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Sunday, December 03, 2023

NOVATION SUPERNOVA 2 - Review, Sounds & Demo | Digital Synthesizer


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"Novation Supernova 2 review, sounds and demo. In this synthesizer review of the Novation Supernova II I provide an overview of the synth, it's digital / virtual analog engine, play Novation Supernova sounds, and provide my final thoughts on the Novation Supernova 2 including pros and cons.

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TIMESTAMPS
00:00 - Intro
00:42 - Overview

01:43 - Oscillators
07:11 - Filters
12:16 - LFOs
15:54 - Audio In
16:03 - Envelopes
17:43 - Effects
23:45 - FX Routing
26:07 - Arpeggiator

29:03 - Sounds & Patches

51:31 - Pros
56:08 - Cons
1:00:57 - Final Thoughts"

Sunday, September 24, 2023

UDO SUPER 6 - Ambient Chillout Jam (Step Sequencer)


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"UDO Super 6 ambient chillout jam using the on-board step sequencer. The UDO Super 6 is an incredible digital / analog hybrid synthesizer and the step sequencer allows for some creative patterns. In this UDO Super 6 jam I use a combo of oscillators, filter FM, LFO, resonance and digital delay to shape the sound over a repeating motif."

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

ROLAND D-50 - Synth Review, Sounds & Demo | Linear Synthesizer


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"Roland D-50 synth review, sounds and demo. In this synthesizer review of the Roland D-50, I provide an overview of the synth, it's digital sample-based linear arithmetic synthesis engine, play Roland D-50 sounds, and provide my final thoughts on the Roland D50 including pros and cons.

TIMECODES
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00:00 - Intro
01:15- Overview
14:12 - Sounds & Patches
30:27 - Pad Sound Design
32:49 - Pros
36:42 - Cons
40:12 - Final Thoughts"

Thursday, June 22, 2023

ALESIS ANDROMEDA A6 - Ambient Piano Improvisation | Synth Demo


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"Alesis Andromeda A6 ambient piano improvisation, featuring a melancholy motif and vibrato to simulate string-like tones. I used the Alesis Andromeda's onboard chorus/phaser and reverb to create a nice ambient wash of sound. Hope you enjoy this ambient Alesis Andromeda A6 synthesizer demo."

Friday, May 19, 2023

NOVATION SUMMIT Review | 16-Voice Bi-Timbral Hybrid Synthesizer | Sounds, Tutorial & Demo


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"Novation Summit synth review, sounds and demo. The Novation Summit is a powerful 16-voice digital / analog hybrid & bi-timbral synthesizer that combines two Novation Peaks in one instrument. In this Novation Summit review I cover Summit's key features, sounds, patches & presets, and conclude with my final thoughts. @NovationTV"

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

KORG POLYSIX - Synth Review, Sounds & Demo


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"Korg Polysix synth review, sounds and demo. The Polysix is a vintage 6-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer released in the early 80s by Korg. In this review I provide an overview of the Korg Polysix, demo some Korg Polysix sounds and patches, and conclude with my final thoughts on the synth. Note: MXR analog chorus was used for subtle stereo.

TIME CODES:
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00:00 - Intro
00:32 - Overview
14:46 - Sounds & Patches
26:52 - Pros
30:45 - Cons
33:24 - Final Thoughts"

Sunday, March 26, 2023

ENSONIQ ESQ-1 - Synth Demo | Sounds, Patches & Presets


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"Ensoniq ESQ-1 synth demo featuring sounds, patches and presets. The ESQ-1 is a vintage digital / analog hybrid synth released by Ensoniq in 1985. This Ensoniq ESQ-1 synthesizer demo showcases various sounds including pads, basses, fx, bells, strings, drums and more.

Released in 1985, the Ensoniq ESQ-1 has 61 velocity-sensitive keys, 8 voices of polyphony, 9-part multi-timbrality, 24,000 note & 8-track sequencer, 3 oscillators, 3 LFOs, 4 envelope generators, low-pass resonant filter, MIDI and storage for 40 internal patches (expandable via cartridge).

The ESQ-1's 3x oscillators are digital and use a custom Ensoniq chip to generate 32 different waveforms. The low-pass filter uses a CEM 3379 chip however does not fully self-oscillate and is only 32-steps of resolution. The VCA is also fully analog. In addition, the Ensoniq ESQ-1 can respond to polyphonic aftertouch via MIDI.

