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Monday, January 29, 2024

NAMM 2024: Stylophone Pitch Theremin

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Stylophone have announced an upcoming release that combines a Theremin with a built-in delay unit, modulation capabilities and a pitched playing mode.

We apologise for some audio distortion during parts of this report."

Friday, January 26, 2024

Synth East 2024 Update - things are selling out fast!

video upload by Molten Music Technology

"An update on the fabulous Synth East show for you. Friday night has sold out, Saturday is getting close and don't forget the Sunday workshops!

Synth East is a festival of synths and modular in Norwich from Friday the 23rd of February to Sunday the 25th. Brought to you by the Norwich Arts Centre, Electronic Sound Magazine and Molten Modular.

Tickets are available for each event separately. There's a discount if you order the Saturday Expo and evening gig at the same time.

Friday: Subotnick documentary, Adam Buxton interviews Steve Davis and music from Luke Sanger. SOLD OUT!"

Friday, November 10, 2023

Synth East 2024 - Synth and Modular festival in Norwich

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"Synth East is a festival of synths and modular in Norwich from Friday the 23rd of February to Sunday the 25th. Brought to you by the Norwich Arts Centre, Electronic Sound Magazine and Molten Modular.

Tickets are available for each event separately. There's a discount if you order the Saturday Expo and evening gig at the same time.

Friday: Subotnick documentary [trailer here], Adam Buxton interviews Steve Davis and music from Luke Sanger.

Saturday daytime: Synth Expo with performances

Saturday evening: Blancmange, Ultramarine and Molten Modular

Sunday: DIY Workshops from Thonk and Befaco."

Update: press release follows:

"Pouring from the heart of Norfolk, hosted by the Norwich Arts Centre, curated by Electronic Sound Magazine and run by Molten Modular, Synth East is back. After a devastatingly successful 2023 show the sold-out Norfolk-based festival of synthesizers returns in 2024 but this time it's been widened into a full weekend experience.

The all new Friday evening Synth East event is curated by Electronic Sound Magazine and kicks off with (possibly) the UK premiere of a documentary on electronic musician Morton Subotnick, who at 90 years old, is known affectionately as the Father of Techno. It’s called Subotnick, Portrait of an Electronic Music Pioneer by Waveshaper Media who brought us the intoxicating 2014 documentary, I Dream of Wires.

Following the film we have writer, broadcaster, comedian and musician Adam Buxton chatting with Synth East alumni Steve Davis about music, life and modular synths. Finishing off the evening we have an ambient set from modular musician Luke Sanger as we relax into some beers in preparation for what’s to come for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday’s Synth East Expo is a carnival of control voltage, a festival of synth sounds and a party of epic performances. Dozens of manufacturers will be filling the Arts Centre with synths and modulars to give you an opportunity check out their marvellous machines and bask in the glow of synthesiser technology. You’ll be able to chat with the makers about the gear and even have a personal demonstration. Simply walking through the auditorium in the company of such exciting gear is completely thrilling.

Throughout the day we’ll be having some performances from local artists Hardwired and Tristan Burfield before we once again embark on the awesome modular experiment of the all-star patch off. This year, joining Robin "Molten Modular" Vincent, Steve Davis and Gaz Williams will be Mylar Melodies, Nina Richards, and Jason Jervis. These are unique, improvised performances that you’ll never see anywhere else.

Saturday night’s synthesiser explosion features the 80s synth legends Blancmange who have kindly agree to fit us in before their extensive Everything is Connected: The Best Of Blancmange tour of the UK. Supporting Blancmange we have eclectic electronic music duo Ultramarine featuring Ian Cooper and Paul Hammond. And in the warm up slot is our own Robin “Molten Modular” Vincent and a special guest.

On Sunday we are hosting some Eurorack DIY workshops presented by Befaco and Thonk. They will be held at Electronic Sound HQ at Capital House over a few hours. The idea is that you buy a ticket for the workshop and then order the kit that you hope to build directly with Befaco or Thonk.

Synth East 2024 runs from the 23rd to the 25th of February. Each event is available as a separate ticket and there's a bundle deal on buying the Saturday Expo and evening performance together.

Our intention is to revel in the world of synthesizers, modular and electronic musical boxes. We want to explore sound through performance, discussion and hands-on interaction. It's a lot of fun and open to anyone with an interest in bleeps, tones and noises."

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Continual Transition - a Memory Machine [Sound/Noise Demonstration]

video upload by Ryan Gaston

"Continual Transition is an electronic sound-making device designed to engage memory, inspired by the unique otherworldly dread of isolation in the Ozarks.

