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  1. Arturia reveal KeyLab Essential 88 at NAMM 2020 The team at Arturia are excited to reveal the latest member of the KeyLab Essential family: KeyLab Essential 88 is a powerful 88-note controller keyboard that’s packed with inspiring features, streamlines your workflow, comes with a fantastic bundle of software, and is friendly on your wallet. One of the most affordable 88-note controllers on the market, it features an all-new keybed that strikes the perfect balance between fast synth action and a traditional weighted piano feel. Thanks to the fantastic features and included software, KeyLab Essential 88 provides everything they need to create and record music straight out of the box. Its intuitive performance controls, perfect Analog Lab support, and excellent DAW integration mean it’ll inspire you every day, and improve the way you make and perform music. 88 note, velocity sensitive keyboard with hybrid synth-piano feel. 16 back-lit, customizable performance pads 9 faders & rotary encoders Mackie / HUI compliant DAW Command Center Clickable jog-wheel Velocity & modulation wheels Full Analog Lab integration “Chord play” mode Twin-line LCD screen Class-compliant USB: use with iOS and Android devices Optional sustain pedal and DC power supply An incredible controller in its own right, KeyLab Essential 88 also comes complete with one of the best collections of bonus software around. ANALOG LAB Perfectly integrated synths and keyboards Your go-to choice for inspiration, creativity, and performance. Over 6500 amazing keyboard presets taken from over 30 classic instruments, intuitive controls, and seamless integration. Discover inspiration at every step on your musical journey. ABLETON LIVE LITE Record, mix, and release your tracks An introduction to the world of Ableton Live, a high-powered software suite used by top producers, DJs, performers, and remixers all around the world. Live Lite lets you record your ideas, layer tracks, warp audio, and release your productions. UVI GRAND PIANO MODEL D Beautifully sampled iconic piano Straight from the world’s greatest concert halls and recording studios. KeyLab Essential also includes UVI’s recreation of the Steinway Model D grand piano, sampled in exquisite detail, ready for you to play, and free of charge. KeyLab Essential 88 is everything you could want in a low-cost 88 note controller. It can easily be carried by one person, it has a clear but stylish design, it gives you deep integration with your favorite DAWs and software instruments, and gives you full creative range for your keyboard playing. LEARN MORE https://www.arturia.com/products/hybrid-synths/keylab-essential-88/overview
  2. We are proud to present MEGAfm, a result of several years of development. MEGAfm uses and abuses the vintage YM2612 FM chip originally found in the Megadrive/Genesis games console. BEAUTIFUL DIRT Unlike most FM synthesizers that are very clean and digital, the YM2612 has very characterful tone allowing a broad sound palette ranging from beautiful plucked strings to growly distorted bass lines. TACTILE OPERATORS Hardware FM synthesizers are infamous for their reduced controls and complexity to program, with tiny LCD screens and only a couple of buttons to operate a load of menus… With its 32 operators faders, 14 knobs and 15 buttons MEGAfm offers unprecedented hands-on FM control! Every knob and fader can easily be modulated by the easy to use LFOs. MAKE IT A DOUBLE! The YM2612 chip offers 6 voices of crispy FM, 4 operators per voice and 8 algorithms. MegaFM features 2 chips for a total of 12voices spread across two outputs (or summed to one) FEATURES + 12 Voice Polyphony + Dual YM2612 FM chips (included) + 8 Algorithms + 50 preset (saving to any slot) and easy upload/download of banks to and from computer vis SYSEX. + Preset randomiser + 4 Voicing modes (Poly12, stereo/wide6, special CH3 mode, 12 voice unison with detune/fat knob + Stereo or Mono output (1 chip per channel or both chips summed) + 32 Sliders for total control of all 4 operators + 14 knobs + 15 buttons + 23 LEDS, LED numeric display. + 3 lfos to modulate any parameter + 7-mode arpeggiator with transposable Sh-style step sequencer + Vibrato with depth and rate + MIDI clock on all LFOs, ARP and Vibrato + Dual 6.35mm TS output and 6.35mm Stereo Headphones output + Brushed/Anodized Aluminum Case + Sturdy metal panel bolted potentiometers + DIN5 MIDI input with MIDI channel learn and thru/out
  3. Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Exhibit #10719), one of the co-founders of the original MIDI specification, introduces the A-88MKII, a powerful new 88-note MIDI keyboard controller for studio and stage. The latest in a long line of professional MIDI controllers from Roland, the A-88MKII is supremely playable, with modern creative tools for today’s musicians and producers. Slim and ergonomically designed, the A-88MKII comes equipped with an acclaimed, weighted-action keyboard, plus cutting-edge features like USB-C connectivity, RGB-lit controls, and more. It’s also MIDI 2.0 ready, making it the first Roland instrument to support the new MIDI standard. When it comes to MIDI controllers, playability often seems like an afterthought. The A-88MKII breaks that mold with rigid, wooden construction and the 88-note Ivory Feel PHA-4 keyboard found in acclaimed Roland instruments. With high-resolution sensing and lightning-fast response, the PHA-4 accurately translates the subtlest playing nuances, and users can personalize the sensitivity for their own unique touch. Equipped with a host of real-time performance features, the A-88MKII is equally at home in the studio and on stage. With three user-definable zones, players can layer and split the keyboard with different sounds or instruments. Advanced arpeggiator and sophisticated split and layer functions are also on board, providing direct access to performance tools normally only found in standalone synths and workstations. Roland’s famous pitch/mod lever and an array of RGB-lit knobs offer expressive, hands-on control of sounds. Eight assignable pads are available to control DAW functions, trigger sounds and clips, and more, and pad bank setups can be stored for quick recall. There’s also a dedicated sustain pedal input, plus two assignable control inputs that support expression pedals or footswitches. The A-88MKII is ready for the future with modern USB and MIDI protocols. USB-C offers single-cable connectivity and eliminates the need for an external power adaptor. And the A-88MKII is ready for the high-resolution control and extended capabilities of MIDI 2.0. For a hands-on demo of Roland products like the A-88MKII, visit the Roland exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth #10719 from January 7-10, 2020. Availability & Pricing The Roland A-88MKII will be available in March 2020 for $999.99 U.S. Street. LEARN MORE https://www.roland.com/us/products/a-88mk2/
  4. Moog's new Subsequent 25 analog synth is the successor to the award-winning Sub Phatty from the Asheville-based company. In addition to various hardware updates, such as a more powerful headphone amplifier and a retuned Multidrive circuit, it now also features a DUO (duophonic) mode like that of the Sub 37 and has been modified by extending the tone with much more gritty sounds than the Sub Phatty. Unlike the Sub-Phatty, the new Subsequent 25 has wooden side panels, as well as its older brother Subsequent 37, and offers the same possibility of recalling presets via editor plugins available free of charge for both Mac and Windows. The Gain stage of the historic Ladder filter has been remodeled to increase harmonic saturation and analog compression. The on-board presets have been designed and optimized to take full advantage of the Subsequent25 circuits. The keyboard has been updated to improve playability. With all these new specifications, the Subsequent 25 presents itself as one of the most suitable machines for musicians, producers and sound designers, who do not need many octaves but rather a great freedom as regards the creation of new sounds. Specifications + Type: Monophonic / Duophonic Programmable Analog Synthesizer + Sources: 2 variable waveform oscillators + Number of keys: 25 + Fret Type: Semi-weighted with velocity sensitivity + Other controls: Pitch band, Modulation wheel + Polyphony: Monophonic, Paraphonic with 2 voices + LFO: Triangle, Square, Sawtooth, Ramp, Sample & hold + Filter: Ladder at 6/12/18/24 steps per octave + Preset: 16 (4 banks, 4 patches per bank) + Effect: Multidrive + Audio input: 1 x ¼ ” + Audio output: 1 x ¼ ” + USB: 1 x Type B + Midi: IN / Out / Usb + Dimensions: H 17.1 x W 51.4 x D 37.5 cm + Weight: 7.48 kg
