Futursonus has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of Parva – a new polyphonic analog synthesizer that combines an all-analog signal chain with the modern convenience of digital control.
The Parva can be configured as a monosynth all the way up to an 8-voice poly synth. Each synth voice offers three analog oscillators, dual multi-mode filters, four 4-stage envelopes, 4 LFOs, sample and hold and 40+ modulation destinations.
Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading
In this video, Keyboard magazine’s Stephen Fortner visits Dave Smith for an extended demo of the new all-discrete analog Sequential Prophet 6 synthesizer. Continue reading
Andreas Schneider shared this video, which captures synth designer Ken MacBeth discussing and demonstrating his new Elements synthesizer at Schneidersbuero. Continue reading
Tasty Chips Electronics has announced that their new Saw Bench Synthesizer is being made available via a Kickstarter project.
The Saw Bench Synthesizer is a highly portable and affordable monosynth, with a 100% analog signal path.
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Tasty Chips has introduced the Saw Bench Synthesizer – a portable and affordable monophonic synthesizer, with a 100% analog signal path
- Small and portable, yet ergonomic. Focus on hands-on controls with good grouping and spacing.
- A four-pole diode ladder VCF, with high resonance and even self-oscillation
- Separate ADSR envelopes for VCA and VCF
- LFO with 3 waveforms, plus a Sample & Hold, for VCF
- Frequency Modulation for deep growling bass sounds
- Manual controls such for Env and LFO enable, waveform selection, ADSR mode /
- LFO switching
- MIDI controls of all digital features (envelopes, VCF cutoff, LFO, etc)
- Sturdy metal casing.
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This video, via RetroSound, captures a head to head comparison of the new Korg ARP Odyssey (2015) vs a classic ARP Odyssey mkIII (1978) synthesizer.
Check out the comparison and let us know what you think of the two synths in the comments!
This video, via Abstrakt Instruments, takes a look inside the new Avalon Bassline synthesizer – a new synth that builds on the classic Roland TB-303 design. Continue reading
At the 2015 NAMM Show, Brian Castro of Abstrakt Instruments introduced the Avalon Bassline, a new Roland TB-303 clone with a twist.
The back of the Avalon Bassline has a cartridge slot, designed to let you swap out different filters, giving the synth different sonic personalities.
At the Show, Castro was demoing the Avalon Bassline in a booth shared with Social Entropy, who introduced the Engine x0x-style sequencer: Continue reading