Moog Sub 37 1.10 Firmware Update Now Available

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Moog today released a major firmware update for the Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer.

The update adds a variety of step sequencing features, including step edit mode, skips, ratcheting and per-step mod sequencing; control voltage mapping that lets you control just about anything via the external CV inputs; and the option to add randomness to the oscillator tuning.

Here’s an unofficial demo of the new features in the firmware, via John Keston of AudioCookbook.org: Continue reading

WMD + SSF Monolith Eurorack Modular Keyboard Hands-On Demo

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Synth module makers WMD and SSF recently announced that their Eurorack modular synthesizer keyboard system, The Monolith, is now shipping.

The developers are positioning the Monolith synth as a pro level monosynth that also serves as a bridge for newer users to learn modular synthesis.

In this video demo, cuckoo tries out the Monolith, exploring the modular keyboard with some FM patches: Continue reading

Elka Synthex Now Available To Pre-Order

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Generalmusic has announced that the reissued Elka Synthex is now available to pre-order, for backers of their IndieGoGo campaign.

Originally produced from 1981 to 1985, only a small number of the Elka Synthex synthesizer were ever made. The 8-voice analog synth has been used prominently by Jean Michel Jarre, Duran Duran, Stevie Wonder and others.

Here is the official intro video: Continue reading

Roland Unleashes JD-Xa Analog + Digital Crossover Synthesizer

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At Musikmesse 2015, Roland today introduced the JD-XA – a unique crossover synth that they say brings together analog warmth and digital versatility in one no-compromise instrument.

First, there’s a four-part, all-analog ‘monster’, with true analog filters and a direct dry output.

Next up is a four-part digital engine, powered by Roland’s SuperNATURAL synth technology, plus an impressive selection of potent effects

The JD-XA’s engines can be used independently or interactively, providing an incredibly flexible platform for sound design, studio work, and live performance. Use the analog and digital parts side by side, stack them up for total sonic devastation, or shape digital waveforms via the analog filters.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading