Roland Returns To Analog With JD-Xi Synthesizer

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Roland announced its return to analog synthesizers with the debut of the JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer.

The Roland JD-Xi is mini-synth that offers an analog monosynth, dual digital synths, 808-style drum sequencing and a digital effects section.

According to the company, the JD-Xi gives musicians the best of both worlds: the warm, smooth response of classic analog, and the clarity and versatility of modern digital.

The JD-Xi is the first in a planned line of hybrid analog synths. A full-size flagship hybrid analog & digital synth, the JD-Xa is also being previewed at the show.

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Korg Intros MS-20 Module Kit with SQ-1 Analog Sequencer

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg is introducing the MS-20 Module Kit with SQ-1 Analog Sequencer. 

The Korg MS-20 Module Kit lets you build a module version of the iconic MS-20 analog synthesizer, with greatly expanded synthesis capabilities over Korg’s previous MS-20 synths. Continue reading

Modulation & Sequencing With The Moog Sub 37 Analog Synthesizer

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Here’s a follow up on yesterday’s Moog Sub 37 synthesizer review post - an in-depth look at the deep modulation architecture of Moog’s latest synth.

In the video, Moog Product Specialist Amos Gaynes discusses the underlying philosophies and design goals for the Sub 37. He also explores the wide range of modulation possibilities and sequencing options available via the Sub 37’s front panel: Continue reading

Hypersynth Xenophone Demo

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Product developer Iman JL shared these two videos with us that demonstrate the Hypersynth Xenophone – an advanced analog mono synthesizer with 100% analog signal path.

The Xenophone offers three oscillators, two subs, three ring modulators, one multimode VCF and analog distortion, all based on discrete analog circuits followed by a high quality stereo digital delay and reverb. In addition to its synthesis capabilities, it can be used as a powerful audio processor to colorize an external input signal by analog filter, distortion and DFX.

The first performance demo is a cover of Kitaro’s Aqua, using four tracks of Xenophone monosynth, Effects used are the Xenophone’s onboard effects and the keyboards are used as keyboard controllers: Continue reading

The Analogue Solutions Nyborg 12 – A ‘No-Compromise’ Monosynth

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Analogue Solutions has introduced Nyborg-12 – a new ‘no-compromise’ analog monosynth.

Analogue Solutions notes:

Nyborg is a precision electronic musical instrument. No compromise has been made with the construction of Nyborg. Cheaper options in parts have not been used.

The Nyborg can be used independently, it can be mounted with optional wood end-cheeks or rack mounts, and can be combined with additional Nyborg’s to create a 2- or 4-voice synthesizer.  Continue reading

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