Behringer Plans Entire Line Of Vintage-Inspired Polyphonic Analog Synths

roland-jupiter-8Behringer recently started testing the water to gauge interest in a new line of synths.

So we asked Synthtopia readers what they’d want to see in a Behringer synthesizer, and over 2,500 people weighed in.

Now, Peter Grandl of German language synth site Amazona.de shared an interview with Behringer founder Uli Behringer, and it sounds like the company is planning an entire line of vintage-inspired analog polyphonic synths.  Continue reading

Nord Releases Mellotron Master Tapes Sample Library

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Nord has released the Mellotron Master Tapes sample library for Nord Electro 4, Nord Stage 2, Nord Piano 2, Nord Electro 3 and Nord Wave.

The Master Tapes collection offers high-fidelity versions of the classic Mellotron sounds. It also features previously unreleased Mellotron sounds and rare custom sounds, made for Yes, Roxy Music, ‘BSabbath’, Tangerine Dream and others.

It also includes the Rhythms and Fills from the Mellotron MK I and MK II. Continue reading

Modulus 002 12 Voice Synthesizer (Progress Update)

This video, via Nick Batt of Sonic State, offers an update on the new high-end hybrid synthesizer from UK-based Modulus Music, the Modulus 002.

The video features designer Paul Maddox, who demonstrates updating the Modulus 002, and Ben Crossland, who’s programmed the new soundset.  Continue reading

V-Accordion Update Offers Extended Looper Functionality, Updated Orchestral Options

Roland-FR-8x-V2-v-accordionRoland has announced a major system update for the FR-8x, the flagship of their V-Accordion lineup.

FR-8x Version 2.0 software adds new drum and orchestral parameters, increased control of audio files, extended looper functionality, updated Orchestra Chord voicing capabilities and more.

The V-Accordion line is an electronic instrument that brings combines features familiar to keyboardists, like MIDI support, synth capabilities, orchestral sound libraries and microtuning support, with traditional accordion control.

Here’s what’s new in FR-8x V-Accordion Version 2.0: Continue reading

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