Korg Volca Keys Polyphonic (Paraphonic) Demo

This video, via Frederic Gerchambeau, demos using the Korg Volca Keys as a three-voice synthesizer.

The Volca Keys lets you play up to three notes at a time, but uses the old-school paraphonic approach, where the three oscillators can be independently controlled, but they are fed through common VCA, with a single envelope. Continue reading

QuNexus Sneak Preview

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Here’s another sneak preview of the Keith McMillen Instruments QuNexus keyboard controller, demonstrating how the keys sense pressure and location so that you can change the pitch or sound of notes – after you play the note.

The KMI QuNexus is currently under development as a funded Kickstarter project.

Magellan for iPad – Working With Dual Synths

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Here’s a quick intro to Yonac Software’s new software synth, Magellan for iPad.

The video explores one of the more unique features of Magellan – the twin independent polyphonic synth engines. It covers: loading presets, foregrounding a synth, adjusting parameters, synth coupling, and other advanced settings.

Magellan is available now in the App Store for $4.99.

If you’ve tried out Magellan – let us know what you think of it!

Wizdom Music’s Tachyon Lets You Morph Between Sounds As You Play Polyphonically

Wizdom Music has released a new iOS app, Jordan Rudess and Kevin Chartier’s Tachyon, that lets you morph between two sounds, polyphonically.

Here’s what they have to say about Tachyon:

Most instruments only allow you to play one sound at a time, but with Tachyon, you can seamlessly blend between any two sounds as you slide your fingers up and down the screen.

The visual experience of Tachyon is just as mesmerizing. As you move along the playing surface, a field of twinkling stars morphs into the shape of your selected instrument, allowing a direct correlation between sight and sound.

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Mutable Instruments Ambika – A Translucent Polyphonic DIY Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

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Mutable Instruments has announced the Ambika – a new DIY polyphonic synthesizer.

Translucent, polyphonic, DIY and even a bit sexy – the Ambika will allow for six voices. It can be configured so that all of the voices have the same synth design or with unique synth designs on a per-channel basis.

“It’s huge,” they note, “And it draws a lot of power!”

Here are the details….

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The StudioLogic Sledge Polyphonic Keyboard Synthesizer

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At the 2012 NAMM Show, Studiologic introduced the Sledge polyphonic keyboard synthesizer – a new keyboard, based on a Waldorf sound engine.

The Sledge combines the power of the Waldorf engine with a retro, knobby front panel.

The synth is based around the latest Waldorf modelling technology, offering virtual analog and wave table synthesis, derived from the PPG wave. The three oscillators, plus a Noise generator, are fed into Sledge’s multimode filter, with selectable 24 / 12 dB slope.The old school interface makes clear the signal path and how each control affects the result.

And two built-in effect units deliver Chorus, Phaser and Flanger, as well as a reverb or an analogue style delay.

Details below. Check out the info and let us know what you think of the StudioLogic Sledge synthesizer.

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ARP Polyphonic Arpeggiator & Sequencer Introduced

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Homegrown Sounds has introduced ARP, an advanced polyphonic arpeggiator and note sequencer with scale remapping for powerful sequencing possibilities.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

With ARP, sequences can be re-mapped based on the played note – so, for example, a sequence can be forced to fit to the major scale. The idea behind this is to break away from the typical note sequencer where every key simply transposes the sequence, the ability to remap each note results in a much more creative sequence.

The Muter Section is a gate sequencer which decides which notes will play. ARP is also polyphonic and so can be used as a typical Gate Sequencer, or even more interesting as a polyphonic sequencer that syncopates. There is also the ability to offset the start note of each sequence so that when 2 notes are pressed together they automatically play syncopated. Finally there is OmniChorder which allows triggering up to another 2 notes when one note is pressed to create a chord, this becomes interesting when used with the Scale Remapper which can leave you with a selection of interesting one finger chords.

The demo version is fully featured, but times out after 10 minutes, it can downloaded here.

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