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  1. The 1970s spawned the first truly portable analog synthesizer, and while it was quickly adopted by lots of renowned musical artists including Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, Rick Wakeman, Jean-Michel Jarre, Isao Tomita and Keith Emerson to name a few, it was somewhat temperamental and very expensive. An ultra-affordable homage to that iconic synthesizer, with all the features of the original and then some, the Behringer POLY D lets you conjure up virtually any monophonic or polyphonic sound imaginable with incredible finesse and ease. The pure analog signal path is based on authentic VCO, VCF, VCA and ladder filter designs in conjunction with a dedicated and fully analog triangle/square wave LFO. Owning a POLY D is like having your own personal time machine, enabling you to freely embrace the past – or shape the future! True to the Original Great care has been taken in designing the POLY D including the true to the original “D Type” circuitry with its matched transistors and JFETs, ultra-high precision 0.1% thin film resistors and polyphenylene sulphide capacitors. This highly-focused attention to detail is what gives the POLY D its ultra-flexible sound shaping capability, which covers everything from super-fat bass and lead tones, stunning effects, progressive organ sounds – and all the way out to the otherworldly sounds of your imagination. Big, Fat Tones The inspired synthesizer tracks laid down in the 1970s and '80s are etched in the annals of progressive rock, wave and synth-pop music forever, making them truly classic in every sense of the word. POLY D’s pure analog signal path with legendary VCO, VCF and VCA circuits, lets you recreate all of that magic – or design incredibly fat and original sounds that will make you a legend in your own right! Three Modes to Choose From With the POLY D, you can get the best of three worlds by switching between monophonic, polyphonic or unison modes. With the POLY D set to Mono, you can have the characteristics of a classic monophonic synth with fuller, more expressive solos, bass lines and portamentos. Flipping the switch to Poly allows you to play more than one note at the same time to produce stunning chord harmonies and luscious pads that add soul and depth to your music. Unison Mode thickens up your sound by layering all of the POLY D’s voices on top of each other, adding more harmonic content and creating a richer sound. Four VCOs The POLY D has four highly-flexible Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) that provide an incredible range of 5 waveforms for sculpting the perfect sound. Oscillators 1, 2 and 3 options include: triangular; triangular/saw; saw; square; wide pulse; and narrow pulse, while OSC 4 features: triangular; reverse saw; saw; square; wide pulse; and narrow pulse. Additionally, all 4 VCOs can be adjusted across an extremely-wide, 6-octave range (LO, 32’, 16’, 8’, 4’ and 2’). This amazing flexibility gives you all the tools you need to be your creative best. 24 dB Ladder Filter and VCA The very heart of the POLY D’s sound is its highly flexible 24 dB Ladder Filter, which lets you freely experiment with the Cutoff Frequency, Emphasis and Contour to dial in the perfect sound. POLY D’s Filter Mode switch can be set to either Lo- or Hi-pass for selecting the range of your choice. You can also adjust the Attack, Decay and Sustain controls to affect the cutoff frequency with time. Controls & Connectivity We just can’t help ourselves – like you, we're gear-heads, too. For those who want the numbers, POLY D has 84 controls, all laid out in a highly-intuitive format that puts the joy back into your music creation. Input and output connections include: MIDI I/O and Thru over USB/MIDI DIN; After Pressure and Velocity outputs with their own dedicated volume controls; internal and external V-Trig I/O; external Loudness, Filter, OSC, and modulation source outputs. Unleash Your Imagination When it comes to not just pushing envelopes but creating them, POLY D gives your imagination its voice – and it’s so very affordable. When modern performance calls for classic analog sound – it calls for the Behringer POLY D! Visit your dealer to experience the stunning POLY D or get yours online today. Music never felt this good!
  2. The Behringer TD-3-SR is an Analog Bass Line Synthesizer with VCO, VCF, 16-Step Sequencer, Distortion Effects and 16-Voice Poly Chain. FEATURES Amazing Bass Line synthesizer with true analog circuitry for bass and groove sounds Authentic reproduction of original circuitry with matched transistors Pure analog signal path based on legendary VCO, VCF and VCA designs Sawtooth and square waveform VCO with transistor wave-shaping circuitry Amazing 4-pole low-pass resonant filter with cut-off, resonance, envelope, decay and accent controls Easy-to-use 16-step sequencer with 7 tracks, each with 250 user patterns Arpeggiator with wide patterns for great sound effects Distortion circuitry modeled after the DS-1* adds insane spice and edge to your sounds 16-voice Poly Chain allows combining multiple synthesizers for up to 16 voice polyphony 11 controls and 28 switches to give you direct and real-time access to all important parameters MIDI and USB implementation with MIDI channel and Voice Priority selection Designed and engineered in Italy
  3. Since the release of the JUPITER-4 in 1978, the name JUPITER has marked the pinnacle of Roland sound and playability. Roland synthesizers with the JUPITER name carry our most advanced sound technologies, are supremely playable, and are built from premium materials. JUPITER-Xm combines classic Roland design and premium build quality with a powerful new synth engine. It faithfully recreates sought-after instruments from our long history of genre-defining sounds. And with multiple layers, loads of polyphony, and deep hands-on control, you can craft huge, spacious sounds that have as much sparkle as they have warmth and punch. JUPITER-Xm may redefine what you think a synthesizer can be. It has a universe of sounds, expanding all the time. It can jam with you, inspire you, and capture your ideas. It can go just about anywhere, and it doesn’t need any cables or wires to function—not even for power. The JUPITER-Xm is an entire electronic production and performance environment that you can put under one arm. Where you take it, is up to you. Classic analog to vintage digital. And beyond. JUPITER-Xm is equipped with our latest sound engine, capable of morphing into legendary synths from our long history of genre-defining sounds. It’s so flexible that it can reproduce our highly sought-after analog classics like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106 and SH-101, but also vintage digital machines like the XV-5080 and modern RD pianos. You also get the many Roland drum machines that are the foundation of electronic and dance music like the TR-808, 909, 707, 727, 606, CR-78 and more. It’s like a studio full of vintage gear, with modern capabilities and a deep synth engine so you can explore unmapped sonic territory. Intelligent. Inspiring. Need something wonderful, fast? The JUPITER-Xm’s I-Arpeggio is a next generation arpeggiator that uses artificial intelligence to not just accompany you, but to inspire you. I-Arpeggio takes your input—notes, rhythms, phrases—and creates complementary drum parts, basslines, chords, and arpeggiated lines. It works on each of JUPITER-Xm’s five parts simultaneously, and generated patterns can be customized and even exported to your DAW. These aren’t preset backing tracks, but intelligently generated beats and phrases that fill out your live performance and pulverize writer’s block. Find the sweet spots In addition to its informative display, JUPITER-Xm has an array of large, comfortable knobs, sliders, and buttons. They feel sturdy and precise for incredibly smooth sweeps and subtle changes. There’s a dedicated effects section and switching between synth layers is quick, so you can immediately take control of any aspect of the sound. This kind of natural, hands-on control gives you the feeling of reaching in and touching the sound, shaping it to find just the right settings for the moment. The power of polyphony JUPITER-Xm can layer up to five parts, four for synths and one for drums. To power all of this, you have up to 256 notes of polyphony available overall, with up to 32 notes available for authentic models of Roland classics like the JX-8P or JUPITER-8. With so much polyphony available, you can create layers of sounds and backing parts without limiting complex chords or sacrificing your creative vision. Create the perfect bass and lead split with an SH-101 and JUNO-106, layer a rich RD piano with lush JX-8P strings, or make a monster stack of JUPITER-8s. Built to last. Made to play. Whether it’s a personal studio, professional studio, or part of a touring rig, JUPITER-Xm is right at home. Tough metal and premium components mean it stands up to the rigors of live performance and always feels solid and precise. The high-quality, balanced connections, full-sized MIDI jacks, and multiple pedal inputs mean JUPITER-Xm is ready for any kind of situation. So portable. So playable. Too often you must sacrifice playability and expression for something easily portable. JUPITER-Xm strikes a perfect balance with an all-new 37-key slim keyboard that redefines what a compact keyboard can be. Small doesn’t have to mean cheap, and in the case of the JUPITER-Xm, you get solid, responsive keys and three full octaves in a space generally reserved for a lot less. Ever-expanding JUPITER-Xm is part of an expandable platform so it can be updated with fresh new content as it becomes available.
  4. While playing with the re-issued Curtis chips we hit upon such an audio-aesthetically pleasing prototype that we could not resist manufacturing a limited run of 20 fully analog synthesizers. This Is Not Rocket Science RectangularThing is a classic synthesizer with two oscillators, two envelopes, two VCAs, a mixer, a highpass and a lowpass filter and allows you to adjust the hardware on the back to do your own Thing. Our RectangularThing has a unique way of making rich analog waveforms based on sub-oscillation with our Rambler. Rambler is a combination between two oscillators – it uses a sub-oscillator to switch very quickly between oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 on every sub-oscillator transition. We have also created a ‘sawpulse’ which is an oscillator that alternates between saw and pulse cycles creating a new waveform. !?!?! knobs on RectangularThing are there for you to decide. These knobs control the output of the sub-oscillators and you can change that Thing. By rearranging the jumpers on the back you can select if the top oscillator has either a sub-oscillator or a Rambler oscillator (jumper at SubOsc 1) and for the bottom oscillator you can decide on having a Rambler, sub-oscillator or a sawpulse (jumper at SubOsc 2). You can also select the order of highpass and lowpass filtering by adjusting the Filters jumper. The SYNC switch toggles between soft / off / hard synchronisation of both oscillators in your RectangularThing. The top oscillator is the basis for the bottom oscillator to sync to. When the switch is in the hard sync position, the starting point of a new cycle of the top oscillator forces the bottom oscillator to also start a new cycle. When the switch is in the soft sync position, the starting points of a new cycle are gradually aligned and when the switch is in the off sync position, your oscillators are ignoring each other.
  5. H-Pi Instruments has teamed up with mitxela (the genius behind the world's smallest MIDI synthesizer) to bring you FLASH, the world's first and only very-tiny MIDI-powered polyphonic microtonal FM synthesizer. Two years in development, this little 16-voice wonder fits in your pocket and doesn't require a power supply. Just plug it into a standard MIDI OUT port*, plug in your headphones, and away you go! FLASH features unlimited dynamic General MIDI microtuning for ease-of-use with 16-channel polyphonic tuned output from TBX2, TBX1, and Tonal Plexus TPX keyboards, and also features a mini UART-programmer which allows you to assign unique microtonal tuning tables to each of 16 MIDI input channels for full microtonal output compatibility with literally thousands of standard MIDI controllers as well as multichannel controllers like MIDI guitars and MIDI organs without a tuning device, not to mention advanced 2048 unique-pitch-output for the Tonal Plexus and other microtonal controllers like the Microzone, Axis 64, and Terpstra keyboards. Of course you can also use it as a normal synth with normal tuning ... if you're into that sort of thing. The FLASH UART-programmer interfaces via USB with Universal Tuning Editor (UTE) cross-platform software (free license included), so you can edit tunings and upload them to the synth. Firmware is also user-upgradable via the programmer, so features can be improved or added at any time. NOTE: FLASH draws its power straight from the MIDI socket! All MIDI OUT ports which are made to the specification of the MIDI Manufacturer's Association (MMA) will work. MIDI OUT ports not made to the MMA spec will not work! Be sure you understand this before you buy. We will try to compile a list of MIDI devices which have non-compliant out ports (under construction). FEATURES Tuning + Unlimited pitch General MIDI microtuning up to 16 voices polyphony + NOTE: The MIDI Manufacturer's Association has now officially recognized this method of microtuning, calling it MPE. + 16 full range programmable tunings of 128 notes each = 2048 programmable fixed pitches + Voluntary pitch bending from retuned fixed-pitch centres + Largest tuning error ~ 0.006 cents Synthesis + FM synthesis engine designed by mitxela + Controllable via MIDI CCs Voice Modes + POLY: 16 voices, one oscillator per voice, mono LR audio output + POLY-STEREO: 8 voices, one oscillator per voice, stereo audio output + MONO: 1 voice, 16 oscillators layered, mono LR audio output Inputs and Outputs + MIDI DIN input (for MIDI and power) + 3,5 mm stereo headphones audio output Electronics + Designed in the UK by mitxela + Assembled in Bulgaria Enclosures + Synth main housing made in Germany by Lumberg GmbH, Nickel-plated Zinc Alloy 50 x 14 x 14 mm + UART-programmer housing - Aluminium (2mm thick) 50 x 25 x 25 mm, hand made in Germany
  6. Fractal Bits is a drum synth with over four billion unique sounds created by fractal algorithms. Each set of 12 drums corresponds to a code of 8 characters (you can save/copy/paste it as plain text). Features: search for new sounds with three buttons: next random set (>>>), edit code, previous set (<<<); three types of keyboards for live drumming: on-screen buttons, PC keyboard, MIDI input; six additional processing parameters + control of all parameters via MIDI; real-time audio recording to WAV (32-bit); export to: WAV (one file or a set), SunVox (samples + effects in one file), text clipboard; the LCK button freezes individual drums - they will not change during the search for new sets; iOS: Audio Unit Extension (AUv3), Audiobus, Wi-Fi export/import.
