The Farfisa Soundmaker

Here’s a loving look at the Farfisa Soundmaker – an analog string synthesizer and monophonic synth from 1979.

The string section has a classic 70’s string synth sound. The monophonic synth has presets for orchestral sounds like clarinet, flute & tuba, and you can also tweak your own sounds.

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DM1 iPad Drum Machine Gets Major Update (Sneak Preview)

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Fingerlab has announced a major update to its DM1 iPad drum machine:

DM1 now comes with 2 new super cool tools “The Randomizer” and “The Automation” for instant and fun beat making. Patterns are now also expandable to 32 Steps for extra creativity. We have added 24 new drum kits. As well as AudioCopy, WIST synchronisation between two iPads, MIDI In and more cool features. Yes, it is a big update!

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Gert Emmens’ Metamorphosis A Treat For Vintage Synth Fans

Gert Emmens Metamorphosis

Gert Emmens’ Metamorphosis is a lush album of synth music, featuring a collection of longer melodic electronic tracks that should appeal to fans of classic synth bands and vintage synths alike.

In making Metamorphosis, Emmens used old analog instruments only, without MIDI. Only CV/GATE was used, on the sequences.

Emmens explains:

During the summer of 2009 I had the old ARP sequencer of Ruud Heij on loan. Working with this sequencer gave so much inspiration, that I decided to stick to the oldies only on an album.

Emmens features a wide variety of vintage synths on the album, including Arp Pro Soloist, Arp Sequencer, Elektor Formant, Elka Solist chromatic version, Farfisa Syntorchestra, Hammond Auto Vari 64, Hillwood Super Variation, Korg 700S Minikorg, Korg Lambda, Moog Minimoog, Moog Opus 3, Moog Taurus MK1, Moog The Source, Philips Philicorda GM 751, Roland RS202, Siel Orchestra 2, Solina String-Ensemble, Vermona ER9 and Yamaha CS80.

Fans of old synths may find themselves playing “guess the vintage synth” in some places. Throughout the album, though, Emmens displays a great ear for creating enveloping, full analog synth orchestrations.

The sound palette on Metamorphosis of the album recall classic 70’s synth music, including loads of phased synth string pads and sequenced baselines with tempo-synced delays. But, while the sounds are familiar, Emmens makes them sound fresh, with extended tracks that take you on a “synth voyage”.

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Native Instruments Vintage Organs

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This video offers an introduction to Native Instruments’ Vintage Organs – a new virtual instrument collection.

Vintage Organs includes the sounds of the Hammond B-3, C-3 and M-3 models, the Vox Continental II and the Farfisa Compact, recorded from the original instruments. The Organ and Amp pages provide full control over sound through drawbars, percussion, chorus/vibrato, overdrive, rotary effect, envelopes, EQ and reverb.

Native Instruments Vintage Organs is available now for $119.

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