Arturia MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer Brings Back Matrix Synth Patching

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Music software and hardware developer Arturia has introduced its MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer at the 2016 NAMM Show.

The MatrixBrute is a programmable monophonic / duophonic analog synthesizer, outfitted with three ‘Brute’ oscillators, Steiner-Parker and ladder filters, three envelope generators, analogue effects and a matrix-style modulation matrix. Continue reading

The Best New Desktop Software Synths Of 2015

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best-of-2015-desktop-software-synthsBest of 2015: We asked and you voted, choosing Spectrasonics Omnisphere – by a wide margin – as the Best New Desktop Software Synth Of 2015.

Omnisphere was already an extremely powerful synth. But with Omnisphere 2, Spectrasonics amps up everything, bringing new synthesis capabilities, an improved interface, a better arpeggiator, 25 new effects and a massive 10,000+ presets.

The long-awaited Native Instruments Reaktor 6 took the second place in our reader poll, followed by Arturia’s V Collection Classics.

Here’s the full list – check it out and let us know what you think of software synths in 2015! Continue reading

BeatStep Pro Updated With ‘Wait To Load Pattern’, Pattern Chaining & More

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Arturia has released a free update to the BeatStep Pro that adds user-requested features, making it, according to the company, ‘more powerful than ever’:

  • The sequencer has been enhanced with quantized pattern launch and pattern chains;
  • Parameters can now be edited for all steps at once; and
  • An improved song position algorithm keeps BeatStep Pro synchronized at all times.

Here’s what’s new in BeatStep Pro firmware version 1.3: Continue reading