Polymer Lets You Turn Your Monosynths Into A ‘Giant Mutant Polysynth’

polymer-synthesizerParacosm has released Polymer – a ‘Polyphonic Voice Distributor’ for OS X that lets you use a group of monosynths as a polyphonic synthesizer.

Polymer lets you play your monophonic synths together polyphonically, as if they’re one giant mutant polysynth. You can also alternate notes between different synths in monophonic sequences, layer pads and leads to create songs without leaving the keyboard, or experiment with the outer limits of modular paraphony.

Because it works via MIDI, Polymer is compatible with almost any modern electronic instrument — modulars, samplers, polysynths, even virtual instruments through the OS X IAC Bus. Continue reading

Doepfer Dark Energy 2 Now Available

Doepfer has announced that the Dark Energy 2 – an update to its popular analog monosynth – is now available.

The Dark Energy II is a monophonic stand-alone synthesizer with USB and Midi interface. The sound generation and all modulation sources are 100% analog, only the USB/Midi interface contains digital components. Dark Energy is built into a rugged black metal case with wooden side plates. High quality potentiometers with metal shafts are used and each potentiometer – except the filter mode control – is fixed to the case (no wobbly shafts and knobs).

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Andy Meecham’s Monophonic Vol. 1 Is ‘A Synth Purists Dream’

Nang Records has released a full-length album by Andy Meecham (Emperor Machine) that showcases his love for vintage monophonic synthesizers.

On Monophonic Volume 1, each track has been crafted on a single classic synthesiser (and is named after it). The concept is designed to give each piece it’s own identity and sense of time and place.

Nang describes Monophonic Volume 1 as ‘synth purists dream’ – so if you like classic analog synths, you may want to check this out at the label site.

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The $29 BassBoy MIDI Bass Synthesizer

The MikroElektronika BassBoy is a $29 minimal monophonic digital MIDI controlled bass synthesizer.

It’s designed to be the heart of a DIY project, generating monophonic bass lines from MIDI input.

The BassBoy offers full MIDI control over filter pre-gain, filter cutoff, resonance, envelope modulation, decay, accent, gain and master volume.

Here’s an audio preview of BassBoy:

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Arturia MiniBrute Synthesizer Demonstration

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This video, via DV247TV, takes a look at the new Arturia MiniBrute analog synthesizer.

The MiniBrute features a multimode Steiner-Parker filter, VCO with waveform mixer, arpeggiatior, MIDI, CV, USB connectivity and a 100% analogue signal path. Arturia also introduces some new features such as the Metalizer and Brute Factor to further add some shape to your sound.