  7. Eight Voice Digital Drum Computer & Sampler Alive and kicking Digitakt is a new compact sampling drum machine from Elektron. It contains all the necessary tools to make people move to the beat. A digital and highly flexible sound engine, sampling capability, a live-friendly sequencer, dedicated tracks for controlling external MIDI gear, and Overbridge support. Drum machines are something of an Elektron speciality. With the Digitakt we show why. Super quality Digitakt is made for heavy use. It features all new hi res encoders and extremely durable back-lit buttons (rated for 50 million presses). The ultra crisp OLED screen perfectly renders the clear and streamlined user interface. Beat making powerhouse Compact, rugged and to the point. Digitakt is a formidable drum machine and sampler. With an astounding feature set and an exquisite digital sound engine, the stage is set for a striking encounter. Elektron Digitakt 8-voice Drum Machine, Sampler and Groove Sequencer, with 8 Audio Tracks, 8 MIDI Tracks, 64MB Sample Memory, and 1GB+ Onboard Storage. Digitakt provides a compact drum machine solution for a computer based rig. It makes beat making a tactile and rewarding experience. It can also double as a sound card, making it perfect for the nimble studio. Elektron Transfer makes it easy to move samples from your computer to your Digitakt , and vice versa. Factory content Digitakt comes pre-loaded with heaps of great electronic and acoustic sounds. Drums, percussion, synths, and FX are all part of the sound palette. The sample collection allows you to start creating, experimenting and producing right away. Also included is an assortment of absolutely stellar acoustic drum kit samples, meticulously sampled by the renowned drum sample company That Sound. 400+ Factory Samples including: + 5 acoustic drum kits - 4 of which by That Sound + 23 electronic drum kits + 42 synth one shots + 44 synth stabs and pads + 83 single cycle oscillators and noise loops Overbridge for Digitakt Fully integrate Digitakt with DAW environments Control Digitakt with a dedicated VST/AU plugin interface Use Digitakt as a 2 in/2 out sound card (CoreAudio/ASIO/WDM) Stream the eight internal tracks, external inputs, and main bus to separate DAW tracks (24 bit/48 kHz) Recall all Digitakt settings when loading a DAW project Sample management functionality Digitakt specifications: + 8 internal audio tracks & 8 dedicated MIDI tracks + 1 × Multi-mode filter, Overdrive effect, and Assignable LFO per audio track + Delay and Reverb send FX + Sampling capability with 64 MB sample memory & 1 GB +Drive storage + 1 × Headphones output + 2 × ¼” balanced main output / 2 × ¼” input + 1 × High Speed USB 2.0 port + MIDI In/Out/Thru with DIN sync out
  8. The Woods is a single from the upcoming album Ruins by Alex Haas. Alex Haas (born 1963, NYC, USA,) label owner of Sonicontinuum, has been working with many renowned artists including U2, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton, Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny and Bill Laswell. His first collaboration with Dutch composer Michel Banabila started in April on Collector, a track from Banabila's album Uprooted (Tapu Records / 2019). They then decided to renew their collaboration on The Woods, and Alex invited his long time collaborator, Bill Laswell to join this recording. The Woods became an atmospheric organic blend of experimental ambient, 4th world exotica and lush electronics. Synths and treated guitars by Alex Haas are mixed with Banabila's electronically processed voices, keys and field recordings, together with deep bass sounds by Laswell. Mixed and produced by Alex Haas. mastered by Marlon Wolterink.
  9. Since its beginnings Erica Synths has promoted experimental electronic music and has developed instruments that enable musicians to explore it. When it comes to standalone instruments, we think, one of most encouraging instruments in experimental music was Synthi AKS, so we teamed up with engineers from Riga Technical University to develop a synthesizer with a user interface inspired by Synthi AKS. SYNTRX [sintrex] is developed from scratch all analogue synthesizer (no part of schematics is cloned from Synthi AKS) with digitally controlled patch matrix. Unlike most of patch matrixes around, that mechanically connect signals, our 16x16 matrix utilizes 32 (!!!) 8 channel analogue switch ICs AS16M1 (made in Latvia, Alfa RPAR) and is a mixer/buffered multiple with 3 level attenuation (gain 1, 0,6 and 0,3) in connection points. It has 256 patch memory, automatic patch switching in performance mode or via MIDI messages. SYNTRX has 3 highly accurate VCOs that track great over 8 octaves, noise generator with “colour” filter, resonant VCF, ring modulator, spring reverb, looping envelope generator, joystick controller, input amplifier with adjustable gain for microphone to line level signals, 3 VCAs, output signal filter, analogue CV/audio signal level indicator and built in speakers. Extra features, not found on Synthi AKS, are Sample & Hold circuit with individual clock, octave switch for VCO1, synchronization of VCO2, AD mode on the envelope generator, as well as MIDI that accepts CV, Gate, Modulation wheel messages and program change messages for the matrix control. The SYNTRX comes in aluminium enclosure with ash tree side panels. We believe, it will inspire users to explore the space and travel to previously undiscovered audible realms.
