2014 Summer NAMM Show: This video, via Sound On Sound magazine, captures a look at the new Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 Synthesizer. Dave Smith calls it his “most powerful mono synth ever.” Continue reading
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
In this video, Marc Doty takes a deep look at the classic Yamaha CS-50 synthesizer.
Released in 1976, the four-voice Yamaha CS-50 offers CS-family sounds, but not the power, price or pounds of its bigger siblings, the CS-60 & CS-80.
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a propulsive improvised synth jam, Ascension, by Alexander Robotnick and Ludus Pinsky, aka The Analog Session:
“Ascension” is the first of 4 video-clips resulting from a session held at Robotnick’s studio in April 2012. A couple of cuts were made to bring the original 20 minute session down to a 10 minute video. No adjustment to the music was made in post-production.
The parts played by Alexander Robotnick and Ludus Pinsky are totally improvised, with the exception of the central break and the theme of ascending notes that gives the title to the track. These two were previously agreed upon by the two musicians. The rhythmic part and the bass line were written on the sequencer in the modular synth operated by Ludus Pinsky. Some other sequencer lines derive from the main bass line.
The computer appearing in the video was used to record the performance on 24 tracks.
The video was shot by three standing cameras. The shots made by the mobile camera were mainly used to fill in the cuts.
“Ascension” is part of The Analog Session’s forth-coming album, scheduled for release in November 2012 by Hot Elephant Music.
Looking for a good excuse to visit New Jersey?
Look no further! New Jersey is apparently the home of the synth motherlode, shown above.
This collection is found at keyboard specialty store Three Wave Music, located in Hawthorne, NJ. Three Wave Music has roughly one bajillion keyboards in their storeroom, at least based on a sampling estimate from the photo above.
They’ve got Moog, Oberheim, Sequential, ARP, EML, EMS, Yamaha, Roland, Korg, AKAI, Alesis, M-Audio, Nord, Waldorf, Access, Novation, Farfisa, Vox, Rheem, Hammond, Rhodes, Wuritzer, Hohner, Dave Smith Instruments, Tom Oberheim, JoMox and more.
We can’t say that they’ve got one of everything – because it looks like they’ve got several of some.
Musikmesse 2011: Yamaha has introduced two new synths, described as offering “heavyweight professional performance with lightweight price tag” - the Yamaha MOX 6 and MOX 8 music production synthesizers.
In other words – the Motif XS Sound Engine on a budget.
Here’s the official intro video for the Yamaha MOX synthesizers: