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  1. 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.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Jack Hertz

    Behringer 2600

    There is new Part 3 video out with SOUND demos.
  7. 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
  8. History & Mystery of Elektriktus Interview with Andrea Centazzo
  9. A new collection of works examining how modulation interacts with composition, arrangement, and presentation in a closed system.
  10. In 1969 Alan Robert Pearlman founded Tonus Inc with goal of building a synthesizer. From a small building Kenneth Street, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts a handful of engineers designed the ARP Electronic Music Synthesizer and unveiled it the world in 1970. Over the next decade their synthesizers were immortalised in the music of many of the greatest artists, film composers and sound designers of the 1970s and played a significant part in defining the sound of the era. Whilst the company closed its doors in 1981, their mark was permanent and the story was far from over. Featuring never-before-seen interviews with the pioneers who did it, along with demonstrations of all of their iconic creations; this is Electromotive: The Story of ARP Instruments. Coming 2020.
  11. The EssenceFM is a modern FM synthesizer representing our new vision of FM synthesis. By using a large touch screen and dedicated knobs/keys for common operations, creating complex FM sounds is easier than on any other synth. The 1000-step undo/redo history encourages you to experiment with sound without having to worry about making mistakes! Features Hybrid FM and subtractive synthesis with resonant filter. 300 voice polyphony (6-op FM) with layering ability to create sounds made of 12, 18, 24 or more FM operators Free algorithm & envelope design: use the touch screen to link the operators together and shape your envelopes 24 fully customizable waveforms, built-in effects, multitimbral, microtuning support and much more... Choose between linear and exponential envelopes Link the operators together by drag'n'drop Design complex envelopes easily The EssenceFM is organized into 4 modes accessible with the buttons. Performance is ideal for orchestrations, polyphonic expression controllers (MPE) or very fat sounds. Patch is where you layer Voices, split them across the keyboard, detune them and setup other behaviors like the arpeggiator Voice is a 6-op FM sound with its envelopes, frequency parameters, filter settings and more. Global provides everything else: display and MIDI settings, waveform editing, scales. Design your own algorithms by creating links between operators. Draw waveforms with the touch screen or import them from wave files. The EssenceFM has 24 fully customizeable waveforms. Make complex envelopes easily by moving the points and defining their attributes (sustain, loop start, loop end...) Create layers and splits with advanced options like round robin, exclusion groups and arpeggiator. Design exotic scales, early temperaments and microtunings. Use the modulation matrix to shape the sound in every possible way. Assign parts to different audio outputs and configure each effect DSP.
  12. Advanced synthesis has never been so fun! Announcing Blipblox After Dark, the newest addition to the Blipblox toy synthesizer product line. Featuring a mature look with completely re-engineered electronics and software, it's the synth you'll play when the lights go out and the little ones go to sleep. Key Features The Blipblox After Dark has the same signal flow as the original Blipbox, including selectable oscillators, two LFOs, two envelope generators and a 3-by-3 modulation matrix. All new software and electronics gives the After Dark these additional features: + Advanced multimode resonant filter gives every sound a rich, analog-like quality. + Multi-tap stereo delay adds a full, lush effect to the output. + New oscillator modulation schemes include enhanced Blipblox classics, plus all new schemes that utilize 256 custom wavetables that can be morphed and scanned. + The After Dark’s drums are generated by over a hundred new kick and snare samples that can be individually pitched for unique, professional beats.
