At Musikmesse 2013, Korg today announced the Volca Bass – one of a trio of new Volca analog synthesizers with built-in sequencers.
Following in the footsteps of the Korg Monotron, Monotribe, and the MS-20 Mini synth, these true-analog instruments offer on-the-go sounds and grooves along with MIDI functionality. The series is comprised of three models: the Volca Keys lead synthesizer; the Volca Bass synthesizer; and the Volca Beats rhythm machine.
The Volca Bass is an analog bassline groove box that?s capable of generating a wide range of bass lines. Korg says that the Volca Bass analog sound engine has an ‘unmistakable presence, with subtle nuances that cannot be reproduced by a digital simulation, making it ideally-suited for acid house and many other styles of electronic music’. Continue reading
Here’s a look, via perfectcircuitaudio, at the vintage Oberheim OB-XA – a polyphonic analog synthesizer from the early 80′s.
The Oberheim OB-XA was available with 4, 6 and 8 voice polyphony, has 12 & 24db/octave low-pass filters and a massive analog sound.
If you’ve used the Oberheim OB-XA, let us know what you think of it!
This demo video, via perfectcircuitaudio, takes a look at the Oberheim FVS-1 Four Voice – a vintage analog synthesizer from the mid-seventies.
The Oberheim Four Voice features four of Oberheims SEM modules. These are basically independent synthesizers that can be programmed separately. This makes it more powerful than many four voice synths – but that power comes with the overhead of some extra knob-tweaking.
If you’ve used the Oberheim Four Voice, let us know what you think of it!
Hard Mod released this extended demo video for their Duo Portable Modular Synthesizer.
The Duo_ is a modular synth with portable case, compact design and pure analogue sound. It features two VCO’s, two VCF’s and 80-patchbay jacks. Continue reading
Here’s a quick demo of the Therevox ET-4 analog ribbon synthesizer.
Inspired by the Ondes Martenot’s au ruban controller, the ET-4 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 iconic Stylophone pocket keyboard, played by everyone from David Bowie to Kraftwerk to Orbital to Gotye, is getting the ‘pro’ treatment.
Dubreq Ltd is introducing the Stylophone S2 - a ‘fully spec?d’ analogue synthesizer, designed and built in the UK.
While the original Stylophone is a fun instrument, the Stylophone S2 offers much more sophisticated features, including dual analog oscillators, a state-variable filter, a flexible LFO and even control voltage inputs.
Here are the details: