Should 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.
We’re not going to bite on the “greatest single-oscillator monosynth of all time, bar none” flame-bait, because Roland raises a more immediate question. Continue reading →
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.
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!