Peter Dyer (keyboardist for Aloe Blacc and Avicii) stopped by the Strymon shop and recorded several BigSky Reverberator / synth audio demos. He brought along some very cool synths, ranging from a Prophet 12 to the inexpensive Korg Volca Keys to the rare Therevox ET 4.3.
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Jack Conte’s song Pedals is an ode to effects. That’s pretty cool – but his hexapod robot that plays the Novation LaunchPad is even cooler.
Hexapod Built and Programmed by Matt Bunting. Animatronic Head Built and Programmed by Kevin Felstead.
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In the latest Electro-Harmonix Effectology episode, effects guru Bill Ruppert takes a look at creating ‘spooky’ sound effects for Halloween using pedals.
While Ruppert’s series is aimed at guitarists, his approach to pedals is to basically use them like a modular synthesizer.
BOSS today announced the RC-300 Loop Station, the company’s new flagship real-time phrase loopers.
- Three stereo tracks with dedicated footswitches and controls for each
- Dedicated fader per track
- Expression pedal for effects control in real time
- Up to three hours of internal recording and 99 onboard memories
- 16 onboard effects optimized for looping
- XLR Microphone input with phantom power
- USB storage; import/export WAV files
Here’s an overview and demo of the new iPB-10 Programmable Pedalboard ? the first iPad pedal board.
Guitar effect guru Bill Ruppert sent word of a new video in his excellent Effectology series, Paranormal Guitar Effects:
I am writing to tell you of a new Effectology video I thought your viewers would enjoy watching.
This is the video series I do for Electro-Harmonix on how to produce “impossible” sounds using just a regular guitar and EHX effect foot pedals.
In this fun episode I explore guitar effects in the amazing world of the unknown!
Alien Bells, Poltergeist Strings, Theremin, X-Files and more.
While this may, on first glance, seem a bit off-topic for Synthtopia, Ruppert approaches effects pedals in way very similar to creating patches on modular synthesizers.
You can details on his patches at the Electro Harmonix forum.
Vermona has announced that, as of now, the new VSR-3 vintage spring reverb and Filter Lancet analog desktop multimode filter are available.
- The VSR-3 vintage spring reverb is ?straightforward and solid? and adds the spring reverb sound to any input signal you feed it with.
- The Retroverb Lancet is smaller than its predecessor, but it offers improvements, like the multimode filter, the overdrive, the versatile LFO and the envelope follower.
You can find info, downloads and sound demos at the VERMONA homepage. Authorized Vermona dealer list here.
Moog Music has introduced a new member of their Moogerfooger family – the MF-108M Cluster Flux.
The Moogerfooger Cluster Flux is an analog BBD-based chorus flanger w/ Tap Tempo modulation and extensive MIDI control. And, for synth freaks, the Cluster Flux is CV controllable, too.
The MF-108M Cluster Flux is more powerful than traditional chorus/flange effects, offering the added modulation of multiple LFO waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Square, Saw, Ramp and Random, to allow for many kinds of new modulated BBD Delay effects. MIDI IN allows control of Delay Time, Range, Feedback, Output Level, LFO Waveform, LFO Rate, LFO Amount and Mix.
Availability and pricing: The Cluster Flux FM-108M will be available at Moog Dealers worldwide in Q3 2011 for US $599.00