The Realistic Concertmate MG-1 is an oddity among vintage synths.
It designed by MOTM’s Paul Schreiber, who worked at Tandy at the time, with the goal of creating an affordable consumer synth. And, while it was a consumer design, it was “Custom manufactured by Moog Music in U.S.A. for Radio-Shack.” Continue reading
Pioneering synthesist Jean Michel Jarre shared this awesome photo of his vintage gear-filled synth lair, which is, he notes, “where the magic happens.”
Yonac Software, creators of Magellan synthesizer, has released ToneStack, a new amp simulator and effects processor for iOS.
ToneStack comes with 6 classic amps & cabs and 20 FX (with over 68 additional units available for in-app purchase). ToneStack lets you use up to 64 units simultaneously (device CPU limitations apply). With ToneStack’s ABY units, the signal can also be split anywhere in the chain.
It also supports MIDI control, Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and Audio Copy/Paste.
Here’s a video intro to ToneStack: Continue reading
In this set of videos for the Bob Moog Foundation, synthesist Marc Doty offers his take on the history of the rare Moog Apollo synthesizer.
Along the way, he explains the convoluted relationships of the Apollo to the Polymoog Synthesizer, the Polymoog Keyboard and even the Moog Constellation of synthesizers. Continue reading
The Arturia MiniBrute SE, announced at this year’s Musikmesse, is now available.
We have not seen an official announcement from Arturia on this, but reader Ben (graphtablet) let us know it was available for purchase, and it’s showing up for US $549 now from several online retailers.
The MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but:
- The SE edition features brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides
- A new step Sequencer expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE, with six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in real-time.
This video, via magikroom, shows what happens when you try to emulate the classic ‘Supersaw’ sound of the Roland JP-8000 – a virtual analog synth from the 90′s – using 10 hardware analog synths!
Massive overkill at its best? You make the call!
Technical details below: Continue reading
UK’s Modulus Music has announced a new hybrid digital/analogue synth keyboard, the Modulus .002.
In this video, Nick Batt from Sonic State takes an in-depth look at the new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer. Continue reading