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).
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.
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:
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.
The Minibrute is available now for $549/£429.
If you’ve tried the Arturia Minibrute, let us know what you think of it!
Need an idea for a track?
Try limiting yourself to one piece of gear – and giving it a workout.
Here’s a trance track built completely on a Korg Electribe EMX-1.
“It’s been five years since I posted my first YouTube video – a trance song composed entirely on the Electribe MX,” writes chisel316. “I thought it would be cool to set the EMX back up and compose a new song.”
The result may not be compelling video, but it shows off the capabilities of the Korg EMX – and it shows what you can do when you take one piece of gear and give it a workout.
Tek?it Audio has released Genobazz 2, free monophonic bass synth VST for Windows:
Use the new waveforms and filter it through one of the five new filters. Give life to your sound using the new Multi-segment Envelop Generators or the velocity amount controllers available on each knobs and create bass drum or wobble sound easily.