New Baloran THE RIVER Promo Videos

Since THE RIVER is the product of a very small company, promotion material and other info of the instrument is rare. Here are 3 new promo videos of that iconic French Analog Synthesizer.

The demos concentrate on different topics: Internal effects (The Triko), keyboard expressiveness (aftertouch) – pads and synth soli, and last but not least controlling external (monophonic) analog synthesizers via the THE RIVER sequencer …


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First video:
TRIKO Examples. TRIKO is the internal effect unit also responsible for the tremendously “warm” sound of THE RIVER …

Second video: Performing THE RIVER, including play-along (and sound processing) of the Roland SH-1 synthesizer …

Third video: Expressiveness of THE RIVER keyboard. Vivid pads and expressiv synth soli result from the excellent aftertouch sensitivity. The last part of the video shows another duo-synth performance with the Sequential PRO-One …


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