Roland JD-Xi Synthesizer Private Demo

2015 NAMM Show: This video captures a private room demo of the new Roland JD-Xi synthesizer by Roland’s Scott Tibbs.

The demo was filmed off the NAMM Show floor, with direct audio, so it offers a better preview of the audio possibilities of the JD-Xi than most other videos. Continue reading

First iOS Synthesizer, miniSynth, Updated

minisynthBack in 2008 when the App Store was very young, Yonac released miniSynth, the very first iOS synthesizer.

Now Yonac has updated the soft synth, releasing miniSynth 2. It’s been updated with Audiobus output, audio copy/paste, SoundCloud support and MIDI In port for playing miniSynth with an external controller or a virtual-MIDI app.

Better yet – it’s a free download! Continue reading

Magellan for iPad – Working With Dual Synths

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Here’s a quick intro to Yonac Software’s new software synth, Magellan for iPad.

The video explores one of the more unique features of Magellan – the twin independent polyphonic synth engines. It covers: loading presets, foregrounding a synth, adjusting parameters, synth coupling, and other advanced settings.

Magellan is available now in the App Store for $4.99.

If you’ve tried out Magellan – let us know what you think of it!

The Korg Monotron, Monotron Duo & Monotron Delay Compared

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Korg has released this video that features product manager James Sajeva taking a look at the Monotron line:

  • The original Korg Monotron;
  • Monotron Duo; &
  • Monotron Delay.

The minisynths in the Monotron line share the fact that they are portable and self-contained, offering a keyboard, controls, speaker and battery power.

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More Teenage Engineering OP-1 Action

Here’s a little more Teenage Engineering OP-1 action from NAMM, via Richard Devine.

The OP-1 didn’t quite make our best of NAMM list, mainly because the expected $700 price tag puts it into the price range of instruments that offer more serious traditional playability. The OP-1 was still one of the highlights of the show, though.

Teenage Engineering is trying to get their costs down, though. If they’re successful, this could be wildly popular.

The Tic Tac Synthesizer – Tiny Synth Fits Into A Tic Tac Box

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This is a demo of the tiny Tic Tac Synthesizer:

You can vary the tune tempo and switch between a pentatonic and blues scale as well as producing a variety of percussion sounds.

Load up a different program and it will compose its own percussion rhythms (Tic Tac Beat Box) or play with half a dozen different musical scales (Tic Tac Scales).

Another cool feature is no power switch – It will hibernate when it’s not being used.

This is a DIY project – see Instructables for details.

via AndyGadget, Make