The 1st part of our report was dedicated to the modular synth area. We continue with some thoughts about synthesizers / keyboards. Now, most of the “new stuff” is probably already “old stuff” to you. There’s so much going on on the analog (virtual analog) synth market, and small companies are especially keen to bring out interesting products.
Electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder joins forces with Novation to release limited edition synthesiser …
Over an incredible five-decade career, Giorgio Moroder has been nothing less than a beacon of influence in electronic music. Thanks to his pioneering work in the mid-70s with Donna Summer, among others, disco simply wouldn’t sound the same.
Maybe it’s not good manners to so blatantly advertise a specific electronic music instrument, but in this case we have no other choice.
Arturia has reduced the cost of the MiniBrute by 150 Euros. That brutal little analog is now to be had officially for 399 Euros – whereby this offer will only last from May 4th to June 30th.
Know the Wavemakers? KB electronic music instrumentation? No? Hardly anyone remembers that American company, which built quality modular systems in the shadow of Moog. Established in 1970, the company closed in the early 1980s. Besides modules / (semi-)modular synthesizers, Wavemakers also made a nice range of audio gear (reverb, equalizers, sequencers, etc.).
Generalmusic & Soundion Oy Ltd released a short video with Jean-Michel Jarre, talking about the return of the ELKA SYNTHEX. Owning 3 “working” instruments, Jarre calls himself a Synthex fetishist. It’s his all-time favourite polysynth, used on many of his recordings (as we all know) …
John Bowen Solaris synthesizer: production round #5 is now open for reservations. This production run of 50 units will start in July, once the graphic display shipment arrives. When you make a deposit, make sure you tell John if you would like a black or white front panel. There is also the option to have blue LED wheels (clear wheels versus the standard dark wheels).
See John Bowen’s website for detailled info.
The Finnish company Soundion Oy Ltd and the original Italian manufacturer Generalmusic are bringing back the legendary ELKA SYNTHEX synthesizer in spring 2015. The original Italian sound from the 1980s will be brought back to life with selected original vintage parts built in Salo, Finland.
The desktop synthesizer market is hotly contested. You can choose from dozens of synth models world-wide. Boomstar 4075 is one of them.
Studio Electronics released the Boomstar series quite a while ago, but now these are the talk of the day. There are many reasons for this. First and foremost, Studio Electronics now produces modular systems on the basis of the Boomstar models. And the Boomstar 4075 is often mentioned in connection with the legendary ARP 2600 synthesizer. Whether or not this is justified, will be considered below.
No matter which way you look at it, Korg is Korg! State of the art. Ok, ok, maybe the MS-20 revival boom has overpeaked, considering that there are now the MS-20 (software) Controller, the MS-20 mini, the MS-20 Kit and the MS-20M Kit along with the original MS-20. Be that as it may, the new MS-20M Kit is still a pretty sensible buy.