Here’s What The $5,200 Modal Electronics Modulus 002 Synth Sounds Like

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This pair of videos, via Perfect Circuit Audio, demonstrates the factory patches of the new Modal Electronics Modulus 002.

Modal describes the Modulus 002 as ‘the first analogue/digital hybrid polysynth to have been designed, developed, and manufactured in the UK for four decades’. Continue reading

The 10 Most Interesting Synth Introductions Of 2015

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2015 has been an amazing year for synth introductions – with major new synth lines from Roland, Yamaha and Korg; new modular synths, both big and small, from Moog and others; a new Prophet from Dave Smith Instruments; innovative new synths from smaller companies and hundreds of new synth modules.

Here are the 10 most interesting synth introductions of 2015, ranked according to what new synths the most Synthtopia readers chose to read about this year.

Check out the list – and then let us know what you think of the synths introduced in 2015!

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Nord Electro 5 OS Updated

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Nord has released a new version of the Nord Sound Manager, adding support for editing and organizing Set Lists. The new Electro 5 OS v1.28, adds support for the new feature and fixes several bugs.

Check out the video below for a quick overview of the new Set List mode in the new Nord Sound Manager: Continue reading

Prophet 12 OS Update To Bring Linear FM Synthesis

dave-smith-john-chowning-prophet-12-fm-synthesisDave Smith Instruments shared this image, capturing Dave Smith talking with John Chowning, creator of the FM synthesis algorithm. FM synthesis revolutionized keyboards in the 80s, as a result of Yamaha’s implementation in its DX line of synths. Continue reading