  10. miRack is a Eurorack-style modular synthesizer for iOS In the meanwhile, this is a minor update with the following changes: * Multicoloured cables! * Added an item to the tools ("wrench") menu that zooms the rack to fit exactly 2 (3 in portrait orientation) rows of modules. * New modules: 8Mode softSN Machine - a very interesting emulator of TI SN76477 "Complex Sound Generator" sound chip from 1978; trowaSoft MultiScope module; "ML Modules" pack. * Fixed a crash when adding SquinkyLabs Mixer8 module. * Removed two Bogaudio spectrum analyser modules for now. They will be back once we're completely happy with their performance on iOS devices. * Some of the graphics and also Befaco and ESeries module panels have been replaced to avoid possible licensing issues.
  11. Erica Synths Pico System III is affordable, compact, yet powerful sounding, full analogue modular system.It comes in two formats – eurorack and desktop. Features + 2-3-4 step sequencer + 2x VCOs + VCO controller/VCA module + Several mixers that work both with CV and audio signals + Modulator (syncable LFO, random CV and noise source) + 2x voltage controlled ASR envelope generators + 2x resonant lowpass gates + BBD delay Pico System III brings modular synthesis back to the basics – the system has multi functional (instead of single-function, like Pico Drums or Pico Trigger in the Pico System II) analogue modules and is intended to encourage creativity in modular patching. The system has 31 inputs and 20 outputs (master output is duplicated) + 7 switches; if you have enough patch cables at your disposal, you can patch the system in 121000931215044250740178662400 or 1.21x1029 variations (we ignored the possibility to adjust potentiometers here). Even though only 0,0001% of all patches will sound more-less enjoyable, you and all your future generations can spend a lifetime only patching the Pico System III. Voice-cards with preset patches set it apart from other eurorack systems – they allow user to change patches instantly and radically, which makes the system well suited for experimental live performances. The system comes with 5 great sounding “factory preset” voice-cards, and 5 DIY voice-cards that are empty and users can develop their own patches. More voice-cards will be available from Erica Synths shop. Pico System III comes both as a desktop unit and a eurorack module. It features a set of modules for advanced sound design, experiments in modular patching and educational purposes. What do you get? Desktop unit20 patch cables, 1 Hosa stackable cable, PSU, 5 factory preset & 5 DIY voice-cards, user manual and patch note sheetsEurorack module 1 Hosa stackable cable, ribbon power cable, 5 factory preset & 5 DIY voice-cards, user manual and patch note sheets Technical specifications: Audio signal levels10VptpCV signal levels (full span)-5V - +5VSequencer CV output range0 - +5VVCO tune rangeC0 - E7LFO rate0.21Hz - 20HzVC EG attack time0...3''VC EG release time0...4.2''Max BBD delay time400msPanel width42 HPPower consumption 175mA@+12V, 112mA@-12V The Pico System III is a completely analog modular system with 13 Pico modules and preset memory. The good selection of modules allows a large number of patches and is ideal for learning analogue synthesis. The Pico System III is small and above all cheap, which makes it a modular synthesizer for everyone. -
  12. The HYDRASYNTH keyboard is both a sound designers dream synth as well as a performing musicians ideal. The sound engine is designed for maximum flexibility. At the same time, we designed the user interface in a way to allow you to edit the patch quickly with a minimal amount of paging and many workflow shortcuts. Utilizing an advanced wavetable synthesis engine, 3 Oscillators, dual Wave Mutators and 2 filters that can be configured in series or parallel, the tone generating capabilities are unmatched. As for the performance capabilities, The HYDRASYNTH keyboard has our proprietary Polytouch™ keybed that offers polyphonic aftertouch over each note, giving you the type of expressive control found only in certain vintage synths. Add to this a 4 octave ribbon controller and ergonomically designed pitch and mod wheels and you have expression and control that is not equaled in any other hardware synthesizer on the market… Today or ever. Polytouch™ keybed The new ASM Polytouch® keybed allows not only the standard velocity and aftertouch found on other keybeds but we support fully polyphonic aftertouch. In recent years companies have been trying to find ways to give the keyboard musician more ways to better express themselves. The problem is that their solution is almost never a keyboard, so you have to learn a new technique to play them. The Polytouch™ keybed features a high quality, standard sized keys, so you can start playing it instantly. Oscillators The tone generation capability is the heart of any synthesizer. The 3 oscillators allow you to choose from a selection of 219 single cycle waveforms. Wavemorphing is a feature usually found on synths with preset wave tables. Creating user wavetables is arduous or downright impossible. Unlike most wavetable synths, our oscillators 1 & 2 have our WAVELIST mode. This mode allows you to pick and choose 8 waves, from our bank of 219, arrange them in the order you want, and then morph from one to another. mutators Oscillators 1 & 2 are routed into our MUTATORS. The Mutators allow you to modulate, bend and sculpt the sound in new (and old) ways. Each MUTANT allows you to choose from the following processes: FM-Linear - for making classic FM sounds. Choose multiple FM sources, including external inputs. Wavestack™ - creates 5 copies of the incoming sound and allows you to set a detune amount. Hard Sync - This gives you those classic hard sync sounds. Try hard syncing a morphing wavetable for some fun. Pulse Width - This will pulse width modulate ANY input sound. PW - Squeeze - This is a different form of pulse width mod that creates a smoother sound. PW-ASM - this mode divides the incoming wave into 8 slices and allows you to set how much pulse width mod will happen in each section. Harmonic Sweep - this will sweep the harmonics of the incoming sound.