Continual Transition uses a simple synthesis structure, modulated delay lines, sampling, and multiple internal feedback/feedforward nodes to create a chaotic, constantly evolving musical structure. Despite its use of relatively simple synthesis "building blocks," its embrace of chaos and its perhaps-peculiar parameterization makes it such that individual controls often results in individual knobs affecting many aspects of a sound's character, usually in nonlinear or unpredictable ways.

Continual Transition is comprised of two primary sections: on the left, a Temporal Reflection Interval Processor (TRIP), and on the right, an Arbitrarily Traversal Memory Register (ATMR). The TRIP and ATMR are intertwined via multiple intermodulation nodes, allowing them to influence one another's behavior in a number of ways. The TRIP is a continually-degrading memory process, in which user actions are echoed, multiplied, and obfuscated continually as time progresses. The ATMR is a sampling device, which assesses the device's total state for concentrated periods of time, locking small windows of "memory" into a buffer which can be bent, twisted, folded, and traversed linearly or chaotically.

By allowing these two forms of memory to commingle—and by gradually learning the relationship between individual controls, the immediate sound, and the way that sounds progress into the future—the user may develop a peculiar sense of "presentness," in which the events of the past and immediate future gain greater clarity and present actions take on greater-than-typical weight.

Continual Transition was created with a Bela Mini, Pure Data, simple custom circuitry, and Arkansan cedar sourced directly from the forests of the Ozarks. A limited number of Continual Transition devices were created in 2020. Despite initial goals to the contrary, there is no current plan to develop it into a commercial product.

If you want to learn more about Continual Transition (and to hear more examples of how it can sound), see the Summer 2019 edition of SciARC's Offramp online magazine here:"

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Print Magazine Modul8 Issue #2 Now Available

You might remember Modul8 from this previous post.

via Issue #2 is now available.

"Modul8 issue two is out now - bigger, better and more in depth.

After being humbly blown away by the support for the premiere issue of Modul8, issue two steps up with more pages, more interviews and more synth devotion.

Go behind the modules with Corry Banks from Eurorack manufacturer Modbap Modular, dive deep into sound therapy with AHRKH, explore modern ballet music with composer Alison Cole and get schooled by Serge scholar Ben Carey.

There's also feature interviews with L.A's best kept secret Voltage Ctrlr,

heartbreak and redemption with Def Jam's Sadiva, Buchla buzz from Beijing's TamiX and the breakthroughs and breakdowns of Aussie breakbeat pioneers Nubreed.

And if all that still wasn't enough we check in with Melbourne theremin maestro Miles Brown, learn about SDEM's latest album, throw it back with the American Gigolo soundtrack and try to figure out why 'INIT' patches are so comforting.

All that, plus everyone's favourite philosopher Todd Barton is back, and this time he's getting saucy with his synths.

And despite our tragic commitment to physical media, we’ve also created a special Spotify playlist featuring music from the artists showcased in issue two.

We’re super proud of this issue, but more importantly we're super stoked to present such a dynamic and diverse range of creators following their own paths

You can grab your copy here now.

*Modul8 acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. Modul8 is produced off-grid and attempts to limit its carbon footprint where possible."

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

SFUK 2023 - From DX7 to MODX+ - 40 Years of FM Synthesis

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"From DX7 to MODX+ [40 Years of FM Synthesis]

Filmed at SynthFest UK 2023

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Yamaha DX7, Sound On Sound podcaster and music technology journalist, Rob Puricelli, reflected on the history and legacy of this game-changing instrument.

Rob was also joined on stage by celebrated FM programmer from America, Dr. Manny Fernandez, who demonstrate the impact of FM synthesis and how it has been implemented over the last four decades using a range of classic and modern FM synthesizers on stage.

There was also a demonstration of the Yamaha Computer Assisted Music System (Y-CAMS) which wowed audiences with the power of an FM-based, MIDI connected suite of tools."

Friday, October 13, 2023

Sound On Sound SynthFest UK Videos - 10/13/2023

video uploads by Sound On Sound magazine

SynthFest UK 2023 - Yamaha FGDP50 & 30 [uploaded yesterday]
SynthFest UK 2023 - Midicake Arp
SynthFest UK 2023 - Korg Wavestate SE & Opsix SE
SynthFest 2023 Korg Wavestate MK ii
SynthFest 2023 Expert Sleepers Cicely
SynthFest 2023 AMCS WW7
SynthFest 2023 DPW Design Mix
SynthFest UK - 1010 Music, Bluebox Eurorack

See the SynthFest UK label below for more.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