  13. 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-X 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. Iconic synthesizer with legendary sound and design. The 61-key JUPITER-X is the peak of Roland sound quality and design. Its all-metal build uses premium materials throughout, and the all-new aftertouch-enabled keyboard is the best we’ve ever made. A familiar layout and large array of controls let you dig in and easily shape your sounds, whether you’re composing in the studio or performing on stage. Classic analog to vintage digital. And beyond. JUPITER-X 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, as well as digital machines like the vintage 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, TR-909, 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? JUPITER-X’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-X’s five parts simultaneously, and generated patterns can be customized and even exported to your DAW. These aren’t canned backing tracks—they’re intelligently generated beats and phrases that energize live performance and pulverize writer’s block. Find the sweet spots. In addition to its informative display, JUPITER-X has a huge array of large, comfortable knobs, sliders, and buttons. They feel sturdy and precise for incredibly smooth sweeps and subtle changes. And with the dedicated effects section and quick switching between synth layers, you can immediately take control of any aspect of a 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-X can layer up to five parts, four for synths and one for drums. Its engine can power multiple authentic Roland classics like the JX-8P or JUPITER-8 with enough polyphony to create thick layers and complex backing parts. 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 a touring rig, JUPITER-X is right at home. The 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, numerous performance controllers, and multiple pedal inputs make JUPITER-X ready for any situation. Ever-expanding. JUPITER-X is part of an expandable platform, so it can be updated with fresh new content as it becomes available. It can also directly share sounds and other contents with the highly-mobile JUPITER-Xm.
  14. The KORG Nu:Tekt NTS-1 Digital Programmable Synthesizer Kit is an easy-to-build DIY instrument that packs a powerful punch in the palm of your hand. The kit includes a screwdriver and requires no soldering for assembly. There is a 3-character display, three knobs (Type, A, and B), and dedicated buttons for each section of the synth engine (OSC, Filter, EG, Mod, Delay, Reverb). A built-in ribbon controller and USB bus power allows you to play the NTS-1 almost anywhere. The rear panel features a 3.5mm MIDI input, allowing the unit to be played and MIDI synchronized with other sequencers and MIDI controllers. The rear panel also offers 3.5mm sync I/O, a 3.5mm audio input, and the USB port for power and data transfer. The front of the NTS-1 includes a dedicated 3.5mm headphone output, which disables the onboard speaker. The NTS-1 features a digital oscillator inspired by the MULTI engine found on KORG's acclaimed prologue and minilogue xd synthesizers. The main oscillator produces sawtooth, triangle, square, and VMP waveforms. Additionally, the engine can load custom oscillators created from KORG's logue-SDK, allowing for a near infinite amount of sonic possibilities. The multimode filter features a variety of selections including low-pass 2/4 pole, hi-pass 2/4 pole, bandpass 2/4 pole, and open, all with resonance. Further shape your sound with the envelope generator (EG) and three LFOs. Three onboard effects units are also inspired by minilogue xd, which feature numerous reverbs, modulation effects, and delays that are available to blend and edit at will. A well-spec'd arpeggiator offers scales and numerous note orders for creating new and original ideas on the fly. The pattern length can be adjusted (from 1 to 24 steps), and when synced externally, the step duration can also be adjusted (16th to 64th notes). The NTS-1 is USB bus powered and can also use a standard 5V USB power pack for portable applications. The NTS-1 includes a KORG software bundle, which features a variety of music software apps including Izotope's Ozone Elements, Skoove, an app to help you improve your keyboard playing skills, and Propellerhead's Reason Lite DAW software, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands. A USB cable is included along with everything you need to build the kit.
  15. Jack Hertz

