The Best Of The 2014 NAMM Show


The 2014 NAMM Show was another great year for the event – the weather was fantastic, there were tons of new synths and interesting gear introduced and we got to see a lot of people passionate about synths and electronic music.

Here’s our pick of the best new gear that was either introduced at the show this year or that made its NAMM debut this year: Continue reading

New Analog Synths At The 2014 NAMM Show


At the 2014 NAMM Show, there were more new analog synths than we have ever seen at the show. There were new analogs from companies like Korg, Moog and Elektron; there were a lot of interesting new synths from smaller companies; and there were several all-in-one Eurorack synth modules.

murmuxp2Here’s a roundup of the full-fledged analog synthesizers introduced at the 2014 NAMM Show: Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Intros Three New All-In-One Modular Synths

At the 2014 NAMM ShowRichard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers introduced three new all-in-one modular synthesizer systems.

The System 10 synthesizer, above, is housed in Pittsburgh Modular’s Cell [48] Case and includes the new Synthesizer Box module, along with Mix Mult, MIDI2 and Outs utility modules. The Synthesizer Box module incorporates Pittsburgh’s new Waveforms oscillator and Lopass Gate.

The System 10 synthesizer has a street price of about $600. Continue reading

2014 NAMM Show Preview: Pittsburgh Modular + Studio Electronics Team Up On High-End Euro Modular Synthesizers

pghsePittsburgh Modular Synthesizers has announced a collaboration with Studio Electronics:

Together we are designing and manufacturing a new line of high-end Eurorack format modular synthesizers. The new product line will build off of the time-tested designs of Studio Electronics, manufacturers of Premium Quality Analog Synths and Class-A Audio gear since 1985.

We will be giving a sneak preview of the new line at NAMM later this month with pictures, sound, and video to follow.

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New Cell[90] Foundation Desktop Synthesizer From Pittsburgh Modular

pittsburgh-modular-synthesizer2013 NAMM ShowPIttsburgh Modular has announced the Cell[90] Foundation Desktop Synthesizer - a new modular syntht that they call their ‘flagship product’.

PM’s Foundaton 2.0 has been transplanted from the road case to a sleek Pittsburgh Modular Cell[90] desktop case, allowing the Foundation to feel more at home in the studio. A Toolbox module has also been added to the Cell[90] Foundation Desktop as standard equipment. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Modular Cell[48] Modular Synthesizer System (NAMM Preview)

pittsburgh-modular-synthesizer-cell-48Pittsburgh Modular has announced a new modular synthesizer line, in conjunction with the 2013 NAMM Show, the Cell[48] Modular Synthesizer System.

The Cell[48] Modular Synthesizer System is an expandable, Eurorack, small format modular broken into three separate systems:

  • The Cell[48] System 1 is a complete single voice, analog synthesizer and a great entry point into modular synthesis.
  • The Cell [48] System 2 is ‘a signal manipulation powerhouse’. A modular multi-effects processor packed with all the tools needed to sculpt audio and twist control voltage signals.
  • The Cell [48] System 3 is an experimental analog modular synthesizer, ‘perfect for generating evolving textures and complex soundscapes’.

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Pittsburgh Modular Intros Bender Dual LFO

bender-modulePittsburgh Modular has introduced Bender – a dual voltage controlled low frequency oscillator, built around two triangle core, wide range, low frequency waveform generators.

A low frequency cousin to PM’s Generator, this multipurpose signal generator can provide the basis of a wide range of complex modulations ideal for amplitude, frequency and timbral modulation.

The Bender module is split into two separate voltage controlled LFOs. Each LFO is controlled by a separate rate konb, range switch, control voltage input attenuator, and variable waveshape knob.

The two LFOs of the Bender module are wired together internally for frequency cross modulation. The Variable Waveform output of each LFO is wired to the Rate CV input of the other. This controlled feedback loop creates everything from rhythmic patterns to wild, chaotic modulations. The internal connections can be broken by inserting a patch cable in the Rate CV Input jack.

The Bender module is priced at US $139, and is expected to be available in February.