SynthFest 2023 Exclusively Analogue - The Pioneer

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

Sunday, October 08, 2023


video uploads by Sound On Sound magazine

SYNTHFEST 2023 - Rhodes MK8 Effects and V8
SYNTHFEST 2023 - Nonlinear Labs C15
SYNTHFEST 2023 - Analogue Solutions - Maximus
SYNTHFEST 2023 Tone Science - Triple Cross and Chance Delay
SYNTHFEST 2023 Audio Computer - Beat Friend
SYNTHFEST 2023 Cong Burn - Strokes
SYNTHFEST 2023 Officina del Malista - ML23 Midi for Malista
Synthfest 2023 - Audio Computer Weather Station

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

SYNTHFEST UK 2023 Set for October 7


"Exhibition \\ Retailers \\ Education \\ Modular Meet \\ Seminars & Demos

Come and see Keyboards - Desktop Synths - Modular - Software Synths and much more.

SynthFest UK 2023 takes place in Sheffield on Saturday 7th of October 2023 (10:30am – 6:30pm) and has been created by Sound On Sound magazine to give companies of all sizes an opportunity to showcase their synth products in front of the public in what promises to be a great day out for all musicians, whether a pro, semi-pro or hobbyist. Come and see Keyboards - Desktop Synths - Modular - Software Synths and much more. The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, Sheffield, S10 2TQ (Next to the University of Sheffield Student Union building)"

Friday, September 01, 2023


Press release follows:

The ARP Foundation Strengthens its Mission

Kingston, NY, AUGUST 31, 2023– The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation has welcomed three new appointees to its Board of Directors: Chris Meyer, Collin Russell, and Andrew Schlesinger.

Chris Meyer
As a teenager in the 70s, Chris Meyer took lessons on piano, bass, and modular synthesizers. He went on to write code and help design products for Sequential Circuits, Digidesign, Tom Oberheim, and Roland R&D where he was chief engineer. He is perhaps best known as the creator of Vector Synthesis. >

Chris also taught synthesis at UCLA Extension, wrote numerous articles for Music Technology Magazine plus a column for Keyboard Magazine, and was technical chairman of the MIDI Manufacturers Association where he authored several additions to the spec including MIDI Time Code.

After a two-decade detour in the video and film industry, he recently returned to modular synthesis, creating videos, courses, and articles under the name Learning Modular, and co-authored the popular book Patch & Tweak. Proving that one who teaches can also “do”, most recently he has been focusing on composing and performing sweeping, emotional electronic music under the name Alias Zone which combines synthesizers, samplers, field recordings, and percussion instruments.

Collin Russell

Collin Russell is a composer, sound designer, and educator specializing in modular synthesis and through-composed electronic music. In addition to creating sound libraries and scoring music for films, Collin releases his own personal music in genres ranging from ambient to harsh noise. His process is rooted in the melding of traditional harmonic and rhythmic structures with organic modulations, bridging the gap between familiar and explorative sound.

Synth Gems 1 and Inspire the Music – 50 Years of Roland History.

Andrew Schlesinger

Drew Schlesinger is a renowned professional sound designer who has been involved in creating patches for synthesizers, effects and software products beginning with the Casio CZ-101 in 1984. He’s developed internal presets for over two hundred devices from thirty different manufacturers including Roland, Korg, EMU, Kurzweil, Alesis, Sony, Yamaha, Eventide, Lexicon and Sound Toys among many others.

He's recognized as one of the most prolific and accomplished sound programmers in the MI industry and has created seminal sounds and effects that include “Crystal Echoes” (Shimmer), the “Black Hole” reverb for Eventide and “Prophetic Steps” for Korg’s Prophecy synthesizer.

Drew was recently presented with the Golden Knob Lifetime Achievement Award at the Knobcon 2022 for his work in synth sound design and the contributions to the electronic music community. He’s also included in NAMM’s Oral History Series and is a frequent podcast guest.


"We’re very excited to welcome these talented professionals into our Board of Directors," said Dina Alcalay Pearlman-Ifil, founder and Executive Director of the ARP Foundation and daughter of Alan R. Pearlman. "These three new Directors are well-recognized in their fields and we’re looking forward to their contributions bringing the Foundation’s efforts to the next level.”