​ The Mutant's can also generate its own waveforms in both FM and Sync modes so that you do not have use another oscillator....Of course the routing is flexible so you can choose the other oscillators as mod sources if you like. Mixer/ filter routing The 3 Oscillators are fed into a mixer along with the Noise generator and Ring Modulator. The Mixer allows you to mix levels as well as pan the input source. There is a balance control that allows you to choose how much signal of each source is routed to filters 1 and 2. The filters can be set to be parallel or series for ultimate flexibility. filters If oscillators and tone generators are the heart of a synthesizer, the filters are the soul. The Hydrasynth has two filters that can be configured in series or parallel. The first filter has 11 different filter models, giving you multiple options for tailoring your sound. The second filter is a 12db per octave has a continuous sweep from Low pass to bandpass to high pass, similar to the way the classic SEM filter worked. LFO's 5 Low-Frequency Oscillators…YES, 5. Much like our sound engine, the LFO’s are not ordinary by any means. The Hydrasynth LFO’s feature a STEP mode that allows you to create patterns with up to 8 steps. Having 5 mini step sequencers gives you an amazing amount of possibilities for further shaping your sound. Of course, there are also 10 standard waveforms to choose from.​ The LFO's all have delay, fade in, 3 triggering modes, smoothing, start phase, one-shot mode so that they can act as envelopes and BPM sync. envelopes 5 DAHDSR Envelopes……YES 5. ​ An advanced sound engine needs plenty of modulation sources. Our 6 stage envelopes feature Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain and Release stages.​ The time settings for the stage can be set in seconds or in time divisions, giving you envelopes that play in sync to your song. You can also loop the envelopes to create LFO’s whose shape can be voltage controlled in the modulation matrix. MODULATION MATRIX The modulation capabilities on the Hydrasynth are endless. With 32 user definable modulation routings, you will have plenty of ways to use the 29 modulation sources and 155 modulation destinations. Almost everything in the synth engine can be a modulation destination including the effects and arpeggiator. The Modulation matrix points themselves can also become modulation destinations. Modulation sources & destinations include the CV Mod In & Out jacks as well as MIDI CC’s ARPEGGIATOR The arpeggiator allows for standard note arpeggiations but also has a phrase arpeggio built-in. Parameters like RATCHET and CHANCE will generate other rhythmic patterns with some randomness to add life and spontaneity to your performance. You can also modulate most of the parameters in the arpeggiator so imagine using LFO’s, Envelopes, Polyphonic Aftertouch or the Ribbon controller to modify your arpeggios in real time. CV/GATE - MIDI - USB There is the standard MIDI and USB/MIDI interfaces on the synth but we go deeper and allow the use of CV/GATE interfaces for connecting to the modular world. It supports the standard voltages for Eurorack modulars as well as some of the Japanese Volts>HZ products. The MOD in and outs allow for modulation from DC to full audio ranges, expanding your modulation capabilities. Main Controls The Main system controls are where you navigate your patches, configure system settings and see parameters like the envelopes, waveforms, filters in the OLED screen. ​Init and Random buttons will allow you to initialize or randomize a complete patch or specific modules with a press & hold + module select button. ​Pressing the HOME button returns you to navigating patches in a simple and easy way. master controls The Master Control section is where all parameter editing, patch naming, and Macro performing is done. Using OLED screens, high-resolution encoders with LED rings, and 8 buttons, this section is designed to give you good feedback on what is going on. The VOICE parameters give you access to play modes, analog feel, voice panning and many other features. macros The patch MACROS are designed to allow the user deep control over the engine in live performance. The 8 assignable encoders and buttons can each be routed to 8 destinations. Complete sound transformations can take place with the press of a button or turn of a knob. patches The Hydrasynth comes with 5 banks of 128 patches in total. We hired some of the best patch designers around to create the 256 factory patches. Finding the patch you want and searching the library is made easy with our BROWSER. Our PC/MAC based Patch Manager plug-in also allows easy moving of patches to create your favorite order as well as load in new patch libraries in the future. effects The effects chain goes beyond the typical ones found in other synths. Pre-effects and post-effects give you some unique ways to process your sound. The delays and reverbs were modeled on some of the most popular effects on the market. The effects are the perfect way to complete your sound, in the box.
