On the occasion of NAMM 2017, Doepfer presents its new products. The list of modules of the popular A-100 VINTAGE Edition is growing (and growing). Then, there’s a quite interesting VC Performance Mixer, a Trapezoid Thru Zero Quadrature VCO and a new module for modular programmability: the Octal Manual/Voltage Controlled Programmable Switches.
The bards, those “popstars” of the middle ages famous for their sonorous voices and for their poetic talents, are still widely known today. Walther von der Vogelweide and Oswald von Wolkenstein – names we all recognize (at least here in Europe).
The Vermona ’14 Analogsynthesizer is a bard of modern times. A true individualist on the electronic music scene. This bard doesn’t just sound, it sings! Mind you, synthesizers in the singing category are rare. Oberheim OB-1 and the Moog Prodigy are among the few vintage synths in this field. Vermona Mono Lancet (and Mono Lancet ’15) do sing a little. And that’s about it. The rest of the synths just – sound.
A short, but informative video (17 minutes). The following synthesizer documentation was of course created as advertising for Novation. Its journey starts in 1992 with the cute MM10 Keyboard (for Yamahas QY10 Pocket Workstation) and ends up in the present with Launchpad and Mininova. With the help of many musicians and synth designers, among them Ian Jannaway (Co-Founder of Novation) …
The Trax RetroWave R-1 is – in our opinion – among the best desktop analog synthesizers on the market. A full blown 1-VCO synth “Made in Britain”, with 2 sub-oscillators, 2 LFOs and a wonderful filter. MIDI and comprehensive CV in- and outputs complete this great piece of music instrument.
Christmas bonus already used up, and now the MatrixBrute is here! Untimely, as far as our bank accounts are concerned, but we’re really happy just the same. Finally. The conceptualization, organization and planing of such a huge analog synthesizer is admittedly hard to time – but still, announcing the availability of this important instrument at the end of December (when our pockets are empty) is ironic, to say the least.
Part 1 was dedicated to an overall view of the features of the R24. The following (part 2) takes a closer look at the R24 hardware, along with some thoughts concerning the musical flexibility of the sequencer. Let’s start with the hardware. The R24 sports a whole arsenal of analog and digital in/outputs – which you would expect, of course, of a good hardware sequencer.
The Schmidt: a noble, hand-made 8-voice machine with a staggering number of knobs and switches – the Laborghini of analog synths. 25 Schmidt units were built. Now those have all been sold, so there’ll be 25 more. The cherry on the cake: some Schmidts are being built all in white. A colour turnaround, so to speak. Looks fantastic.
After two years of development GRP finally made it work: The GRP R24. This sequencer is a „tricky“ device. It can do a lot more than we would expect. Maybe too much for some users, assuming that is even possible.
Once in a while a musician just longs for the uncomplicated, the simple. Such as the Moog 960 Sequenzer (just about the most reduced model in that category – stately and gorgeously crafted, no doubt about it, but extremely limited in its possibilities: 3×8 steps, just „one“ mode, that’s it). You can get the old Moog 960 newly constructed from DotCom (Q960 Sequential Controller) and from COTK (C960 Sequential Controller) …
Kenton Electronics, based in London, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. That producer of CV- and MIDI-kits for vintage analog synths and supplier for MIDI-CV interfaces (well, MIDI-interfaces of all kinds) has earned a high reputation. In addition, Kenton offers heaps of useful MIDI-controllers and MIDI-boxes …
Purchasing luxurious wooden side panel for new (or old) analog synthesizers / drum machines may seem a little over the top. Are the really needed? Perhaps no. No matter if the material is plastic, fake wood or real wood – the synth sounds the same. However, that exeptional feel of an instrument is of vital importance to many musicians.