The Ensoniq ESQ-1 also features amplitude modulation, oscillator sync, monohponic mode and portamento. Programming is done via the buttons and data slider on the front panel, however changes do not take effect until the subsequent key press. Sequences of up to 999 bars can be chained to songs for massive performances.

The Ensoniq ESQ-1 has a classic digital / analog hybrid sound from the mid 80s and is a workhorse synth that continues to be loved and appreciated to this day. It is very fully featured and despite the lack of knobs and sliders, is fairly quick to edit. If you are interested in early hybrid synth sounds from the 1980s, the Ensoniq ESQ-1 is a great choice."

Friday, January 20, 2023

ALESIS ANDROMEDA A6 - Ambient Chillout Jam (Step Sequencer)


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"Alesis Andromeda A6 synth demo featuring an ambient chillout jam using the on-board step sequencer. The Alesis Andromeda is a very powerful analog synthesizer and the 16-step sequencer allows for intricate pattern building and layering, as it can be triggered per key to create different timings and offsets.

In this ambient chillout music piece I showcase the Alesis Andromeda A6's step sequencer and some interesting timbres via the dual filter setup, LFOs and delay effects. The music uses a repeating motif to showcase these aspects. Hope you enjoy the demo and jam."

Sunday, December 18, 2022

YAMAHA SY77 - Synth Demo | Sounds, Patches & Presets


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"Yamaha SY77 FM and AWM synthesizer demo featuring various, sounds patches and presets. The SY77 was a flagship Yamaha FM & AWM2 synth released in 1989. In this Yamaha SY77 synth demo I showcase pads, plucks, ambient soundscapes, strings, motion loops and more.

The Yamaha SY77 has 32-voices of polyphony (16 FM, 16 AWM) and features 6-operator AFM synthesis. This provides 45 algorithms, 3 feedback loops and 16 waveforms, and 16-bit AWM2 sample ROM waveforms which can all be used in various ways to craft layered and complex sounds.

The Yamaha SY77 also has multi-stage Time Variant Filters (lowpass, highpass, multi-pole) with resonance, LFO (sine, saw, triangle and sample & hold), 16-track sequencer (16K note capacity), 61 drum sounds, 16-part multi-timbrality, 4 independent digital effects (2 reverb units w/ 40 effect types & 2 modulation units), as well as a 61-key velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch. The SY77 can store up to 128 preset & 64 user patches, 16 preset & 16 user multi-patches. There is also a rack-mount version released in 1990, the Yamaha TG77.

The Yamaha SY77 brings the best of 6-operator FM synthesis and blends it with AWM2 samples to provide new sound design possibilities beyond traditional FM. The combination of these two methods was marketed as Realtime Convolution and Modulation Synthesis (RCM) and enables sounds not possible on a DX7 or DX7 II.

Some advantages of the SY77 include: 5 additional waves besides the standard sine; 45 algorithms (vs 32 on DX7); flexible routing of up to three feedback sources within any algorithm, ability to design custom-routed algorithm via MIDI; routing of FM signal through a configurable filter; and of course layering and manipulation of AWM2 PCM samples with the FM synthesis.

The Yamaha SY77 is still an exceptionally powerful FM synthesizer and can be found for good prices on the 2nd hand market. Build quality is also quite substantial. If you have the opportunity to acquire one and want to go beyond traditional FM and DX7 sounds, the Yamaha SY77, TG77, or even the SY99 are great options. Hope you enjoy this Yamaha SY77 synth demo."

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

STEINER-PARKER SYNTHACON - Analog Synth Demo


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"Steiner-Parker Synthacon vintage analog synthesizer demo. This demo of the rare Synthacon mono synth from Steiner-Parker features various sounds and tweaking. Filmed at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Los Angeles, CA.

The Steiner Parker Synthacon is a rare monophonic analog synthesizer produced in 1975-1979. It features 3 VCOs, white & pink noise generator, sample & hold, portamento, 2-pole resonant lowpass/bandpass/highpass filter, 2 ADSR envelopes, trigger generator, 49 keys, and a ton of signal routing via numerous switches.