  5. Sequential has announced the Pro 3, a new flagship mono/paraphonic synthesizer. A hybrid instrument, the Pro 3 features three classic analog filters (Prophet-6, OB-6, and ladder) and three oscillators (two VCOs and one wavetable oscillator) along with a powerful new 16-track sequencer, and the ability to connect with modular synths through its four control voltage ins/outs. “In many ways the Pro 3 is the evolution of a concept that started with the classic Sequential Circuits Pro-One,” said Sequential founder Dave Smith: “Pack as much power as possible into a compact footprint and make it sound awesome. To do that, we built on the strengths of its modern-day counterpart, the Pro 2, and created a worthy successor to both that sets a new benchmark for raw power and versatility.” Part of this sonic versatility comes from the Pro 3’s oscillators: Two voltage controlled oscillators provide traditional triangle, saw, and pulse waves with waveshaping, while a third digital wavetable oscillator provides 32 tables of 16 waves each with wave morphing. Three vintage-style filters shape the sound of these oscillators. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design based on the Prophet-6 filter. Filter 2 is a classic transistor ladder filter with optional resonance compensation to preserve its low-end punch. Filter 3 is a classic 2-pole, state-variable design based on the OB-6 filter that can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. A Drive control provides additional punch to all three filters. The feature set of the Pro 3 is rounded out with a multimode arpeggiator, three LFOs, four loopable ADSR+delay envelopes, dual digital effects (delays, reverbs, and various time-based effects), tuned feedback, analog distortion, and extensive modulation possibilities. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can be synced to either the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. A programmable position-sensitive touch slider and pitch and mod wheels provide nuanced control over live performance. The synth is also capable of 3-voice paraphonic operation. This makes it possible to play 3-note chords where the three individual oscillators share a common filter and envelopes. The full-featured sequencer provides 16-track sequences of up to 64 steps, with ratcheting, variable gate and sequence lengths, multiple playback modes, and paraphonic operation. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input, and inputs/outputs control voltages. In addition to notes, sequence tracks can control any parameter in the 32-slot, 171-destination modulation matrix. Another key feature of the Pro 3 is its four scalable rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs, which allow compatibility with modular synths. Control voltages are routed from within the modulation matrix and run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. “We wanted to make the Pro 3 as flexible as possible,” said Smith. “The CVs and deep mod matrix make it a mini modular in its own right — without all the patch cables.” Sequential is also offering the Pro 3 SE, a special edition version of the synthesizer that puts the same synthesis power into a collector-worthy design that features a tilt-up control panel and full, premium-grade walnut trim. A Three-Generation Legacy The Pro 3 SE is Sequential’s Special Edition of its new flagship 2-VCO + wavetable mono/paraphonic synth. It features a handsome, multi-angle tilt-up panel and full premium-grade walnut trim. The Power of 3 The Pro 3 SE boasts the same powerful sound engine as the standard edition Pro 3: three oscillators, three vintage filters, three LFOs, four loopable envelopes, a massive 32-slot mod matrix, and a 16 x 16 x 4 sequencer. Throw in dual digital effects and four control voltage ins and outs, and you’ve got a hugely powerful instrument that’s as exciting to program as it is to play. A Next-Generation Classic The Pro 3 SE is a hybrid of solid, old-school analog synthesis paired with versatile digital technology. Its two voltage controlled oscillators provide warmth and presence while its third wavetable oscillator provides digital edge and grit. With 32 tables of 16 waves each and wave morphing, tonal possibilities are immense. Tuned feedback with grunge, and analog distortion deliver industrial-grade nastiness on demand. Three Filters Based on Vintage Designs At the heart of the Pro 3 SE’s ballsy sound are its vintage-style filters. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design based on the Prophet-6 filter. Filter 2 is a classic transistor ladder filter with optional resonance compensation to preserve its low-end punch. Filter 3 is a classic 2-pole, state-variable design based on the OB-6 filter that can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. An additional Drive control provides still more punch when you really want to get down and dirty. Expressive Sequencing Possibly the Pro 3 SE’s most powerful performance tool is its sequencer. With 16 tracks, 16 steps, and 4 phrases, it features both real-time and step input, ratcheting, variable gate and sequence lengths, multiple playback modes, and paraphonic operation. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input, and inputs/outputs control voltages. In addition to notes, sequence tracks can control any parameter in the 171-destination modulation matrix. Plays Well with Modulars The Pro 3 SE’s flexible architecture opens the door to not only processing external audio, but also to interfacing with modular synths through its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs/outputs and a dedicated gate output. Control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. Some of the many parameters that can be sent to the CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, and sequencer tracks, allowing the Pro 3 to become the central hub of a modular or multi-synth setup. Effects, Envelopes, LFOs, an Arpeggiator, and Extreme Modulation The Pro 3 SE’s Effects section provides delays, reverbs, time-domain effects such as chorus/phasing/flanging and more. There are four loopable five-stage envelope generators, three syncable LFOs with slew and phase offset, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a 32-slot modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and over a hundred destinations. Monophonic and Paraphonic Operation The Pro 3 SE was designed to be a super-powerful monosynth, but it is also a versatile 3-voice paraphonic synth. This makes playing 3-note chords not only possible, but with creative use of effects and some per-oscillator modulation, very expressive. Put all of this sonic power in a three-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add backlit pitch and mod wheels and a location-sensitive touch slider, and you’ve got one of the most inspiring synths ever made. The Pro 3 standard edition will be available at the end of January with a US MAP of $1,599. The Pro 3 SE will be available in February with a US MAP of $2,099.
  6. Sequential has announced the Pro 3, a new flagship mono/paraphonic synthesizer. A hybrid instrument, the Pro 3 features three classic analog filters (Prophet-6, OB-6, and ladder) and three oscillators (two VCOs and one wavetable oscillator) along with a powerful new 16-track sequencer, and the ability to connect with modular synths through its four control voltage ins/outs. “In many ways the Pro 3 is the evolution of a concept that started with the classic Sequential Circuits Pro-One,” said Sequential founder Dave Smith: “Pack as much power as possible into a compact footprint and make it sound awesome. To do that, we built on the strengths of its modern-day counterpart, the Pro 2, and created a worthy successor to both that sets a new benchmark for raw power and versatility.” Part of this sonic versatility comes from the Pro 3’s oscillators: Two voltage controlled oscillators provide traditional triangle, saw, and pulse waves with waveshaping, while a third digital wavetable oscillator provides 32 tables of 16 waves each with wave morphing. Three vintage-style filters shape the sound of these oscillators. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design based on the Prophet-6 filter. Filter 2 is a classic transistor ladder filter with optional resonance compensation to preserve its low-end punch. Filter 3 is a classic 2-pole, state-variable design based on the OB-6 filter that can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. A Drive control provides additional punch to all three filters. The feature set of the Pro 3 is rounded out with a multimode arpeggiator, three LFOs, four loopable ADSR+delay envelopes, dual digital effects (delays, reverbs, and various time-based effects), tuned feedback, analog distortion, and extensive modulation possibilities. The LFOs, delay, and arpeggiator can be synced to either the internal clock or an external MIDI clock. A programmable position-sensitive touch slider and pitch and mod wheels provide nuanced control over live performance. The synth is also capable of 3-voice paraphonic operation. This makes it possible to play 3-note chords where the three individual oscillators share a common filter and envelopes. The full-featured sequencer provides 16-track sequences of up to 64 steps, with ratcheting, variable gate and sequence lengths, multiple playback modes, and paraphonic operation. