Synthtopia’s Best Of 2014 – Stuff That Was Too Cool Not To Mention

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2014 was such an exceptional year for electronic music and synths that our best of 2014 posts, which cover Mobile Music AppsHardware SynthsMIDI ControllersModular Synth Gear, Electronic Music HardwareMusic Software and even the Sexiest Vaporware – still leave a lot uncovered.

Here’s wrap up on other things from 2014 that were too cool not to mention: Continue reading

The Best New Modular Synth Gear Of 2014

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Best of 2014: 2014 was a huge year for electronic music gear – especially the world of modular synthesizers.

We reviewed the modular synth gear introduced in 2014 to select our picks for the best new modules or systems of the year. This year, there were so many new introductions that it was hard to narrow the list down to just 10.  Continue reading

Maschine 2.2 Update Brings New Melodic Playing Options

Native Instruments has released Maschine 2.2 – an update that adds new options for melodic playing.

  • The Maschine 2.2 update adds a new scale and chord engine, a fully-functional arpeggiator and more.
  • If you use Maschine Studio, it unlocks the touch-sensitive knobs.
  • This update also delivers full Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboard integration.

Here are the details: Continue reading

Transistor Sounds Labs Intros Stepper Acid Step Sequencer

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Nina Richards & Zoë Blade of Transistor Sounds Labs have introduced Stepper Acid – a digitally-controlled 16-step sequencer for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

They say it is “Designed by and for musicians, Stepper Acid was born out of our need for a modern step-sequencer.”

Here’s a video intro: Continue reading