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  1. Evolution of the Brute sound Raw, powerful, organic. The analog Brute voice is an unmistakable sonic force to be reckoned with - how about six at once? PolyBrute's six-voice power starts with two Brute waveshaping oscillators. With sprawling timbral versatility from delicate airy pads to snarling stacked bass, these are six voices you can count on to excel in every application. The tactile and reactive nature of analog synthesis is right at the heart of PolyBrute's architecture. Tame or animate the oscillators with an expanded array of multiple filters, envelopes and LFOs for absolute control over the analog domain. Once you've harnessed its sound sources, PolyBrute is your vessel for an inspiring voyage into sound. Morphing PolyBrute’s morphing abilities let you perform, compose, and explore sound without boundaries. Imagine being able to sweep all the parameter settings between two different patches all at once. PolyBrute goes even further with its groundbreaking ability to gradually morph between two completely different states within any patch. Launch into an infinite continuum of inspiring new sounds in between. For morphing to work, hands-on control is essential - PolyBrutes takes it to another level. The all-new Morphée three-dimensional performance touchpad ensures that intricate morphing expression is always right at your fingertips. Manipulate any facet of PolyBrute’s sound, from delicate morphing to extreme dynamic shifts, across the X, Y and Z axis in an instant. It doesn't end there; PolyBrute is armed to the teeth with articulate controllers to give your performances and compositions the elusive human touch. This unparalleled sonic flexibility and expressivity is what earns PolyBrute its place in synthesizer history - a trailblazer of creativity. The Matrix The digital brain for PolyBrute’s analog heart The Matrix is where PolyBrute’s analog reactivity and digital precision collide - an advanced architecture unlike any synth before it. Presets Instant access to 768 presets slots, including patches from the greatest sound designers in the world. No menus, no waiting - just like everything else on PolyBrute. Sequencer A tactile visual interface with everything you need to create dynamic polyphonic sequences, arpeggios, parameter motion recording and more. Mods A 96-point digital patchbay with up to 32 destinations - easily route any of your modulation sources and controllers to influence dozens of PolyBrute’s parameters at once. Morph Adjust the modulation sources and destinations for the A and B states within a preset to deepen your morphing contrast and color. Sound Corner A Hands-On Analog Experience PolyBrute puts all that analog power right up front with dedicated knobs and switches, offering unmatched control and immediacy. Almost everything you touch also generates MIDI, so you can capture your every move as part of your DAW productions. Need some instant attitude? Crank up the enhanced Steiner filter’s Brute Factor. Want to change the cutoff on both filters at once? Grab the Master Cutoff knob. Time to move the floor beneath your feet? Dial in VCO 2’s sub-oscillator. It’s all right there in front of you. PolyBrute Connect Library management, parameter editing, and instant integration with your DAW. Hook PolyBrute up to your computer and enjoy seamless bi-directional editing and organization. PolyBrute Connect bridges the gap between hardware and software like never before, letting you incorporate its expansive sound into your virtual studio workflow. Construct patches, go deeper with morphing tweaks, and control PolyBrute’s sound in real-time from your Mac or PC - simple. Distinction in design An instrument of this magnitude is deserving of only the highest attention to detail - PolyBrute is a synthesizer years in the making. It's undergone rigorous testing to ensure a build quality of the finest calibre. Controls, buttons, and expressive components that are a delight to use, time after time. Its pristine metal chassis is embellished with luxurious dark walnut appointments for a timeless aesthetic, with a sleek, modern flare that sets it apart from the crowd. PolyBrute is something unmistakably new, while remaining firmly rooted in synth design heritage.
  2. Introducing Pendulate, chaotic monosynth by Newfangled Audio. Pendulate uses a brand new oscillator design to produce sounds different from any other synth. It features a chaotic oscillator based on a double pendulum. What initially looks random actually contains underlying patterns of interconnectedness, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, and self-organization. When designing the Pendulate oscillator we took great care to bring out these underlying patterns. The result is an oscillator that can smoothly fade from a sine wave to total chaos, with an expanse of territory to explore in between. Bored of the same old synth sounds? Newfangled Audio's Pendulate is refreshingly different. Pendulate is a chaotic monosynth that uses a brand new double-pendulum-oscillator to create previously unheard sounds - biting basses, searing leads, and gritty textures. It can smoothly fade from a sine wave to total chaos, with an expanse of territory to explore in between. Previous Next Features Novel chaotic oscillator based on the double pendulum makes sounds you’ve never heard before, but will want to hear again Wavefolder based on the one in the Buchla 259 Complex Waveform Generator, adding MIX and CUTOFF Low Pass Gate based on the Buchla 292 adds controls for POLES and RESONANCE Innovative modulation UI allows modulation over every control from the main page, allowing up to 169 simultaneous modulation routings MPE support allows amazing control from innovative new controllers Envelope and LFO each have multiple outputs generated at once, like a modular synth should Modulation! Every mod output to every control means up to 221 modulation points in an intuitive single pane Animations! The Double Pendulum, Wavefolder, and Low Pass Gate modules each have animations to show how each module responds to your input, and to modulation Three unique color schemes to customize your look 136 Presets including artist presets from Matt Lange and Matthew Wang Create the Chaos Pendulate’s chaotic oscillator is based on the physics of a double pendulum. What initially looks like randomness contains underlying patterns, interconnectedness, constant feedback loops, repetition, self-similarity, fractals, and self-organization. When designing the Pendulate oscillator we took great care to bring out these underlying patterns to create something both chaotic and musical. Control the Chaos Pendulate’s chaotic oscillator is matched with a wavefolder and low pass gate inspired by the ideas of legendary synthesizer designer, Don Buchla. These three modules, oscillator, wavefolder and gate ,combine to make everything from warm basses to searing leads. Modulate the Chaos Every parameter in Pendulate’s three modules can be modulated by Pendulate's Envelope Generator, LFO, or by MIDI and MPE sources. The innovative modulation interface allows you to easily and quickly patch any combination of sources to any destination, creating sounds that are sure to make you move with them. Technology Behind Pendulate Pendulate is based on a new oscillator concept, which started because Newfangled Audio was curious to know what a double pendulum would sound like if translated to audio. A double pendulum is a simple mechanical system which is chaotic, which means what it does in the future is hard to predict from what it’s done in the past. The initial system didn’t sound very musical, but after a lot of tweaking it sounds really great, and really interesting, and that’s what you hear today. A great simulation of the double pendulum, and a derivation of the equations of motion can be found here.
  3. Arturial MicroFreak Vocoder Edition is a limited edition bundle that takes the uniquely unpredictable MicroFreak and adds a 16-band vocoder mode, a detachable gooseneck mic and a sleek new look. You'll love its 14 digital oscillator modes, velvety analog filters and heaps of modulation/randomization controls, supercharged with wild vocoding abilities. Synthesizer with 256 preset slots and 224 factory presets 14 variable digital oscillator modes, including Mutable Instruments Plaits engines and new vocoder mode Gooseneck electret microphone Analog state variable 12dB/octave resonant filter with low pass, band pass and high pass modes Sync-able LFO with sine, triangle, saw, square, random and slew random Two envelopes: ADSR envelope and cycling envelope capable of acting as complex LFO Modulation matrix with 5 sources and 7 destinations, including 3 custom destinations Monophonic mode or paraphonic mode with up to 4 voices Chord mode lets you program a chord shape and play it on any note Scale quantize lets you set a specific scale for the white notes for easy performance 25-key capacitive keybed with polyphonic aftertouch Multifunction capacitive touch strip Crisp OLED display for editing and parameter values Powerful multi-mode arpeggiator with up, note order, random and pattern modes 64-step sequencer with 2 patterns and 4 automation tracks per preset Spice & Dice gate randomizers for arpeggiator and sequencer CV, gate and pressure/velocity outputs with 1V/octave, 1.2V/octave and hertz per volt scaling options for pitch Analog clock input and output USB 1/8" MIDI in/out (5-pin adapter included) Vocoder engine Arturia developed an entirely new 16-band vocoder mode to transform your voice in the