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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Korg Intros Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger Keyboard

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Korg has introduced  the newest keyboard in its Pa series of keyboard workstations, the Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger. 

The Pa3X Le has features tailored to arranging, sequencing and live peformance.

It offers a huge collection of onboard sounds, and provides 192MB of space for either your own samples, or add-on sound libraries The Pa3X Le also features a TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer, a dual MP3 player & recorder, a Dual Crossfade Sequencer, and more. You can the video output to display lyrics or score on an external monitor, making it perfect for karaoke or band leading.  Continue reading