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Sunday, March 03, 2024

Vintage Classics //ARP AXXE a budget synth with flagship sound

video upload by Starsky Carr

"The ARP AXXE is still almost in the affordable ARP camp! Why is it held in such high regard when it is such a simple synth? Having ARP 2600 and Odyssey DNA means it was a budget synth that had the tone of the pro models.

One VCO, a single filter and LFO with just a lonely ADSR envelope - but it doesn't give a sh!t... it's a raucous and massive sounding orange devil with enough CV connections to play very well with a modern euro rack set-up."

0:00 intro track
0:59 overview
5:20 The Oscillator - its only got one
9:34 The Filter- 4075 ARP LP 24dB
12:45 LFO and Modulation
14:25 Its got S&H (minimoog can't do that!)
15:10 Looping envelopes (mini can't do that either!)
16:37 integrating with eurorack
19:22 Final Thoughts

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Arturia Keylab Essential 88 Review & Demo

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Here's the latest in Arturia's Keylab Essential range. It's the 88 key version, and works just like the others, but is BIGGER!!

It's quite hefty for a MIDI controller, but portable considering it's keyboard is 88 keys. There's no aftertouch and its semi-weighted, not hammer action, but comes in at a great price. So if you can live without those extras and you want a full range keyboard it's well worth a look."

Friday, February 09, 2024

Thinking about the Polyend Play+ // Are its synths worth the extra cost?

video upload by Starsky Carr

"The Polyend Play+ has got Synths, Stereo and Audio over USB... but if that's not your bag could you save some cash by buying or sticking with the original ? What do the synths do? how do they work? what do they sound like? are they easy to use?

All answered in here... hopefully!

I look at the synth voices in some depth (not too much I hope) to demo what you can get from them and their overall tone, usefulness and playability. As a synth head I have to say I like them and think they're a worthy addition to Team Play."

0:00 What's This All About
2:36 Using the Synths
10:46 ACD
13:42 FAT
16:41 VAP
21:06 WTFM

Monday, February 05, 2024

UBXa vs OBX8 // 2 modern takes on the OBXa

video upload by Starsky Carr

Note the OB-X8 actually has all three OB's, the OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8. So three in one that can be mixed and matched. See for more info.

"Behringer vs Oberheim - if you're looking for a modern recreation of the OBxa the cost difference between these 2 synths is quite something... but what about the sound? Functionally UBXa and OBX8 have different options. The Behringer has a Mod Matrix and sequencer, but the Oberheim has an OBX and cross mod for example.

But here, I'm concentrating on the raw OBXa sound emulation. ... and FYI:

Cambridge Dictionary meaning of emulation in English
'the process of copying something achieved by someone else and trying to do it as well as they have'

so yes I've called them emulations :)

For patches and samples:

Patches Samples and extras:"

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sonicware ELZ_1 play // review and demo

video upload by Starsky Carr

"The Sonicware ELZ_1 play is finally here, but was it worth the wait? After a few delays following the kickstarter the updated ELZ_1 is now shipping. It's got the addition of a looper, velocity sensitivity, a shimmer effect, more connectivity and in-built speakers.

In this I go through the 17 voice modes, demo the effects, looper and sequencer. It's a little longer than anticipated, but that's because it's got so much in here it's hard to know what to skip over. I don't go into every detail but it'll give you a great overview of how it works and what it sounds like.

Check out my website for patches and samples:

0:00 executive summary
2:44 Let’s GO!
5:22 The Interface
8:07 the 17 Osc Modes
9:54 A note on Modulation
11:12 Back to the Osc Modes
25:59 Enveloeps and Filters
29:03 Effects
32:51 Voice Modes
36:06 Looper
42:49 Pattern/Sequencer
48:11 Saving and Renaming
49:01 Round Up"

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Roland Galaxias // Create your own Frankensynths

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Enhance the classics by combining analog, digital, vintage and modern tones.

We've now got a standalone synths for Roland Cloud Ultimate,... and they've given us an upgrade - you can just load your favourite synths or you can create monster hybrids. With Galaxias you can build up to 4 layers per scene - so you've got Fantom style complex performance patches .. without needing a FANTOM. Plus this can use 4 ACB models in a single patch/scene."

