NS1 Nanosynth ‘Handheld Modular’ Available


The NS1 Nanosynth synthesizer – a tiny (220x85mm) analog modular synthesizer, coupled with an Arduino Micro platform, is now available via the Arduino Store.

The NS1 Nanosynth is a ‘Maker synth’, totally hackable and customizable, but also a capable budget modular synthesizer.

Here are the official video intros: Continue reading

What’s the Best New Synthesizer or Keyboard of 2015?


2015 has been an amazing year for new synthesizer introductions.

At the 2015 NAMM Show, there were dozens of interesting new synth introductions – including the Korg Arp Odyssey, the Moog Modular Synthesizer reissues, the Roland JD-Xi, the Sequential Prophet 6, the Modal Electronics 002 and the Avalon Bassline.

At Musikmesse 2015, there were more new synths, including the WMD + SSF Monolith, the Roland JD-Xa, the Modal Electronics 008, the Roland System 1m and others. And even the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, typically a more guitar-focused event, featured new synths keyboards, including the Yamaha Reface line.

What’s the best new synth of 2015? Here’s your chance to weigh in – our Best New Synthesizer or Keyboard of 2015 poll: Continue reading

Grendel DC2e Drone Commander 2 Eurorack Module


Rare Waves has introduced a new analog synthesizer, descended directly from the Grendel Drone Commander: the DC-2e Drone Commander 2 + Expander in Eurorack modular format.

They describe it as a ‘unique and highly playable tone source for drone music, leads, bass, and sound effects.”

Here are a couple of video demos: Continue reading

Make Noise tELHARMONIC (Secret Mode)

telharmonic_900The Make Noise tELHARMONIC Voltage Controlled Music Theory module has a hidden behavior, called 3-Voice Shift Register, which allows for creation of any triad based in the 12 tone scale.

3-Voice Shift Register changes the behavior of the DEGREE, D-Gate and INTERVAL controls.

Here’s a video overview: Continue reading