Roland Returns To Analog With JD-Xi Synthesizer

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Roland announced its return to analog synthesizers with the debut of the JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer.

The Roland JD-Xi is mini-synth that offers an analog monosynth, dual digital synths, 808-style drum sequencing and a digital effects section.

According to the company, the JD-Xi gives musicians the best of both worlds: the warm, smooth response of classic analog, and the clarity and versatility of modern digital.

The JD-Xi is the first in a planned line of hybrid analog synths. A full-size flagship hybrid analog & digital synth, the JD-Xa is also being previewed at the show.

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Korg Kronos Debuts At NAMM 2015

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Korg has debuted the new Kronos, the most powerful version of its flagship synthesizer to date, at the 2015 NAMM Show.

“The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Truly, the most powerful synthesizer on the planet just got more powerful” James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products. Continue reading

Modulus Morphs Into Modal Electronics

modulus-synthesizer-angle2015 NAMM Show: Modulus, developer of the Modulus 002 synthesizer, will be introducing the synthesizer at NAMM under a new company name, Modal Electronics.

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Though the Modulus trading name dates back to when current company co-founder and director Paul Maddox made his much-admired MonoWave synthesiser in 1999, by becoming aware of the reemergence from bankruptcy of a non-related MI industry company also known as Modulus, Maddox and his fellow directors decided to create a unique brand by also using The NAMM Show 2015 as the perfect platform to announce that it will be now known as Modal Electronics going forward.

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Nord Electro 5 Series Offers Expanded Memory, Splits, Layers & More

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Nord Keyboards is introducing the new Nord Electro 5 Series at the 2015 NAMM Show.

The company describes the Nord Electro 5 as ‘a highly refined, focused yet flexible stage keyboard.’ The new model offers greatly expanded memory, the added ability to split and layer and a live focused program section. Continue reading

‘Huge’ Moog News Coming Monday

humbucker-music-club-huge-moog-newsIt looks like Moog Music will be making a major introduction on Monday, ahead to the 2015 NAMM Show.

Humbucker Music’s Moog Club sent this teaser, promising ‘huge news’, and ‘some of the biggest news in Moog history’ on January 19th.

2014 was a big year for new Moog synth introductions. Moog released the physically huge Emerson Moog Modular, but also the knobtacular Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer, the tiny Moog Werkstatt synth modulae and the Theremini theremin synthesizer.  Continue reading