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input, and inputs/outputs control voltages. In addition to notes, sequence tracks can control any parameter in the 32-slot, 171-destination modulation matrix. Another key feature of the Pro 3 is its four scalable rear-panel control voltage inputs and outputs, which allow compatibility with modular synths. Control voltages are routed from within the modulation matrix and run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. “We wanted to make the Pro 3 as flexible as possible,” said Smith. “The CVs and deep mod matrix make it a mini modular in its own right — without all the patch cables.” A Three-Generation Legacy The Sequential Pro 1 and Pro 2 mono synths achieved nearly legendary status in their time. So it was only natural that we build on their strengths with an even more worthy successor. Enter the Pro 3, Sequential’s 2-VCO + wavetable mono/paraphonic synth — a new benchmark for raw sonic power and unrivalled versatility. The Power of 3 The Pro 3 boasts three oscillators, three vintage filters, three LFOs, four loopable envelopes, a massive 32-slot mod matrix, and a 16 x 16 x 4 sequencer. Throw in dual digital effects and four control voltage ins and outs, and you’ve got a hugely powerful instrument that’s as exciting to program as it is to play. A Next-Generation Classic The Pro 3 is a hybrid of solid, old-school analog synthesis paired with versatile digital technology. Its two voltage controlled oscillators provide warmth and presence while its third wavetable oscillator provides digital edge and grit. With 32 tables of 16 waves each and wave morphing, tonal possibilities are immense. Tuned feedback with grunge, and analog distortion deliver industrial-grade nastiness on demand. Three Filters Based on Vintage Designs At the heart of the Pro 3’s ballsy sound are its vintage-style filters. Filter 1 is a 4-pole low-pass design based on the Prophet-6 filter. Filter 2 is a classic transistor ladder filter with optional resonance compensation to preserve its low-end punch. Filter 3 is a classic 2-pole, state-variable design based on the OB-6 filter that can be continuously varied between low-pass, notch, and high-pass operation, with an optional band-pass mode. An additional Drive control provides still more punch when you really want to get down and dirty. Expressive Sequencing Possibly the Pro 3’s most powerful performance tool is its sequencer. With 16 tracks, 16 steps, and 4 phrases, it features both real-time and step input, ratcheting, variable gate and sequence lengths, multiple playback modes, and paraphonic operation. It also syncs to MIDI clock and external audio input, and inputs/outputs control voltages. In addition to notes, sequence tracks can control any parameter in the 171-destination modulation matrix. Plays Well with Modulars The Pro 3’s flexible architecture opens the door to not only processing external audio, but also to interfacing with modular synths through its 4 rear-panel control voltage inputs/outputs and a dedicated gate output. Control voltages can be assigned and routed from within the modulation matrix and can run at audio rates for extreme modulation effects. Some of the many parameters that can be sent to the CV outputs include oscillators, LFOs, envelopes, and sequencer tracks, allowing the Pro 3 to become the central hub of a modular or multi-synth setup. Effects, Envelopes, LFOs, an Arpeggiator, and Extreme Modulation The Pro 3’s Effects section provides delays, reverbs, time-domain effects such as chorus/phasing/flanging and more. There are four loopable five-stage envelope generators, three syncable LFOs with slew and phase offset, a full-featured arpeggiator, and a 32-slot modulation matrix with dozens of modulation sources and over a hundred destinations. Monophonic and Paraphonic Operation The Pro 3 was designed to be a super-powerful monosynth, but it is also a versatile 3-voice paraphonic synth. This makes playing 3-note chords not only possible, but with creative use of effects and some per-oscillator modulation, very expressive. Put all of this sonic power in a three-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, add backlit pitch and mod wheels and a location-sensitive touch slider, and you’ve got one of the most inspiring synths ever made. The Pro 3 standard edition will be available at the end of January with a US MAP of $1,599.
  7. Arturia reveal KeyStep Pro at NAMM 2020 The newest, and most hotly anticipated member of the Arturia Step family is to be revealed at NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, California. The sequencer the world has been waiting for. KeyStep Pro gives keyboard players incredible sequencing and performance power in a compact, versatile controller. KeyStep Pro is a 37-key MIDI controller and multi-channel polyphonic sequencer all in one. It will allow musicians to take full control of their modular rigs, outboard synths, and software studio all at the same time. The 4 independent polyphonic sequencer tracks give you full control over your instruments, and Track 1 can also function as a 16-part integrated drum sequencer. It’s incredibly intuitive, has unparalleled connectivity, and promises to make even complex performances a breeze. If you prefer keys to pads, you’ll love KeyStep Pro. It sports a great-feeling 3 octave keyboard with velocity sensitivity and aftertouch. Letting you fully articulate your musical ideas, this expressive little sequencer truly puts your whole music-making ecosystem at your fingertips. Arturia’s designers studied the way musicians actually used their Step controllers, and created KeyStep Pro to remove the barriers between you and the music you want to create. TRACKS 4 independent sequencers, controlling whatever synth, module, or drum machine you want. PATTERNS 16 patterns per track. Each sequencer pattern can be up to 64 steps long, and contain 16 notes per step. CHAINS Link up to 16 patterns together to create whole songs or sections of your set. SCENES Snapshots of all the sequences within a pattern, letting you instantly switch between sets of sequences. PROJECTS Everything in one place. Load, duplicate, tweak, edit, and save for later in its onboard memory. LEARN MORE https://www.arturia.com/products/hybrid-synths/keystep-pro/overview
  8. The Nord Wave 2 is a powerful 4-part performance synthesizer combining Virtual Analog synthesis, Samples, FM and Wavetable with an intuitive layer-focused interface. With 48 voice polyphony, innovative performance features and hands-on controls, the Nord Wave 2 offers outstanding sonic possibilities with advanced layering and tweaking on the fly. With 4 independent synthesizers in one the Nord Wave 2 offers exceptional possibilities for layering both classic waveforms and samples. Dedicated OLED displays for Program and Oscillator sections provide an excellent overview when shaping your sounds. The wide range of performance features and instantly tweakable hands-on effects makes the Wave 2 our most versatile performance synthesizer ever. Monitor mode The new Monitor mode displays your settings for Amp Envelope and Filters in the Program display for better overview and control. LAYER SECTION The Wave 2 features a Program Layer section with faders for easily controlling the volume or pan for all 4 layer parts at once. The Layer section also provides handy features for quick layer focus, pan control, solo and multi-editing. Group Mode The new Group feature allows you to group 2, 3 or 4 layers and lets them share the same Filter, Envelope, Arpeggiator, LFO and Effect-settings - perfect when creating complex multi-layered sounds that can be edited as one coherent sound. OSCILLATOR SECTION The Oscillator section for each of the 4 layers offers 4 modes: Analog, Wavetable, FM and Samples and is easily browsed with our new direct category mode. The Oscillator Control features additional control over shape, sync or detune. Oscillator categories Analog: an extensive range of waveforms from classic analog to extended, harmonically rich new additions. + Basic: Saw, Pulse, Pulse Width, Sine, Square with basic tuning controls. + Shape: Waveforms where Osc Control will alter the Shape of the waveform + Multi: 2 or more waveforms combined where the Osc Control will adjust amount of detune and spread + Sync: Soft and Hard synced configurations, where Osc Control controls Sync Frequency + Noise: White noise Samples: include high-quality samples from our Nord Sample Library 3.0 as well as the possibility to add your own