Iron Curtain Electronics System, A Modular Polivoks, Now Available

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The Harvestman has announced that the a limited number of the Iron Curtain Electronics System – a modular instrument based on the Polivoks synthesizer – are now available.

The Iron Curtain Electronics system was created in cooperation with the Polivoks instrument designer Vladimir Kuzmin.

The Polivoks is a vintage voltage-controlled synthesizer from the Soviet Union, first manufactured in a military radio factory in 1982 from a special selection of components. It later became notorious in the West for its aggressive sonic character.

All modules and system components in the Iron Curtain Electronics System are compliant with the Eurorack format. Continue reading

Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Analog Synthesizer Now Available

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Arturia announced today that the MicroBrute SE Limited Edition analog synthesizer – a new production run of the MicroBrute SE in three new colors – is now available.

The MicroBrute SE expands the sonic possibilities of the original MicroBrute SE thanks to the addition of stackable jack cables. This lets you send a single signal to multiple destinations. The new versions also come with a gig bag.

Arturia has created three new variations of the MicroBrute SE, in White, Yellow and Blue: Continue reading

Inside Therevox Custom Musical Instruments

Reader Stephen Young created this short film, Therevox – Wood & Wires, which takes a look inside the workshop of Therevox Custom Musical Instruments.

Since 2004, Mike Beauchamp’s Therevox has made instruments in the tradition of Paul Tanner’s Electro-Theremin and the Ondes Martenot.

Their ET-4 line is controlled by moving a finger along a reference keyboard, shaped to provide tactile feedback. Dual pressure sensitive intensity keys control the amplitude of the ET-4’s two independent analog oscillators. The ET-4’s performance options are rounded out by a low-pass filter, white noise generator and internal spring reverb.

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Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Analog Synthesizer

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Arturia has introduced three limited edition style variations on the MicroBrute SE analog synthesizer, in Blue, White and Orange.

The MicroBrute SE features a single VCO with three waveforms you can mix at will, three waveshapers, an overtone generator, a classic Steiner-Parker filter, and Arturia’s ‘Brute Factor’.

You also get a step sequencer and a Mod Matrix that let the MicroBrute SE connect with other analog devices and even modular synthesizers. The SE model includes messenger-style gig bag and 4 stackable jack cables. Continue reading

Dreadbox Intros Erebus Paraphonic Analog Synth Module

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Dreadbox has introduced the Erebus, a new semi-modular paraphonic analog synth module.

It offers what is essentially a monophonic synth architecture, but that allows for independent control of its two oscillators. This means you can play (or sequence) two different pitches, but the pitches will go through a shared VCF, VCA, etc.  Continue reading

‘Synth Supergroup’ Node Announces First Gig In 15 Years

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Composer Dave Bessell let us know about an upcoming concert that will be of interest to a lot of electronic music fans – a live performance by ‘synth supergroup’ Node.

Performed on an extremely rare collection of vintage analogue synthesizers, some of which are shown above, Node’s music ranges from dense textural atmospheres to minimal evolving rhythms. It’s been described as like ‘the soundtrack to some long forgotten sci fi film’.

Node will be performing at Feb 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm, at the Royal College of Music in London.  Continue reading