Roland SBX-1 Sync Box Lets You Connect All Your Gear Together & Swing It

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Roland has officially introduced the SBX-1 Sync Box, a utility module that’s the lingua franca of electronic music gear – letting all your gear work together, whether its DIN, MIDI or control voltage gear, vintage or new, and hardware or software.

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Synth Supergroup Node Returns With Node 2 (DiN44)

node-2Synth supergroup Node has a new album on the way – their first new release since 1995.

The group features four music industry veterans that have taken time out from their ‘day jobs’ to indulge their passion for everything analog:

  • producer and sonic legend Flood;
  • producer and composer Ed Buller;
  • composer & professor of music Dave Bessell; and
  • Hollywood composer Mel Wesson, who has most recently provided soundscapes for Hans Zimmer’s run of blockbuster films.

Node 2 is the culmination of two recording sessions that took place over the last year and a half at Battery Studios in London. Here’s a photo of one of the rigs used:

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Free DiN30 iNDEX03 Album Download Through The End Of 2012

Free Music Friday: The DiN30 iNDEX03 sampler album is available as a free download from the DiN Bandcamp store until the end of December 2012.

DiN30 is the third DiN sampler album and has 18 tracks from releases DiN21 – 29, featuring the artists Robert Rich, Ian Boddy, ARC, Tetsu Inoue, Radio Massacre International, Surface 10, Parallel Worlds, Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock & Bernhard Wostheinrich.

You can preview the album below:

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New Compilation Album Features DiN Synth Artists

Synthesist Bakis Sirros, aka Parallel Worlds, sent word of a new DiN label compliation album, iNDEX04, that features the work of Ian Boddy, Parallel Worlds, Markus Reuter, Erik Wøllo, Bernhard Wöstheinrich, ARC & Mazmoneth.

Label boss Ian Boddy has mixed and cross-faded the 18 tracks into a continuous ambient mix, designed to not only showcase the artists’ albums, but to present an exciting and varied CD in it’s own right.

The music ranges from ‘deep analogue synth grooves through vibrantly melodic instrumentals to powerful, epic ambient atmospheres’.

You can preview iNDEX04 below.

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Serge Modular Synthesizer With iPad Control

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Sound designer and synthesist Ian Boddy experiments with iPad control of a Serge modular synthesizer.

The combination of open-ended multi-touch controllers with modular synthesizers is just beginning to take off, but I think it promises to revolutionize the world of modular synths. Only a small part of what you pay for in a modular synth is for the electronics. The bulk of the cost goes for knobs, switches, jacks, panels, design costs, overhead & shipping.

By rethinking modular synths with wireless touchscreen control in mind, you could have a relatively inexpensive modular synth that uses knobs as needed for tactile control, but is logically patched via a wireless touchscreen controller. Functions that are done effectively in software, like sequencing, could move to the touchscreen controller. This could combine the hands-on benefits of modular synthesis with things like patch recall.

What do you think of the combination of multi-touch tablets with modular synths?

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Free Music Friday: Music From Ian Boddy, Robert Rich, Markus Reuter & Others

Free Music Friday: This is the second DiN sampler disc and features a continuous mix of music by Ian Boddy, Robert Rich, Markus Reuter and others, compiled by DiN boss Ian Boddy. The compilation includes 2 cuts from each of the 9 titles spanning DiN 11 – 19.

It’s a free download, or you can get the CD for $5.00 at the DIN Records Bandcamp site.

via Bakis Sirros