French soft synth developer XILS-lab recently released XILS 4, a software emulation of the legendary EMS VCS4, for Mac & Windows.
In this video, author Jim Aikin takes a look at XILS 4 and offers his firs impressions of the new software synth. Continue reading
Reader Luke Teaford let us know about TANGUY – a browser-based synthesizer.
You play it with the QWERTY keyboard. – and + shift octaves up and down. OSC 2’s FM comes from the sine wave of OSC 1 (so it has to be up to hear FM on OSC2). Continue reading
Audio Fidelity has released a limited edition virgin vinyl release of the Wendy Carlos soundtrack to the 1982 sci fi film Tron.
Carlos’s score combined electronic elements, played on Moog and GDS synthesizers, with orchestral elements, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus. The fusion of elements worked well with the film, which paired live action with early computer animation.
Audio Fidelity specializes in audiophile releases, and they give Tron the deluxe treatment, delivering just about everything that soundtrack fans might want. Continue reading
A new sample source, 808 Kicks – The Boom Boutique, has launched and is giving away a free sample library to introduce their work.
Here’s what they have to say about the 808 Kicks:
The Boom Boutique pays tribute to the original boom box – the legendary TR-808. We offer the highest-quality drum sounds and kits, either sampled directly from the 808, refined using analog or digital effects, or inspired sound emulations with even more bang for your buck.
This video takes a hands-on look at the new Akai MPX16 sampler.
The MPX16 is a sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs. Continue reading
This video, via mylarmelodies, takes a look at the newly released Expert Sleepers Disting Eurorack module.
The Expert Sleepers Disting is a 4HP 16-in-1 multifunction Eurorack module. The video demo goes is nearly 40 minutes long, and dives deep into the Disting’s features. Continue reading
This video captures a hour+ discussion at CCRMA by author Marc Weidenbaum on Two Decades of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II.
Weidenbaum’s discussion focuses on the “cultural afterlife” that the album has experienced in the two decades since its initial release on the Warp and Sire labels in 1994.
The discussion is based on Weidenbaum’s book in the 33 1/3 series, Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Continue reading