freakiest way possible. The vocoder engine features 3 waveforms – sawtooth, pulse width and noise – and MicroFreak's Timbre and Shape knobs adjust the response of the 16 frequency bands. MicroFreak Vocoder Edition goes beyond robot vocals: connect an external sound source like a drum machine or synth via the headphone socket for glitchy sound processing. Step up to the mic A simple, removable microphone attachment lets you sprinkle your voice into the mix. A gooseneck design means quick position adjustment, with easy connection straight into the headphone socket alongside your cans. MicroFreak's utility menu lets you set your preferred mic gain and noise gate settings. A new dress code MicroFreak has always been out to make a statement, and the Vocoder Edition is no exception: the control panel has been given a makeover, the center strip boasts a bold new 'swan' graphic and a sleek white finish helps this limited edition 'Freak stand out from the crowd. Inner MicroFreak Behind the revamped appearance and microphone attachment is the same lovable maniac that set the synth world spinning. Sparkling digital and wavetable oscillators collide with warm analog filters. A unique poly-aftertouch PCB keyboard combines with a distinctly freaky arpeggiator and sequencer. Sculpt your sounds with the mod matrix and punch up your performances with the unique Spice and Dice randomizers.
  4. Jack Hertz

    Novation Summit

    Novation's flagship two-part 16-voice 61-key polyphonic synthesiser Summit’s digital New Oxford Oscillators offer subtractive, FM and wavetable synthesis, and feed into genuine analogue dual filters, distortion and VCAs. The multitimbral engine enables merging and combining of two complete and independent patches, while up to 16 simultaneous voices deliver enough harmonic depth for even the richest of pads. NOVSYNTH09-The-best-sounding-synthesiser The best sounding synthesiser Novation has ever made Summit doubles the power of Peak’s digital New Oxford Oscillators up to 16 voices and two parts, and adds a wealth of new features and a premium-quality five-octave keyboard. A synth much greater than the sum of its parts, it gives the serious producer or performer everything they need to design and play stunning basses, leads, arps, pads, effects and beyond. Totally tactile sound design Summit takes Peak’s architecture and workflow to new heights, with a swathe of extra front panel controls for hands-on wrangling of FM, effects, LFOs and more; dual filters with six LP/HP/BP combinations; audio input for processing external sources with the onboard effects; and auxiliary audio outputs. Analogue-Where-It-Matters The true stereo analogue signal path comprises dual analogue multimode filters, analogue VCAs and three stages of analogue distortion – pre- and post-filter, and post-VCA. With roots in the legendary OSCar, via Bass Station II, Summit’s analogue credentials are truly impressive. Wavetable Editor The Wavetable Editor unleashes the power of the wavetable oscillators. It features drawing tools and a Live Edit mode, so you can draw your own oscillator shapes and preview them in real time. Audio import lets you load in your own audio to be used as the oscillator waveform. Included is a curated selection of space-themed audio from the NASA sound library, plus exclusive content from production giants Noisia. Two Peaks in one synth - and then some The 16-voice, multitimbral engine combines two simultaneous patches. Split or stack them for keyboard-divided or layered sounds, or switch the entire synth between two separate and independently controlled setups, perhaps using one as an effects processor for an external input source. Also, Summit can use all your Peak patches Our best keyboard ever Five-octave, semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keyboard with aftertouch – the same premium-quality keybed as introduced with our SL MkIII controller keyboard. New Oxford educated Digital New Oxford Oscillators are capable of subtractive, FM and wavetable synthesis. Waveforms are generated directly on the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip, using 24MHz bitstream processing; and adjustable drift and divergence emulate the inherent and often desirable instability of analogue circuits. True analogue filters and distortion The New Oxford Oscillators output to true analogue filters, with origins in the classic OSCar synth, and three stages of analogue distortion give you ample saturation options. Dual filters Summit’s dual filter is switchable between six paired combinations of low-pass, high-pass and band-pass modes at 12dB/octave, or any single mode at 24dB/octave, for a broad range of sonic possibilities. Hands-on sound design Packed with modulation sources for deep sound design – LFOs, envelopes, Animate buttons and more. Extended controls see FM parameters, envelope loop switches and LFOs 3/4 moved from Peak’s menu system to the front panel, for easy programming and tweaking. Audio in and auxiliary audio out Hook up external instruments for processing with Summit’s onboard effects, while using it as a synth at the same time. Powerful effects Onboard reverb, chorus and delay effects are hosted on the FPGA. They’re also controlled directly from the front panel, and available as modulation targets in the dedicated FX Mod Matrix.