    Behringer 2600

    Hopefully it will be Eurorack scale. IMO, this is a preferable design in this day and age. The size and format of the original is not easy to ingrate or travel with.
  16. Introducing eleven new Eurorack compatible modules – all of them authentic reproductions of original “System 100M” circuitry from 1975. With ultra-fat oscillators and creamy filters the sound became famous in the early 80s used by artists like Depeche Mode, Human League, Tears For Fears but also Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and even Aphex Twin. If you’re into super-fat bass sounds, in-your-face leads or flowing soundscapes, definitely check them out! All modules are incredibly feature rich, have tremendous patching capabilities and a lot of them come with dual function, like: - 112 dual oscillator with 3 waveforms, PWM and two sync modes - 121 dual filter with 3-channel mixer per filter - 130 dual VCA, again with dual 3-channel mixers - 140 dual envelope has 3 outputs per ADSR plus a built in LFO that can be triggered and phase synced - 173 gates module comes even with four gates that can switch audio and 6 quad buffered multiples - 297 has a dual portamento controller plus two independent CV mixers - 150 brings a ring modulator, 2 noise generators, syncable LFO and a sample and hold generator - 172 module delivers a 6-step phase-shifter, an analog delay, an LFO and a gate delay - 305 is an output module a four-band parametric EQ, a 4-channel mixer, line and separate headphone output and even a tuning oscillator - 182 there is a powerful analog sequencer with either dual 8 steps or 1-16 steps and tempo, portamento and gate time controls - 110 is a complete synth voice with VCO, VCA and filter in a single module
  17. Let’s switch on the time machine and go back to the sound of the 1970s. Introducing: Our Modular 55, 35 & 15 Series! We’ve got more than 20 modules for you – all authentic reproductions of the circuitry from the “Modular 55, 35 & 15" Series. And all brought to the Eurorack standard but still staying true to the era with some specific features. That warm sound was loved by Artists from Tangerine Dream to Depeche Mode. And an earlier version used by Wendy Carlos on the famous album “Switched on Bach”. That brought the sound of synthesisers into mainstream music and became basically the founding father of all synths in pop music.
  18. Jack Hertz

    Behringer 2600

    The Behringer 2600 has been official announced and presented in the typically reformulated format including both faithful reproductions and enhancements. So far we know this all-analog transistors and JFET signal path will be based on a SMD circuit boards and include numerous improvements for stability and accuracy. New features include the addition of a switchable filters between the Odyssey (4072) and 2600 (4012) circuits, digital spring reverb, two LFOs, and added mixing and routing functions that are TBA.
  19. Documentary directed by French photographer Elizabeth Lennard featuring the eclectic Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto during the recording sessions of his 1984 album "Illustrated Musical Encyclopedia".
  20. Concept is an intuitive and creative soft-synth, that makes the process of creating your own patches fast and inspiring. Concept’s flexible synth engine will enable you to create everything from traditional synth sounds to more complex evolving textures and custom sound design elements. A fresh approach to modulation allows any parameter to be mapped to one of four highly editable multi-mode modulators in the centre of Concept’s UI. Choose from a variety of flexible modulation options such as an Env/Pitch Follower, an X/Y Capture pad and the unique 'Tweak It' customisation system. Concept also comes with an extensive selection of high-quality effects with a total of three simultaneous insert slots. A highlight of the effects suite is a mix ready convolution reverb that allows user IR files to be utilised to create unusual creative effects. Overview of Concept : Modulation System - Explore a new approach to modulation using drag-and-drop. Instantly identify your mappings with clear colour coding and animated visual feedback. Tweak It - Get inspired quickly using our controllable and assignable customisation system. Create variations of your patch with a single click, with results ranging from musical to complex. X/Y Capture - Draw your modulation movements within an X/Y field. Capture patterns for any combination of parameters and sync the results to your projects tempo. Create unique sounds and melodies in an instant. FX Rack - Combine a range of ten high-quality effects, and drag-and-drop any parameter into the modulation system. An innovative convolution reverb is included allowing the use of custom impulse responses. Audio Input - Stimulate new ideas by performing and modulating with any input or instrument. Use elements from your mix to create dynamic rhythmical patches, or use the pitch follower to create exciting interactions with existing melodies. To get you started, Concept comes loaded with ?200+ diverse presets, designed by the likes of Mercury award-winning music producer Roni Size (Reprazent, Universal), Richard Devine (Google, Warp Records), Kayla Painter (Brownswood Recordings), Dom Ruckspin (Ninja Tune) and Heiroglyphic Being (Mathematics Records).
  21. Korg OpSIx FM Synthesizer concept design presented at the NAMM 2020. According to the Korg product representatives this was shown as a prototype design with no current plans about what the actual production specifications are other than being based on the original DX7 synthesizer, but is said to have extended features beyond the original such as filters and ring-modulation. It is expected it will be about 12-18 months before a final product may announced.
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