  13. The HYDRASYNTH keyboard is both a sound designers dream synth as well as a performing musicians ideal. The sound engine is designed for maximum flexibility. At the same time, we designed the user interface in a way to allow you to edit the patch quickly with a minimal amount of paging and many workflow shortcuts. Utilizing an advanced wavetable synthesis engine, 3 Oscillators, dual Wave Mutators and 2 filters that can be configured in series or parallel, the tone generating capabilities are unmatched. As for the performance capabilities, The HYDRASYNTH keyboard has our proprietary Polytouch™ keybed that offers polyphonic aftertouch over each note, giving you the type of expressive control found only in certain vintage synths. Add to this a 4 octave ribbon controller and ergonomically designed pitch and mod wheels and you have expression and control that is not equaled in any other hardware synthesizer on the market… Today or ever. Polytouch™ keybed The new ASM Polytouch® keybed allows not only the standard velocity and aftertouch found on other keybeds but we support fully polyphonic aftertouch. In recent years companies have been trying to find ways to give the keyboard musician more ways to better express themselves. The problem is that their solution is almost never a keyboard, so you have to learn a new technique to play them. The Polytouch™ keybed features a high quality, standard sized keys, so you can start playing it instantly. Oscillators The tone generation capability is the heart of any synthesizer. The 3 oscillators allow you to choose from a selection of 219 single cycle waveforms. Wavemorphing is a feature usually found on synths with preset wave tables. Creating user wavetables is arduous or downright impossible. Unlike most wavetable synths, our oscillators 1 & 2 have our WAVELIST mode. This mode allows you to pick and choose 8 waves, from our bank of 219, arrange them in the order you want, and then morph from one to another. mutators Oscillators 1 & 2 are routed into our MUTATORS. The Mutators allow you to modulate, bend and sculpt the sound in new (and old) ways. Each MUTANT allows you to choose from the following processes: FM-Linear - for making classic FM sounds. Choose multiple FM sources, including external inputs. Wavestack™ - creates 5 copies of the incoming sound and allows you to set a detune amount. Hard Sync - This gives you those classic hard sync sounds. Try hard syncing a morphing wavetable for some fun. Pulse Width - This will pulse width modulate ANY input sound. PW - Squeeze - This is a different form of pulse width mod that creates a smoother sound. PW-ASM - this mode divides the incoming wave into 8 slices and allows you to set how much pulse width mod will happen in each section. Harmonic Sweep - this will sweep the harmonics of the incoming sound.​ The Mutant's can also generate its own waveforms in both FM and Sync modes so that you do not have use another oscillator....Of course the routing is flexible so you can choose the other oscillators as mod sources if you like. Mixer/ filter routing The 3 Oscillators are fed into a mixer along with the Noise generator and Ring Modulator. The Mixer allows you to mix levels as well as pan the input source. There is a balance control that allows you to choose how much signal of each source is routed to filters 1 and 2. The filters can be set to be parallel or series for ultimate flexibility. filters If oscillators and tone generators are the heart of a synthesizer, the filters are the soul. The Hydrasynth has two filters that can be configured in series or parallel. The first filter has 11 different filter models, giving you multiple options for tailoring your sound. The second filter is a 12db per octave has a continuous sweep from Low pass to bandpass to high pass, similar to the way the classic SEM filter worked. LFO's 5 Low-Frequency Oscillators…YES, 5. Much like our sound engine, the LFO’s are not ordinary by any means. The Hydrasynth LFO’s feature a STEP mode that allows you to create patterns with up to 8 steps. Having 5 mini step sequencers gives you an amazing amount of possibilities for further shaping your sound. Of course, there are also 10 standard waveforms to choose from.​ The LFO's all have delay, fade in, 3 triggering modes, smoothing, start phase, one-shot mode so that they can act as envelopes and BPM sync. envelopes 5 DAHDSR Envelopes……YES 5. ​ An advanced sound engine needs plenty of modulation sources. Our 6 stage envelopes feature Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain and Release stages.​ The time settings for the stage can be set in seconds or in time divisions, giving you envelopes that play in sync to your song. You can also loop the envelopes to create LFO’s whose shape can be voltage controlled in the modulation matrix. MODULATION MATRIX The modulation capabilities on the Hydrasynth are endless. With 32 user definable modulation routings, you will have plenty of ways to use the 29 modulation sources and 155 modulation destinations. Almost everything in the synth engine can be a modulation destination including the effects and arpeggiator. The Modulation matrix points themselves can also become modulation destinations. Modulation sources & destinations include the CV Mod In & Out jacks as well as MIDI CC’s ARPEGGIATOR The arpeggiator allows for standard note arpeggiations but also has a phrase arpeggio built-in. Parameters like RATCHET and CHANCE will generate other rhythmic patterns with some randomness to add life and spontaneity to your performance. You can also modulate most of the parameters in the arpeggiator so imagine using LFO’s, Envelopes, Polyphonic Aftertouch or the Ribbon controller to modify your arpeggios in real time. CV/GATE - MIDI - USB There is the standard MIDI and USB/MIDI interfaces on the synth but we go deeper and allow the use of CV/GATE interfaces for connecting to the modular world. It supports the standard voltages for Eurorack modulars as well as some of the Japanese Volts>HZ products. The MOD in and outs allow for modulation from DC to full audio ranges, expanding your modulation capabilities. Main Controls The Main system controls are where you navigate your patches, configure system settings and see parameters like the envelopes, waveforms, filters in the OLED screen. ​Init and Random buttons will allow you to initialize or randomize a complete patch or specific modules with a press & hold + module select button. ​Pressing the HOME button returns you to navigating patches in a simple and easy way. master controls The Master Control section is where all parameter editing, patch naming, and Macro performing is done. Using OLED screens, high-resolution encoders with LED rings, and 8 buttons, this section is designed to give you good feedback on what is going on. The VOICE parameters give you access to play modes, analog feel, voice panning and many other features. macros The patch MACROS are designed to allow the user deep control over the engine in live performance. The 8 assignable encoders and buttons can each be routed to 8 destinations. Complete sound transformations can take place with the press of a button or turn of a knob. patches The Hydrasynth comes with 5 banks of 128 patches in total. We hired some of the best patch designers around to create the 256 factory patches. Finding the patch you want and searching the library is made easy with our BROWSER. Our PC/MAC based Patch Manager plug-in also allows easy moving of patches to create your favorite order as well as load in new patch libraries in the future. effects The effects chain goes beyond the typical ones found in other synths. Pre-effects and post-effects give you some unique ways to process your sound. The delays and reverbs were modeled on some of the most popular effects on the market. The effects are the perfect way to complete your sound, in the box.
  14. JG Ballard's 1975 sci-fi epic, "High-Rise", prediction of humans colonizing the sky has come to fruition. As people cram into big cities there is no way to go but UP! With all the convinces right there, things get strange as privacy turns into isolation from society, and ultimately themselves. Jack Hertz takes a sonic look at the new standard of living for the fewture. Elite climbers move to the bottom of the top where masks of civilized manners come off in a bizarre world of elite tastes and strange indulgence created by architects of forgotten dreams.