Only a few hundred Synthacon synthesizers were produced, according to designer Nyle Steiner. It's capable of nice sounds of course, but it excels at chaotic and crazy modulations, squelches, ring mod tones, noises and has an extremely potent filter with resonance. The legacy of the Steiner-Parker Synthacon's filter design lives on today in some modular synth designs as well as some Arturia products.

It was a lot of fun to try the Synthacon and tweak it, as all the switches make it very interactive for quick signal routing. If you have the opportunity to try one, don't pass it up!"

Note a new SYNTHACON is in the works.

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

KORG PS-3100 - Synth Demo


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"Korg PS-3100 vintage polyphonic analog synthesizer demo. During a visit to the Vintage Synth Museum in LA, I had a chance to try the Korg PS-3100 analog synth. In this demo I briefly noodle and tweak some parameters to show some Korg PS-3100 sounds.

The Korg PS-3100 was released in 1977 and has 48-voices of polyphony via 12 divide-down oscillators. The Korg PS-3100 has 2 LFOs, Resonator, multiple envelopes, Ensemble effect, patchbay, 3-band EQ, 12 scaling controls for intonation control, 48 keys and CV/Gate connections.

The Korg PS-3100 is very rare as apparently only 600 were manufactured. It's successors the Korg PS-3200 and PS-3300 had even more capabilities. The sound is very rich and warm, and is excellent for nice brassy tones. Hope you enjoy the demo."

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

WALDORF WAVE - Synth Demo


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"Waldorf Wave synth demo featuring various wavetable sounds, patches and presets. The Waldorf Wave is a huge and rare vintage wavetable synthesizer from 1993, and can create some incredible pads, soundscapes and crunchy sounds. This Waldorf Wave demo was filmed at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Los Angeles, September 2022.

The Waldorf Wave features digital wavetables, analog LPF and HPF filters, 16-48 voices of polyphony (depending on model), 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch, MIDI, and tons of buttons and knobs to tweak sounds to your liking.

The Waldorf Wave is a monster wavetable synthesizer in size and sound. As it is very rare and few were produced, it commands high prices on the second market. As an alternative, the Waldorf Microwave from 1989 is far more affordable.

I was lucky to have the chance to try this vintage Waldorf Wave during my visit to the Vintage Synth Museum and hope you enjoy the demo."

Saturday, November 12, 2022

VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER MUSEUM - Synth Studio Tour


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Update: Don't miss the super rare Ionic Performer (EMS SYNTHI clone) at the begining. Click through for some demos in previous posts.

"Vintage Synthesizer Museum synth studio tour. During a visit to LA in September 2022 I dropped by the Vintage Synth Museum at their new location in Highland Park. VSM founder & curator Lance gave me a tour of the new facilities and all the vintage synths available for playing.

In this synth studio tour, Lance gives us an overview of the new Vintage Synthesizer Museum space, tour of the facilities, and showcases various vintage synths including Yamaha CS-80, Roland Jupiter-8, Moog, ElectroComp, Sequential, Korg and more.

Hope you enjoy this synth studio tour, there's so many vintage synthesizers to see and play! If you're ever in Los Angeles, make it your mission to visit the Vintage Synthesizer Museum -- it's well worth it.

Check out https://www.vintagesynthesizermuseum.com to learn more"

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

SEQUENTIAL PROPHET-12 - Sounds, Patches & Presets | Synth Demo


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"Sequential Prophet-12 synth demo featuring various sounds, patches & presets. This Prophet 12 demo showcases pads, leads, arpeggiators, bass, plucks, fx and more. The Prophet 12 demo was filmed at Sequential headquarters.

Sequential Prophet-12 is a flagship 12-voice, bi-timbral digital/analog synthesizer released by Sequential in 2012. It has 5 DSP-based oscillators per voice (saw, square, tri, sine + 12 selectable complex shapes), 3 noise types (white, pink, red), analog filter & VCAs, cross mod (FM/AM) and linear FM and hard sync.

The Prophet 12 boasts a unique character section with five digital effects - girth, air, hack, decimate and drive - to shape sounds pre-filter. The Prophet 12 also has a Curtis 2 or 4-pole resonant analog LPF and 2-pole resonant HPF. Distortion, tuned feedback & four multi-delays are on-board as well.

