New Roland Strap-On Synth, The Lucina AX-09, Now Available

Roland has announced that they are now shipping the Lucina AX-09 – their strap-on “shoulder synthesizer”.

The Lucina set off Synthtopia’s Super-Doppler Keydar™ alert system when it was announced. And, while Roland may not be pegging the Lucina AX-09 as a keytar, the “shoulder synthesizer” name doesn’t quite cut it.

Here’s what Roland has to say about the AX-09:

With a stylish body and 37 keys, the Lucina AX-09 is compact, lightweight, and loaded with 150 high-quality sounds that cover a wide stylistic range, from synth leads to solo violin. It can be played in either a standing position using a shoulder strap or in a traditional horizontal tabletop orientation.

Find the perfect sound quickly with the Category buttons, and press the Preview button to hear the currently selected sound with a pre-programmed riff. Assign your top 12 sounds to the Favorites bank for instant, one-button recall. Volume, reverb, and patch edits can be stored with each Favorite.

The design of the Lucina AX-09 is actually kind of cool, making the synth equally at home played horizontally or as a keytar. Continue reading

Roland VP-7 Vocal Processor Now Available

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Roland has announced that the new VP-7 Vocal Processor is now available in stores.

This portable vocal processor sets up on top of keyboards and creates ensemble vocal sounds with a variety of PCM-based vocal sounds, or with Roland’s Vocal Designer technology. Continue reading

Mopho Keyboard Now Available

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Dave Smith InstrumentsMopho Keyboard, introduced at the 2010 NAMM Show, is now available.

Mopho Keyboard Features:

  • Excellent “bang for the buck”: full-featured analog synth at a great price
  • Real analog sound
  • Immediate, hands-on control of all aspects of the sound and performance
  • Compact, but with full-sized keys and wheels
  • Couple with DSI Tetra for expanded polyphony

This preview video comes via AudioMIDI.com, but it’s available at other large synth vendors, too.

The Mopho Keyboard retails for a relatively sane $799.

At $799, does the DSI Mopho Keyboard make paying higher prices for vintage synths like the Sequential Circuits Pro One obsolete?

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Roland V-Combo VR-700 Stage Keyboard Now Available

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Roland has announced that the V-Combo VR-700 Stage Keyboard is now shipping.

Featuring the best of Roland’s Virtual Tone Wheel organ, full 88-key multi-sampled piano, and pro synthesizer sounds, the V-Combo is designed for players who need an all-in-one keyboard for a variety of musical settings. Continue reading

The Moog VX-351 CV Output Expander Turns A Minimoog Voyager Into A Modular Synthesizer

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Moog Music released this video today, which features Brian Kehew giving a tour of the VX-351 CV Output Expander for the Minimoog Voyager.

The video and sound quality of this video aren’t great, but Kehew, who’s done everything from play keyboards for The Who to co-authoring Recording The Beatles, knows his stuff and does a great job of highlighting how the VX-351 CV Output Expander turns the Moog Minimoog Voyager into a modular synth.