JK Swopes of SoundsAndGear reviews the Arturia MiniBrute, starting with the ‘presets’ and going on to demonstrates the sound range of the analog synth:
Finally checking out the awesome little analog synthesizer from Arturia called the MiniBrute. This is a fully analog synthesizer with a Steiner-Parker filter, CV in/out, MIDI, and USB, all in a nice 25 key aluminum case.
In this video, Nick Batt of Sonic State takes a look at the new Behringer Xenyx Control 1 USB Monitor Station.
Behringer describes it as a “high headroom studio control and communication center’. Continue reading
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
Francis Preve offers his take on Wolfgang Palm’s new PPG WaveMapper for iPad in the latest issue of Keyboard magazine.
Preve calls WaveMapper ‘an incredibly deep synthesizer’ and praises its user-friendly approach to patch-creation:
Palm takes an elegantly simple concept – mixing and matching important aspects of multiple synth patches – and implements them in a manner that’s strikingly like a board game.
Can a metronome be something to get excited about?
That’s the question raised by this reader review of Metronomics HD - a ‘ridiculously flexible rhythm monster’, created by John Nastos for Mac, iOS, and Android. Continue reading
Reader Alistair de B Clarkson let us know about a new series of articles kicking off at the Shape of Sound site, Going Deeper into the Sound.
The series is intended for ‘music nutters’ that are obsessed by sound.
These articles are only suitable for synthtopia readers and will result in any non synthopia reader complaining that their head will explode.
Here’s a user review, via thesoundtestroom, of Different Drummer for iPad – aka “your secret weapon in the quest for innovative beats that make sense yet defy the status quo”.
Different Drummer has a unique feature set, but was met with skepticism on its release, because of the developer’s equally unique approach to pricing and marketing the app. (It was originally priced at $300, now $49.99). 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!