Exclusively Analogue Announces Merlin Analog Synthesizer

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Exclusively Analogue has introduced The Merlin – a new synth, designed in response to feedback from EA customers.

According to Exclusively Analogue, the aim of Merlin is to provide a powerful analogue synthesizer with maximum flexibility, at a competitive price (approximately £800 depending on format).

Merlin will be available either as a self powered 19? rack mount module, a self powered desktop module, or in Eurorack format able to use an existing power supply. Continue reading

Arturia MiniBrute SE Now Available

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The Arturia MiniBrute SE, announced at this year’s Musikmesse, is now available.

We have not seen an official announcement from Arturia on this, but reader Ben (graphtablet) let us know it was available for purchase, and it’s showing up for US $549 now from several online retailers.

The MiniBrute SE shares the same physical footprint as the original MiniBrute, but:

  • The SE edition features brushed aluminium casing with wooden sides
  • A new step Sequencer expands playing options with the MiniBrute SE, with six Pattern sequences with up to 64 steps Users can create new musical phrases from existing ones by changing the playback Mode, Gate Len (timing), and Swing settings in real-time.

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Inside The Moog Werkstatt Analog Synthesizer

At Moogfest 2014, Moog Music introduced the Werkstatt analog synthesizer as a special DIY project that attendees could build in a two-day course at the Moog Factory.

The Werkstatt is a DIY project, with dozens of solder points, and is designed to be open to hacking, with jumpers, expansion points and even a ‘breadboard area’ where you can wire in mods. Though it’s a fairly straightforward design, it’s built like a tank, is patchable and, as designer Steve Dunnington told us, “It’s got Moog DNA.”

In this video, Moog Music’s Steve Dunnington and Trent Thompson give a behind-the-scenes look at the Werkstatt and what it can do. Continue reading