it first?]

"Ok this is copied directly from my personal email from my rep who is a senior rep, and personal friend of mine:

Oh, it's cooler than that! So glad I can actually spill some details for you now.

It's polyphonic, and comes in 8- and 16-voice versions. (Moog has not only set us up as the earliest dealer with stock (around mid-August), but we'll have an exclusive until they launch with other retailers in September. And they've also promised us a number of low-serial-number units (2-10) on each unit, though this does run an extra $500 (and also gets you a letter from Mike Adams, and a signed photo by the techs who built it). Sounds incredible, and check this out!

• 3 VCOs per voice
• 3 part multitimbral - 3 synths in 1
• Knob per function
• 4 LFOs per synth with easily assignable modulation
• Arp and sequencer (per synth)
• Clock sync
• Assignable CV ins and outs
• Lots of i/o for routing synths and effects
• Eventide reverbs built in
• Unrestricted number of presets

create complex waveforms

• Dedicated envelope for transient shaping

• Stave variable filter AND Moog Ladder Filter
• HP, LP, BP or notch
• link filters together for ganged sweeps
• assign sources to SVF ladder or both in the mixer

• 3 envelopes (amp, filter, and assignable)
• easily assignable mod matrix

Sequencer and Arp

• True bypass effects
• effects per synth and a master effects bus
• 2 assignable macro controls - customizable per patch
• Vocoder
• Easily repeatable mod mattrix routings
• 4 LFOs - 1 button destination routing
• Fine tune and ccreate complex modulation via transforms
• Easy assign performance controllers
• XY pad for expressive control

Not too shabby, eh? Admittedly, I'm always pretty impressed when Moog comes by, but this was probably the biggest shock I've ever had at seeing their products early under an NDA…and the toughest to keep private until we could talk about them! I figured you'd appreciate knowing about it as much as anyone, since you've been involved in MI retail for so long, and have probably seen most things under the sun to date.

Still not sure when we'll have it up on the website, but we are taking orders, if you're interested. 8-voice version is $5999.00, and the 16-voice version is $7999.00. I've got a little wiggle room for you, but a bit less than usual…they really don't want us deep-discounting these due to anticipated demand, obviously.

Whew…glad I could finally talk about this!"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Moog Memorymoog Coming to Moogfest?

Soviet Space Child, wrote it to let us know he heard a rumor that Moog would be announcing yet another major synth at Moogfest this year. The new Grandmother has been formally announced, and we know about the DIY Subharmonicon. I did a little digging and look at what I found. A new Memorymoog with integrated Roli Seaboard Rise. I have no idea if this is real. I do not know if Moog will announce anything else at Moogfest. What I do know is that in the comments of the first post for the Grandmother here, a few people pined for a new Memorymoog, someone said they hoped they were working on one, and an anonymous commenter chimed in with, "They are...they'll announce it this week."

Update: word is the image is an April fools joke.   An embedded ROLI keyboard would hike up the cost compared to a traditional keyboard, and it could limit the audience for those that prefer standard keys. Then again, if it were a limited run... That said, the rumors are out there, and we'll know soon enough... Until then, some free publicity for Moogfest. :)

Update2: and yep, it was just a rumor. Curious what the mix-up was.  Considering this post went up at the height of the Grandmother, I'm guessing SSC's source didn't already know about the Subharmonicon.

Update3: new rumor here.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Future Moog Synth to be the GRANDMOTHER of Them All - Update: and a Moog One

This one is in via an anonymous reader. Moog Music has trademarked "GRANDMOTHER". The name is in line with the Mother-32, BFAM or Brother from Another Mother, and DFAM, Drummer from Another Mother. Moog is set to introduce the Sub-Harmonicon at this year's Moogfest.

Update: Moog One was registered as well.

Curious if either will feature what was discussed here.


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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

New Solina String Ensemble Synth Clone Coming from Behringer?

"I just acquired a Solina String Ensemble. Does anyone remember this beautiful string machine from the late '70's?
Amazing artists such as Elton John, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Bee Gees, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, etc. used it to create truly inspiring music. Looking inside it's actually a great piece of engineering. Uli"

via Behringer's Facebook feed.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Doepfer Dark Energy III Coming to NAMM?

