Open Mic: Did ‘Synther Claus’ Pay You A Visit?

Open Mic: For the holidays, our wish is that you have family, health and peace.

And, yes, since it’s Synthtopia, maybe some wicked gear under the tree, that new app that you’ve been wanting or some great new electronic music….

So, let us know if ‘Santa’ was good to you this year! Continue reading

Free Ableton Live Pack – Christmas Bells


AfroDJMac sends his holiday wishes – and has a special Christmas-themed free download for Ableton Live for you:

The Christmas Bells Instrument is the 114th Free Ableton Live Pack I’ve released. It is made up of samples of church bells, as well as a Yamaha DX7 bells preset.

You can mix between the two layers of sound and sculpt them with effects and filters to fit your Holiday Music Making Needs.

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A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

switched-on-santaVia WNYC, comes A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas:

David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers.

You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it’s full of genuine joy and warmth. Hear highlights from albums released in the late ’60s and early ’70s, including Douglas Leedy’s “A Very Merry Electric Christmas to You,” The Moog Machine’s “Christmas Becomes Electric,” and Sy Mann’s “Switched on Santa.”

And as a bonus, a Christmas visit with The Beatles!

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