This video, via Cool Hunting, is a visit to the awesome synth lair of composer Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Rugrats, The Lego Movie).
The bright green, circular building of Mutato Muzika in Los Angeles is easy to spot when cruising down Sunset Boulevard. Inside is the studio of Mark Mothersbaugh, founding member of DEVO and award-winning Hollywood composer.
Over the years, Mothersbaugh has accumulated a vast collection of synths. In this video, he reveals the stories behind some of his synth rarities. More importantly, he reveals the secret of ‘We smell sausage’.
Designer Brad Ferguson let us know about his new synth, the Futuresonus Parva, a polyphonic analog synthesizer that he says ‘combines the classic warmth of an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control in an elegantly designed tabletop package’.
- Eight voice polyphonic synthesizer with flexible voice assignment
- Three oscillators per voice
- Flexible dual filters
- 4 LFOs
- 100% analog signal path
- Digital patch management and control
- USB master port so you can connect USB MIDI controllers directly to it
- Aluminum case and knobs
“I designed Parva from the ground up with the intention of producing a completely new synth, while still maintaining the character of the classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s,” says Ferguson. Continue reading
2015 NAMM Show: Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday have launched a line of ‘pocket operators’ – micro synthesizers that fit in your pocket and a line of matching gear.
The new line of musical instruments consists of three pocket sized synthesizers.
These were first seen a session at Moogfest 2014 in Asheville, NC. Here’s a Moogfest image, via photographer Robert Pluma, that offers perspective on the new devices size: Continue reading
This video captures a KORG MS20M KIT + SQ-1 improvisation,
via Olivier Briand. Continue reading
2015 NAMM Show: Korg has introduced the Kaossilator 2S – a redesigned portable version of its portable synth
Korg’s Kaossilator 2S offers unlimited undo/redo functionality and the ability to export multi-track audio data for immediate use in Ableton Live (via a generated .als file).
Audio files can also be manually imported into a different DAW of choice. Continue reading
2015 NAMM Show: Bleep Labs has put together an in-depth tutorial on the features of their 3Trins RGB + 1C Analog Video Synthesizer. Continue reading
Word has leaked, via Australia’s Turramurra Music and CDM, of two new introductions from Korg:
- The Korg SQ-1 Analog Step Sequencer; and
- the Korg MS-20M analog synth module.
They are both previewed in Turramurra’s video demo: Continue reading
Dave Smith Instruments released another teaser image, above, for the 2015 NAMM Show. Continue reading