Analog Drum Synthesis With The Korg MS-20 Mini (Plus Free Sample Library)

In this series of videos from Wave Alchemy, sound designer Matt Urmenyi offers tips and advice on how to synthesize drum sounds with an analog synthesizer.  using a Korg MS-20 Mini.

In the 5-part series, Urmenyi demonstrates how to use the MS-20 Mini to create kick drum, snare drum, cymbal, tom and conga sounds.

To accompany this video series, Wave Alchemy has released a free sample library of analog drum sounds, synthesized using the Korg MS-20 Mini. MS-20 Mini Drums offers 483 drum samples and can be downloaded for free.  Continue reading

Andreas Schneider Interview – A Visit To SchneidersLaden In Berlin

Sonic State’s roving reporter Edd Butterworth visited SchneidersLaden in Berlin – one of the world’s great synth stores – and met owner Andreas Schneider.

In this video interview, Schneider shares his thoughts on synthesizers and gives a tour of some of the great gear available at SchneidersLaden.  Continue reading

Behringer Plans Entire Line Of Vintage-Inspired Polyphonic Analog Synths

roland-jupiter-8Behringer recently started testing the water to gauge interest in a new line of synths.

So we asked Synthtopia readers what they’d want to see in a Behringer synthesizer, and over 2,500 people weighed in.

Now, Peter Grandl of German language synth site Amazona.de shared an interview with Behringer founder Uli Behringer, and it sounds like the company is planning an entire line of vintage-inspired analog polyphonic synths.  Continue reading

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

Poll: If Behringer Makes A Synth, What Should They Make?

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Many people think of Behringer primarily as a maker of ‘clones’ of popular music gear, or more recently, for creating some innovative mixer and monitor lines.

But, before Behringer was even a company, founder Uli Behringer got his start by building his own keyboard, the UB-1 synthesizer (above), when he was 16.

Now, it looks like Behringer could soon be making synthesizers again.  Continue reading