Developer Alexander Zolotov has introduced a new app that explores using graphics as tool for manipulating sound, PhonoPaper.
PhonoPaper is a free platform for representing sounds as graphics. It combines a PhonoPaper-code generator to convert sounds into images that you can print on paper and a realtime reader that runs on smartphones (iOS & Android).
Because PhonoPaper turns audio into a tangible object, it lets you tangibly control playback. You control playback speed by the way you move the smartphone ‘playback head’. You can play it forward, backward or ‘scratch’ it. Continue reading
In this video, Marcus Padrini compares the Korg MS-20 mini and iMS-20 for iPad – and demonstrates that you can’t rely on your eyes to get patches to match, but if you use your ears, you can get a very close match. Continue reading
This video, via Alessandro Fasan, demonstrates a fairly extreme synth DIY mod to his Korg Monotron Duo.
Here’s what Fasan has to say about the mod: Continue reading
Here’s one more reason not to trust corporate news media: CBS News reports that, according to their 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair music poll, the guitar is the sexiest instrument to play, followed by the saxophone and the piano.
The synthesizer did not even make their list. How is that even possible? Continue reading
In this video, JK Swopes of SoundsAndGear reviews the new Novation Bass Station II analog synthesizer.
The Bass Station II is a 25 key, 2 oscillator monophonic synth, with sub oscillator, 2 filter types, arp, step sequencer and assignable aftertouch. Continue reading
This video, via Arrayzable, demos the MT25d – a fairly extreme makeover/mod of the Korg Monotribe. Continue reading
This video, via developer Alexander Zolotov, demonstrates using Virtual ANS to convert fractal images into synthesized sound. Continue reading
Soulsby Synths has released Atcyclotron – a free software update that brings a new type of synthesis to the Atmegatron synthesizer.
\Atcyclotron is the first major alternative software release for the Atmegatron. It turns the Atmegatron into a wavetable cycling synthesizer. The key difference is that the sound now consists of 4 waveforms rather than one, which allows for more complex timbres to be created.
Here’s a video that demonstrates the new synth engine and how to install it: Continue reading