The Sequential Prophet-12 has 4 loopable ADSR envelopes and 4 syncable LFOs, arpeggiator, and extensive 16-slot x2 mod matrix with 26 sources and 100 destinations.
With 50+ knobs & buttons and a 5-octave keyboard w/ velocity and aftertouch, the Sequential Prophet 12 gives you lots of hands-on control. MIDI In/OUT/THRU, USB, sustain/expression and dual audio outputs per layer provide lots of connectivity. Finally, there are 396 factory and 396 user slots for storing your patches.

The Sequential Prophet 12 remains one of the deepest synthesizers in terms of programming and sound design possibilities. The bi-timbral capabilities + vast mod-matrix provides ample room to create incredible patches with diverse sonic variety. As a hybrid synth it mixes both digital and analog music technologies in a single powerhouse synth and can do everything from traditional bread and butter sounds, to futuristic soundscapes and beyond.

Hope you enjoy this demo of the Sequential Prophet 12, and thanks to Dave Smith Instruments & Sequential for creating it."

Saturday, October 29, 2022

SEQUENTIAL TAKE 5 - Sounds, Patches & Presets | Synth Demo


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"Sequential Take 5 synth demo featuring sounds, patches & presets. This Sequential Take 5 no talking analog synthesizer demo covers a variety of sounds including pads, leads, bass, plucks, fx and more. Filmed at Sequential headquarters.

The Sequential Take 5 is a 5-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with 2 VCOs per voice (variable sine, saw, pulse width), hard sync, sub osc, FM and a Prophet-5 low-pass filter. It also has two 5-stage envelopes (ADSR + delay), LFO w/ multiple waveshapes (tri, saw, reverse saw, square, random), built-in digital effects, white/pink noise, vintage knob, arpeggiator, polyphonic step sequencer (64-steps), glide, unison, aftertouch, mod matrix and more.

The Take 5 is powerful, versatile and fun analog synth that combines the power of the Prophet 5 Rev 4 filter + effects & mod matrix for lots of creative sound design possibilities. It can sound quite huge and is great for leads, bass, pads and interesting fx timbres. I really enjoyed my time with the Take 5 and found the sound modern and inspiring. Hope you enjoy this synth demo of the Sequential Take 5, it was great to try it out."

Friday, October 21, 2022

SEQUENTIAL PROPHET-10 REV. 4 - Sounds, Patches & Presets | Analog Synth Demo


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"Sequential Prophet-10 REV. 4 analog synth demo featuring sounds, patches and presets. In this demo of the Prophet 10 Rev. 4 synthesizer from Sequential I showcase various preset sounds and patches including pads, plucks, bass, fx, leads and more. This Sequential Prophet 10 demo was filmed at Sequential.

The Sequential Prophet-10 Rev. 4 is an updated re-imagining of the legendary Prophet 5 and Prophet 10 Rev 1, 2 and 3 analog synthesizers. The Prophet 10 Rev 4 has 10 polyphonic voices, 61 keys w/ velocity, channel aftertouch and can be operated in monotimbral or bi-timbral modes (layer/split).

The Prophet 10 Rev 4 also features 2 VCOs (saw, pulse, triangle) w/ hard sync, 1x LFO (saw, pulse and triangle), a 4-pole lowpass filter (CEM 3320 and SSI 2140 modes), 2x ADSR envelopes, mixer, white noise, poly mod, portamento glide, unison, vintage mode, mono audio output, USB midi and more.

The Prophet 10 Rev4 is a legendary analog synth in sound, design and aesthetics. It can sound bright and brash, old and dusty, dark and moody, or everything in between. As a faithful re-imagining of the original Prophet 5, the Prophet 10 Rev 4 is a triumph of the late Dave Smith's incredible synth design. It sounds amazing, and I'm very glad I had the chance to try it -- it is a beautiful instrument in so many ways. If you like the Prophet sound, this is the one to get!"

Thursday, October 06, 2022

OBERHEIM OB-X8 - Sounds, Patches & Presets | Synth Demo


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"Oberheim OB-X8 synth demo featuring sounds, patches and presets. In this Oberheim OBX8 demo I showcase the new OB-X8 analog synth from Oberheim and demo a variety of sounds including pads, brass, plucks, arps, bass and more. Filmed at Sequential headquarters in San Francisco.