custom samples using the Nord Sample Editor 3. Use the embedded sample presets for instantly playable dynamic sounds or sculpt your own sound from scratch with the "Raw Samp" mode. Wavetable: A large number of advanced wavetables covering a wide range of tonal characteristics. FM 2, 3 and 4 operator configurations with harmonic and inharmonic variations. Dedicated OLED Display for visualization of waveforms Unison The Wave 2 features a powerful multi-oscillator Unison effect with true Superwaves simultaneously generating hundreds of waveforms for extremely thick and fat sounds. COMPATIBLE WITH NORD SAMPLE LIBRARY 3.0 The Sample section has 1 GB of memory and comes loaded with a wide selection of quality samples including Strings, Brass, Guitars, Choirs, Chromatic Percussion as well as the exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin. All sounds are easily replaceable using the Nord Sound Manager. Create and transfer your own samples Adding your own custom sample instruments has never been easier thanks to the new streamlined Nord Sample Editor 3 for Mac and Windows that lets you map, loop and transfer samples to your Nord Wave 2 in a breeze. FILTER SECTION The Filter section has 6 Filter types featuring classic 12 and 24 dB Low Pass, a High Pass, High Pass/Low Pass and a Band Pass filter, together with a stunning emulation of the transistor ladder filter from the legendary Mini. The unique modeling of these filters captures the true character and response of the classic analog instruments, allowing for flexible and precise sound design. The Filter section is equippied with full ADSR envelope. LFO & MODULATION SECTION The Wave 2 features a dedicated LFO for each layer with a choice of waveforms plus AD/AR Modulation Envelope with dedicated velocity setting and Invert mode. The LFO has several morphable parameters and the rate can be synchronized to the Master Clock. AMP ENVELOPE The Amp Section is equipped with a full ADSR envelope featuring a powerful new Transient Attack mode for adding more punch to your sounds. MORPHING AND IMPULSE MORPH The Wave 2 features an extensive range of morphable parameters that can be controlled from four different sources: Velocity, Aftertouch, Wheel and Control Pedal. All morph sources can be quickly assigned to control multiple parameters simultaneously and the powerful Impulse Morph feature lets you instantly change any parameter of your sound. Wheel assign Instantly assign LFO, Oscillator Control or Filter to the Modulation Wheel. ADVANCED POLYPHONIC ARPEGGIATOR WITH GATE The Nord Wave 2 is truly a rhythmical powerhouse with both a classic arpeggiator and a polyphonic mode with directly editable patterns. Polyphonic mode The Poly mode is a polyphonic Arpeggiator that will retrig all held keys either straight or patterned featuring different inversions for exciting harmonic variations. Gate mode The brand new Gate mode chops your sound up in a rhythmic pattern with adjustable depth. The Pattern mode contains a wide selection of Rhythmic Patterns allows easy editing for creating your own custom patterns. MASTER CLOCK The Master Clock of the Wave 2 allows the LFO, Arpeggiator and various effects to be synchronized, either internally or by an external MIDI clock. With Master Clock synchronization you can synchronize 4 layers with individual patterns, all perfectly in sync with Delays and LFO's. A Tap Tempo allows you to easily tap to the tempo of a drummer or to playback tracks. EFFECT SECTION A separate Effect section for each layer featuring a great selection of instantly tweakable high quality stereo effects modelled after classic stomp boxes. Modulation Effects Tremolo, Pan, Ring Modulator, Chorus, Ensemble and Vibe effects with Rate and Amount control. All effects are controllable via Control Pedal (or other Morph sources) and can also be synchronized to the Master Clock for rhythmic effects. EQ & Drive EQ with Bass and Treble control - or 1 Band Sweepable EQ. A sparkling Tube Drive emulation is also available. Delay Advanced stereo Delay effect with Ping Pong mode, Analog Mode and Tap Tempo. New features include creative new Feedback options for adding Ensemble, Chorus, Vibe as well as HP/LP and BP filter in the Feedback loop. Reverb The Reverb section has five different Reverb sizes (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall and new Cathedral) for adding some ambience to your sounds, and the amount is now morphable. New features include Bright and Dark modes for either extended or reduced treble. The new Chorale effect adds a lush modulation effect. SPLITS AND LAYERS Having four identical, equally powerful synthesizers at once opens for exceptional layering possibilities. The Split mode offers three split points providing up to 4 zones with optional crossfades. The flexible Hold functionality lets you latch and hold slots independently in the background while playing something else on top. SOUND MANAGER The Nord Wave 2 is compatible with the Nord Sound Manager software for OS X and Windows. The Nord Sound Manager allows easy reorganizing, back-up and transfer of programs and is available for download here. MIDI CONTROL The Wave 2 features the convenience of MIDI over USB for use with a sequencer or with the included Sound Manager software. KEYBED The Nord Wave 2 features a 61-key (C-C) semi weighted waterfall keybed with Aftertouch. THE HARDWARE Like all Nord instruments, the Nord Wave 2 is handmade in Nord's Stockholm factory with incredible attention to detail and quality control. Control Pedals Control Pedal support has been improved and now supports the following pedals: Fatar, Yamaha FC7, Roland EV-7, Roland EV-5, Korg EXP2 and Korg XVP10.
  9. Roland, a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, is showcasing Zenbeats, an intuitive and inspiring music creation app that runs cross-platform and is free to access on Android, ChromeOS, iOS, Windows, and macOS devices, allowing anyone to be creative—anytime, anywhere. The acquisition of Open Labs' award-winning Stagelight app serves as the foundation for Roland Zenbeats, highlighting Roland’s ongoing investment in empowering artists, bringing the joy of creative experiences to everyone. With the latest update - Zenbeats 1.1 adds multi-timbral subtrack support as well as support for the Roland A-88MKII MIDI 2.0-ready Keyboard Controller. Roland has already received praise and awards for its new music creation app as a CES 2020 Innovation Award Honoree and Music & Sound Retailer’s 34th Annual Music & Sound Awards winner of Best Website/App. Everyone from beginners to beatmakers and electronic musicians can create, share, and collaborate on songs with their friends using Roland Zenbeats, and the app is designed for all screen types, from mobile devices to notebooks and desktops. Kids, teens, and adults can easily begin making beats and entire songs with Zenbeats’ interactive and fun built-in lessons, while more experienced creators will enjoy exploring the app’s expansive composition, collaboration, and production features. Zenbeats also includes expressive onscreen instruments, 3rd party plugin integration including drag and drop support, collaborative jamming via Ableton Link, streamlined cloud support, and enhanced exporting options. Roland CEO and Representative Director Jun-ichi Miki states, “Roland’s mission has remained the same since it was founded in 1972—to inspire the enjoyment of creativity for everyone. With Zenbeats, anyone can enjoy casual music-making using the devices they already own, and we are certain that our existing loyal fans will inspire us by how they bring the app into their musical lives.” Pricing options for Zenbeats include Free, Unlock, and Ultimate. Free enables anyone to get started immediately on their musical journey. It’s perfect for those dipping their toes into music creation, providing access to songs, lessons, powerful instruments, diverse sounds, and expansion options. Unlock is available at two price points: Android and ChromeOS, iOS ($14.99 USD), or Windows and macOS ($49.99 USD). Unlock and access all in-app features including eight instruments, 14 effects, plugins (VST/AU/AUv3 where supported), and additional store credits to add more content to a user’s library. Ultimate ($149.99 USD) is the apex for those looking to collect everything Roland Zenbeats has to offer. Unlock every platform for all Android, ChromeOS, iOS, Windows, and macOS devices. Ultimate also includes the Zenbeats StorePass, which provides instant access to 40 preset packs, 40 loop packs, and sounds currently available. Zenbeats is available on most devices* including Chrome OS systems supporting Android apps, Android 6.0+, iOS 11+, macOS 10.11+ and Windows PCs running Windows 7 or higher with dual-core CPU or better, 2GB of RAM and 400MB of available storage and in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, and German.