Monday, December 18, 2023

3rd Wave // MPE with the ROLI Seaboard Rise2

video upload by Starsky Carr

"The 3rd Wave from Groove Synthesis has had an MPE upgrade so here I give it a workout with the ROLI Seaboard Rise 2. It's super easy to set up and adds a whole new dimension (or 5) to the 3rd Wave. I NEED to do more of this!

The ROLI software gives you fine control over the calibration settings of each dimension, plus the keyboard itself has the sensitivity sliders plus CC control, so loads to discover."

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Controlling Hardware with the ROLI Seaboard Rise 2

video upload by Starsky Carr

"I've seen a lot of demos of the ROLI Seaboard Rise 2 but most are using it with its own software (which is excellent btw I demo it in here). I've been keen to get one to play with, particularly as I've got a fair few synths that are MPE compatible, and haven't spent enough time exploring this side of them.

In this I take a look at using it with the Synclavier Regen, Groove Synthesis 3rd Wave and the Sequential OB6.

It's super easy to set up and adds sooooo much more potential for expression. I now understand why people want MPE keyboards on everything!... get one of these and you have :)"

Monday, December 11, 2023

New Minifreak Firmware 2.0 - Wavetables, Super Unison and More!

video upload by Arturia

"Firmware 2.0 take your MiniFreak further with new ways to sculpt, accentuate and shape your sound. This update delivers a significant dose of new features and sonic possibilities for existing Mini Freak hardware and software users. With a new wavetable engine, Super Unison effect, Favourites Panel, LFO modulation and more."

video upload by Oscillator Sink

"Merry Minifreak 2.0 Firmware Day! In this video we'll be taking a look at the new features in this firmware including the new Wavetable oscillator type and Super Unison FX and building a patch using these new featrues.

Transparency Notice: Arturia kinda provided this unit to me for free for the purposes of making videos. They have not asked for, neither have they been given, any editorial oversight into the contents of this video.

00:00 Intro
00:54 Sound Store
01:46 New Effect - Super Unison
02:48 Super Unison - Controls
07:19 Super Unison - Sub Types
12:19 Super Unison - Compared to other FX
14:14 Mod Matrix Macros
17:25 LFO Waveshaper Improvements
20:24 Wavetable Oscillaor
20:35 Wavetable Oscillator - Caveats
21:42 Wavetable Oscillator - Controls
24:09 Selecting Wavetables
24:48 Auditioning the Wavetables
30:39 Building a patch with the new features
44:32 Outro"

MiniFreak V2 // Wavetables, Superunison. and other delights!

video upload by Starsky Carr

0:00 intro
0:58 Superunison
4:30 Wavetable Oscillator
10:40 LFO Shaper
12:45 Favourites Panel
14:01 Assigning Mod Matrix to Macros

Arturia Minifreak OS V2.0 Update! FREE UPDATE! | No Talking | #minifreak #minifreak2

video upload by DKS SYNTH LAB

_Introducing MiniFreak firmware 2.0 and MiniFreak V 2.0

MiniFreak update delivers a significant dose of new features and sonic possibilities for existing hardware and software users, with an expanded sonic palette, new FX and more.

Here’s what’s included:

New engine: Wavetable
Including 32 wavetables and 64 new patches to extend the raw potential of your sound, this update brings one of the most powerful engines to MiniFreak (available for Oscillator 1 only).

New FX: Super Unison
Transform a simple patch into a Supersaw monster with Super Unison FX. This chorus-type effect can stack up to 6 copies of a sound on top of a dry signal, for unmistakable width.

Enhanced Custom LFO Users can now decide if the LFO rate corresponds to a single step, or the entire Shaper curve, empowering you to create more nuanced, evolving, and expressive modulations.

A favorites panel for hardware user
Save up to 64 of your favorite presets and access them with ease. Enter the favorites panel by pressing shift + save, store a patch by pressing save + selecting a sequencer slot and recall a saved patch with a step button press.

New sound store for MiniFreak V
Software users can make the most of a brand new Sound Store with two paid banks with 64 patches and three free banks with 32 patches at launch.

