Kenton Electronics, based in London, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. That producer of CV- and MIDI-kits for vintage analog synths and supplier for MIDI-CV interfaces (well, MIDI-interfaces of all kinds) has earned a high reputation. In addition, Kenton offers heaps of useful MIDI-controllers and MIDI-boxes …
Purchasing luxurious wooden side panel for new (or old) analog synthesizers / drum machines may seem a little over the top. Are the really needed? Perhaps no. No matter if the material is plastic, fake wood or real wood – the synth sounds the same. However, that exeptional feel of an instrument is of vital importance to many musicians.
Tired of all those well-known, omnipresent 808- and 909-sounds? The new Midi Analog Drum machine MAD-5 from AVP synth (Moscow, Russia) sounds different! It is influenced by old Russian drum machines (something you might not have heard in your studio yet), and it’s quite sophisticated, and comes with MIDI.
That’s interesting. Arturia is a little reminiscent of Moog. That American company used to build a Minimoog (a loooong, loooong time ago). Since then – since 1970 – they’ve based most of their synthesizers on that Minimoog. Arturia’s veteran of today is the MiniBrute. For the last few years, everything has been BRUTE, it seems.
With one little difference. Arturia has a lot more spirit than its American competitor. The concept of the veteran (MiniBrute) has been – step by step – radically changed. The MatrixBrute, for example, doesn’t have that much in common with the MiniBrute. And the DrumBrute has been based on a completely new concept.
ACME-4 seems somewhat strange at first. But it’s great. It’s the only true (!) solution for those who miss the groove in their MIDI (and CV/Gate) studio. Developed and produced by Sebastian Niessen in Germany, ACME-4 is the ultimate tool in musical clock generation & clock manipulation.
The new Minimoog – the new Model D, to be precise – surprises us at first sight with its moderate price. Approximately 4000 Euros is (somehow) fair, considering that a vintage Minimoog can cost significantly more on the second hand market. And this synth is NEW, it comes with a beautiful wooden housing (with no scratches and scrapes) and with some interesting new extras. Extras, that the original Minimoog can’t even dream of.
Summer 2016. We’re on our way through the southern part of Sicilia, softly wistling Morricone’s great tune “Once Upon a Time in the West”. Gorgeous beaches, no, absolutely no shade. But a lot of sand and heat! We’ll be meeting Paolo Groppioni, who is vacationing in this aerea. With him a good friend: the new GRP synth!
The A2 is a true surprise. Not because it’s analog, and not because it can do this and that (it IS analog and it can do a lot), but because it exists in the first place. It’s as simple as that. Having the new GRP R24 sequencer in mind, we’re flabbergasted at the A2, suddendly lying there on the table. The perfect buddy for the sequencer. The same size, even the same housing. Gorgeous!
The new MiniBrute RED looks pretty smart. Although, to be honest, the see-through MicoBrute RED looks even nicer. Anyway, if you’re interested in a red Mini or Micro – remember: the MiniBrute has an arpeggiator, the MicroBrute a sequencer. Owning a MiniBrute SE (with sequencer!), I forgot about that … and was quite surprised to get a MiniBrute RED (well, two …) with arpeggiator. My mistake, of course.
The guru of synthi-pop hasn’t let up a bit. He’s as active as ever. The young 68-year-old Jean Michel Jarre beguiles his public with high quality mutimedia stage shows, bringing old and new songs, using old and new instruments. A nice addition to the troupe is the GRP A4 that has replaced the ARP 2600 at the side of the memorymoog in the middle of the action.
Looking for a virtual-analog synth with a wavetable (Waldorf) engine, for a puny 20,000 Euros? (And don’t forget those taxes!) Get one before they’re all gone. Axel Hartmann’s hand-crafted Designer-Synth “20”, the new Aston Martin under the synths, will only be produced 40 times (20 x silver, 20 x black) – and that’s it! This sportscar has new SUPRA Op-Amps inside, which should give it a special dynamic sound.