  10. Classic Keys is a beautifully photographed and illustrated book focusing on the signature rock keyboard sounds of the 1950s to the early 1980s. It celebrates the Hammond B-3 organ, Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, the Vox Continental and Farfisa combo organs, the Hohner Clavinet, the Mellotron, the Minimoog and other famous and collectable instruments. “This book is a must for all who love keyboards and their history and indeed, music in general. It should be on every music lover’s bookshelf.” Rick Wakeman - Keyboard player for Yes, solo artist and session player From the earliest days of rock music, the role of keyboards has grown dramatically. Advancements in electronics created a crescendo of musical invention. In the thirty short years between 1950 and 1980, the rock keyboard went from being whatever down-on-its-luck piano awaited a band in a bar or concert hall to a portable digital orchestra. It made keyboards a centerpiece of the sound of many top rock bands, and a handful of them became icons of both sound and design. Their sounds live on: Digitally, in the memory chips of modern keyboards, and in their original form thanks to a growing group of musicians and collectors of many ages and nationalities. Classic Keys explores the sound, lore, and technology of these iconic instruments, including their place in the historical development of keyboard instruments, music, and the international keyboard instrument industry. Twelve significant instruments are presented as the chapter foundations, together with information about and comparisons with more than thirty-six others. Included are short profiles of modern musicians, composers, and others who collect, use, and prize these instruments years after they went out of production. Both authors are avid musicians, collect and restore vintage keyboards, and are well-known and respected in the international community of web forums devoted to these instruments. In Classic Keys, the story of keyboard development is structured around the twelve signature keyboard sounds of the rock era. Historical context is provided in Overture and three introductory chapters, and then expanded in the instrument-themed chapters. Classic Keys is the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in music, music history or popular culture. It discusses and illustrates some of the world’s most collectible vintage instruments at a level of detail to satisfy collectors and restorers, and contains exclusive information and images that are not available on the web. Classic Keys is the ideal gift for: Musicians Vintage instrument collectors Home recording enthusiasts Music students Music educators University music departments Recording studios Museum curators Cultural studies enthusiasts and students Industrial designers
  11. The UDO Super 6 takes clear inspiration from the Roland polysynths of yesteryear, while simultaneously applying their own design ideas to create a synth unlike anything that came before it. With a fully stereo signal path, FPGA-based oscillators, analog filters, and 192kHz, 24-bit effects, this 12-voice hybrid behemoth will do everything from classic Roland pads and supersaws to swarming, modulated textures unlike anything else. Each voice offers two FPGA-based DDS oscillators, each providing a unique set of sonic options. The first is a "super-wavetable" oscillator...a lot like a supersaw, but with the potential to use considerably more complex waveshapes as its foundation. Users can alter the phase of this oscillators' individual instances across the stereo field, creating a strikingly deep stereo image. The second oscillator functions as a more typical analog-style oscillator: classic waveshapes, with hard sync, a suboscillator, and of course, PWM. The sound then passes into a resonant highpass filter and onward to a resonant 4-pole lowpass, both fully analog. The highpass may be set to a fixed cutoff frequency, or its response can be coupled to the lowpass in order to create bandpass-like effects. The lowpass filter self-oscillates, can track the keyboard, and offers a number of direct modulation options, allowing for complex filter-based sound design techniques. The sound then passes through analog VCAs and into a 192kHz stereo chorus and delay section, drenching the already huge sound in waves of lush stereo goodness. The center of the instrument is a complex modulation matrix, where the two envelopes, LFOs, keyboard, and external control sources collide to define complex sonic interactions well beyond the capability of the 1980s synths the UDO resembles. This is one of the many places the Super 6 truly shines: while it clearly has a strong legacy preceding it, it provides a tremendous number of options for breaking free of the past into entirely new ways of sound-making. All of this combined with a velocity and aftertouch-capable Fatar keybed, built-in arpeggiator, built-in sequencer, and remarkable build quality gives the Super 6 its own unique place in the world of polyphonic synthesizers. OVERVIEW + 12-VOICE POLYPHONIC ANALOG-HYBRID SYNTHESIZER + BINAURAL ANALOG SIGNAL PATH FOR STEREO MOVEMENT AND SPATIAL EFFECTS + 7-CORE SUPER-WAVETABLE MAIN OSCILLATOR WITH WAVEFORM DOWNLOAD + DDS OSCILLATOR 2 WITH FM, SYNC, SUB OSCILLATOR AND X-FADE MODES + 4 OCTAVE FATAR KEYBOARD WITH VELOCITY AND AFTERTOUCH, EXPRESSION AND SUSTAIN + FLEXIBLE HYBRID FPGA & ANALOG VOICE ARCHITECTURE + ROBUSTLY BUILT WITH SOLID, PLAYABLE CONTROLS + MULTI-PURPOSE FLEXIBLE LFOS, ENVELOPES & MODULATION MATRIX + ARPEGGIATOR & STEP SEQUENCER + EXTERNAL AUDIO INPUT WITH AUDIO TRIGGER + DUAL STEREO 24-BIT DIGITAL EFFECTS
  12. Jack Hertz

    Korg SV-2 Stage Piano

    Never before has a single instrument captured the signature sound, the unique performance experience, and the aesthetic satisfaction of so many definitive keyboards as the KORG SV-2 Stage Vintage. Ten years ago, KORG launched the Stage Vintage line to wild acclaim. The combination of an intuitive live panel, the premier keybed, the ultimate realization of coveted vintage sounds, the clarity of world-class pianos, the warmth and character of period-proper effects, and the distinctively smooth shape has inspired musicians from around the globe for over a decade. Available with either 88 keys or 73 keys, these SV-2 models are the latest additions to the Stage Vintage series, featuring more of everything that makes an SV great. More Sounds. More Memory. More Polyphony. More Presets. More Control. It is quite literally everything one could want in a performance stage piano … and more. Plus, be sure to check out the SV-2S models, equipped with an internal K-ARRAY speaker system. More. More. More. The SV-2 contains over ten times the sample data available in previous SV models, providing ample memory for many all-new piano and keyboard sounds. The SV-2 is home to 72 compelling sounds, and provides 64 memory locations to store edited Favorites for instant access during performance. Using the SV-2 Editor software, users are now free to create their own split and layered programs and save them to one of the Favorites locations. In fact, a single favorite can access up to three timbres at once – A piano/bass split with a layer of strings, for example. While user splits must be created using the SV-2 Editor, the split point on the keyboard can be adjusted directly from the front panel. Plus, polyphony of the SV-2 now stands at 128 voices, allowing more effective layering of sounds or sustained chording. Faithful Sound Reproduction The SV-2 represents the pinnacle of audio sampling techniques and careful instrument preparation, delivering the most exacting and accurate rendition of so many keyboard classics. Using only the best-maintained instruments and the latest multi-mic’ing methods, every sound has been captured as precisely as possible. The slap of the tine, the release of the hammer, the click of the contacts—every element is amazingly preserved in the RX Layer; mix in as much or as little of these authentic artifacts as you need. In addition, the full dynamic range of each instrument has been faithfully preserved, recreating all of the timbral and volume changes generated from a ppp (pianississimo) touch to an fff (fortississimo) strike – and everything in between. This detailed sampling regime creates a three-dimensional sense of presence, allowing the sound to fully occupy its place in the mix or in the performance space. Coveted Classics Experience a treasure trove of classic electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and digital keyboard instruments, all reproduced with stunning realism. These sounds defined decades of popular music, and are now once again in demand. The SV-2 places all of these sought-after sounds right at the fingertips – in perfect tune and in impeccable playing condition – no maintenance required. It’s all here. Electric pianos now include nearly all the American tine and reed models, a Japanese electric grand, as well as a rare German electric piano. And then there all those clavis, created using a range of settings. Prefer electronic pianos? There are analog, digital, VPM, FM, and sampled versions – including the ever-popular KORG M1 piano. Looking for Organs? Select from tone-wheel classics; VOX combo, Italian transistor, or American tube organs; and now church and cathedral organs. Need some strings? Choose from a 70s-era analog string machine, prog-era tape strings, or a warm orchestral section. Plus, the SV-2 