OWL Modular Programmable Eurorack Module Available August 1

owl-modular-eurorack-moduleRebel Technology has announced that the OWL Modular programmable digital audio Eurorack module will be released Aug 1 in London:

We’ll be holding a little launch event for the OWL Modular at the London Music Hackspace, this Saturday 1 August at 5pm. Come down to see us and get hands on with the new arrival!

We’ll be showing off the sonic capabilities of the patch library as well as demonstrating how to load up Faust, C++ and Pure Data patches. Bring your own code!

Based on the OWL Pedal, the Modular adds CV control and DC-coupled inputs and outputs, while retaining full patch compatibility. The platform is open source and a community of patch developers has created a diverse library of more than 70 effects for it, including phasers, flangers, delays, reverbs, distortion, compression and filters.

The OWL features an ARM Cortex M4 processor and, according to the developers, “it delivers outstanding performance and audio quality”. Continue reading

Arturia BeatStep Pro In-Depth Hands-On Demos

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Arturia has released a series of videos, embedded below, that offer a hands-on look at getting started with their new BeatStep Pro step sequencer and MIDI controller.

In the video below, Glen Darcey, Arturia VP Product Management, takes you through the drum sequencer of the BeatStep Pro: Continue reading

Godley & Creme’s Gizmotron Returns

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At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, Gizmotron LLC announced plans to release a re-engineered, updated sequel to a guitar effects device that has not been seen or heard since the early 1980’s; the legendary Gizmotron.

Invented over 40 years ago, by Lol Creme and Kevin Godley of the rock group 10cc, the Gizmotron debuted at the NAMM trade show in 1979.

The Gizmotron 2.0 offers musicians the ability to mechanically bow one or more strings of a guitar or bass by pressings its keys. Each key brings a spinning wheel into contact with a string, creating a bowing sound similar to a cello, viola or violin.

Here’s an example of the Gizmotron 2.0 in action, on a Les Paul Deluxe: Continue reading

Knobcon 4 Coming To Chicagoland Sept 11-13

knobcon-overlay15Knobcon 4 – a massive synth meetup, featuring performances, workshops and vendors – is scheduled for Sept 11-13, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

The three-day event focuses on electronic and experimental music, and the tools used to create it.  Continue reading

DreadBox Erebus Analog Synthesizer Review

In the latest Sonic Lab video, host Nick Batt takes a look at the new Greek synth, the DreadBox Erebus.

The DreadBox Erebus offers what is essentially a monophonic synth architecture, but that allows for independent control of its two oscillators. This means you can play (or sequence) two different pitches, but the pitches will go through a shared VCF, VCA, etc.  Continue reading