Update: details are in

To the left is what appears to be a new Doepfer Dark Energy III. Below are two images of the Dark Energy II (announced in December of 2012) for comparison. The only discernible difference I'm seeing on the front panel is in the bottom row of jacks.  On the Dark Energy II you can see three outputs, one for LFO1, one for Envelope, and one for Audio. On the new Dark Energy III a Reset LFO1 input, a Reset LFO2 input, and the Audio out. On the Dark Energy II there are four CV outputs and one Gate output on the back. The Dark Energy II panel matches the original.

Update via unknown in the comments: "The Dark Energy III has a different Waveform (Shape)..."

You can see the III has a triangle waveform on the bottom of the toggle switch, while the original has a ramp type wave. If anyone spots anything else feel free to leave a comment.  The Ext. Audio label changed to External Audio of course.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Korg KR-55 Pro Rhythm Coming to NAMM?

via @synthjam

Update: official details are now up here.

New Korg Volca Mix Analogue Performance Mixer to be Shown at NAMM?

via @synthjam

Update: official details are now up here.

New Korg Prologue Digital Analogue Polyphonic Hybrid Synth Coming to NAMM?

Update3: Full details including video are now up here.

Update: and we have an image via John in the comments. Also via Patrick in the comments: "'Digital engine' is a better translation. It looks like it offers a complete polyphonic analog voice plus a user-editable digital synthesis engine under the hood. Exciting stuff from Korg, even with the inevitable "single LFO, single VCF, no on-board sequencer" complaints."

Update2: more pics in via @synthjam via John in the comments.


This one spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

Note it is auto translated from French, so read between the lines. Original French below. This is all speculation of course. We will find out soon enough. NAMM is next week.

"A 49-key, polyphonic analog polyphonic synthesizer and the 61-key, 16-channel version, which can be described as a "hybrid" synth by integrating a digital motor into the center of its fully analog circuit.

Close cousin of KORG's already famous Minilogue and Monologue, the prologue is a complete and fully programmable polyphonic analog synthesizer. Hormone boosted version, it is distinguished from these predecessors by a keyboard with large keys, a polyphony of 8 or 16 channels (depending on the model) and a new engine
digital sound (the multi-engine) greatly expanding the sound and customization possibilities. As you will understand, the prologue range includes two models: the 8-channel version of 49 keys and the 16-channel version of 61 keys. Let's find out more in detail what lies beneath this beast ...

Analog power

The prologue takes again the powerful analogical circuits which made the strength of its predecessors (Minilogue and Monologue), and thus proposes an incomparable quality of sound as well as an astonishing presence. More than 11000 electronic components have been used for its manufacture! The prologue is composed of 2VCO, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA and 1LFO. It also features the famous built-in oscillator allowing you to create unique waveforms to refine your harmonies and create breathtaking sounds. Add to that a bipolar low-pass filter and powerful distortion and you have a powerful analog palette to create deep bass, powerful leads, and the beautiful pads that are expected of a polyphonic synthesizer. Also note that the prologue is bi-timbral, and allows you to play two different programs simultaneously.

Despite its analog power, the prologue retains its ease of use and intuitive interface worthy of the latest KORG synthesizers. You will find on the panel the easy selection of channel modes (POLY, MONO, UNISSON, CHORD ...), the powerful arpeggiator, or the simplified selection (and sortable) of the 500 programs.

The freedom of digital

The ingenuity of the prologue goes beyond its analog design. Indeed, by adding to the original 2 VCOs a third MULTI ENGINE digital oscillator, KORG is exploring new experimental sites. This new engine, adding digital and FM waveforms, can be combined with analog VCOs to extend the sound potential of the prologue far beyond that of a traditional analog synthesizer. The noise generator, the VPM oscillator and the high-quality digital effects (modulation and delay / reverb) bring you complex metallic sounds and harmonics that you never thought possible.

Another novelty, and not least, this new engine MULTI ENGINE offers a USER mode that allows you to load oscillator programs of your own creation (and yes!) You can develop on the dedicated software (available in early spring 2018 ). There are sixteen slots for this parameter.

KORG manufacturing quality

Many waited for a Minilogue with big keys. In the end KORG did better, but still listened to users' comments. On the prologue, you'll find Japanese keyboards of 49 and 61 notes, with big keys, that offer the same feel and expression as the high end KORG keyboards.
Beyond the keyboard, KORG has really paid attention to the details of the overall design. The body of the prologue synthesizer offers a black aluminum panel, wooden side panels and metal potentiometers highlighting the beauty of the instrument that will be as comfortable on stage as in the studio.

