Synare Beatmaking With WerkBench

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Reader Karl Sholz let us know about this synth jam/demo that combines the analog drum synth goodness of a late 70’s Synare 3 (best known from its appearance on countless disco tracks) with WerkBench for the iPad:

The Star Instruments Synare is most famous for its use on disco records as a simple ‘tom-tom’ sound (the first sound I play in this video). Despite its cheesy historical use, the Synare actually a beastly little analog synth with two oscillators (with noise and LFO modes respectively), a self oscilating low-pass filter, and envelopes for filter and volume. I only scratch the surface in this video.

WerkBench is a tool for crafting rhythmic loops from any source material in real-time. WerkBench is great for grabbing sounds on the fly from analog synths that lack patch memory (like the Synare, Monotron, or any modular rig).

Check this out and let us know what you think!

WerkBench is available for $4.99 in the App Store.

Nord Drum Virtual Analog Drum Synth (Review)

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In this video review, Nick Batt takes a look a the Nord Drum – a new virtual analog drum synth that was introduced at the 2012 NAMM Show:

“The Nord Drum is certainly a usable little unit, with the range of sounds on board even with the limited number of Tone waves, it will find a home in many a drummers arsenal as a way to enhance an acoustic setup or perhaps as a drum aspect to an electronic music setup. Its a shame that it was not possible to extend the wave palette more and give it a stereo output.”

See Nick’s full review of the Nord Drum analog drum synth at the Sonic State site.

Free Analog Drum Sample Library

Free Sample Library: The Rekkerd Analog Kick Pack is a free drum sample pack featuring the sounds of a small analog drum synthesizer, the Jomox MBase 01.

Here’s what Rekkerd has to say about the drum sample library:

I recorded this synth a while ago but never got around to sharing the sounds with you, until today. Finally I found some time to process the recordings and create a sample pack, so here it is.


  • 65 samples, captured with an RME audio card.
  • 24-bit mono wav format.
  • Manually processed with various effects.
  • Files labeled: l=long, m=medium, s=short, v=very short 😉

The sample pack is available as a free download (Creative Commons license; you’re free to use these samples however you like, just don’t distribute or sell them). Donations are appreciated.

Download from the Rekkerd site.

New Kits Let You Build Your Own Analog Drum Machines

Developer Eric Archer is now shipping his Andromeda MK-1 and MK-2 drum machines, DIY minimal drum machines “designed as an experiment of making the most minimal drum machine possible using analog circuitry”.

In the video above, Archer demonstrates the two new drum machines, how they can interact and how you can control them in real time.

The Andromeda MK-1 and MK-2 drum machines are available for $55 each as DIY kits. Continue reading