Behringer Plans Entire Line Of Vintage-Inspired Polyphonic Analog Synths

roland-jupiter-8Behringer recently started testing the water to gauge interest in a new line of synths.

So we asked Synthtopia readers what they’d want to see in a Behringer synthesizer, and over 2,500 people weighed in.

Now, Peter Grandl of German language synth site Amazona.de shared an interview with Behringer founder Uli Behringer, and it sounds like the company is planning an entire line of vintage-inspired analog polyphonic synths.  Continue reading

Ableton Intros Time And Timbre Percussion Instrument

Ableton has released Time and Timbre, a Max for Live percussion instrument and ‘time engine’ that they say is the result of three years of development by the duo Skinnerbox.

The pack consists of five individual drum synthesis modules (Timbre) and a polymetric sequencer (Time), as well as a built-in mastering plug-in (Master Blaster). Continue reading

Ondes Update Adds ‘Swarm’ Oscillators, MIDI Out

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Olympia Noise Company has released a major update to Ondes, its Ondes Martenot inspired musical instrument app for iPad.

The update adds swarm oscillators to its synth engine, new modulation parameters, microtonal tuning and and a new MIDI mode.

Here’s a video demo of Ondes being used as a duophonic continuous controller for a modular synthesizer: Continue reading

Pro MIDI for iPad

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Pro Midi is a new MIDI sequencer for the iPad, designed to be a user-friendly way to record and edit MIDI data.

Pro MIDI offers wireless MIDI, virtual MIDI, looping, MIDI sync, custom scales and more.  Continue reading

The Brain-Controlled Art Of Lisa Park

Lisa Park is a multidisciplinary artist whose recent work explores incorporating biometric sensors (heart-rate and brainwave sensors) into interactive art.

Eunoia, above, is a performance that uses brainwaves – collected via a Neurosky EEG (Electroencephalography) sensor – to generate sound and manipulate the motions of water. The title is derived from the Greek word “eu” (well) + “nous” (mind) meaning “beautiful thinking”.

The work combines audio synthesis, cymatics, sculpture and performance.  Continue reading

Xils-lab PolyKB II Analog Morphing Synthesizer Review

In this video, JK Swopes of SoundsAndGear reviews the Xils-lab PolyKB II morphing synthesizer plugin for Mac & Wndows.

The PolyKB is designed to recreate the sound of the RSF PolyKobol analog synthesizer, including one of coolest features – a continuous morphing oscillator, which can be fully modulated by many sources. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Intros Updated Modular Synthesizers & Cases

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Pittsburgh Modular has announced updates to their all-in-one modular synths and cases.

Updated System 10 Modular Synthesizer

PM has updated their semi-modular sound lab, the System 10, above left, to include their new Midi 3 module. The Midi 3 adds a complete set of mono and duophonic midi response modes, assignable CC and dedicated velocity outputs, a feature rich clock source with tap tempo, midi and external gate clock dividers, and multiple arpeggiator responses to an already full set of features.

The Synthesizer Box remains at the heart of the instrument. A semi-modular synthesizer voice module featuring a unique set of modulatable waveforms, a rich lopass gate filter, and a tight envelope continues to define the sound of the synthesizer.

The suggested retail price for the System 10.1 synthesizer is $649 and it is shipping now. Details are available at the PM site. Continue reading