Wave Cadmium – what a rare synth! Waldorf offered its mega-synth not only in its typical dark blue color version (“Standard”), but also in anthracite (“Shadow”), yellow (“Sahara”) and red (“Cadmium”). The instrument pictured has 32 voices. It was auctioned a few days ago at reverb.com – for a mere 16,500 Euros …
The CS-80 Clone DECKARD’S DREAM has been on everyone’s lips for some time. Now there’s a new synthesizer in the portfolio of the Japanese manufacturer Black Corporation: KIJIMI. It’s a clone of the legendary RSF Polykobol II synthesizer. KIJIMI will be presented at the SuperBooth 2018 for the first time. And we hope the whole story isn’t a late April Fool’s joke …
We have to be fair: this step was to be expected. The Arturia MatrixBrute – a high-quality and flexible analog synthesizer – will be more expensive as of July 1st 2018. Which is not so much a question of why the price is going up, but rather why that synth has been so cheap so far. At less than 2000 Euros, an instrument of this potential (3-VCO-2-VCF engine, performance sequencer, modulation matrix, CV-patchbay, MIDI + USB, etc.) is a bargain indeed.
Studiologic Sledge 2 / Sledge 2.0 / Sledge Black Edition test report.
Dramatic stories are exciting. Sometimes. Not smooth (boring) stories, but unfathomable stories. Stories that surprise you. My experience with Studiologic Sledge belongs to this latter category.
It’s been many years since I first played the YELLOW Sledge (Version 1.0). And turned away in horror. What a shiny plastic box! What a wobbly keyboard! But things change. Today the Sledge Version 2.0 or Sledge BLACK Edition offers lots of new goodies, including a decent Fatar TP/9S keyboard. Which looks (and feels) much better!
Dark Energy III is – just like its predecessor Dark Energy II – a monophonic analog synthesizer with USB and MIDI interface. The entire sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog. While its strong filter is the same as that of DE II, there are some minor differences in the VCO / VCA / LFO area …
The MODOR NF-1 is still an insider tip. And it’s a rarity. After all, it’s an European synthesizer “Made in Belgium”. Although its sound is powerful, inspiring and versatile, NF-1 had a difficult start. Users quickly critizied the slightly mediocre hardware (wobbly knobs). And the noisy audio signal. Anyway, MODOR now modified the NF-1 with a respectable hardware upgrade …
Maybe you happen to be in France end of March? Then you might call yourself a lucky guy who can participate the SynthFest France. We’d wish to be there! SynthFest France takes place in Nantes, a small, yet beautiful town located at the Atlantic coast. Many exhibitors, company representatives, synthesizer specialists and music lovers are expected.
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 …
Waldorf Streichfett test report.
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. Three 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: