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.

Arturia MiniBrute Synthesizer Review

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The new Arturia Minibrute synthesizer is the subject of this video review, via sonicstate. Nick gives the Minibrute the full workout and calls it ‘a winner’.

For more info, see Marc Doty’s video intro to the Minibrute synthesizer and details at the Arturia site.

The Minibrute is available now for $549/£429.

If you’ve tried the Arturia Minibrute, let us know what you think of it!

Giving It A Workout: Trance On The Korg Electribe EMX

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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.”

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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.

Free Bass Synthesizer Plugin For Windows – Genobazz 2

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.

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