At the 2013 NAMM Show, Korg introduced the KingKorg – a new synth that offers full-sized keys, a three-oscillator-per-voice synth architecture, a wide range of filter options and a straightforward, knobby interface.
At the same NAMM Show, Korg also introduced the new MS-20 Mini, which not only stole the show, but stole a lot of attention away from the KingKorg. The MS-20 was not just a new analog synth, but a modern take on a classic.
While the Mini was one of the 2013 NAMM Show highlights, the KingKorg is a completely new synth design – and it’s a synth that has a lot to offer. It’s a virtual analog synth that Korg describes as the “full-fledged analog modeling synthesizer you’ve been waiting for.”
Can Korg pull off a analog modeling synth that’s good enough to please vintage synth freaks?
Let’s check it out….. Continue reading
The new Ableton Push controller is an uber-controller for Live, featuring the usual button matrix, but with added velocity sensitivity and more.
In this video review, via sonicstate, Nick Batt takes a deep look at the Ableton Push controller.
Check it out and let us know what you think!
This video, via TheManWithTheSynth, follows up his Waldorf Rocket synthesizer review, focusing on audio demos of the new synth’s sound:
Following the feature rundown I am now giving you a sound demo of the Waldorf Rocket with some commentary on how I produced the sounds. The signal path is synthesizer going directly into the audio interface with the exception of lead sounds where I use Boss Space Echo (the modern emulated version) for delay.
If you’ve tried the Waldorf Rocket, let us know what you think of it!
Keyboard Magazine’s Mitchell Sigman reviews the new Alesis Vortex USB/MIDI keytar controller.
Sigman focuses on the the Vortex’s unique accelerometer control. The Vortex features a MIDI-assignable accelerometer, so you can control virtually any parameter by moving the Vortex?s neck: volume swells, pitch bends, vibratos, filter cutoffs, etc. Continue reading
Saturday Synth Porn: This video review, via TheDaydreamSound, takes a loving look at the vintage Ensoniq EPS 16+ sampler.
Nick at Sonic State gives the Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo MIDI controller a thorough workout. He calls the QuNeo “an unusual and extremely powerful 3D MIDI controller” with “massive amounts of control potential”.
The QuNeo differs from other common MIDI controllers by sensing pressure, velocity and location. It’s available for about $200.
For more on the new controller, see our earlier QuNeo posts and the KMI site.
If you’ve tried the QuNeo, let us know what you think of it!
Here’s another video review of the new Arturia Mini Brute analog synthesizer, via Russ of the airusersblog.
The bottom line? He calls it ‘a fantastic analog synth’.