The Oberheim OB-X8 is a monster analog synth featuring 2 disecrete SEM/OB-X-lineage VCOs per voice. It has 8 voices, 2 oscillators (saw, square/pulse, triangle), noise, SEM and Curtis filters, bi-timbrality, LFOs, arpeggiator, 2 envelopes, velocity sensitivity, channel aftertouch, cross-modulation, portamento, unison, osc sync and more.

The Oberheim OB-X8 combines numerous vintage Oberheim models into a single unit including the OB-X, OB-Xa, OB-8 and OB-SX. The Oberheim OBX8 can put out massive and powerful sounds with huge low-end, creamy filter sweeps and bright and biting tones. It sounds fantastic for pads especially thanks to its wide stereo imaging.

I had the opportunity to try the Oberheim OB-X8 during a trip to San Francisco and visit to Sequential headquarters. It is very impressive in size and sound, and is truly an analog behemoth. If you're after the Oberheim sound, the OB-X8 is amazing. Hope you enjoy this demo of the Oberheim OBX8, I certainly enjoyed my time with it."

Thursday, September 29, 2022

GROOVE SYNTHESIS 3RD WAVE - Sounds, Patches & Presets | Synth Demo


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"Groove Synthesis 3RD WAVE synth sounds & patches demo. In this demo, I showcase various sounds, patches & presets from the new 3RD WAVE digital/analog advanced wavetable synthesizer from Groove Synthesis including pads, arps and others.

The 3RD WAVE synth is a very powerful wavetable synth inspired by the PPG Wave 2.2 and 2.3 synthesizers from the 1980s. It features 24 voices and 4-part multi-timbrality, 3 oscillators, 2 filter (1 analog LPF, 1 digital multi-mode SEM), 4 LFOs, 4 envelopes, 6-stage wave envelope, digital effects (2 per part), custom wavetable maker tool, sequencer, arpeggiator, 16-slot mod matrix, linear FM, glide, unison, 4 stereo outputs, audio input and more.

The Groove Synthesis 3RD WAVE sounds beautiful, lush and is fantastic for ambient soundscapes and other hybrid sounds thanks to its wavetable technology. The 4-part multi-timbral capabilities also enable massive stacked sounds, or evolving timbres over time thanks to layered parts.

This video was filmed at Groove Synthesis headquarters. To learn more about the Groove Synthesis 3RD WAVE advanced wavetable synthesizer or buy the synth, visit https://www.groovesynthesis.com .

- Watch interview w/ Groove Synthesis about the 3RD WAVE:" [posted here]

Friday, September 23, 2022

GROOVE SYNTHESIS 3RD WAVE - Interview & Synth Overview


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"Groove Synthesis 3RD WAVE synth interview and overview. In this interview about the 3rd Wave, Bob Coover (Groove Synthesis Founder + DSP) and Andrew Silverman (Embedded Programmer) take us through the 3rd Wave synthesizer, demo some features, and share what's next for the synth and company.

The 3rd Wave is a powerful new digital/analog hybrid wavetable synthesizer from Groove Synthesis which is heavily inspired by the PPG Wave 2.2 and 2.3 synthesizers from the 1980s. The 3rd Wave has 24 voices, 3 oscillators, 2 filters, 4 LFOs and 4 envelopes, a custom wavetable maker, sequencer, arpeggiator, 4-part multitimbrality, dual effects per part, mod matrix, and much more.

During a recent visit to California I had the opportunity to visit Groove Synthesis and interview Bob and Andrew about the 3rd Wave synth. I'm very thankful for their time and appreciate them sharing their knowledge about the synth with us.

To learn more about the 3rd Wave or buy the synth, visit https://www.groovesynthesis.com"

Monday, June 06, 2022

DSI POLY EVOLVER - A Tribute to Dave Smith, Founder of Sequential Circuits (1950-2022)


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"DSI Poly Evolver music tribute to Dave Smith, founder of Sequential Circuits (1950-2022). Dave suddenly and tragically passed away on May 31, 2022. This synthesizer performance uses the 12-voice Dave Smith Instruments Poly Evolver, IMO one of his most unique creations.

My condolences to Dave's family,Sequential, fans and all who loved his work. A legend has left us, and there are no words. Thank you Dave for everything you've done for music, the synth world and beyond -- you will be forever missed, and your legacy will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Photo credits: Sequential Circuits and respective authors."
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