  5. Waldorf Iridium has made the impossible possible. The mighty synth engine from Quantum is now available in a compact form. Tracing the footsteps of its bigger brother, Iridium features all the synthesis elements of Quantum as well in a rack-compatible format. The combination of the powerful engine, incredible flexibility and detailed sound shaping facilities creates sheer endless possibilities of sound. Yet, the comprehensive layout and easy-to-understand structure lets you design your own sounds in no time. Sporting a solid metal casing and the same high level of craftsmanship like Quantum, Iridium is now ready to take over studios and stages throughout the world. Contributing another entry in Waldorf's rich history, Iridium joins the family as a direct descendant of the PPG Wave. Though, Iridium offers much more than its ancestor. Five different synthesis models are provided by Iridium for each of the three oscillators: Wavetable Waveform (Virtual Analog) Particle (Sampling and Granular Sampling) Resonator Kernels Kernel mode has been introduced with the OS 2.0 of Quantum. This huge upgrade allows one oscillator to be turned into up to six sub oscillators. These can be interlinked through FM at audio rate and arranged in user-definable constellations. Just this upgrade alone would have provided enough additional features to create a synthesizer on its own. Now, all those functions have been integrated into Iridium as well. Up to 7000 patches can be saved in Iridium. Patches from Quantum can be loaded in Iridium and vice-versa. Iridium features three digital filters per voice. Two in the Dual Filter section and another one in the Digital Former. Several types are available to choose from: 12 or 24dB and Lowpass/Highpass/Bandpass with optional saturation or dirtiness. Various filter models are available including those from Waldorf Nave, Largo and PPG 3V. The Dual Filter section can be controlled independently or together in several different link modes. The Digital Former offers all the filter types and models from the Dual Filter plus unusual models like Comb, Drive, Bitcrusher and more in addition. All filters retain a true stereo signal throughout the entire structure of the instrument. Up and down, back and forth 6 Envelopes, 6 LFOs and many more are just waiting for being used as sources in the 40 slots of the Modulation Matrix. Each slot has one additional control amount. Modulations can be directed to almost every numerical value in Iridium. All sources and destinations can be used as many times as desired until the Modulation Matrix is full. If you ever happen to run out of LFOs or Envelopes, you can use the Komplex Modulator for generating a custom shape LFO or Envelope. Complex, but not complicated Even though Iridium features a staggering amount of parameters to control, everything is organized in a logic structure which is easy to master. The major controls have their own dedicated knob, while the rest is accessible through the touch screen and the encoders around. There are no long menus keeping you from doing what you had planned. Instead, you will find a workflow which you will soon miss on other synthesizers. Hands-on Embedded in the front panel, a 4x4 silicon pad matrix invites you to launch notes, chords, arpeggios and sequences with up to 32 steps for notes and multiple parameter lines. Direct access to the parameters is granted by the seven encoders to the left and the right hand side of the touch screen. Iridium Rueckseite Take a look inside! Iridiums large color touch screen keeps you informed at all times. Upon moving a knob, Iridium gives you an optical feedback of your changes in real-time. Filter curves move, Particle grain sizes change, Envelopes warp and much more: Komplex Modulator curves can be drawn with your finger Envelopes show at which point the voices currently are Wavetables are displayed in comprehensive view modes VU meters show which voices are used and the individual voice levels Different Analyzers show the audio signal at different points Get connected Two Audio Outputs allow you to listen to Iridium, while two Inputs allow Iridium to process external signals. 4 CV inputs plus Gate In and Trigger In are ready to forward external signals to the Mod Matrix. Furthermore, Clock In and Clock Out will get your gear in sync. MIDI connections can be made through USB and DIN MIDI. Iridium is also equipped with a USB Host port for MIDI devices. This port also handles data exchange, in addition to the MicroSD card slot. Once again, Waldorf have underlined their status with a new and exciting synthesizer. Iridium is designed, constructed and made in Germany. All components used are industrial grade quality to create a reliable studio device that is made to last for many years.
