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Hypersynth Xenophone – first impressions

The Hypersynth Xenophone is an “advanced analog mono-synth”. This could be seen on the basis of its excellent features, but also to its price. It has three oscillators, two subs, four ring modulators, one multimode VCF and analog distortion, all based on discrete analog circuits followed by a high quality stereo digital delay and reverb.

Some impressions of the Xenophone …

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The New Korg MS-20: The Interview

Even if it’s already a couple of months old, a MUST for this summer is the interview with Fumio Mieda (engineer of the original MS-20) and Hiroaki Nishijima (chief engineer at  Korg, responsible for the new MS-20). Reading it through only takes a couple of minutes. It’s a few of the details that make for mandatory reading.

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Korg Volca Series – New Analog Mini-Synths

Following in the footsteps of the Monotron, Monotribe and MS-20 Mini analog synthesizers, Korg announces the Volca series. Volca is a new lineup comprised of three distinct models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer, the Volca Bass synthesizer, and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.

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VOLCA KEYS

This 27-key analog lead synth delivers powerful sound in a compact body. Starting with a filter section that uses the circuitry of the legendary miniKORG700S (1974), it delivers analog sound that takes full advantage of Korg’s half-century of know-how in circuit design. Continue reading

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The Pyramid Synth

30-year-old David Cranmer of London is an artist in the true sense of the word. He combines a wealth of ideas, design, sounds and performance into works of art. Take the Pyramid Synth, for example. He created two analog synths with the characteristic appearance of egyptian mausoleums in cooperation with Peter Fowler. But he’s also been working on a large modular system on his own for several years …

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