And more
Minifreak update also comes with additional enhancements to Macro Edit mode for greater real-time control over modulation amounts. As well as Osc Freerun OFF, which now apply to Bass, Harm and SawX. Clock Send and Transport Send for hardware users, which can now be toggled on and off. Finally, you can now control the instrument volume with MIDI CC7"

Discover more

Sunday, December 10, 2023

SOMA Terra // What are all those blobs?

video upload by Starsky Carr

"A look at how the interface on the SOMA Terra works. It looks completely impenetrable, and that's because it is! Nothing to penetrate here.. just fiddle and go.. and therein lies the beauty! There are 32 sound engines which can interact with the buttons in different ways.

You've got 12 blobs for tuning, 4 blobs for 'macros' and a few knobs and buttons for selecting parameter and so on. From sublime to ear-drilling mayhem in a few moments. It's the sort of thing you want to spend hours and hours playing.

A FESTIVE GIFT for VERY loved one (i.e. buy it for yourself!.. yours...elf - it's Christmas after all.)"

Friday, December 08, 2023

3rd Wave Update // PPG mode + Prophet VS waves

video upload by Starsky Carr

"As the spiritual successor to the PPG Waves the 3rd Wave has some secret sauce hidden under the hood to give us the same vintage vibes as the original PPG. And it just so happens this also works for the Prophet VS waves. The way the samples are processed gives us all the lovely 80s musical artefacts that make the classics so special.

Here I demo the Prophet VS waves and show how to load PPG style wavetables. So ... effectively we have a Waveterm - we can load any 128 sample based wavetable that has 64 waves.,

Check out my wavetable vid for some tips on how to do that." [posted here]

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Mariana - The Moog That Never Was

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Deep Dive ('sea' what I did there ... twice!) into the Mariana from Moog. It's like a synth that should've, but never existed. It feels like an emulation of a real synth rather than a brand new soft synth... because of some strange design choices and limitations. Odd, but rather compelling.

It's fun with Moogerfooger plugins as well."

Monday, November 27, 2023

Roland Fantom EX // ACB vs Zen-Core ABM

video upload by Starsky Carr

"For the first time we have ACB and Zencore models in the same synth. In this video I compare the new ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) synth models in the Roland Fantom to its existing ABM (Analog Behaviour Modelling) Zen-Core Model Expansions.

In this I demo how the SH101 models differ from my vintage original, and show how the Jupiter 8 models have different functionality.

ACB is more processor intensive for your more extreme solo sounds, whereas ABM gives us more polyphony and layering options. To keep it simple in the video I refer to the ABM versions as Zen-Core, but just remember they are their own technology that is different to the standard Zen-Core synth engine"

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Synclavier Regen // The 7 stages of ownership

video upload by Starsky Carr

"It's not like other synths... it's part of music history... it's complex.. it's unique... it sounds amazing... it's a thing. I've had this for a few months now, and created a couple of tracks, made a patch bank, tried re synthesis, samples, additive synthesis, single cycle samples... whole sessions and complex partials.

Here's a rundown of my experience, what it is, how it works and how to get the most out of it. We go through a number of phases
Fascination and intrigue, confusion, understanding, discovery, exploration, acceptance before finally landing on enjoyment"

Monday, October 30, 2023

What is Analogue Solutions Maximus?

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Analogue Solutions has done it again.. gone and made another MASSIVE synth. Maximus is its first poly synth... and what a synth.

Here's a review and demo showing how all 8 voices are almost a complete synth including their own sequencer, with global control ensuring it can work as a poly.

I've been having too much fun using it like an 8 track analogue workstation!

For exclusive patches, samples and tutorials:

Some nice patch banks and samples etc:

Here's the MIDI master clock:"

0:00 Demo track 1
0:40 what is it
2:33 Demo Track 2
3:29 Overview
7:07 Poly Mode
11:40 Global Controls
15:07 Individual Voices
18:39 Filters
20:49 Sequencers
23:27 Envelopes
24:14 BBD
25:29 Wrapping Up
27:26 Demo Track 3

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Cherry Audio Introduces PS-3300 Virtual Analog Recreation of the KORG PS-3300 Synthesizer

video upload by Cherry Audio

"PS-3300 is an exactingly faithful virtual analog emulation of the colossal and ultra-rare semi-modular analog polyphonic synthesizer released by KORG in 1977. Cherry Audio has pulled out all the stops to accurately recreate and update this mythical monster synth, from its massive stacked sonic character and signature multiple‑resonator sweeps to the considerable patching capabilities that distinguished the PS-3300 from all other polysynths at the time."

