Coincidence is something nice. In everyday life as well as in music. Chance as an antithesis to perfectionism. “Aleatory music or chance music is music in which some element of the composition is left to chance […]” – see Wikipedia. Vermona is taking up this great topic by releasing the dual-engine randomRHYTHM module …
Let’s start with some good, sound advice. For free. “Recommendations from close friends should NOT NECESSARILY be ignored.” This could greatly highten the quality of life for those of you who otherwise always do what they are told.
Obviously, I’m not one of those obedient guys. Two years ago, a friend told me “Go and buy a Waldorf Streichfett” – so, of course, I didn’t. And spent three empty years without those glorious fully polyphonic choirs and zippy string pads that I had refused access to my studio.
To be honest: we’re a littlebit proud. Quite a few German companies were honored with the Sonicstate NAMM Award 2018. Companies such as Doepfer, Radikal Technologies or Waldorf. A glorious end of a glorious mega-event!
“[…] another NAMM is over, this one was the biggest one we’ve been to, the sheer physical size of it with the addition of two extra halls keeping the team on their toes – quite literally.” (sonicstate.com)
Dieter Doepfer received his award for the new A-100 Polyphonic Modules:
Very quietly, a hero has been born in France. Far away from the NAMM show, from all hypes and all “breaking news”, THE RIVER synthesizer has slipped into the world. First production models look promising – massive, gorgeous, definitely eye-catchers. Below some impressions of the first production …
Is this a Vocoder? Or a String Machine? Or a Synthesizer? The Waldorf STVC is all in one: It’s the rebirth of the antique multi-keyboard – a type of performance-synthesizer that was highly popular in the late 70s / early 80s. Roland VP-330 (strings / vocoder) or Crumar Multiman (brass / strings / solo instruments) – just to name two of those classic multi-purpose-machines.
Waldorf has already touched the ground with Streichfett – a genious string-sound/solo-voice synthesizer module. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and an eight voice solo section. And now, there is STVC – the STring-VoCoder Keyboard.
Alexander Guelfenburg of Virtual Music (Vienna) has surprised the Minimoog community with “The MUSE” – a small but comprehensive elaboration of the Minimoog reissue. We’re talking about an internal interface for the new Minimoog Model D which eliminates possible “teething troubles” and also offers new MIDI functions.
A new analog era? Well, maybe! “These instruments are capable of sounds that go beyond existing analog synthesizers” … Korg’s own words. They sound promising.
The Prologue-16 and Prologue-8 look extremely interesting. And highly professional. Back are the good old wheels (pitchbend / mod wheel) we’re all used to, back is the internal PSU (thanks, Korg!), back are standard-sized keys (thanks as well …!).
MiniBrute 2 / 2S, part III: RackBrute is a comprehensive Eurorack housing, transport, and protection solution. Featuring configurable positions, dependable power supply, and maximum practicality, you can be assured your precious modules will be well guarded.
Even more important, it brings your whole creative world together …
Arturia’s latest coup. The MiniBrute 2S comes without any traditional keyboard, but with a massive hardware step-sequencer (triple-layered!), including rubber-pad keys plus sequencer-extras, such as swing factor and presets of exotic scales. The synthesizer section is identical to the MiniBrute 2, including that massive 48-jack-patchbay.
Good news: Arturia launches the MiniBrute 2. A real Brute, with 2 VCOs, 2 LFOs, Steiner-VCF, sequencer / arpeggiator and a respectable modulation matrix (CV-panel). Especially that patchbay – placed in an ideal position at the top – should arouse the interest of analog enthusiasts and modular users.