New Module Bridges Android & Analog Synthesizers

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Pmfoundations has introduced Midi-Seq-8, a Eurorack Android to analog synth interface; and a companion Android app, MIDI Sequencer.

The Interface is sold as a full kit, consisting of a set of 2 high quality PCBs, front panel, all basic and precision components and a pre-programmed PIC processor.

The developer says that “The Midi-Seq-8 delivers the convenience of a smartphone or tablet-driven sequencer that directly controls your analog monophonic synthesizer from your Android device.” Continue reading

Ann Arbor’s Synth Lending Library Lets You Check Out Synths, Drum Machines, A Theremin & More

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We recently featured the Lawrence, Kansas Public Library, which has a recording studio you can check out and is getting a large-format monster synth.

Another library that is innovating by letting you check out creative tools is the Ann Arbor District Library. The library features the usual books, DVDs & CDs – but they also have a comprehensive Music Tools collection.
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The Soundmachines NS1nanosynth Is A Tiny, Powerful Modular Synthesizer

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The Soundmachines NS1nanosynth is a miniature modular synthesizer that’s priced about the same as one module of a full-size modular synth.

It’s cheap, as modular synths go, because it dispenses with custom screen printed panels, jacks, knobs – leaving you with the essence of a modular: a circuit board.

Developer Davide Mancini describes the NS1nanosynth as ‘A powerful, deep and hacker-­friendly blend of a real analog modular synthesizer and an Arduino platform’.

Can a modular analog synth that fits in your pocket be taken seriously?

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Alesis Andromeda Analog Synthesizer – An ‘Onslaught Of Non-Stop Sensory Bombardment’

This video, via gstormelectro, offers an audio demo of the Alesis Andromeda analog synthesizer. Or as they call it, ‘an onslaught of non-stop analog sensory bombardment.’

The Andromeda is a 16-voice analog keyboard from the turn of the millennium that combines deep analog features with knobby tweakability. Continue reading

Modal 002 Digital IO Board Takes 002 Synthesizer To ‘A Whole New Level’

At the 2016 NAMM Show, Modal Electronics introduced four Eurorack modules, a new rackmount synthesizer and a digital expansion board for their 002 synthesizer.

In this video, designer Paul Maddox previews the new Modal 002 Digital IO Board.
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