  6. An ode to the moss, lichen and algae of this and other worlds; Microflora is Jack's first cassette release since 1993. I was drawn to Jack's compositions after observing him perform on a radio program a few years ago. Jack's conscious and active involvement in the process of generating ambient sound-spaces, is refreshing and stimulating, and lends a narrative quality to the work. The title of Jack's own small record publishing label, "Aural Films", suggests the focus of his audio works, which are cinematic in their approach to composition and performance. For the listener, Jack's work is like watching a film with one's ears. This is also why I reached out to Mea to provide the striking and equally narrative visuals for this album. So, with the synthesis of Jack's audio journey and Mea's inspiring visual prompt, follow these artists into a realm where living structures, normally obscured beyond the curtain of micro-scale, emerge as landscape and architecture for the wandering and questing listener...
  7. Humans have used music for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Studies have found that music can slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve cognition. As a powerful tool to access higher levels of awareness. Sound can help to resolve the mental and physical obstacles encountered in life.
  8. Jack Hertz

    Uncle Art

    Dave Lowe composed some of the most iconic gaming music from the 80s & 90s; his hits include Street Fighter II, After Burner, Frontier Elite & many more. Discover how he broke technological boundaries, changed gaming music forever and follow him as he re-invents his classic tunes at Abbey Road Studios, with a 50 piece orchestra. From 8-bit to Abbey Road, the music of a generation is reborn.
  9. With everyone wanting a Synclavier for $200,000. Yamaha created an affordable music system that retailed for only $500. Introduced in 1984, the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer was an actual home computer combined with a built-in 4-OP FM synthesizer module, sound editors and sequencer. As Yamaha's own promotion put it: "The CX5M is a computer. But certainly not an ordinary computer. It has been designed specifically to be used by musicians, composers and arrangers. both amateur and professional, to produce music in ways that were never before possible." Unfortunately, a QWERTY keyboard and TV monitor had no place in the studios in 1984, but it got my attention with all it had to offer for how little I had to spend. This album is a document of my first works with the Yamaha CX5M Music Computer. The unreleased tracks were composed exclusively on the CX5M between 1984 and 1985. Originally recorded on 4-track cassettes, these primitive recordings reflect the sound of an exciting time in music history when people began to compose with computers at home.
  10. Jack Hertz

    Behringer 2600

    There is new Part 3 video out with SOUND demos.
  11. The Elektriktus album "Electronic Mind Waves" was, and may still is a bit of an enigma when it comes to 1970s electronic music albums. What may be seen as a ripple in time, was really just a single thread in the long and dynamic career of the artist, Andr View full article
  12. History & Mystery of Elektriktus Interview with Andrea Centazzo
  13. A new collection of works examining how modulation interacts with composition, arrangement, and presentation in a closed system.
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