After presenting the new Stereoping hardware controllers we take a closer look at the K3 programmer and its operation. First, the Kawai K3 must be set to “SysEx Receiving” mode > master menu parameter 44 / value 5 (with the Korg DW-8000 this would be parameter 82 / value 2). Well, that’s it! Now the K3 reacts to every knob you tweak …
Connect an external sequencer / computer to the programmer’s MIDI IN port for additional tweaking support. Data is merged and sent directly to the K3.
Stereoping released 6 new synthesizer hardware-controller. Great tools for uncomplicating, direct access to your instruments. The controllers are available as DIY kits at a price of 238 Euros (+ shipping) per kit. You need to contribute your own power supply, but this shouldn’t be a problem. The hardware is great, the knobs feel masculine. Connection to the synth is done – as usual – via MIDI.
This synthesizer looks beautiful! It’s a new hybrid polysynth “made in Britain”, a modern-day musical instrument with a sizeable number of notable new features — notably replicating content to a cloud-based platform for file sharing. “modulus.002 is the first serious pro synthesiser for a long, long time” is what people say. “It represents a no-compromise approach to modern-day synthesis” …
At a price of £2995 (3795 Euros) the modulus.002 costs approx. the same as the ultra-desirable John Bowen Solaris. At first glance, the modulus.002 appears to be a mixture of Solaris, Alesis Andromeda and Radikal Technologies Accelerator. But, of course, it’s an instrument of its own!
The Werkstatt-Ø1: Moogfest 2014 Kit is a patchable and compact, one oscillator analog synthesizer. It was originally created as a kit, to be the foundation for exclusive “Engineering VIP” workshops at Moogfest 2014.
The Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 features:
- A build-it-yourself Moog synthesizer!
- Easy for anyone to build thanks to its snap-together design (no soldering required)
- Packs the legendary 4-pole ladder filter for the classic Moog sound
- Wide-ranging oscillator pitch, from 8Hz to 16kHz
- Flexible filter effects with modulation via envelope or LFO
- Oscillator can follow the envelope or can be set to drone
- Ready to play with a built-in 13-note button keyboard
- A flexible patchbay with CV in- and outputs
Where are those vintage synth prices headed for? No one can have missed the fact that the general price level has been on the rise since the late 90s. Still, developments of the past few months are in a league of their own. We’re talking about a vintage synth bubble. Not only in Europe, but also in the USA. There’s no nicer way to put it.
The SFC-60 is a boutique MIDI controller designed to control the TAL-U-NO-LX synth instrument plugin. Finally the sound and the touch of the popular Roland Juno-60 synthesizer are made available right into your DAW offering the advantages of both digital workflow and analog sound. The controller is planned for release in September 2014. The estimated price is 550 euros but this is subject to change according to the amount of pre-orders.
A fine wine has to mature. It’s the same with classical instruments. Those early polyphonic synths tend to develop their own little quirks after many years of faithful service. You can look at it as a character quality! The Prophet-5, for instance, is characterized by increasing vagueness in certain electronic parts.
In “The Synthesizer”, veteran music technology Journalist Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer: the origins of the many forms the instrument takes; crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition made with instruments that may have become best sellers or gone entirely unnoticed; and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound.
Chameleon-like in its many control options, BeatStep is designed to work with DAWs, loop triggering software, VST-instruments or effects, MIDI hardware, or even CV/Gate-equipped analogue instruments (like Arturia’s MiniBrute or MicroBrute synthesizer). Try triggering audio clips within powerful, flexible software environments such as Ableton Live or playing drum parts …
Although not all of you may be dying to know this, Moog Music has a suprise in store: a new edition of the legendary Keith Emerson Moog Modular System. The reproduction of that system (80 modules) is fondly boasted to be a true recreation of the original instrument:
“The new Emerson Moog Modular System is comprised of handcrafted Moog modules built from the original circuit designs and are true recreations of the originals, utilizing the same hand assembly methods used in the Moog Music factory in Trumansburg, NY in 1969. The modules in the new Emerson Moog Modular System are built just as the originals were, by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods.” (Moog Music)