contains mallets, brass and choir sounds, guitar and bass sounds, even solo and pad synths that are ideal for layering or creating convenient splits. Plenty of Pianos The SV-2 remains, at heart, a stage piano. At the touch of a button, you can summon the most outstand-ing grand piano sounds from around the world – including exemplary pianos from the leading German, Italian, Austrian, and Japanese instrument makers. For a more intimate setting, choose one of the authentic Japanese or German upright pianos. Also included are a real honky-tonk piano and a genuine “tack” piano. Last but not least, the SV-2 contains two gorgeous harpsichords, one French and one Italian. Featured alone, layered with another sound, or split across the keyboard, these outstanding piano sounds deliver a strong foundation while delivering additional performance options. Seize Control The SV-2 invites you to take command of your sound. There is no LCD screen, no menus to dive through. Instantly inviting and familiar, the front panel is always live, so go ahead – grab a knob, rotate it, tweak it, and experiment. Change your mind? Pressing in on the knob quickly restores it to the programmed value. Switches with LED indicators show which effects are active, transposition, and more. Sounds are selected through a pair of rotary switches. Eight illuminated buttons in the center of the panel can quickly recall any of 64 Favorite presets, each containing your own customized sounds and settings. Best of all, the SV-2 now offers a Panel Lock function that prevents the accidental switching of sounds if the Favorites buttons are inadvertently touched while performing – and also prevents curious fingers from switch-ing settings between sets. More detailed and convenient control is offered via the free SV-2 Editor soft-ware. Agility and Expression All SV-2 Stage Vintage instruments share the finest KORG RH3 graded-hammer action keybed. As on a grand piano, the weighting of the keys is graduated across the keyboard; heavier in the lower registers and becoming lighter in the upper registers. This RH3 keybed is remarkably sensitive to the nuances of every performance, accurately delivering every expressive element. Selecting one of the eight distinct velocity curves allow the keyboard response to match any playing technique of performance style. Authentic to the end, the SV-2 offers eight tuning schemes including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned and two user-definable types (configurable using the free SV-2 Editor). The overall tuning, or concert pitch, of the SV-2 can be adjusted to match another instrument or a previously recorded track. Needless to say, the SV-2 can be transposed into any key. Making it Real Adding the right effects provides layers of sonic splendor and adds a crowning level of authority to any vintage keyboard sound. The SV-2 features six independent stages of studio-grade signal processing, highlighted by the KORG Valve Reactor. This Valve Reactor circuit delivers the added warmth or snarl that only a true 12AX7A vacuum tube can provide. As with the sounds themselves, all of the effect mod-els are faithful to the originals and are designed to match the performance, limitations, and behavior of the chosen effect. Effect stages include: - 3-BAND EQUALIZER (Bass, Middle and Treble) - PRE FX (Red Compressor, Treble Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VOX Wah) - AMP MODEL (Clean, Twin, Tweed, AC30, Boutique, Organ, plus several types of Cabinet Simulators and Noise Reduction) - MODULATION FX (Classic Chorus, Black Chorus, Orange Phaser, Small Phaser, MX Flanger, Rotary) - REVERB/DELAY (Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo and Stereo Delay) - TOTAL FX (Stereo Mastering Limiter, Stereo Limiter) Easy to use and simple to control, these period-accurate effects and amp models add authenticity to your vintage and modern sonic pursuits. Modern Connections The SV-2 is host to all the audio jacks, data connections, and pedal ports that today’s professional stage pianos require. In addition to the Left and Right 1/4" audio outputs, there are Left and Right XLR outputs for connecting directly to a studio console or onstage snake, without requiring any direct boxes or impedance matching transformers. The headphone output allows for onstage monitoring or for rehearsing in private. Din-style MIDI IN and MIDI Out jacks connect easily to other MIDI instruments and music equipment; the USB port provides a data link between the SV-2 and a computer. There are 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The DS-2H Damper pedal is included and responds to half-pedaling for an authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal and can operate as a piano Sostenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Pro effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal – great for authentic Wah effects and accurate organ volume control – or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Chorda (soft) function. SV-2S with internal speaker system Enjoy the sound, looks, and performance of the KORG SV-2 everywhere you go. KORG has worked with Italian speaker designers K-ARRAY to create the amazing SV-2S. In addition to every feature found in the SV-2, the SV-2S also includes a built-in speaker system. From the backstage dressing room to the dorm or bedroom; from the musical, stage, or dance rehearsal to choir rehearsal; from the living room to the concert hall or house of worship; the SV-2S is ready to perform, wherever and whenever you are. Producing 15 watts of power (x 2; Left and Right), the internal system features two 2.5" loudspeakers, plus a 3" passive radiator. Available with 73 or 88 keys, the SV-2 is finished with an exclusive warm ivory finish contrasting metal grille. Free SV-2 Editor Despite the wealth of on-board SV-2 features, the SV-2 Editor (available as a free download for Windows or Mac) provides a convenient and detailed pathway to editing, organizing, cataloging, and storing edited sounds as Favorites for the SV-2. In addition, the SV-2 Editor offers access to hundreds of other sounds that are not immediately available from the control panel. The SV-2 Editor also makes it easy to set up customized split and/or layered Favorites and save them into memory. Additional SV-2 libraries released by KORG can be loaded using the SV-2 Editor to renew your personal sound catalog. Also, you are free to exchange sounds with other fellow users.
  13. Over 250 Nord Modular G1 ARP 2600 emulation and other related patches collected from the many patch archives online. Note: there may be some duplicates. View full patch
  14. The rumors are true: Korg is reissuing the legendary ARP 2600. First released in 1971, this synth has been used by massive musicians like Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Edgar Winter, Pete Townshend, and many, many others. We at Reverb partnered with Korg in the wake of this exciting news to produce a short documentary about this history of this stalwart semi-modular synth, featuring interviews with figures across the synth world. Check it out above, and click the link below to read more on Reverb. Back in December, Jean-Michel Jarre leaked the news, but today, we're here to confirm: Korg is reissuing the ARP 2600. To mark the occasion, we partnered with Korg to produce a documentary about the legendary semi-modular synth, which was first released in 1971. Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Edgar Winter, Pete Townshend, and many, many other artists (including Jarre) would put the synth to great use on stages and studios throughout the '70s and beyond. We interviewed figures from across the synth world to get the whole story behind the creation and legacy of Alan R. Pearlman's second synthesizer: how it thrilled artists, got mocked by music store owners, and ended up educating the rock 'n' roll public about synthesis. Back in the early '70s, ARP was going head-to-head with Moog for the then-brand-new market for portable synthesizers—not, that is, portable in the sense of the toss-in-your-backpack portability of contemporary synths, but portable when compared to large modular synthesizers of the day. Moog's Minimoogs were gaining favor with an audience of musicians in the post-Switched-On Bach world of popular synth music, but build issues gave ARP an opening. ARP—in its own promotional materials for the 2500 and the 2600—harped on the Minimoog's fairly notorious reputation for drifting out of tune, and took aim at Moog's larger system for requiring complicated patches. The Moog and ARP relationship was, perhaps understandably, contentious. Since ARP had borrowed the Moog filter design in the 2600, Moog threatened to sue, and later 2600s did not include it. By 1991, Bob Moog and Pearlman could at least see past their differences enough to sit on a panel together for the Music Synthesis Symposium, and Moog touched on those early years: "ARP was able to capitalize very quickly and very effectively on our weakness. The two big arrows that were shot constantly at us from the direction of Massachusetts were: 'No more messy patch cords,' and 'No more drifting oscillators.' And it took us until halfway through the Minimoog generation until we really got our technology under control." To hear how ARP went from such a beginning to being used by Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Pete Townshend, and other giants of '70s music, watch our full documentary above.
