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.
This time no Minimoog, no Phatty, no MoogerFooger, no … The Moog DFAM is a real drum computer – an analog synthesizer with step-sequencer. The DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) can be used as a stand-on device or in any Eurorack modular system. Certainly, the combination of DFAM and MOTHER-32 looks particularly elegant.
The Doepfer A-173-1/2 is a module combo that is used to generate a manually controlled 1V/Octave CV signal and up to 15 manually controlled gate/trigger signals.
The handy micro-piano might be of great value to many Modular users. The “keys” can be manually tapped and routed to any destination via separate Gate outputs (and a global CV-out). So you can quickly transpose sequences without the need of an external keyboard, and much more.
The Spectrum Synthesiser: a mixture of EMS Synthi, Sequential Pro-One and Roland SH-5. It’s simply one of the most outstanding monophonic analog synthesizers in history. A synthesizer with some big plusses and some (smaller) minuses. Its sound is strong and full of character. Its modulation possibilities are incredible, partially even unique. And then: It’s a true DIY kit-synthesizer.
“Originally published (Mar – May 81) in the first three issues of E&MM, the Spectrum hit some sort of trouble (perhaps connected with the supply of kit parts not coming on stream?), and was held over and repeated, with improvements in two large instalments in Jan/Feb 1982.”
(Peter Forrest: The A-Z of Analogue Synthesisers, Part Two, p. 204)
Operating System 1.4.0.: a real Christmas present for the Solaris. John Bowen and programmer Jim Hewes did all the arduous work to allow this significant update to become reality.
The new OS 1.4.0 includes SysEx functionality for all (!) parameters, improved modulation- and parameter-settings, and a spectacular “Poly Chain” feature. The latter features allows you to have multiple Solaris slaved together for increased polyphony. Good old Kawai K3 and K3M synthesizers offered a similar function (“voice spillover”) way back in 1986.
We have to admit that the genoQs Octopus is a step-sequencer of extremely noble design. Even if it’s a little tricky to operate, its appearance is gorgeous, making this sequencer one of the most attractive performance controllers in electronic music.
genoQs Machines stopped operating (sadly) in 2012. Its fan-community, however, is still alive and kicking …
First, the title is not quite correct. The Emperor in H. C. Andersen’s famous tale is … well, naked. Anyway, “new clothes” is what our story is about. Second, this is a very personal project that will be completed in summer 2018. A project including two Korg PS-3100 and the recently introduced JH-3200, as well as other instruments.
Replacing the original PS-3100 fake-wood cabinet is only one of the many steps in this project. The new cabinet is made of beech, and it’s slightly larger than the original.
… a Sequential Pro-One? You might come to this conclusion when listening to the attached video. (Possibly) surprising result: Soundwise, there is very little difference between the two instruments.
However, it is important to notice that the sounds in the video are (more or less) basic analog sounds. Basses, filter sweeps, leads – that’s it. And that’s why the Pro-One <> AS-1 comparison falls a little short. No weird FX-noises, no elaborate modulation-sounds, yet rather plain bread- and butter-sounds. Sounds that can be produced rapidly and compared easily.
Ok, ok … mega-synthesizer may sound a bit (too) visionary. Let’s call THE RIVER the new luxury analog poly-synthesizer from France. It is certainly not a Schmidt, but a charming Frenchman with stunning sounds and a (definitely!) very interesting concept. THE RIVER offers 8 voices, multi-timbrality, comprehensive layer-options, an arpeggiator, a (simple) sequencer, MIDI, USB and a vast array of CV/Gate-outputs. Its built-in keyboard is a Fatar TP/8S, one of the best available.