Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Now Shipping

dave-smith-instrumnets-OB-6Dave Smith Instruments has announced that the OB-6, a collaboration with synth pioneer Tom Oberheim, is now shipping.

The OB-6 features a sound engine inspired by Oberheim’s original SEM (the core of his 4-voice and 8-voice synthesizers).

The OB-6 is designed to provide the SEM tone, with the stability and flexibility of modern technology. Continue reading

‘SkiniBrute’ Turns Arturia MiniBrute Into A Desktop Synthesizer


GMUSynth Woodworks has introduced ‘SkiniBrute‘ – a wood panel conversion kit that turns the Arturia MiniBrute keyboard into a desktop synth module.

The SkiniBrute mod holds the synth’s panel at an 11.25° angle, providing clear and easy access to the controls. The case’s side panels are modeled after the original MiniBrute design, including the multidimensional slopes and bevels.  Continue reading

Synth Jam With A Swap Meet Lowrey Genie Organ

This synth jam, via Earmonkey Music, is a nice demonstration of how old organs – which you can frequently find at swap meets or on Craigslist for next to nothing – can still sound great and be very useful instruments, if you use them creatively.

70’s electronic artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Klaus Schulze made extensive use of organs.  Continue reading

Tiracon 6V Analog Synthesizer (1987)

The demo video, via RetroSound, demonstrates the rare Tiracon 6V analog synthesizer from the year 1987.

RetroSound’s Marko Ettlich notes that the Tiracon 6V is a polyphonic synth keyboard that was made in GDR. “I saw this synthesizer first at the Leipziger autumn fair in 1987. It was the second synth made in GDR after the monophonic Vermona Synthesizer from 1982.” Continue reading