Will The New Roland Car Synth Be A Platform For Synthesists?


In August, Roland Corporation and electric car manufacturer GLM Co., Ltd. announced plans for a ‘car synth’ – described as a ‘neo-futuristic driving sound generation system’ for GLM’s electric cars.

Because electric cars are so quiet, manufacturers are adding electronically generated sound effects, for safety and aesthetic reasons. The driving sound system for GLM’s ZZ model, above, will be implemented using Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology. The car’s synthesized sounds are modulated in real-time, based on driving situations like acceleration, deceleration, and motor load variances on sloping roads.

The promise of a Roland synthesizer engine being in automobiles – and the fact that the sound of electric cars doesn’t need to be tied to the sound of a physical engine – made us wonder if this could become a new platform for sound designers and synthesists. Continue reading

Synthesizers.com Intros Q167 LFO++ Über LFO

Designer Roger Arrick of Synthesizers.com shared this video, demonstrating his new LFO++ module design.

The LFO++ is an interesting Dotcom MU module design that is a sort of ‘über-LFO’, combining elements of the functionality of an LFO, envelope generator, VCA and more into a single-width panel  Continue reading

Roland JX-03 Synthesizer Module Official Specifications

Roland has officially announced the Roland Boutique JX-03 Synthesizer Module.

The Roland Boutique JX-03 module continues the legacy of the JX-3P synth. The original model was launched when button-driven interfaces were popular, so it was designed to give immediate access to preset sounds. It was actually highly programmable though, especially when used with the PG-200 controller that added 24 rotary knobs for instant sonic sculpting.

The limited-edition 4-voice JX-03 inherits all 24 knobs from the PG-200, as well as the distinctive JX tonal character. Roland also added some extras not present in the JX-3P including new waveforms, expanded DCO range and cross modulation options. You can even slide the JX-03 into the K-25m keyboard unit (not included) for a self-contained, go-anywhere synth experience.

Here’s the official intro video to the Roland Boutique line: Continue reading

Machines In Music Synth Convention Coming To Brooklyn, NY October 17-18

machines-in-musicMachines in Music – described as “New York’s Modular Synthesizer Fair’ – is a two-day modular synthesizer event, scheduled for October 17-18, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

The event, curated by Control and Verbos Electronics, will consist of a synthesizer fair that is open to public, with workshops and lectures, followed by a night event with live hardware sets by: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Evan Caminiti, Chris Goudreau & C.O.U & M.O.S.S. Continue reading

Free Concert To Celebrate The Career Of Composer & Educator Barry Schrader

Barry Schrader, current photoOn Saturday night, Sept 26, the CalArts School of Music will host a Farewell Concert for composer and educator Barry Schrader, right, who has been on the staff there for 45 years.

Schrader started composing electronic music in 1969 and joined the staff at CalArts in 1971. In the years since, he’s taught two generations of students, composed dozens of works and even scored several films, including an electronic score for the low-budget sci-fi film, Galaxy Of Terror.

Schrader is also founder of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States). You can find out more about him in from our own Barry Schrader interview, more recent interviews at Tokafi and Matrixsynth and at his own siteContinue reading