Inside The Awesome Synth Lair Of Mark Mothersbaugh

This video, via , 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’.

Futuresonus Parva Synthesizer Combines Warmth Of Analog With Digital Convenience

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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’.

Key Features:

  • 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

Teenage Engineering Intros Inexpensive ‘Pocket Operator’ Micro Synthesizers

Teenage_Engineering_po-122015 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

KORG Intros Kaossilator 2S Portable Synthesizer Adds Live Integration

Korg_Kaossilator_2S2015 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