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  1. 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.

    Behringer System 100 Modular Synthesizer.jpg

    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



  2. 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.

    Behringer System 55 Modular Synthesizer.jpg

    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.



  3. 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.





  4. 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.




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    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.


    4 independent sequencers, controlling whatever synth, module, or drum machine you want.


    16 patterns per track. Each sequencer pattern can be up to 64 steps long, and contain 16 notes per step.


    Link up to 16 patterns together to create whole songs or sections of your set.


    Snapshots of all the sequences within a pattern, letting you instantly switch between sets of sequences.


    Everything in one place. Load, duplicate, tweak, edit, and save for later in its onboard memory.




  6. Acousmatique Recordings presents the "Pierre Schaeffer Birthday Compilation" project. We are asking artists to share their new or previously composed dedication to the French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. This project is open to all ideas. Interpretations, dedications, inspirations, and whatever you want to do that is some how musique concrète related.

    Everyone is welcome to participate. The is deadline to submit your track is August 13, 2019. One track per artist please, except for collaborations. The track should be original and cannot contain any Copyrighted material not owned by the artist. All tracks will be published under the artist's own Copyright.

    Files must be submitted in AIFF, FLACT, or WAV file format not to exceed 300 MB. Please, email your unpublished track along with the artist name, track title, artist site URL, country, and file download URL (no attachments) to s4grecs@gmail.com

    The "Pierre Schaeffer Birthday Compilation" album will be released on Pierre Schaeffer's birthday Monday August 14, 2019.

    About Pierre Schaeffer

    Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer (August 14, 1910 – August, 19 1995) was a French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. His innovative work in both the sciences—particularly communications and acoustics—and the various arts of music, literature and radio presentation after the end of World War II, as well as his anti-nuclear activism and cultural criticism garnered him widespread recognition in his lifetime.

    Amongst the vast range of works and projects he undertook, Schaeffer is most widely and currently recognized for his accomplishments in electronic and experimental music, at the core of which stands his role as the chief developer of a unique and early form of avant-garde music known as musique concrète. The genre emerged in Europe from the utilization of new music technology developed in the post-war era, following the advance of electroacoustic and acousmatic music.

    Read more about Pierre Schaeffer here:


  7. This list started from a discussion on social media. I thought it would be good to revisit the topic to create a detailed list of micro mixers here that can be maintained for reference purposes. The list covers micro mixers that are small as possible for portable and mobile applications. Please feel free to post other options we missed in the topic below.

    Company Product 1/4" M 1/4" S 3.5 M 3.5 S XLR USB BT 1/4" M 1/4" S 3.5 M 3.5 S XLR USB Battery DC Adapter USB Price
    ART PowerMix III 6             2 2           12V   $90
    ART SPLITMix4 8             2                 $50
    Bastl Dude     5             1       4xAA 9-12V   $89
    Behringer MX400 4             1           9V 9V   $25
    KV Gear Vixen     6 2       2             9V   $249
    Maker Hart Just 5       5     2                 Yes $95
    Maker Hart Just Mixer       3             1     2xAA 9V   $50
    Maker Hart Loop Mixer       5             3       9V   $95
    McMillein K-Mix 6       6     8         1     Yes $579
    Nady Audio MM-242 8             2           9V 9V   $29
    NRK K2000       4             2     Lithium   Yes $32
    Radial Key-Largo 6         2   2       2 2   15V   $379
    Roland GO 4     2   2         1         Yes $99
    Rolls MX41B   4   4         1   1           $60
    Rolls MX44S   4   4         1   1       12V   $80
    Rolls MX28 6             2 1   1       9V   $70
    Zoom L-12 12       8     6 2     2 12   12V   $599
    Zoom R16 8       8     2 1       8 6xAA 9V Yes $350


















  8. 11 Songs Performed Live by electric rock pioneer Gary Numan. Features: Cars - ME Disconnect From You - M.E. - We Are So Fragile - Every Day I Die - Conversations - Remember I was Vapour - On Broadway - Down in the Park - My Shadow In Vain - Are Friends Electric - Tracks - The Touring Principle 1979 was shoe on Gary Numan's highly successful European tour, shortly after his singles Are Friends Electric and Cars both included here, had made him a major international star. This tour featured spectacular stage and dramatic light effects and is augmented here with a variety of video generated images which supplement the themes of his music.

    Recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 28 September 1979. This concert was originally released as the first ever music video-cassette and that original film, featuring the 'special effects' of the time, has been included in this DVD as a bonus feature along with an exclusive Numan interview about the 1979 tour. However, the main feature on this DVD is taken from the original master before any 'effects' were added. Digitally remastered along with the audio, this represents the definitive document of Gary Numan's visionary show.

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  9. Brian Eno first starred as the feather-crested electronic keyboard genius of Roxy Music forty years ago. Since then he has been hailed as a pioneer, with his revolutionary experiments in ambient music and audio visual art and as featured producer on benchmark albums by David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay.

    Eno has given Arena unprecedented access to observe him working in his studio and talking with friends and colleagues. The master of reinvention engages with fellow influential minds, including Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, David Whittaker and Steve Lillywhite, in a series of conversations on science, art, systems analysis, producing and cybernetics.

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  10. Thanks and ARGH! The same thing happened to me. I entrusted my tapes to a friend when I moved to California. They got rid of the tapes without telling me. :fire: Fortunately, I had copied all the masters to DAT tapes. :ninja:

    And yeah, I am running into problems finding stuff too and I don't have 300 albums worth of stuff. Do you have any method for organizing physical stuff? I am not sure if I should get boxes, cabinets or wallets to store all the hard copies. I won't rely on Hard-drives any more after losing a 3TB back-up drive recently. One I didn't have 2nd back up for. :emo:

    I didn't think about stuff being published online as a form of back-up. That's a REALLY good point! At least there is that.


  11. What to do with decades worth of music is starting to become a real problem. Just the organizing is more complicated than I thought it would be. Its made me rethink how much I want to preserve. For analog tape, I just kept my masters. Does it really make sense to save DAW multi-track files too? And then where do you put all that stuff? I now have Blu-Ray burners on hand to back up 25 GB chunks at a time. This has lead me back to the organizational conundrum referred to before. 

    So yeah, I know many of you guys have been at it way long and with way more than I have. HOW do you archive your work?

  12. Through an artfully crafted narrative, powerful cast of superstars and stunning visual techniques, WHAT WE STARTED is the defining film of the electronic music genre.

    WHAT WE STARTED aims to establish itself as the defining film of the electronic music genre. Through an artfully crafted narrative, powerful cast of superstars and stunning visual techniques, the film delves into the highly popular world of electronic dance music, providing backdoor access to a widely misunderstood, self-driven and well-insulated industry on its way to global domination.

    Presently, the genre is booming at a pinnacle higher than ever before, however most do not realize that electronic dance music began as an underground movement that originated in America. The film sets out to illuminate this rich history: from its underground inception in the late 1980s in America to the musicians and fans of this genre that relentlessly fought for their rights around the world, both in the dance club and on the streets, to find a safe space to express themselves, to the development of this modern, mainstream revolution that has taken the world by storm.

    Specifically, and with unprecedented access, the film follows industry pioneers, like Carl Cox, who are juxtaposed by the journey of a young, superstar of today, Martin Garrix. These dichotomous journeys of past and present are carefully interwoven to illuminate all viewpoints and highlight the momentous and groundbreaking time that electronic dance music is experiencing presently, while also leaving open the question of what will happen next for this incredible genre of music.

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  13. The story of Bruce Haack is one of the most unusual and inspiring tales to ever enliven the world of popular music. In the 1960s and 1970s Haack set about recording a series of children's albums that bucked the trend for wishy-washy sentimentalism, and instead incorporated some edgy, experimental, and decidedly oddball concepts.

    The albums were very popular, picking up a cult following amongst adults, as well as the younger audience for which the records were originally aimed. Haack's experimental nature saw him eventually leaving the children's genre behind, and making several albums of his own music, such as HAACKULA and ELECTRIC LUCIFER.

    This documentary from Philip Anagnos shines a light on Hacck's unique career, illustrating how his forays into the avant-garde proved highly influential over musicians such as Beck, the Beastie Boys, and a plethora of electronic and hip hop based artists. Celebrity testimonials come thick and fast throughout, as does some incredible vintage footage of Haack demonstrating his art on various television shows.

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  14. This series features Performing artists developing works for performance. Emphasis is placed on the evolutionary process of an idea, the experimental stage, the possibilities that are discarded in the final shaping of the work. Also explored are the feelings of the artists towards their work, and the medium in which it is to be presented. Ideas generate before the camera - nothing is rehearsed.