  15. Here are 5 generative remixes of the original tracks from Jack Hertz and Mystified (2015 Aural Films). The remixes use sounds from all of the tracks on the album, for each remix. Thomas used two original Python codes to do this.

     

  16. The Buchla Easel Command is the newly updated 208C in a standalone desktop form with MIDI and CV control. The 208C is the module itself for use in a Buchla 200e system. Buchla's own Joel Davel led the charge to create a new version of the legendary Music Easel instrument with more modular flexibility and independence, while also providing the means to easily interface with more devices, such as the various DAWs like Ableton and MIDI controllers, including the very expressive Sensel Morph. It’s still fully analog in its default configuration and provides the unique and exquisite Buchla experience with greater functionality at a lower cost. The 208C in the videos is an actual production unit, not just a prototype.....so our confidence level is pretty high that we can see this through completion in a timely manner! We decided to go with Kickstarter in order to be able to offer the users any chance for feedback, last second tweaks (since we've already integrated a lot of futureproof flexibility inside), and most of all be able to just add all of the final touches in order to make this product the best it can be! What’s new compared to the previous Easel/208? + MIDI input(USB B/DIN) standard on Easel Command, optional on 208C. + 2 - 1/4" Audio outputs (Easel Command only) + 1 - 3.5mm 1v/oct input (mixed to keyboard input) (Easel Command only) + 1 - 3.5mm Gate input (turned into Buchla keyboard pulse with sustain) (Easel Command only) + MIDI A (USB Host) optional expansion port. + Five additional audio connections to get independent inputs and outputs from the oscillators and the gates, plus an FM input to the modulation oscillator. + Five additional banana CV connections to control knobs and faders and ability to send pulses independently to different inputs. + If no aux input is present, analog white noise is generated (using the 266 circuit). + A more logical layout of of the top row. + A power/control mode LED indicator. + Pulser now has a dedicated single pulse switch and mode distinction + The modulation oscillator section is now green, so that each main section has its own color. + The listed oscillator frequencies are more accurate and the scaled fader input range is trimmable from the old range to 1.2v/oct. + You can trim the new modulation oscillator and envelope generator inputs to work with the typical input ranges you desire. + You can trim the oscillators to your desired volts per octave range for both the keyboard and the fader inputs. + You can also reduce the gain on the gate 1 input if you have an unusually hot, non-Buchla input. + One single circuit board allows it to be modular case friendly and easier to service; the 208c module can fit into a 200e case. + Switches and jumpers for those who want to use the new banana inputs —those for the modulation oscillator and sustain— to control the sequencer stages instead. + Standard headers for the program card connector that allow us to develop future iProgramCard-like preset control from inside the unit. + New connectors allow our plug-in MIDI interface and provides an optional stereo digital fx option (coming as an optional add-on in the future) + Actual stereo. The 208 was always a mono synth, but if you plug in a stereo digital fx (coming as an optional add-on in the future), you’ll get stereo outputs on the MIX OUT and headphones. + A new power connector for more cable length and case flexibility and removability and one that’s already compatible with the more recent revisions of the Easel power board. + The 208c module will begin shipping December 2019. Easel Command will begin shipping January 2020. Optional preset management coming as an add-on in the future.
  17. Silent Records, America’s premier ambient record label, is bringing their mystical brand of ambient and drone music back to Dunsmuir this October. Dronesmuir (a portmanteau of the words Dunsmuir and Drone) is the second of a series of music concerts planned by Silent Records for 2019. Drone music will be performed by three artists on the Silent label: Jack Hertz (San Francisco)—small hand-percussion and acoustic instruments processed via synthesizer Stuart McLeod (Portland)—hydrophone, brainwaves, waterphone & digital processing Mark Schlipper (Seattle)—guitar and effects. Jack Hertz promises to enthrall the audience with realtime processing via synthesizers of small handmade instruments. Stuart McLeod’s performance will make use of a hydrophone (underwater microphone) dropped into the underground rivulet below the restaurant. The hydrophone signal, combined with the waterphone will be processed digitally and controlled by the artist’s brainwaves. Mark Schlipper plays guitar in the Seattle drone-doom band The Luna Moth and will perform a solo guitar drone set. In addition, Jack Hertz will be speaking with music students at College of the Siskiyous at noon on Friday, October 18. The Wheelhouse will have food and beverages available for purchase, and Silent Records will have a merchandise table stocked with releases by these artists and many rarities from the Silent Records vault. Sound by China Cat Sound About the artists: Jack Hertz Inspired by the mystery of life, Jack Hertz manipulates sound to create intangible techno- oganic impressions between music and noise. Jack’s live performance will present a journey into the sonic middle ground between the real and the artificial utilizing instruments, found objects, field recordings, and real-time processing to create a sonic environment the audience can explore. Jack has been composing and recording music for more than 30 years. More on his work can be found at JackHertz.com Stuart McLeod Stuart McLeod has composed music for film, stage, and concert hall, for classical, improv, and rock groups. He has played with Gamelan Northwest and led the experimental group SIL2K. Stuart studied composition with Richard Karpen, William O. Smith and Kenneth Benshoof. Current investigations deal with composition vs. improvisation, conscious vs. unconscious will, and the concept of ‘self’. He’ll be performing a piece processing sounds from a hydrophone and waterphone with brain wave activity from an EEG headset controlling audio processing software. More information on his work can be found at stuartmcleod.bandcamp.com. Mark Schlipper Restless and prone to experimentation, Mark got his start playing music in the 80’s in Washington, DC, studying the avant garde in libraries and hardcore in garages. Moving to North Carolina in the early 90’s he began exploring the psychoactive effects of drone, repetition, and particular frequency ranges, sometimes in solo performances, sometimes in groups. In the late 90’s, he eventually brought his odd blend of genres and styles with him to the Pacific Northwest where his solo work has continued to evolve and shape-shift. “One of my bands released a new album, heavier and darker than previous releases, and it gained some attention, in part for my contribution on guitar, and the nature of the drone I was inclined toward. This led me to explore the element of drone more fully in my solo work—taking those things that were background or accent, and making them the focus. This new work tends toward a more ‘maximalist’ approach, with any lighter moments, as the accents, to help draw out the rest. Ideally creating a sound that is a physical presence in the room and in the head.” —Mark Schlipper The Wheelhouse 5841 Sacramento Ave, Dunsmuir, CA 96025 Telephone: (530) 678-3502 SILENT RECORDS Listen: silentrecords.bandcamp.com For more information contact: kim@silentrecords.us
  18. The WolfTone SoundBox contains a children’s toy voice-changer circuit which has been modified to include three switches and six touchpoints which interactively modify the sound, 9V battery/DC jack power, a line-level/headphone output, a backlit transparent speaker and an interior lined with handmade Japanese paper. A detachable condenser microphone provides the input to the circuit, which can be either the performer’s voice or feedback from the speaker.
