Moog Foundation Spring Raffle Features Vintage Moog Liberation Synthesizer

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The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its spring raffle, featuring a vintage Moog Liberation synthesizer.

The raffle, a fundraiser in support of the Foundation’s projects, runs through April 20, 2015 or until all 2,000 tickets are sold.

The winner will be announced on April 24, 2015. Also included in the raffle is an original owner’s manual for the Liberation, written by Rock Wehrmann in 1980. Continue reading

Elektron Jam: Yaybahar Plus Elektrons

The latest in Elektron’s performance video series features the company’s Analog Rytm, Analog Keys, and Octatrack instruments, jamming with the acoustic Yaybahar instrument.

The Yayabhar is made from natural materials – wood, membrane, strings and coiled spring. The materials aren’t that unusual, but the shape and the way long springs are used to connect resonating bodies results in a wide variety of sound possibilities.

Elektron explains the setup for this video:

“The acoustic instrument Yaybahar was recorded using two separate mics. During the session, the Elektron setup was monitored with headphones for best possible audio recording of the Yaybahar. The Octatrack sends MIDI clock and program change messages to Analog Rytm and Analog Keys. It is also used as a mixer as Rytm and Keys outputs are fed into the Octatrack stereo inputs.”

The other Elektron “jam sessions” are on YouTube.

Denver Synth Meet This Saturday, March 14

denver-synth-meetThe Denver Synth Meet is scheduled for tomorrow, March 14th, from 10 am-10 pm.

Planned activites for the event include:

  • Synth DIY class by Synthrotek
  • Manufacturer demos by WMD, Audio Damage, Grayscale, NIIO Analog & Soundtrack Loops
  • Buy/Sell/Trade/Promote area
  • Evening electronic music performances

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Roland Releases Latest ‘Plug-Out’ Plug-In, PROMARS

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Roland has released the PROMARS Plug-Out Software Synthesizer – a reproduction of the rare PROMARS synthesizer (introduced in 1979).

Designed for Roland System-1, as well as Mac and Windows, the new PROMARS uses Analog Circuit Behavior to recreate the ‘incredibly warm, dense sound’ of the original.

Here’s a video overview, with audio demos, from the 2015 NAMM Show: Continue reading