The Modal 001 Synth ‘Sounds Quite Huge & Immense At The Bottom End’


Modal Electronics stopped by the Sonic Lab to talk with host Nick Batt about their new Modal 001 synthesizer.

In the video, Paul Maddox and Luc Mucci give Batt an overview of the new British synth. The synth is ‘proper duophonic’, featuring two of the voices of the Modal 002. 

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The Analogue Solutions Nyborg 12 – A ‘No-Compromise’ Monosynth


Analogue Solutions has introduced Nyborg-12 – a new ‘no-compromise’ analog monosynth.

Analogue Solutions notes:

Nyborg is a precision electronic musical instrument. No compromise has been made with the construction of Nyborg. Cheaper options in parts have not been used.

The Nyborg can be used independently, it can be mounted with optional wood end-cheeks or rack mounts, and can be combined with additional Nyborg’s to create a 2- or 4-voice synthesizer.  Continue reading

Moog Sub 37 Tribute Edition Preview

This video, via Nova Musik, takes a look at the new Moog Sub 37 paraphonic analog synthesizer.

The Moog Sub 37 Tribute Edition is a limited edition paraphonic analog synthesizer built on the award winning Sub Phatty sound engine. Its panel features 40 knobs, 74 switches, and has a dedicated LCD display, placing each critical sound creation element and live performance tool quickly at your command. Continue reading

Should Roland Bring Back The TB-303 Bassline Synth?

tb-303Should Roland bring back the TB-303 Computer Controlled Transistorized Bass synthesizer?

That’s the question raised by a post today at the Roland site. Roland’s Oz Owen writes:

It’s hard to make a definitive statement these days without kicking off an almighty flame war, but we’re going to make one anyway: the TB-303 is the greatest single-oscillator monosynth of all time, bar none. There, we said it. And you know what? We’re right. Argue all you want. Go on, see where it gets you!

What other monosynth, and single oscillator monosynth at that, has carved such a prominent niche for itself throughout the contemporary landscape of electronic music? What other synth could claim to have such a unique and distinctive feel, capable of creating sound like no other? No one could argue that the electronic music scene would be markedly different today without that little silver box.

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Anushri Synthesizer Combines Analog + Digital Sound + Lo-Fi Drum Machine + Eurorack + Open

Mutable Instruments has introduced Anushri – a new DIY monosynth that they say is ‘like no other’.

In addition to its analog VCO/VCF/VCA and digital modulation sources, it includes a fun and immediate note sequencer with step-by-step recording, and a gritty 8-bit drum machine with a ‘truly original’ control interface.

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The TRAX RetroWave MIDI-Controlled Analogue Synthesizer

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The TRAX RetroWave is an analog desktop monosynth, designed for musicians ‘who want the warmth and raw power of classic analogue sound, created by a real analogue instrument, as opposed to a digital system or computer emulation’.


  • True analogue oscillators, filter, sample and hold, noise generator, VCA and signal path
  • Log VCO with square, ramp, triangle and sine outputs, and PWM control of square wave
  • 24dB/octave, 4-pole lowpass filter with oscillator function, log response
  • Two triangle and square Low Frequency Oscillators with waveshape controls
  • Built-in MIDI to CV unit, with 5V gate and velocity output, 1V/octave CV response
  • Built-in overdrive circuit for epic distortion effects
  • No menus, no software, just switch on and play
  • Supplied with 1/4″ patch and output jack leads

The TRAX RetroWave is a boutique synth and is available in limited quantities, via eBay, priced at GBP 325.00 (Approx. US $525).

If you’ve used the TRAX RetroWave – leave a comment with your thoughts on it!

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Synthophone Turns Your iPhone, iPad Into A Virtual Stylophone

Developer Beats ‘n’ Bobs has released Synthophone, a virtual Stylophone for iOS.

According to the developer, Synthophone “pays homage to the original Stylophone but with more modulation options.”


  • Three different waveforms such as sawtooth, square and triangle wave.
  • Control the vibrato (pitch modulation) speed and depth.
  • Transpose up each note to the next octave. (Handy for playing in another key)
  • Adjust the amplitude envelope attack and release.
  • Plus a a bonus bender (-/+5 semitone)

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