Dave Smith introduces the new Dave Smith Instruments’ Mopho SE – a “powerful, portable and professional synthesizer” in this new video.
They’ve “taken it up a notch,” he says, and have added an octave to the Mopho SE keyboard, and have now outfitted it with the custom soft-touch knobs from the Prophet 12. It also has an arpeggiator re-latch feature that is new.
The Mopho SE has many of the same popular features of the older models, like one-knob-per-function interface, polychain, USB, full-size weighted velocity and pressure sensitive keyboard, solid all-metal construction, and external audio input.
For more information, check out the Dave Smith Instruments website.
Open Music Labs has introduced x0x-heart – a new clone of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer voice.
Purists may argue that it’s a clone of the second cousin of a clone of the original TB-303, but $79 gets you a populated PCB + power supply. Buyers will need to add pots, controls & a case or panel.
x0x-heart is an SMT replica of the TB-303?s analog voice, complete with VCO, VCA, VCF, and envelope generators. It’s meant to be a base upon which you can build ‘a highly acidic synthesizer’.
Here’s a demo of the x0x-heart in action, sequenced by a 303: Continue reading
When it comes to iconic sounds of synthesis, few changed the shape of popular electronic music than the sequenced synth on Pink Floyd’s On The Run, from Dark Side Of The Moon.
In this short BBC video, David Gilmour explains how the On The Run sequence was created on the EMS Synthi A. The Synthi A was introduced in 1971, so it was a brand new tool when Pink Floyd was using it. Dark Side Of The Moon was released in 1973 and went on to sell 50 million copies.
Unfortunately for synthesists, the Synthi A is one of the rarest production synths ever made. Fans of the sound have turned to other synthesizers to recreate the classic sequence (E2 G2 A2 G2 D3 C3 D3 E3) - some more successfully than others.
Here are a few examples: Continue reading
Here’s a new preview for the Technology Will Save Us DIY Synth Kit: Continue reading
Technology Will Save Us has released their DIY Instrument Kit – a kit that comes with a custom designed circuit board and all of the components you need to make your own musical device.
The DIY Instrument (formally the Lumiphone) takes about 1 hour to make, most of which is soldering. Once you have made your instrument: sensors detect the light emitted by the LEDs. You use your finger to interrupt the beams of light. The left beam controls the volume and the right beam controls the pitch. Continue reading
This set of videos takes a look at using the new Ableton Push MIDI controller with hardware synths.
In the videos, Ableton Product Specialist Jesse Abayomi demonstrates calling up presets, polyphony, after-touch and a some other functions that Push can perform with a variety of synths. Continue reading