Tiny House Hides A Massive Pipe Organ

home-with-a-huge-organIn Grand Rapids, Michigan, $129,900 not only buys you a cute one-bedroom home with a nice kitchen & hardwood floors – but they throw in a three-manual, 32-rank, 2,300-pipe organ with a three-manual console.

Keyboard Magazine contacted Michigan Hammond B-3 organ player Jim Alfredson and he visited the house to check this thing out.

Alfredson found that the listing was legit – and he had a chance to shoot some video in the house and to try out the pipe organ: Continue reading

Korg Unleashes Volca Sample Software Development Kit

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Korg’s Volca Sample has been one of their most hotly debated recent introductions.

The new Volca is inexpensive (street price around $160) for a sample sequencer – but Korg makes that price point by leaving out sampling hardware. So you can sequence samples, mangle samples and load it up with your custom samples – but it depends on an external app to do the sampling and sample management.

And, while Korg has released a free sampling tool for the Volca Sample, AudioPocket, the app is only available for iOS.

Now Korg is opening up sampling for the Volca Sample to everything and everyone. Korg has released a free software development kit (SDK), designed to help developers create apps that can talk to the Volca Sample.

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Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer Review

In his latest Sonic Lab video, Nick Batt takes a look at the Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer – a modern take on the classic string synth sounds of the 70s.

Batt is ‘very impressed’ with the Streichfett.

If you’ve used the Streichfett, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it! Continue reading

The Tine Organ

The Tine Organ is a MIDI controlled portable acoustic organ.

Although it sounds like a pipe organ in a cathedral, the sound producing mechanisms are very different. Instead of pipes and a wind chest, it uses electromagnets and steel tines to produce 20 chromatic notes, starting at middle C, with full polyphony. Continue reading

Transistor Sounds Labs Intros Stepper Acid Step Sequencer

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Nina Richards & Zoë Blade of Transistor Sounds Labs have introduced Stepper Acid – a digitally-controlled 16-step sequencer for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

They say it is “Designed by and for musicians, Stepper Acid was born out of our need for a modern step-sequencer.”

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New Erica Synths Fusion Modules Put Vacuum Tubes In Your Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

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The Erica Synths Fusion series  – a new collection of vacuum tube synthesis modules – are now available for Eurorack synthesizers.

Erica Fusion series consist of whole range of modules used in sound generation and shaping circuit – pure sine VCO with unique tube waveshaper (will be available mid-January 2015), VCO signal Mixer, Ringmodulator, VCF, VCA and Analogue Delay/Chorus. The first two modules are an Analogue Delay/Chorus module and a VCF. Continue reading