Roland Aira System-1 Review – “I’m Absolutely Blown Away”

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Producer Francis Preve has published his take on the new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer in the latest issue of Keyboard magazine.

Now that Roland has released several Plug-Out synths for the System-1, its vision for the platform is starting to come together.

While the System-1 one has generated a lot of hype, questions and skepticism, Preve says that he came away from his time with the new synth “absolutely blown away by what Roland has accomplished”. Continue reading

Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Analog Synthesizer Now Available

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Arturia announced today that the MicroBrute SE Limited Edition analog synthesizer – a new production run of the MicroBrute SE in three new colors – is now available.

The MicroBrute SE expands the sonic possibilities of the original MicroBrute SE thanks to the addition of stackable jack cables. This lets you send a single signal to multiple destinations. The new versions also come with a gig bag.

Arturia has created three new variations of the MicroBrute SE, in White, Yellow and Blue: Continue reading

Arturia MicroBrute SE Limited Edition Analog Synthesizer

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Arturia has introduced three limited edition style variations on the MicroBrute SE analog synthesizer, in Blue, White and Orange.

The MicroBrute SE features a single VCO with three waveforms you can mix at will, three waveshapers, an overtone generator, a classic Steiner-Parker filter, and Arturia’s ‘Brute Factor’.

You also get a step sequencer and a Mod Matrix that let the MicroBrute SE connect with other analog devices and even modular synthesizers. The SE model includes messenger-style gig bag and 4 stackable jack cables. Continue reading

Realistic Moog MG-1 Synthesizer Mods

The Radio Shack Realistic Moog MG-1 Synthesizer is one of those synths that people love to hate and hate to love.

It’s a bizarre little synth, that combines elements of an electric organ and a stripped-down Moog synthesizer. And it’s got some horrific build issues. But it also features a Moog filter, great analog sound and was a great first synth for a lot of synthesists.  Continue reading

Roland System-1 Plug-out Synthesizer Overview

The new Roland Aira System-1 synthesizer puzzled a lot of synth fans when it was originally introduced, mainly because it introduced a new ‘Plug-Out’ technology that promised to let the System-1 have different sonic personalities.

Now that several ‘Plug-Out’ synths are available, it’s easier to appreciate the System-1 as a platform. In this video, Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher offers another look at the System-1 platform and shows how Rolland’s Plug-Out technology lets you use their soft synths as a hardware synth.  Continue reading

The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 – The Most Useful Synth Ever?

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Synthesist Chris Stack (Experimental Synth) shared with us his latest series of videos, which explore the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 synthesizer.

When Dave Smith introduced the Pro 2, he called it his “most powerful mono synth ever.”

Stack agrees. “The Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 is the most useful synth I’ve ever played,” he notes. “In addition to its great internal sounds, with four assignable CV Outputs (and four inputs!), it (much like the Moog Multi-Pedal) is able to lend new functionality to your older existing gear.”

Ultimately, how powerful or useful you rate a synth is subjective – it depends on your needs, budget and tastes. Stack explains and demonstrates why he thinks so highly of the Pro 2 below – check it out and let us know what you think!
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