Klaus Schulze, born on August 4th 1947 in Berlin, is one of the most important German electronic musicians. He was briefly a member of the electronic bands Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, before launching a solo career consisting of more than 60 albums released across five decades.
A short (video) documentary on multi-award winning composer Alexandre Desplat. Giving a rare insight into his creative process, Desplat demonstrates how he integrates modern electronic instruments like the Arturia MatrixBrute analog synthesizer with traditional orchestral scores.
I’ve been having difficulty getting this report off the ground. A Roland System-8 has been standing around here in my studio for months at less than arm’s length, intimidating me with its very presence. There was no way I was going to feel motivated to really and actually examine the thing. A couple of pics here, a couple of sound samples there. Then, dispair. Enough of those fleeting impressions, enough lighting orgies. What followed was the firm intention to just chuck it … not chuck it … chuck it … not chuck it. This went on for a long time.
From today’s point of view, this is about more than just the System-8. The paralysis stems from deeper down. It has to do with the unequivocal turning point the Roland Company has taken. A turning point that the tried-and-true synthesizer enthusiast (and Roland fan of many years) has difficulty just coping with. But the world keeps turning, and so we accept things as they now are. Continue reading
Cute Minimoog (rack) with step-sequencer?
A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is the debut product of the new Roland Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE-02 delivers massive tone and texture with expressive hands-on control.
Our first installment was all about pre-wired electronics (synthesizers), but now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty of our synthesizer-life: the very lifeline of SUPERBOOTH – modules, modules, modules.
Without really counting, I would estimate that there were more modules present than visitors. All those patch cables would certainly have been long enough to circle the earth. Am I exaggerating? Well, maybe a little … Be that as it may, that’s the impression I got.
Notice of death of one the most impressive personalities in synthesizer history. Ikutaro Kakehashi, who died on the 1st of April 2017 at the age of 87, had an amazing life.
After completing an apprenticeship as a watch-maker, Ikutaro, who was fascinated by the American sound of the 50s, started to build home organs. Following his first company Ace Electronic, he founded ROLAND in 1972. That’s THE Roland – one of the most famous synthesizer names today.
The Solaris is probably one of the most sophisticated polyphonic synthesizers of all times. But despite its ingenuity, there’s room for small improvements. Jim Hewes (a truely enthusiastic Solaris owner and a brilliant programmer) invested countless hours of dedicated work resulting in the latest OS 1.3.
The Waldorf Quantum reminds us a little of the Hartmann 20 Synthesizer en miniature (well, not exactly miniature, but reduced). Be that as it may: This synthesizer makes a lasting impression. Especially notable its elitest design, its precious aluminum housing and its 5-octave keyboard. A “must-have”, so to say …
Being extremely enthusiastic about the ’14 Analogsynthesizer, we’ve decided to take a quick look behind the scenes at VERMONA. Thomas Haller from HDB electronic was our partner in conversation …
In short: Roland’s new Synthesizer flagship – the System-8 – is amazingly powerful. Ok, ok, today’s “synthesizers” are light-weight plastic boxes (a fact that we probably have to accept), but in terms of musical output, the System-8 offers a whole universe. And – ! – Roland’s great step-sequencer can now be transposed via the keyboard. Something users of the JP-8000 and JD-XA would love to have at their disposal.