Mark Verbos, creator of the Verbos Electronics modular synthesizer system, is featured in the latest episode of the Art+Music+Technology podcast.
“Mark and I have a history that goes back to the days of working with Grant Richter (Wiard) in the basement of his Milwaukee home,” notes host Darwin Grosse. “We spend a little time getting caught up. I hope you enjoy it!”
You can listen to the interview via the embed below or at the A+M+T site: Continue reading
In this video, electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick explains his Buchla modular synthesizer setup. Continue reading
This is the official music video for Solvent’s King Vincent, from the I Dream Of Wires soundtrack. Continue reading
XILS-Lab has released XILS 3 Version 2.0 – an update to their advanced modular synthesizer that adds more modules, more presets, more resources, a revamped User Interface, improved ergonomics and workflow, enhanced features and more.
The XILS 3 V2.0 not only emulates the Synthi ( VCS 3 ) modular synthesizer, it also adds an emulation of the EMS 256 Analog Sequencer. Also added in v2:
- A SECOND Matrix, with 2 additional envelopes, one LFO, a detailed Sample and Hold module, and a Voltage processor
- Input modules: Gate, Transient, Envelope Follower and Pitch Tracker to transform the XILS 3 into an advanced Effect Processor
- Analog-style chorus with three modes, delay and phaser
- In the XILS 3, you can connect everything with everything, and you get more than 800 possible different connections per patch
Expert Sleepers has released the ESX-8MD MIDI/DINsync Expander - an expansion module for the ES-4, ES-40 or ES-5. The new module adds eight MIDI/DINsync outputs from one expansion header.
The ES-4/5 Controller software (part of Expert Sleepers Silent Way) allows the ESX-8MD outputs to be used for MIDI output (note – not just MIDI clock output, but as an actual MIDI port, capable of sending any MIDI messages). Since these outputs are driven from an audio connection, they have sample-accurate timing, which no USB MIDI interface can claim. Continue reading
The Make Noise Teleplexer is a telegraph style multiplexer (signal router) that applies the fast, physically immediate techniques of telegraphy to playing the modular synthesizer.
The user patches any number of control sources leaving the destination end of patch cables un-connected. Destinations are patched to the outputs of the Teleplexer. Touching the tip of any patch cable carrying a source signal to the surface of the Teleplexer creates a momentary connection. The user determines the destination(s) and polarity of signal by touching the patch cable to any one of the 14 metal plates.
Here’s what the developers have to say about the Teleplexer:
As the building blocks of synthesis are a by-product of communications technologies, why not look to telegraphy for inspiration? The speed and agility telegraph operators displayed relaying life-altering messages across the world was staggering toward some form of future musical genius.
This video, Intro to Eurorack Modular Synths, is a primer on what Eurorack is, how to get started and what some of the key elements are. Continue reading
Trogotronic has introduced the M679 Gran Fury Analog Tube Synth / Bypass Overdrive FX Caveman Module.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
Building upon the legacy of the m676 Fury, the M series 679 Gran Fury has 8 times the patches, 150% more oscillating power, 120% more cv inputs & adds a synth bypass mode to double as a filthy tube distortion unit, all up in your tightly packed rack, it ALL WITHIN the same 14hp as before with zero toll on your already overtaxed power supply.
Curiously akin to R. Lee Ermey switching on the kilowatt floods & screaming through an Orange Full-stack set to ’11′ first thing the morning after an all-night gin bender; i.e. relentless punishment applied to all head-holes within audio range.
The Gran Fury’s feature list picks up where the original Fury’s left off: Continue reading