New Bass Synth, CRUD, Offers ‘Earth Shattering Bass’

crud-bass-synthesizerDeveloper Alexander Smith has introduced CRUD – an ‘earth shattering’ bass synthesizer for iPad.

Features:

  • 6 expression knobs that have different effect depending on preset:
    • Cutoff
    • Resonance
    • Lfo Speed
    • Lfo Depth
    • Bit Crush
    • Attack
    • Release
  • Audiobus to ‘drop the horrors directly into your tunes’.
  • MIDI input

Here’s an unofficial video intro to ‘the horrors’ of CRUD: Continue reading

Bolsa Bass Synthesizer Explained WIth Freak-o-sonic Psychedelic Animation

Critter & Guitari released a new promo video for their Bolsa Bass synthesizer that explains its capabilities with freakosonic psychedelic animation.

The Critter & Guitari Bolsa Bass synthesizer features six modes of bass sound, a sequencer and full MIDI capabilities. Continue reading

Moog Minitaur Revolution 2 Review

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Moog Music recently introduced the Minitaur Revolution 2 – an updated version of their analog bass synthesizer module, with new firmware that introduces some significant new features.

The Minitaur Revolution 2 is a deep synth out of the box – delivering classic Taurus-style sounds. And it just gets deeper as you dig into it, offering interesting control voltage modulation options, extensive MIDI options and more.

What is the Moog Minitaur?

Here’s how Moog describes the Minitaur:

Minitaur is a powerful, compact Analog Bass Synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function design. It is the first instrument in the Taurus family that does not have foot pedals. At only 8.5″ x 5.25″ and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts legendary analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today’s performance and production environments.

Two key things to note:

  • It’s a bass synth in the Taurus family. Expect it to deliver the bass, not the soprano (It plays notes C5 and lower). And expect it to deliver the classic Moog bass synth sounds heard on so many recordings of the 70′s – not 80′s FM sounds or digital bass sounds.
  • It’s designed for modern production and performance environments. So it dispenses with pedals, which few keyboardists are used to playing, and assumes that you will control it via MIDI, computer or control voltages.

The Moog Minitaur retails for about $600. Does it deliver $600 of synth action? Let’s check it out……  Continue reading

Novation Bass Station II Updates Classic Analog Design

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Musikmesse 2013: This morning Novation announced the launch of Bass Station II - a new analogue bass synthesizer that they say is equally well adapted to leads.

Based on the classic Novation Bass Station from 20 years ago, the Bass Station II has been “completely re-worked for the 21st Century,” with two filters, two oscillators plus a sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully-analogue effects section.

Plus the Bass Station II boasts a step-sequencer, an arpeggiator, a two octave (25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard with full-sized keys and a powerful modulation section. There’s also MIDI I/O and USB connectivity.

And the street price is a cool $500. Schwing!

Want to know more? We’ve got the details: Continue reading