V-Accordion Update Offers Extended Looper Functionality, Updated Orchestral Options

Roland-FR-8x-V2-v-accordionRoland has announced a major system update for the FR-8x, the flagship of their V-Accordion lineup.

FR-8x Version 2.0 software adds new drum and orchestral parameters, increased control of audio files, extended looper functionality, updated Orchestra Chord voicing capabilities and more.

The V-Accordion line is an electronic instrument that brings combines features familiar to keyboardists, like MIDI support, synth capabilities, orchestral sound libraries and microtuning support, with traditional accordion control.

Here’s what’s new in FR-8x V-Accordion Version 2.0: Continue reading

Roland Aira System-1 Review – “I’m Absolutely Blown Away”

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Producer Francis Preve has published his take on the new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer in the latest issue of Keyboard magazine.

Now that Roland has released several Plug-Out synths for the System-1, its vision for the platform is starting to come together.

While the System-1 one has generated a lot of hype, questions and skepticism, Preve says that he came away from his time with the new synth “absolutely blown away by what Roland has accomplished”. Continue reading

Rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer Auctioned For $20K

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Last month, we shared news about a rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer that was up for auction.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is considered by some to be the first electronic synthesizer. It uses tuning forks, controlled by electromagnets, to generate fundamentals and overtones, the intensity of which can be varied to create different types of sounds. While it was a synthesizer, it was more a scientific instrument than a musical one.

The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer above, built around 1905, sold today for US $20,000.  Continue reading

Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Analog Synthesizer Now Available

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Arturia announced today that the MicroBrute SE Limited Edition analog synthesizer – a new production run of the MicroBrute SE in three new colors – is now available.

The MicroBrute SE expands the sonic possibilities of the original MicroBrute SE thanks to the addition of stackable jack cables. This lets you send a single signal to multiple destinations. The new versions also come with a gig bag.

Arturia has created three new variations of the MicroBrute SE, in White, Yellow and Blue: Continue reading

50 Years Of The Moog Modular Synthesizer

Moog Music today released this mini-documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

Fifty years ago, on October 12, 1964, Dr. Robert Moog introduced, at the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) New York convention, an instrument that would revolutionize the world of music and instrument design.

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