  15. Back with a little help from Korg, and better than ever, the ARP 2600 is the semi-modular synthesizer that changed the landscape of synthesis when it was released in 1971. Appearing in the music of jazz fusion performers, progressive rock icons, and sound designers, it quickly earned a reputation of being one of the best electronic instruments of all time: a reputation that has remained until this day. Now well into the 21st century, Korg presents a new production run of the 2600, maintaining the original sound and form factor while adding modern niceties such as MIDI control, arpeggiation, sequencing, and more. The ARP 2600 has a semi-modular architecture which allows you to make sound without having to patch anything. These normalized connections are clearly labeled on the panel and patching into the jacks breaks this normalization and allows for customized signal routing. The use of sliders allows for visualization of levels that knobs just don't provide. The shape of an ADSR envelope, for instance, is much more clear when you can see the individual parameters' time or level amount. The 2600 features three oscillators that can be used as audio oscillators or LFOs. Each of the oscillators have four normalized FM inputs, allowing for the use of complex combinations of content for frequency modulation. With the change of a couple of sliders you can easily go from zappy laser sounds to sci-fi sample and hold bleep bloops to melodic keyboard lines without having to patch any cables. One particularly interesting normalization is the use of the noise generator to modulate the pulse width of oscillator 2. At audio rates this creates a sound like a mix of a pulse wave and noise, and at low frequencies can result in random gate patterns. The filter on the 2600 is a resonant lowpass filter that features a mixer with five input channels. This abundance of input signals allows for the filter to get pretty gnarly, distorting and creating otherworldly tones. The filter can also self-oscillate at high resonance settings and tracks 1V/Oct, allowing it to serve as a fourth sine wave oscillator. The two envelopes, one ADSR and one AR (or ASR), can be used with the keyboard gate/trigger outputs or with the clock output from the sample and hold. Using the clock allows the envelope to function effectively as LFOs, freeing up the oscillators for audio duties. The envelopes are normalized into the VCA's two CV inputs, one of which is linear, while the other is exponential in its response. The output from the ring mod and VCF are normalized into the VCA audio inputs. The VCA has a great deal of gain and can result in a distorted sound at high slider settings. A sample and hold is also available as a modulation source. It features a clock which can be used as a square wave LFO, a bidirectional switch, and noise normalized into the sample input. The noise source has variable control if noise color, from red and pink noise to white. Other signals can also be sampled by the sample and hold. If an audio signal is fed into the sample input of the sample, it can be used as a pseudo-bit crusher with the clock controlling the sampling rate. The bottom of the 2600 features a utility section that allows signals to be attenuated, inverted, mixed, and slewed. You can bring in external signals into the 2600 with the preamplifier and envelope follower. The preamplifier has three ranges, 1x, 10x, and 1,000x to allow for a range of different input signals. The envelope follower takes the amplitude of an incoming signal and turns that into a corresponding voltage level. Use a drum machine to open up a filter, mic your voice and use it to control the frequency of an oscillator, the possibilities are open ended and vast. The ring modulator is nestled in with the external input section which lends itself to be used with either internal or external signals and either with AC or DC coupled signals. It can be used as an additionally voltage controlled amplifier which will impart different harmonic character to the input signals. The 2600 also features real physical stereo spring reverb which adds depth to your sound. The keyboard retains the features found in the original 3620, while adding some additional features that improve its range of functionality. It can act as a duophonic keyboard with both an upper (highest note held down) and lower CV output. It has an integrated portamento with switch and momentary button that can be used to turn on or off the portamento quickly and conveniently. Notes can have pitch bend applied to them with a knob, or an on-board LFO can add vibrato to the notes. The LFO features speed, depth, and delay controls. The vibrato delay control causes the LFO to come in after a set period of time, allowing for the vibrato not be heard immediately and adds a new dimension to your playing. The LFO can also be used as a re-trigger the 2600's envelopes independently of the keyboard or has the option to be logically AND combined with the keyboard so it only triggers when a note is held down. The new version of the 3620 keyboard adds the option to select between both filter revisions, as well as a 128-note sequencer and arpeggiator, which frees your hands to focus on sliders. Additionally, the 2600 adds MIDI via USB as well as in/out/thru over 5-pin DIN for use with other MIDI-enabled gear. Get your hands on the synthesizer that redefined what we thought a synthesizer could and should be, and provided the architecture for future generations of designers. ARP 2600 FEATURES + Semi-modular synthesizer and keyboard + Three-oscillators that can be used for audio or LFO duties + 128-note sequencer / arpeggiator + Monophonic or duophonic keyboard operation + Two selectable flavors of low pass filter with five inputs + XLR outputs + Internal stereo speakers + Built-in spring reverb + USB and 5-pin DIN MIDI + Includes rugged road case + Two envelopes + Sample and hold + Noise with adjustable color + External preamp input and envelope follower + Two VCAs plus ring mod + Keyboard vibrato with speed, depth, and delay controls + Portamento on/off switch plus momentary button
  16. A journey into the personal and creative history of one of the greatest studio engineers and record producers of the 20th century. In the 70s and 80s, artists such as Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Gianna Nannini, Ultravox and the Eurythmics queued to record in Conny Plank's studio, a farmhouse near Cologne. Conny Plank was one of the most innovative sound experimentalists, producing recordings that revolutionized music that still is as valid as ever. He became a hub in the new German sounds. Producer, sound engineer and musician covering a wide range of genres including progressive, avant-garde, electronic music and krautrock. Dying at only 47, Plank left behind a wife, actress Christa Fast and a 13-year-old-son, Stephan. Now, 20 years on, Stephan sets out to find his father, the film taking a journey through music history as well as around the world, to give an unusually intimate and emotional view of the artists, their work with Conny Plank and the many musical traces he left behind. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür
  17. The Nova Drone is an open source, analog experimental sound and light synth. It can be used to create effects ranging from slowly fading drones to chaotic harmonic sequences. It also functions as a complex visual pattern generator when combined with a digital/phone video camera. See the video link below for an example of the color patterns generated by holding a camera up to the LED. The NovaDrone offers 3 channels of sound and light. This is a DOUBLE PCB, which means has 6 channels. The Nova Drones offers 12 potentiometers, 10 switches, 6 oscillators, 9 oscillator sync inputs, 6 frequency modulation inputs and an epic 15 voltage outputs as well as 3 high current outputs for controlling external LEDs. All of the ins and outs have been routed to a prototyping breadboard at the bottom of the unit which allows for liberal experimentation and development of custom circuits. The prototyping area is especially useful for syncing the oscillators of 2 or more Nova Drones together. Each channel has the following features: ADJUSTABLE CONTROLS + volume + TONE pitch coarse tune 24Hz to 750Hz + TONE pitch fine tune + LFO rate .008 Hz (around 1 cycle every 2 minutes) to 750Hz SWITCHES + sync 1 + sync 2 INPUTS + ext sync 3 + PITCH modulation + LFO rate modulation OUTPUTS + TONE square wave + TONE triangle wave + LFO square wave + LFO triangle wave + PWM square wave + High current LED out for off board LEDs.
  18. Many can recall dialing up Midim-g/Midimini patches that fit a song so perfectly that they inspired even greater creativity; shapely, sometimes sinuous sounds whose essence called out to you; emotive sounds you never wanted to change; sounds you lovingly tracked, notated and revered; sounds as vital as the lyrics or lead vocal—that solid, insistent, articulate bounce, bravado, and twangy bang. Was there another sensible, MIDI-driven rackmount choice for immaculate synth bass and lead lines? November 2019 brings the SE Midimini V30 to the table, and nothing has been lost in the translation of this end-of-decade Analog essential. A raft of brand-new hardware features, extensive software sweetening, and modular connections open the window even wider to an already stunning Analog view. It's highlight time again: + Through-hole build: Every. Single. PC board. + Classic 4-pole, 24 db/oct Lowpass Ladder, with voltage-controlled Cutoff. + Semi-Modular: CV & Gate, key voltage, amplifier, and tonal mastering tap points. + #OutsToOuts patchable (1/8" Eurorack Connections). + New fancy COLOR vibe: ENV1>OSC2, OSC3>OSC2, Boomstar Hardware Ring Mod & Noise. + Oscillator 2 Sync: Modulate (sweep) both OSC1 and OSC2 via ENV1>OSC2. + Amp Drive: Boomstar Modular AMP saturation and overdrive, imported into 'V30 world. + Output Feedback loop and gain control—interacts expressively with Amp Drive. + MIDI-syncable, AFM*-capable, multi-waveform LFO, routable to VCO and VCF. + LFO Out patch point with level control, for deep modulation or oscillation creation. + LFO Gate: LFO pulse of VCF/VCA from the SE-02. + OSC 1 Triangle Wave to amplifier, for high Resonance/low frequency compensation. + Envelope 2 Master Mode: ENV2 (VCA) assumes control of Filter (VCF) Envelope. + Independent Release control of Filter and Amplifier. + Flexible Linear and Exponential Glide. + Front Panel-mounted External Audio input with level control. + Handy Boomstar Drone feature for eternal sustain and easy tuning. + Low/Last/High Note Priority, ENV1 invert, VCF/VCA dynamics & VCF (ENV1) Multi-trigger. + Boomstar MIDI Learn feature for MIDI, Aftertouch, and Modwheel.
