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)
The first series of Tom Oberheim’s Two Voice Pro Synthesizer is now ready for delivery (a year later than expected). The small edition of 25 instruments is deteminated for the US market only. Musicians outside the US have to be patient. It’ll be fall 2014 (probably winter) to see the Two Voice Pro flying out worldwide …
“Forbidding Powers” – that sounds like a Hollywood spectacle. Russel Crowe with a leading part, maybe Tom Cruise (assuming he survived “War Of The Worlds”), and Angelina Jolie, beautiful actress and political activist in one.
Gigantic space ships hovering over the capitols of the world, threatening aggressors on the horizon, the goal the destruction of the planet. And after those first unavoidable losses the ralley to the call! Humanity is no push-over. And, yes, we can be assured of this: the good old USA will save the world. All’s well that ends well.
Ensoniqs last attempt to build a perfect synthesizer? The Fizmo came on the market in 1998. It’s a very interesting music instrument with a character of its own, but mediocre hardware and design flaws (power supply problems) make this a risc investment, from today’s perspective.
That being said: the Fizmo sound is exciting and fascinating! Listen to the attached music files …
Picking up where we left off with the “Buchla” theme (Report Part 1), lets stay in the good old USA and dedicate a few moments to MOOG. The booth of the German distributor EMC is like a beehive and especially the new SUB 37 attracts people like magic. But all the other Phattys are there, too, and the Voyager and – you guessed it – the powerful Voyager XL.