KordBot MIDI Chord Controller, Arpeggiator & Step Sequencer Now Available Via Kickstarter Project

Developer Isla Instruments has introduced a Kickstarter project to fund the production of the KordBot MIDI controller.

KordBot is described as a ‘music production assistant that combines a chord generator, arpeggiator and step sequencer In one unit.’ It has 32 built-in chord types including inversions for each, with another eight user-banks for storing custom chord types. Continue reading

Tasty Chips Electronics Intros ST4 Hybrid Synthesizer/Tracker

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Tasty Chips Electronics let us know about the ST4 Hybrid Synthesizer/Tracker, a unique device that combines a hybrid analog/digital synthesizer with a 16-bit style tracker music machine.

It has digital oscillators, backed up with sampling for versatility, with analogue VCF’s and VCA’s for character. The developer says that, while the ST4 is packed with features, it’s designed to be easy to use, with dedicated knobs and buttons.

Production of the ST4 is being funded via a Kickstarter project, which is already about a third of the way to its goal. Here is the official intro video: Continue reading

Roland A-01 Hands-On Demo Videos

2016 NAMM Show: Roland shared this series of video demos that take a look at getting started with the new A-01 MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.

The A-01 is one of the more surprising introductions at this year’s NAMM Show, because it offers a unique sound and a quirky collection of capabilities: Continue reading

Roland A-01 MIDI Controller & 8-Bit Synthesizer Overview & Demo

At the 2016 NAMM Show, held in Anaheim, CA Jan 21-24, Roland introduced the A-01 – an  hybrid mobile MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.

Here’s a video overview from Roland’s Peter Brown, that covers the A-01’s features.

See the video below for some audio demos of the A-01’s 8-bit synthesizer: Continue reading

Social Entropy Engine Sequencer & CV Expansion Board At The 2016 NAMM Show

At the 2016 NAMM ShowSocial Entropy showed updates to its Engine hardware sequencer, and also introduced its new control voltage expansion board.

Here’s a video overview of the Engine sequencer from the NAMM Show floor, by designer John Kimble. Continue reading