Modal Electronics’ Intros 008 8-voice Analog Monster Synth

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At Musikmesse 2015, Modal Electronics has introduced the Modal 008, an 8-voice, 16-VCO and 16-sub-oscillator analog monster synth, scheduled to be released Summer 2015.

The Modal 008 offers 100% analog VCOs, 16 multi-mode filters, two LFOs, fast envelopes, extensive modulation options and more. Continue reading

Nord Intros Stage 2 EX Keyboard

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Musikmesse 2015: Nord has introduced the Stage 2 EX – updating their Nord Stage 2 instrument line with 1 GB memory for the Nord Piano Library and a new ultra lightweight Hammer-Action Portable HP76 model.

The Stage 2 EX features 5 Grand Pianos, 7 Upright Pianos, 11 Electric Pianos, Clavinet, Harpsichords and a vastly improved Nord Sample Library selection, including brand new Strings, Choir and Folk instruments. Continue reading

Roland JD-Xi Preset Sequences Demo

On of the strengths of the new Roland JD-Xi Hybrid Analog + Digital Synthesizer is its 4-channel sequencing capability.

This video, via perfectcircuitaudio, demos and all of the JD-Xi presets. The 15 minute video is just an overview of the range demonstrated by Roland’s present sequencers – for an in-depth look at the JD-Xi, see Nick Batt’s Roland JD-Xi reviewContinue reading

Roland JD-Xi Crossover Synth Review

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The Roland JD-Xi synthesizer is a new 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.

Is it all that?  Continue reading