Since the Juno synth family (obviously) needed some transformation into the new era, that anticipated “last stand” (see Roland Jupiter-X test report) does not seem to have been defeated yet.… Read More
Oberheim OB-X8 – return of a classic?
The OB-X8: high-quality hardware, comfortable feel, a beautiful synth design and a luxurious control panel. A (quasi) remake of the classic polyphonic OB series, a mixture of OB-X (optics) and… Read More
Waldorf Iridium Keyboard with polyphonic (!) aftertouch
After introducing Iridium synthesizer in a compact desktop form, Waldorf takes the concept further forward with the Iridium Keyboard. It boosts a 49-key FATAR TP/8SK semi-weighted polyphonic aftertouch keyboard, an… Read More
CICADA acoustic synthesizer – TOUCH the sound
This is an electroacoustic instrument that lets musicians explore tactile sound synthesis by bridging electroncis with acoustics. Designed to be playful yet modular, Cicada is compatible with a wide array… Read More
Roland JX-08 and JD-08 Sound Modules
Sound modules – that’s correct. Talking about “synthesizers” is – in this case – too shameful for us. Boutique modules, sound modules, ok. Roland continues its post-Kakehashi marketing job and… Read More
SUPERBOOTH21 – Synth Expo Berlin
SUPERBOOTH21 – once again at the FEZ Berlin. Visitors immediately noticed some differences due to the pandemic: time slots for visitors, the obligatory nose-and-mouth mask (inside the FAZ), cosy Expo-huts… Read More
Waldorf M – the ultimate MicroWave Synthesizer?
Waldorf returns to its roots. As a fusion and continuation of MicroWave and MicroWave II / XT, the new Waldorf “M” offers classic wavetable synthesis in desktop format. With 8… Read More
Impressions of the Oberheim Matrix-12
The Oberheim Matrix-12: One of the “Great Synthesizers” of all time – an impressive instrument to this day. Impressive in its (comprehensive) sound architecture, impressive in its (comprehensive) size. An… Read More
Arturia MatrixBrute Noir Edition (speak: nwaːR edisjɔ̃)
The latest MatrixBrute version is the so-called Noir Edition. It has a new paint job, new knob caps and some black ionized parts. And that’s it. The synthesizer itself –… Read More
Novation Circuit Rhythm – a perfect performance tool?
Circuit Rhythm is a versatile sampler for making and performing beats. Record samples directly to the hardware, then slice, sculpt and resample your sounds effortlessly. Capture your groove quantised or… Read More