Tone2 Saurus Review – ‘It’s A Beast’, But Doesn’t Hammer Your CPU

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Tone2 recently released a new software synthesizer for Mac & Windows, Saurus.

According to Tone2, Saurus is ‘not just another synthesizer with character, but one that truly represents the analog sound.’

Does it deliver?

Here’s a video review of Saurus, via JK Swopes of Sounds & Gear. His bottom line?

“This thing is a best! It doesn’t sound like one specific analog synth, it really has it’s own sound, but that sound is definitely analog.”

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Korg Monotron Duo & Monotron Delay Review

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Here’s a video review of the new Monotron Duo and Monotron Delay, the two new miniature analog synths from Korg.

Monotron DUO Features:

  • Two analog oscillators (VCO) with individual tunings
  • Edgy X-MOD (with Intensity knob) circuit from Korg’s classic Mono/Poly
  • VCF with Cutoff and Peak Control
  • Ribbon controller keyboard with Scale Select
  • Original Analog (VCF) Filter taken from the MS-10 & MS-20
  • Aux input jack lets you apply filter to any audio source
  • Built-in speaker and battery power
  • Headphone jack for private use

Monotron DELAY Features:

  • Space Delay with Rate and Intensity controls offers analog-style echoes
  • New Pitch LFO with selectable Waveshape and Intensity and shape controls
  • VCF with Cutoff Control
  • Wide-range ribbon controller keyboard
  • Original Analog (VCF) Filter taken from the MS-10 & MS-20
  • Aux input jack lets you apply filter and delay to any audio source
  • Built-in speaker and battery power
  • Headphone jack for private use
See our Korg Monotron Duo & Monotron Delay intro coverage for more details and Sonic State for their review post.

Korg Monotribe Video Overview

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This official Korg video offers an in-depth look at the Korg Monotribe Analogue Ribbon Station.

James Sajeva from Korg USA takes a tour through the features of the new Monotribe.

See our recent Korg Monotribe posts for details on mods to add new features, too.

Expert Sleepers Analog Synth Control Modules (Video Review)

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Sonic State has a new Eurorack modular in the lab. So, in his latest video, Nick explores the capabilities of the Expert Sleepers line of control modules, which is designed to let you integrate control-voltage analog gear into a digital audio workstation.

This level of deep computer integration is a fairly major leap forward in modular synthesis – so this is a must-see video, if you’re into modular gear.

See the Expert Sleepers site for more details, along with Sonic State’s full review and our own previous posts on the Expert Sleepers modules.

If you’re using Expert Sleepers modules already, or MOTU’s Volta, let us know how you are using them!

Micronaut – Experiment Five

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Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a hybrid analog + digital live in the studio synth jam from musician/developer/writer Chris Randall.

Here’s what he has to say about Micronoaut – Experiment Five:

Sequenced from Live, and I’m using a Korg nanoControl to turn tracks on and off and such.

I play the DSI TETR4 from my iPad running Audanika’s SoundPrism app, which is a very cool MIDI controller app done in a cycle-of-fifths layout. The little bass sound that comes in here and there is The World’s Most Expensive CS-5, while a René sequencer drives a SynthTech Cloud Generator for the arpeggiated sine part from the modular.

MeeBlip is running in to a Roland RE-201 for the sound you hear very early on, the snare-ish hit that has a spring ‘verb and echo. The other sound right in the beginning is an MS-20 running in to my circuit-bent BOSS RRV-10.

The other prevalent effects are Eos for the ‘verb, and the Eventide TimeFactor on its ModDelay algorithm, in line from the TETR4. This is what creates the big hollow drone sound. I just jack the feedback up full and when it is humming along I hit the repeat button.

Audio is available at bandcamp.

via Cranda11

Micronaut – Experiments One & Two

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Sunday Synth Jam: Here are a couple of new synth jams via Chris Randall.

Here’s what Randall has to say about micronaut – experiment one, above:

Having a bit of fun with the new equipment set-up, and trying to get a feel for the workflow. This piece is entirely sequenced from an Apply //e and Roland CMU-800R. I’m recording in to Ableton Live, but there are no samples or pre-recording. This track is 100% live.

The quick arpeggio sound, drums, and 16th note pulse are coming from the CMU-800R. The low bass note is from a Korg MS20 running through a Roland RE-201 Space Echo, and the main melody sound is coming from the Doepfer modular (in this case a TipTop Audio Z3000 oscillator, plus some Doepfer shit) and running through a Realistic Electronic Reverb and an Eventide TimeFactor. I used a couple instances of Audio Damage Eos for the main reverb inside the DAW, but that’s the only computer effect.

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