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.
Awesome! Tom Oberheim offers the powerful Two Voice Pro synthesizer in White or BLACK. The new black version looks superb, although the classy creamy color might be a little easier to maintain – traces of wear and dust are usually less visible on light top surfaces. However, the black Two Voice Pro looks very smart and cool …
Whereas the marvellous Sequential Prophet-5 was called “most sexy synthesizer in the world” (I would equally call Roland’s Jupiter-8 the same), poor Jupiter-4 was the ugly duckling. No one fell in love with it, and as Peter Forrest points it out: “All technology eventually goes cheesy, but the JP-4 went cheesy quicker than most.”
Während jedoch dem Prophet-5 die Bezeichnung “most sexy synthesizer in the world” zustehen dürfte (ich würde an dieser Stelle sofort den Roland Jupiter-8 mit einschließen), wird das “hässlichen Entlein” Jupiter-4 mit viel Glück gerade noch den “blechernen Kaktus” als Preis erhalten. Nur wenige polyphone Analogsynthesizer sehen derart unspektakulär und veraltet aus, oder, um es mit den Worten von Peter Forrest zu sagen: “All technology eventually goes cheesy, but the JP-4 went cheesy quicker than most.” Continue reading
Both the MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer and MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer sound great! They are quality instruments with lots of features for experimental electronic music. Arturia now offers them in a new, limited version: RED! Looks superb – just like the good old red Roland SH-101. Cult!
Buchla and Moog started it all with their modular synthesizers in the 1960s. Doepfer made it affordable in the 1990s by introducing the Eurorack standard. Today, the Modular plug-in from Softube makes the modular synthesizer truly accessible to everyone.
Softube Modular – the first truly expandable software modular system that looks, works, and sounds exactly like its hardware counterparts. Both as an effect and as an instrument, Modular is simple to use, with a massive preset library and clever Utility modules.
The story of Sequential Circuits, the leading synthesizer manufacturer of the 1980s. One of the great American synthesizer companies, founded and led by San Francisco electronics and computer graduate, Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits Inc. paved the way for music of the future. Smith brought easy, affordable and powerful polyphonic synthesis to all levels of music production in the form of the ground-breaking Prophet-5 synthesizer.