New Module Bridges Android & Analog Synthesizers

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Pmfoundations has introduced Midi-Seq-8, a Eurorack Android to analog synth interface; and a companion Android app, MIDI Sequencer.

The Interface is sold as a full kit, consisting of a set of 2 high quality PCBs, front panel, all basic and precision components and a pre-programmed PIC processor.

The developer says that “The Midi-Seq-8 delivers the convenience of a smartphone or tablet-driven sequencer that directly controls your analog monophonic synthesizer from your Android device.” Continue reading

Alesis Andromeda Analog Synthesizer – An ‘Onslaught Of Non-Stop Sensory Bombardment’

This video, via gstormelectro, offers an audio demo of the Alesis Andromeda analog synthesizer. Or as they call it, ‘an onslaught of non-stop analog sensory bombardment.’

The Andromeda is a 16-voice analog keyboard from the turn of the millennium that combines deep analog features with knobby tweakability. Continue reading

Tiracon 6V Analog Synthesizer (1987)

The demo video, via RetroSound, demonstrates the rare Tiracon 6V analog synthesizer from the year 1987.

RetroSound’s Marko Ettlich notes that the Tiracon 6V is a polyphonic synth keyboard that was made in GDR. “I saw this synthesizer first at the Leipziger autumn fair in 1987. It was the second synth made in GDR after the monophonic Vermona Synthesizer from 1982.” Continue reading

Korg Minilogue Custom Patches

This video, via synthesist Sally Sparks, documents her custom patches for the new Korg Minilogue analog synthesizerContinue reading

Korg Minilogue Synthesizer Review – The Affordable Polyphonic Analog Synth You’ve Been Waiting For

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For years, Synthtopia readers have been asking for an inexpensive polyphonic analog synth. And for years, Synthtopia readers have had to settle for two out of three.

There have been inexpensive analogs, like the Arturia microBrute. There have been inexpensive polysynths, like the Roland JD-Xi or the Novation Mininova. And there have been polyphonic analogs, like Dave Smith Instruments’ flagship instruments.

But the inexpensive polyphonic analog has been elusive.

korg-minologue-boxThat changed this week, with the official introduction of the Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer – a $500, fully-programmable four-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer, complete with a 16-step polyphonic note and motion sequencer, arpeggiator, and delay.

Can a $500 analog polysynth deliver the goods?

Read our Korg Minilogue synthesizer review to find out! Continue reading

Korg Intros Minilogue, A $500 Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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2016 NAMM Show: Korg today officially announced the minilogue – a new four-voice polyphonic analog synth.

The Korg minilogue is a fully programmable four-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer; complete with a 16-step polyphonic note and motion sequencer, arpeggiator, and delay.

It features an easy-to-understand signal flow, featuring two oscillators, noise, a filter with two options for filter slope, dual ADSR envelopes, a LFO and amplifier.  Continue reading

Moog Minimoog vs Polivoks Synthesizer – Forget The Cold War, It’s A Synth War!

Forget the Cold War, this video – via Marko Ettlich at Retrosound – pits the raw firepower of the US Moog Minimoog synthesizer against the military grade design of the Russian Polivoks synthesizer.

Yes – it’s a analog synth war…… Continue reading

15 Years Of MacBeth Synthesizers In Action

Synth designer Ken MacBeth is celebrating his 15th year of making synthesizers.

MacBeth – who’s always made a habit of ‘eating his own dog food’ – here explores the sonic range of two of his creations – his earliest synth, the MacBeth M3X, and his latest, the MacBeth Elements.  Continue reading