Introduction to Cherry Audio's PS-3300 - Hosted by Tim Shoebridge

video upload by Cherry Audio

"To get users up and running with PS-3300, Cherry Audio and Tim Shoebridge of Sound Mangling have again teamed up to create an introductory tutorial video walking users through the history and extensive features of this massive virtual synthesizer instrument.

00:00 - Introduction
02:57 - The KORG PS-3300
04:38 - Cherry Audio's PS-3300

User Interface Basics
05:41 - Signal Generator Panels and Master Panel
06:33 - The Oscillators
08:15 - The Filters
09:22 - The EGs
10:54 - Keyboard Tracking
11:21 - The Resonators
13:00 - Modulation (LFOs)
16:45 - Temperament and Tuning Controls

Semi-Modular Patching with Virtual Cables
18:14 - Patching Basics
20:58 - Mod Wheel Patching
25:20 - Conclusion

Cherry Audio PS-3300 - a massive demo and tutorial for a massive synth

video upload by CatSynth TV

"Today we present the new PS-3300 from our friends at Cherry Audio, in partnership with the good people at the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project (EMEAPP). The original Korg PS-3300 is a massive polyphonic semi-modular analog synthesizer with three independent polyphonic synth voices, each of which has a multi-waveform oscillator, low-pass resonant filter, a unique three-band resonator, independent tuning of each note of the scale and more. Cherry Audio's version recreates the look and sound of the original, and adds some additional modern features.

Such a beast of an instrument deserves a beast of a video, almost an hour in length, packed with details about the history of the instrument, how each part of the synth voice works, how to use all three together, the global and effects sections, and factory presets."

00:00 Introduction
00:26 History of the Korg PS-3300
01:33 Overview
02:39 Single voice - oscillator
05:40 Low pass filter
10:42 Resonators
13:56 Amplitude and frequency modulation (single voice)
17:56 More global modules
19:55 Temperament and intonation
23:48 Multiple voices
25:57 Multiple resonators and low-pass filters
34:27 Cross-voice modulation
39:23 Different temperaments on each voice
41:33 The effects section
48:48 Factory Presets
57:15 Conclusion

**NEW** Cherry Audio PS3300 // 3 polyphonic synths in a semi modular box

video upload by Starsky Carr

"This is one CRAZY synth!! 3 full polyphonic synths in one big box. Here's my review, demo and walkthrough of the Cherry Audio PS3300. It's a replica of the Korg of the same name from 1977. This is a great example of a unique and characterful synth from the days when they were figuring out how best to create and control the tones.

Each voice has a single oscillator, lowpass filter, ADSR envelope and 2 LFOs. The resonators are a great addition - 3 resonant BP filters per voice - gives a lush or crazy phasing effect.

Follow all this with Cherry Audios FX, and the scalable interface, MIDI control etc etc and you end up with something well worth picking up. Have a cheese sandwich for you dinner and pick this up instead of a pizza!"

0:00 what is it?
2:35 Oscillators
4:52 Filter
6:20 Envelope
7:22 Polyphony
7:41 Keyboard Volume Balance
8:18 Resonators
9:50 Amp Modulation
10:27 Keyboard CV Outputs
11:08 Mixer
13:08 CV Processors
15:23 Sample and Hold
16:21 CV Processors Signal Invert

Monday, October 09, 2023

Create Wavetables From Anything For Anything ... For free

video upload by Starsky Carr

Here I put the Prophet VS waves into the UDO Super 6, Waldorf M, Arturia Microfreak and Pigments using just a DAW and Audacity. It's a super flexible method and following this you should be able to sample any wave from anything you have to create a wavetable - the tricky bit was getting the cycle length sample accurate. Some require