    Artists Prepare was an NFU series that featured prominent performance-based artists of the time. In this episode 'sonic artist' Chris Cree Brown, discusses composing with new media and how he orchestrates particular sounds into formal compositional structures. Some sounds are made instrumentally, while others are recorded from his environment. In 1980 few classically-trained musicians in New Zealand experimented with synthesized sound and the gloriously large and sturdy equipment Brown uses to create his music will be of sure anthropological interest to many musos.

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  15. For over 13 years a bootleg rough cut has been circulated on DVD, but underground Hip Hop heads and bass enthusiasts alike will be happy to hear that they can readily view the much sought after film, 20 Hertz, online.

    What started as a Master's thesis to complete a degree in 2004, became a life long obsession for documentary filmmaker Will Deloney and his friends. Since completing graduate school the production team, Pixelated Ideas, continued conducting interviews and collecting footage about bass and low frequency sounds as part of an ongoing passion project. Primarily shot on mini-DV, the film has now amassed over 100 hours of interviews, performances, and jaw dropping examples of bass. Due to production starting before the days of HD cameras, affordable hard drives, and YouTube, managing the project over time has been a challenge. Daisy chaining an army of old hard drives into crash happy Final Cut 7 would be enough to make most filmmakers give up. Not us; we couldn't leave our low end friends hanging.

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  16. When someone asked if the Nord Modular could clone the Pearl Syncussion SY-1 drum machine, I had to give it a try. I worked out what I think are the two synth voices. The OSC Modes are too complicated for one patch and probably easiest to make by patching the OSC Modes manually and saving them as separate variation patches. 

    Some notes to note. Because all the parameters are exposed. This has more options than the SY-1.

    Based on the hardware interface (see below). I was not sure about a few things and have assumed the following:

    1. Width - patched to pulse width.
    2. Sweep Speed - patched LFO B mod Filter freq.
    3. Sweep Range - patched LFO B mod Filter amount.
    4. L.F.O. Speed - patched LFO A mod OSC freq.
    5. L.F.O. Range - patched LFO A mod OSC amount.
    6. S&H - patched to mod OSC freq.

    As for the modes. The easiest, most logical, way to handle that is make variation patches with the different mappings as follows - Oscillator modes:

    A = VCO 1 only
    B = VCO 1 modulates VCO 2 frequency, the latter routed to the VCF
    C = Both VCO to the filter but VCO1 at reduced level.
    D = EG 1 modulates VCO1, EG2 modulates VCO2. Both VCO to the filter
    E = VCO 1 modulates VCO 2 which has a sawtooth wave. VCO 2 to VCF
    F = Noise to VCF, no oscillators Z
    G = VCO 2 to VCF, EG 2 modulates VCO 2, VCO 1 modulates VCF
    H = VCO 2 with sawtooth to VCF
    I = VCO 2 with triangle to VCF Z
    J = Ringmod 1 to VCF
    K = EG 2 modulates VCO 2, Ringmod 1 to VCF
    L = LPF noise modulates VCO 2, which is routed to the VCF

    More Syncussion info here: http://hem.bredband.net/bersyn/Percussion/super syncussion.html

    Thanks to Ben Binary for the original post that got this going.


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  17. Eliane Radigue has been composing electronic music since the 1960s . She is one of the most important and innovative composers of the 21st century. As the only French composer of her generation, Radigue can be described as both a pioneer of electronic music and minimal music.

    Her music resembles a slow current that moves through dense, barely perceptible sound changes. A timeless architectonics of deep sounds that appeal not only to the mind or to the hearing, but to the whole body. A music that carries you away as soon as you immerse yourself in it. A music that has the enormous subtlety of the sound of the sea. Emmanuel Holterbach (Translated from the English by Gina Mattiello)

    supported by lower austrian culture, bm: ukk, ars electronica, ORF upper austria and federal chancellery: austria

    Eliane Radigue was awarded a Golden Nica in the category Digital Musics of Prix Ars Electronica 2006, international competition for CyberArts.

    The ORF produced a documentary TV programm about Eliane Radigue (© 2006 Ars Electronica GmbH / Prix Ars Electronica & ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company) and friendly provided this material for the IMA fiction portrait #04.

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