  19. Cyber Folk: Digbee’s Electronic Chronicle gives a thorough look into a unique, highly personal approach to musical electronic instrument building, an approach that is many things: naïve, enthusiastic, sincere, alien, and familiar. This strange future/primitive work journal contains the release of tons of data, beautiful photos, schematics, building techniques, and the inside stories behind many of Digbee’s most beloved instruments. Also inside are artist features for Digbee’s favorite musical electronic practitioners. Within are never-before-published photos and stories of the work of Craig Anderton, Charles Cohen, Michael Johnsen, and Nautical Almanac’s Twig Harper and Carly Ptak. Peppered throughout the book are examples of connected imagery from comic books and science fiction illustration. This book was not written for a specific niche. Anyone with a curious mind and interest in musical electronics, experimental music, art, and craft will find a place of connection. An exclusive flexi-disk (phonograph record made of a thin, flexible vinyl sheet) is included in the back of the book. The disk includes a song made using all instruments featured in the book, and was specifically recorded for Cyber Folk. Cyber Folk: Digbee’s Electronic Chronicle is produced by Harpy Gallery and Selfish 60 Studio for the art exhibition entitled “New American Instruments” which will be up from July 20th to August 10th.
  20. This collection of essays has been assembled and developed from papers given at the Ambient@40 International Conference held in February 2018 at the University of Huddersfield. The original premise of the conference was not merely to celebrate Eno’s work and the landmark release of Music for Airports in 1978, but to consider the development of the genre, how it has permeated our wider musical culture, and what the role of such music is today given the societal changes that have occurred since the release of that album. In the context of the conference, ambient was considered from the perspectives of aesthetic, influence, appropriation, process, strategy and activity. A detailed consideration of each of these topics could fill many volumes. With that in mind, this book does not seek to provide an in-depth analysis of each of these topics or a comprehensive history of the last 40 years of ambient music. Rather it provides a series of provocations, observations and reflections that each open up seams for further discussion. As such, this book should be read as a starting point for future research, one that seeks to critically interrogate the very meaning of ‘ambient’, how it creates its effect, and how the genre can remain vital and relevant in twenty-first century music-making. Music Beyond Airports features the following authors and essays: Monty Adkins: Fragility, Noise, And Atmosphere In Ambient Music Axel Berndt: Adaptive Game Scoring With Ambient Music Lisa Colton: Channelling The Ecstasy Of Hildegard Von Bingen: “O Euchari” Remixed Simon Cummings: The Steady State Theory: Recalibrating The Quiddity Of Ambient Music Ambrose Field: Space In The Ambience: Is Ambient Music Socially Relevant? Ulf Holbrook: A Question Of Background: Sites Of Listening Justin Morey: Ambient House: “Little Fluffy Clouds” And The Sampler As Time Machine Richard Talbot: Three Manifestations Of Spatiality In Ambient Music David Toop: How Much World Do You Want? Ambient Listening And Its Questions
  21. Vector Synthesis: a Media Archaeological Investigation into Sound-Modulated Light is a computational art project inspired by theories of media archaeology, by the history of computer and video art, and by the use of discarded and obsolete technologies such as the Cathode Ray Tube monitor. This text explores the military and techno-scientific legacies at the birth of modern computing, and charts attempts by artists of the subsequent two decades to decouple these tools from their destructive origins. Using this history as a basis, I then describe a media archaeological, real time performance system using audio synthesis and vector graphics techniques to investigate direct relationships between sound and image using analog CRT displays. Key to this system is a didactic, open source approach which encourages reuse and modification by other artists. The conclusion of the book reflects on how the project and the research surrounding it has contributed to the larger experimental audiovisual arts community through events such as the Vector Hack Festival. Artists discussed include Mary Ellen Bute, Ben Laposky, Norman McLaren, Desmond Paul Henry, James Whitney, John Whitney Sr., Dan Sandin, Steina Vasulka, Woody Vasulka, Larry Cuba, Bill Etra, Mitchell Waite, Rosa Menkman, Cracked Ray Tube, Andrew Duff, Benton C. Bainbridge, Philip Baljeu, Jonas Bers, Robin Fox, Robert Henke, Ivan Marušić Klif, Jerobeam Fenderson, Hansi Raber, Ted Davis, Roland Lioni, Bernhard Rasinger, and the Kikimore group, among others.
  22. Pierre Schaeffer has been credited with being the first to formally identify, document, and promote the use of common sounds for new forms of art. What became the foundation for Musique Concrète, Acousmatic, and other forms of recorded medium sound art. Still in use today, most of the techniques Schaeffer identified including playback speed, sampling, looping, pitch transposition, stretching, and editing were all focused on discovering what he referred to as the “in-itself-ness of the sound”. Read more about Pierre Shaeffer life and work at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Schaeffer Hear, on his birth date of August 14th, 12 contemporary artists from around world celebrate Pierre Schaeffer's life, legacy, and vision by continuing with his on-going pursuit of new dimensions in sound.
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