Buy the packs here:

Or become a Patron:"

0:00 Making Wavetables isn't always easy
3:21 Tuning the Source Instrument
5:16 Create the Initial Samples
6:07 Fine Tuning the Samples
7:45 Creating the Single Cycles Sample in Audacity
10:26 Exporting Individual Files
11:22 Creating Wavetables
15:54 Take Care!
16:48 Changing the Cycle Length
17:39 Export as a Wavetable
18:24 Importing into the Microfreak
19:07 Change the Number of Samples per Wavetable
19:56 Change the Bitrate
20:55 Final Test - The Working Wavetables

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Can your Grandmother be a Prodigy?

video upload by Starsky Carr

See this post for details on the layoffs at Moog.

"It's got loads more functionality but has it got the raw tone? And what about playability of that infamous sync? Is it close enough or will you keep the Prodigy and get those 40 year old niggles fixed?

for the Prodigy sample pack:

0:00 A word about Moog
2:05 NOT a comparison... (well sort of)
3:53 Do the oscillators sound the same
5:28 What about the filter?
8:05 Sync.. the BIG Prodigy tone
11:29 What about long-term ownership?"

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

What's New? | PolyBrute - Firmware 3.0

video upload by Arturia

"Matt Pike gives you a guided tour of the fresh creative features, sonic enhancements, and useful fixes arriving with PolyBrute's firmware 3.0, from built-in distortion to new tuning options."

Playthrough | PolyBrute Firmware 3.0 - Presets

"Enjoy a sonic preview of PolyBrute's revamped preset library, courtesy of firmware 3.0, with sound designer Matt Pike. Each preset is designed to delve deeper into PolyBrute's unique expressivity, alongside the firmware's new features."

Polybrute Firmware V3 Update

video upload by Starsky Carr

"The Polybrute gets better and better.. Arturia have given us another surprise firmware update for the Polybrute. Lots of nice little additions in here, in particular the 7 new distortions plus FX routing, VCO tuning options and unison detune... and a fair bit more."

0:00 7 Distortions
1:13 FX Routing
2:31 VCO Tuning
3:14 Unison Detune
4:15 Poly Unison
5:04 Duo Pitch Bend
5:53 Stereo Layers
7:05 Arp Glide
7:53 Step Record Page Follow
8:32 Generate
9:03 Visuals and Misc

Distortion mode

Color and crush your polyphonic patches with a new page of effects: Distortion. This includes 7 types of crunch: Subtle Tape, Classic Distortion, Soft Clip, Worn Out Tape, Germanium, BitCrusher, and DownSample.

Flexible effects routing

Dig deeper into PolyBrute’s signal chain and rewire its effects to suit your sound design flow; both the Insert and Send modes can now be adjusted in terms of order.

New Stereo Layer mode

Allocate one voice to the left channel and one to the right to add increased natural width to PolyBrute’s sounds.

Enhanced tuning

A wider range of tuning options lets you adjust PolyBrute’s musical role in your projects, from tuning individual oscillators more deeply to transposing the keyboard to suit a particular track or style.

PolyBrute Connect

Communication between PolyBrute and its software counterpart is now quicker, smoother, and more intuitive, also accommodating other new features from firmware 3.0.

Workflow & expression improvements

Numerous fixes and much-requested additions to PolyBrute’s feature set, from reloading your last saved preset on startup to more features & parameters displayed on-screen in real-time.

Over 350 new presets

PolyBrute’s library has been totally reworked with new & enhanced presets that emphasize its expressivity, analog power, and new features like Distortion and Stereo Layer mode; hear the new library in action in Matt Pike’s dedicated playthrough video.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

The GODFATHER from Enjoy Electronics

video upload by Starsky Carr

"4 track mixer, with delays, compression, filters, LFOs, reverb all put together in a very sexy little package. The Godfather from Enjoy Electronics fits the Moog Studio rack and complements the Mother32, DFAM and Subharmonicon perfectly.

In this I build a track from a simple arpeggio using all the main features piece by piece, which should give a good overall impression of how it all works, and what it all does.

For patches, samples, and free stuff:"

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