A Video Guide To The Misa NSC-32 Note Sequence Controller

Misa Digital recently introduced the NSC-32 Note Sequence Controller (NCS), ‘a new type of electronic musical instrument’ designed to let you manipulate and cue electronic music sequences live.

Now they’ve shared a series of videos that takes an in-depth look at what the NCS-32 can do and offers a comprehensive guide to using the new Note Sequence Controller:

The Misa NCS-32 is available now for US $1,299. See the Misa site for more info.

The Best New Hardware Sequencers Of 2015

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Best of 2015:  Other years have seen the introduction of great synthesizers of all types. But 2015 brought a treasure trove of new hardware sequencers, the likes that we have never seen.

We asked Synthtopia readers to vote on The Best New Hardware Sequencers Of 2015, and you picked the Arturia Beatstep Pro as the best new hardware sequencer of the year. The Beatstep Pro offers impressive MIDI and CV connectivity, power & immediacy, at an unprecedented price.

But the Beatstep Pro was one of many great hardware sequencers introduced in the last year. Readers voted the Squarp Instruments Pyramid sequencer into second place, followed by the huge and powerful KOMA Komplex Sequencer.

Check out results below – and then leave a comment and share your thoughts on the state of hardware sequencers! Continue reading

Harvestman Stillson Hammer Sequencer (2016 NAMM Show Sneak Preview)

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2016 NAMM Show: Seattle synth manufacturer The Harvestman shared this sneak preview of a new step sequencer, the Stillson Hammer mkII.

The new sequencer will make its official debut at the Winter NAMM Show, coming up in January.

Here’s what they have to say about it: Continue reading

What’s The Best New Hardware Sequencer Of 2015?

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Best of 2015: 2015 has been an amazing year for hardware step sequencers. After a decades long drought, the last year has seen a flood of hardware sequencer introductions.

Sequencers introduced in the last year include entry-level and high-end models; MIDI sequencers; analog CV/Gate sequencers; and sequencers that offer randomization, algorithmic sequencing, Euclidean Rhythms and more.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting new hardware sequencers of 2015. Check them out and then vote for the three devices that you think are the best new sequencers of the year! Continue reading

Nerdsynth Hardware Tracker Workstation (Sneak Preview)

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The Nerdsynth is a hardware analogue and digital synthesizer, groovebox, sampler, tracker, visualizer, digitizer, music instrument and ‘experimentizer’ in one machine.

nerdsynth-sketchThe Nerdsynth has 6 polyphonic tracks:

  • One track is dedicated to the internal Nerdsynth soundship
  • A second track is a sampler track.
  • The 4 other tracks are connected to external sound cartridges which are inserted in the Nerdsynth. Those are the synthesizer cores/ soundchips of the ATMegatron, Meeblip Anode, DSP-G1 and Soundgin.
  • More cartridges are in development like a SID cartridge, YM/AY, OPL3 and several analogue and digital synthesizer designs.

This video demonstrates the latest Nerdsynth prototype: Continue reading

Vince Clarke Intros Imaginator Eurorack Pattern Generator

Synth-pop pioneer Vince Clarke, in collaboration with Analogue Solutions, has announced the release of the Imaginator VCX-378 – a new module that he describes as ‘a practical writing tool’ that can generate musical patterns, based on user-controllable variables. Continue reading