Well, it remains to be seen whether the GRP A4 is currently the best “non modular analog synthesizer” with an integrated sequencer – or not. Our opinion: Yes, it is! The high demand for this instrument speaks for itself. Even “Master” Jean Michel Jarre has bought one. The first 55 units were built in 2012. The second edition in 2013 was again composed of 55 units. The current third edition has started with a modest 35 pieces. Which has to do with the fact that GRP is presently involved in the development of new products – to be specific, we’re talking about the R24 stand-alone MIDI/CVgate sequencer.
Well, a pure filter box is not an “absolutely” necessary studio tool, is it? Nevertheless, the new Waldorf 2-Pole might be interesting for all of those who like the handsome Rocket Synthesizer (and – especially – its design). For all of those who’ve been waiting for the Rocket Filter with extra CV-options – well, here it is!
Javier Zubizarreta created new Tinysizer demo songs. This compact modular synthesizer has a monster sound based on Oberheim S.E.M. circuits, and monstrous possibilities of sound creation. The system contains a patch bay with 350 patch connections, and a variety of really useful modules, like sub oscillators, ring modulator, sample and hold, waveshaper, multiples, etc.
Rare instruments are a very scarce commodity on the market these days. We’d like to introduce you to two extremely unusal items: an original RCA Theremin from 1929 and an Oberheim Four-Voice.
To the RCA Theremin: there are probably no more than 50 of them scattered around the planet. The RCA Theremin was originally powered with 117 V, but it comes with an external adapter for 240 V. Two outputs enable connection to an external amp / loudspeaker system. Themerin’s unusual sound has a pleasant rawness to it. A true analog instrument with lots of tubes inside!
Now things are going to get interesting. After the release of the original MS-20 in 1978, Korg followed up with the MS-20 Legacy Controller and, more recently, with the MS-20 mini. And now the Original is back! Whereby the new model has a special feature: you have to build it yourself! It is an MS-20 Kit, isn’t it?
The new Moog baby has arrived. Moog SUB 37. A cross between a Sub Phatty and a Little Phatty. And it’s PARAPHONIC! Huh? Well, both oscillators can be independently controlled. In some way it’s “sort of” duophonic …
The SUB 37 panel features 40 knobs, 74 switches and has a dedicated LCD display …
Dave Smith Instrument announces the Prophet 12 module – a space-saving tabletop and rackready reworking of the Prophet 12 keyboard. “We have had many requests from professional musicians for a small, easily portable version of the Prophet 12 keyboard, with all the same features and [...] sound,” says Smith. “The new Prophet 12 module is just that: it has all the power of the Prophet 12 keyboard – in fact, it has the exact same voice board – and it fits into a backpack.”
Digital is a hard word, we admit. It carries a negative undertone for sound specialists. Especially today with analog again being the trend. Be that as it is, the PPG 1020 from the second half of the seventies is partly digital. It has digital oscillators, to be exact.
A digital classic? You might think we’re talking about the famous D-50. A great instrument, no doubt. But in our opinion the JD-800 is far better. It’s the only digital synth fully equipped with sliders. And it sounds as warm as an analog synth. In short, it’s one of the best polyphonic synthesizers ever made.