  19. Jack Hertz

    Artiphon Orba

    Orba - A musical instrument designed for your hands. A portable synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets you create songs in seconds. Hold out your hands and meet Orba, a new kind of musical instrument. It’s a synth, looper, and MIDI controller that lets anyone make music immediately. Orba’s minimalist design resembles a cross between a gaming controller and a half a grapefruit, and its feather-touch sensitivity translates gestures from your fingers and hands directly into sound. Orba introduces a new and fun way to make music anywhere, even if you’ve never played an instrument before. Orba lets you play every part of the song on a single instrument. Switch easily between Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts, then layer them to create a song with the built-in looper. It takes just a few seconds to loop a beat, and then you can play along for hours. Orba adapts to the way you want to play, and there’s no right or wrong way! Orba’s touch and motion sensors combine to capture even your most subtle gestures. Pick it up and hold it, or just reach over and play a few notes while it’s sitting on your desk. Play it with one hand or both, with your fingertips or thumbs, or shake and wave it through the air. You can slide around each pad, or go crazy with some vibrato. Circle your fingers over the top like a singing bowl, or strum an invisible guitar. It’s all you! Orba builds on Artiphon’s design theory of the multi-instrument: a single instrument that you can play as many. Where the INSTRUMENT 1 reflects traditional instruments like guitars, violins, and keyboards, Orba lets you play with simple gestures we use every day on smartphones, trackpads, and game controllers. We started by looking for a shape that would suit all hand sizes, was just asking to be picked up, and could break the mold of conventional keyboards and grid controllers. In designing Orba, we were inspired by musical objects like shakers, rattles, kalimbas, hand drums, and bells. We also found ourselves obsessed with circular objects in the kitchen: grapefruits, cupcakes, teacups, beets, and bowls of miso soup. We baked a lot of fancy tech into such a little package. Orba’s playing surface uses capacitive-sensing technology, like your phone screen or computer trackpad. We made it velocity-sensitive and wonderfully responsive to even the lightest micro-gestures. The onboard accelerometer and gyroscope allow for a range of natural movements like shaking, tilting, and waving. LEDs respond to your notes, and the haptic engine offers vibrating feedback as you play. Features + Eight capacitive-sensing pads for feather-touch control + Accelerometer and gyroscope capture a range of gestures + Center menu button accesses four presets, the looper, and other functions + Onboard synthesizer and built-in speaker offer an immediate playing experience + Connect to the cross-platform Orba app for more sounds, songs, and settings + Use MIDI over Bluetooth or USB to plug into any of your favorite music apps + Use the ⅛” (3.5mm) output to listen on headphones, speakers, and amps + Multicolor LEDs respond to the way you play + Embedded haptics offer vibration feedback + USB Rechargeable battery
  20. 2020 NAMM Show Synthesizers News
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  22. Legendary synthesis, radically re-imagined. Organic, inspirational, and mind-blowingly powerful. KORG’s legendary Wavestation introduced the world to Wave Sequencing, transforming raw samples into sounds that no-one had ever heard before. The flagship OASYS and KRONOS keyboards developed Wave Sequencing even further, expanding on its unique palette of lush, evolving pads and driving rhythms. Now, KORG is proud to announce the next step in digital synthesis: the wavestate. Featuring the radically re-imagined Wave Sequencing 2.0, the wavestate delivers astonishing, ever-changing sounds with extensive hands-on control. Far from a nostalgic reissue, the wavestate is designed from the ground up for a new generation of musicians, producers, and composers, taking cues from sources as diverse as modular synths, groove boxes, and algorithmic composition. The compact form-factor, with 37 full-size keys, transports easily and fits neatly into any stage, studio, or desktop setup. Wave Sequencing 2.0 With the Wavestation, each step of a Wave Sequence had a duration, a sample, and a pitch. This created ear-catching patterns–but the patterns repeated the same way, over and over. What if they could evolve in organic, unexpected ways, instead of just repeating? Wave Sequencing 2.0 splits apart the timing, the sequence of samples, and the melody, so that each can be manipulated independently. Also added are new characteristics including shapes, gate times, and step sequencer values. Each of these is a “Lane,” and each Lane can have a different number of steps and its own start, end, and loop points. Every time the sequence moves forward, the individual Lanes are combined to create the output. For instance, a sample may be matched with a different duration, pitch, shape, gate length, and step sequence value every time that it plays. You can modulate each Lane’s start, end, and loop points separately for every note, using velocity, LFOs, envelopes, Mod Knobs, or other controllers. Each note in a chord can be playing something different! Lanes can also randomize the step order every time they play, with realtime control over the range of included steps. Finally, individual steps can be randomly skipped, with a modulatable probability from 0 to 100%. The result is organic, ever-changing sounds that respond to your control. The four onboard arpeggiators can interact with Wave Sequences for even more possibilities. Easily expressive. Exceptionally deep. Bursting with knobs and controllers, the wavestate invites you to explore. All of the basics–filter, envelopes, LFOs, effects–are at your fingertips with dedicated front-panel controls. Eight programmable Mod Knobs are customized to bring out the most in every sound, often taking them in entirely new directions. Use the knobs in realtime performance, and also save the results as new sounds. Add in the Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels and the unique Vector Joystick, and you’ll always have multiple dimensions of realtime expression. Want to dig deeper? Almost all front-panel knobs, and most on-screen parameters, can be modulated. You can even modulate settings for individual Wave Sequence Steps! Mod Processors let you transform modulation signals using quantization, smoothing, curvature, and more. Randomization that inspires. Looking for even more inspiration? A dedicated front-panel button, marked by a “dice” icon, generates new sounds via intelligent randomization. Randomize the entire sound or just a part of it, such as the filter, the Sample Lane, or the effects. Use the results directly, or as a jumping-off point for your own creations. An arsenal of effects. The wavestate’s superb effects deliver production-ready sounds. Each Layer has three dedicated effects; additionally, the Performance has a master reverb and parametric EQ. Along with standards such as compressors, EQs, choruses, flangers, phasers, and stereo delays, you’ll find distinctive processors such as the Wave Shaper, Talking Modulator, Reverse Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, and Overb (from the OASYS), plus modeled effects including VOX guitar amps, VOX wah, multi-head tape echo, and a collection of classic guitar pedals. Choose your filter. Add vintage character to your sounds with the aggressive MS-20 Lowpass or Highpass filters, or the strong, sweet Polysix Lowpass. Shape and refine with a full collection of resonant 2-pole and 4-pole Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass, and Band Reject filters. Or, step outside the box with KORG’s unique Multi Filter, which creates modulatable blends of multiple modes simultaneously. Ample samples. 64 stereo voices. Totaling in the gigabytes, the wavestate’s sample library is more than a thousand times larger than that of the original Wavestation. That’s a lot of great-sounding raw material for Wave Sequences. There’s a bank of samples from Plugin Guru, brand-new samples from KORG, and a selection from the Kronos and Krome libraries. Of course, KORG also provides all of the Wavestation’s samples (including all options), plus a huge library of Wavestation Wave Sequences. Play up to 64 stereo voices with pristine clarity, using KORG’s proprietary anti-aliasing sample playback technology. Multiply by four. With all of that synthesis power, you might think the wavestate would play only one sound at a time. Not a chance. For even more rich and complex results, layer up to four Programs together in a Performance–each with their own effects and arpeggiator. The Vector Envelope and Joystick mix the individual voices of the four Layers, and can also modulate any other parameters. Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions. Set Lists offer effortless organization of your wavestate Performances, and deliver instant access at the gig or in rehearsal. Smooth Sound Transitions allow previously-played voices and effects to continue to ring out naturally, even once a new sound has been selected. Plays well with others. Balanced stereo outputs connect to any recording or monitoring system, and a stereo headphone output is provided for private playing or onstage cueing. Din-style MIDI jacks ensure connection to other MIDI-equipped instruments and audio gear. The wavestate supports class-compliant USB MIDI connections to Windows and Mac computers, and the wavestate librarian program is available as free download from KORG. Structure Designed by KORG R&D in California. KORG R&D created the original Wavestation, co-created the OASYS and Kronos, and has developed fundamental technologies behind many other KORG instruments. The wavestate reflects their unique aesthetic, delivering stunning sound and deep flexibility via cutting-edge technologies. Three of the key sound designers from the original Wavestation, John Bowen, John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl (Plugin Guru), and Peter “Ski” Schwartz, joined Belgian artist Airwave and the renowned KORG voicing team to create the incredible wavestate sound library. Free bundle of music software The wavestate comes with a diverse variety of music software from Izotope including “Ozone Elements” which lets you not only create songs but also master them using AI, “Skoove” which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, “Reason Lite” DAW software, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands. In other words, the moment you get your hands on this synthesizer you'll have a variety of tools to help you take your music to the next level.
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