Vince Clarke Intros Imaginator Eurorack Pattern Generator

Synth-pop pioneer Vince Clarke, in collaboration with Analogue Solutions, has announced the release of the Imaginator VCX-378 – a new module that he describes as ‘a practical writing tool’ that can generate musical patterns, based on user-controllable variables. Continue reading Intros Moog Expansion Systems

Modular synth manufacturer has introduced a new line of Moog Expansions Systems – preconfigured cabinets of synth modules that are designed to complement vintage or modern Moog Modular systems.

The Expansion Systems are made up of modules, which are physically compatible with the classic Moog Unit (MU) form factor, but are modern module designs. Many of the modules offer features not found in the Moog systems, like MIDI control and quantizing.

The modern Moog Modular systems differ by using Moog’s original designs and ‘new old stock’ (NOS) parts. As a result, the systems are effectively reissues of the originals.   Continue reading

The Red Sound Dark Star – “The Internet’s Most Reviled Synthesizer”


Audio Cookbook’s John Keston let us know about a post he’s put up sharing his thoughts on “The Internet’s Most Reviled Synthesizer”, the Red Sound Dark Star.

He writes:

Despite a glowing review from Sound on Sound on arrival, the instrument didn’t quite take off and was discontinued, along with its younger sibling the DarkStar XP2, after just a few years in production.

Even more curious than that is the amount of vitriol amassed for the DarkStar on forums all over the web. I could go on, but suffice it to say that “piece of shit” was among the milder comments.

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