The ARP Foundation continues its work with contributors, collaborators, vendors, manufacturers, venues, and synthesizer owners to provide music students with access to vintage ARP synthesizers to explore the endless possibilities of electronic music. The Foundation relies on donors to continue its mission, and encourages everyone who understands the importance of music education to visit to learn more and pledge their support.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Ableton Push 3 Gets Expressive: Here's how it competes! // Review & Tutorial

video upload by loopop

"Find out how Push 3 compares to Push 2, other expressive instruments, Akai's Force & MPC and Maschine+, and which version you might want to get, standalone or controller. #AbletonPush3" TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
1:25 What’s new v P2
1:45 Poly X & Y
3:00 Cross pad bends
3:30 Pad settings
4:10 MPE instruments
4:55 MPE kits
5:25 P3 Standalone
8:25 Audio & I/O
10:25 More controls
12:50 New views
13:20 Similarities
14:25 Session grid
16:15 Note layouts
18:15 Screen controls
19:25 Live recording
22:05 Step seq
24:10 Automation
25:55 Sample chops
27:45 Adding devices
28:05 Live versions
29:50 Misc topics
31:10 Pros & cons
31:30 Standalone?
37:25 Plugins?
38:40 CPU power?
41:05 vs controllers?
41:50 vs MPC/Maschine?
44:20 vs MPE synths?
45:55 Outro

SOS Product Preview: Ableton Push

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Ableton announce the release of the latest version of Push, their pad-based hardware instrument and controller. With a design focused on expressive playing and performance, the new Push can be used as a standalone instrument or in conjunction with a computer and now incorporates MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE).

Simon from Ableton gives us a first in-depth look on release day at what's new in the updated Push and how to make the most of its new performance features.

You will be able to read our full SOS review of the new Ableton Push in the July 2023 edition of Sound On Sound magazine.

00:00 - Intro
00:25 - Navigating Push With The New Jog-wheel
03:29 - Built-in Audio Interface
04:10 - ADAT, USB & CV Connections
05:00 - Playing Sounds With MPE-enabled Pads
08:08 - Fine Tuning Pad Response
09:10 - Playing Drums With Pads
09:58 - Transferring Sets Between Push & Live
11:01 - Standalone Operation & WiFi
12:38 - Connecting A MIDI Keyboard
13:30 - Launching Clips Using The Jog-wheel
14:37 - Momentary Buttons
15:17 - Outro Jam"

Ableton Push Standalone - Hardware LIVE is here - First Look

video upload by sonicstate

"Hell yeah! Ableton have announced a new Push with built in sound card, upgraded pads and more. There's also a standalone version which can run Ableton Live Suite and all its devices and MAX4Live too. Sessions can be transferred between Live on a host computer and the Push Standalone.
Push comes in two versions: Regular (MPE MIDI controller, and sound card) which will link to your host computer running Live, and the Standalone version - which has an Intel NUC processor card, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD for asset and project storage."

Ableton Push 3 Pad response

video upload by

"Just a very brief video demonstrating the sensitivity and expression available on the Ableton Push 3 pads"

DATA79 - Push 3 performance - Somewhere between here and now

video upload by MrDataline

Monday, May 15, 2023

Superbooth 2023: Xaoc New Modules

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Xaoc announce multiple New Modules"

Pronounced "House Devices".

Superbooth 2023: Thingstone Track8

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Thinstone show us their new Track8 prototype audio recorder and sequencer."

"Track8 helps you to capture your creative ideas without the distractions of modern Digital Audio Workstations. All features are right at your fingertips and accessible without menu diving.

Lay down a basic beat via the USB Audio import. Record one track at a time. Rearrange your song structure afterwards. Undo if you need to. In the end, export your Song either as a Mixdown to share as a demo tape, or export raw Stem files for further processing and mixing in the DAW of your choice."

Record to up to 8 stereo Audio Tracks, via Mono/Stereo 1/4” Input or XLR Microphone Preamp. Cut, copy, paste your Music. Merge and bounce your Tracks.

Connect your Midi Devices using full size Midi in/out. Or connect up to 16 USB Midi devices to the USB-A Port. Record and Edit Midi Events.

Use selected Effects on each Audio Track. Send each Track to a Delay and Reverb Bus. Import WAV Files and Loops into your arrangement. Export individual Stems or whole Tracks.

Superbooth 2023: Animal Factory Pedal Updates & Synth

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

Superbooth 2023: Vector Instruments Tempera

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Vector Instruments announce the Tempera granular synthesiser."

Vector Tempera

Superbooth 2023: Melbourne Instruments Nina

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Melbourne Instruments debut their new flagship synth with brushless-motor based knobs, the Nina."

Melbourne Instruments Nina

Superbooth 2023: Aodyo Anyma Omega Desktop

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Aodyo announce a desktop version of the Anyma Omega."

You can find additional details and videos on Aodyo's new Anyma Omega synth, including the keyboard version, here.

Superbooth 2023: Modal Carbon8

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Modal show a prototype Carbon8 synthesizer."

Superbooth 2023: Superlative Audio Monolab 1210

video upload by Sound On Sound magazine

"Superlative Audio launch their Monolab 1210 synth, in a suprisingly compact form factor."

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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