The first copies of this powerful synthesizer should arrive in France in March. The price of the 8-way model should run around 1500 € and we are talking about 2000 € for the 16-channel version."

Original French:

"Prologue, le nouveau synthé analo hybride de KORG

Synthétiseur analogique polyphonique 8 voies de 49 touches et la version 16 voies de 61 touches, que l'on peut qualifier de synthé «hybride» de par l'intégration d'un moteur numérique au centre de son circuit entièrement analogique.

Proche cousin des déjà célèbres minilogue et monologue de KORG, le prologue est un synthétiseur analogique polyphonique complet et entièrement programmable. Version boostée aux hormones, il se distingue notamment de ces prédécesseurs par un clavier à grandes touches, une polyphonie de 8 ou 16 voies (en fonction du modèle) et un nouveau moteur
sonore numérique (le multi-engine) élargissant considérablement les possibilités sonores et de personnalisation. Comme vous l'aurez compris, la gamme prologue comprend deux modèles : la version 8 voies de 49 touches et la version 16 voies de 61 touches. Découvrons plus en détails ce qui se cache sous cette bête...

La puissance analogique

Le prologue reprend les circuits analogiques puissants qui ont fait la force des ses prédécesseurs (minilogue et monologue), et propose donc une qualité de son incomparable ainsi qu'une présence étonnante. Plus de 11000 composants électroniques ont été utilisés pour sa fabrication ! Le prologue est composé de 2VCO, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA et 1LFO. Il dispose également du fameux oscillateur intégré vous permettant de créer des formes d’ondes uniques afin d’affiner vos harmonies et de créer des sons époustouflants. Ajouter à cela un filtre passe-bas bipolaire et une distorsion puissante et vous disposez d'un palette analogique puissante pour créer des basses profondes, des leads puissants, ainsi que les magnifiques pads que l'on attend d'un synthétiseur polyphonique. A noter aussi que le prologue est bi-timbral, et vous permet de jouer simultanément deux programmes différents.

Malgré sa puissance analogique, le prologue conserve sa facilité d’utilisation et l'interface intuitive digne des derniers synthétiseurs KORG. Vous retrouvez ainsi sur le panneau la sélection facile des modes de voies (POLY, MONO, UNISSON, CHORD...), le puissant arpégiateur, ou encore la sélection simplifié (et triable) des 500 programmes.

La liberté du numérique

L'ingéniosité du prologue va au-delà de son design analogique. En effet, en ajoutant aux 2 VCO originaux un troisième oscillateur numérique MULTI ENGINE, KORG explore de nouveaux terrains d’expérimentation. Ce nouveau moteur, ajoutant des formes d'ondes numériques et FM, peut être combiné avec les VCO analogiques pour étendre le potentiel sonore du prologue bien au-delà de celui d'un synthétiseur analogique traditionnel. Le générateur de bruit, l'oscillateur VPM et les effets numériques de haute qualité (modulation et delay/reverb) vous apportent ainsi des sons métalliques et des harmoniques complexes que vous n'auriez jamais cru possibles.

Autre nouveauté, et pas des moindres, ce nouveau moteur MULTI ENGINE propose un mode USER vous permettant de charger les programmes d'oscillateur de votre propre création (et oui !) que vous pourrez développer sur le logiciel dédié (disponible au début du printemps 2018). Seize emplacements sont prévus pour ce paramètre.

La qualité de fabrication KORG

Beaucoup attendait un minilogue avec grandes touches. Au final KORG a fait mieux, mais à quand même écouté les remarques des utilisateurs. Vous retrouvez sur le prologue des claviers japonais de 49 et 61 notes, à grandes touches, qui offrent la même sensation et expression que les claviers haut de gamme KORG.
Au delà du clavier, KORG a véritablement porté attention aux détails sur le design global. Le corps du synthétiseur prologue offre donc un panneau en aluminium noir, des panneaux latéraux en bois et des potentiomètres en métal soulignant toute la beauté de l'instrument qui sera aussi bien à l'aise sur scène qu'en studio.

Les premiers exemplaires de ce puissant synthétiseur devraient arriver en France courant mars. Le prix du modèle 8 voies devrait tourner aux alentours de 1500€ et l'on parle de 2000€ pour la version 16 voies."

Left: mock image of a Polytron that originally went up with the post before the Prologue image came in.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Roland Jupiter-4 Synth In the Works? JU-04 Boutique?

This one spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

New JU-04 Boutique?


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