Behringer Teases $500 ARP Odyssey Clone


Behringer has an interesting holiday gift for Korg this year.

Last February, Korg announced that it was going to recreate the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer by releasing a Korg ARP Odyssey. In the same announcement, Korg also said that ARP co-founder David Friend was joining Korg as their chief advisor on the new Odyssey.

Today, Behringer announced that they might be making their own ARP Odyssey recreation – and pricing it at $500. Continue reading

Elektron Analog Keys Four-Voice Synthesizer


Elektron is teasing a new analog keyboard at its site – the Analog Keys.

It’s being unveiled today in Berlin, with full specifications and details to come on November 26. From the design, though, it’s clear that the Analog Keys shares some genes with the Elektron Analog Four. Continue reading

Nord Lead 4 Debuts At Musikmesse


Musikmesse 2013: Nord today introduced the Nord Lead 4 – a 4-part multi-timbral synthesizer sporting a brand new 2-oscillator virtual analog sound engine with 2x oversampling

In addition to classic analog waveforms, there’s a Wavetable mode with new Formant Wavetables. Frequency Modulation and Hard/Soft sync options are available for mutilating your sound further and the True Voice Unison mode can stack up to four oscillators per voice for really thick, beefy leads and pads.

The filter section boasts Low Pass (12/24dB), High Pass, and Band Pass filters and also new simulations of two transistor and diode ladder filters capturing the squeaky, dirty character of the originals. A dedicated filter overdrive can distort your sound before it passes through the effect section.

The new Variation buttons let you override almost any parameter of the synthesizer, instantaneously. With 7 assignable variations per program, Nord Lead 4 gives you  freedom to warp and improvise your sound live, both rhythmically and sonically. And, thanks to the Master Clock Synchronization, it can be done in sync to other layers or an external MIDI Clock.

All 4 slots have dedicated effect sections with delay, reverb, tube amp simulated overdrive, a Talk effect modeled after a vocal tract and a sample rate reducing Crush effect. Continue reading