At the 2015 NAMM Show, Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments introduced the Polyphonic Rhythm Generator – a high-end step sequencer that is one of the most complex and powerful hardware step sequencers ever created.
The new sequencer is:
polyphonic – it can sequence three lines, completely independently;
polyrhthmic – it can be used to create complex rhythmic patterns, and includes a powerful Euclidean pattern generator; and
polymetric – it can create sequences of different lengths, syncing them either by a shared pulse (creating cyclic interlocking patterns), by a shared down beat (creating complex time signatures) or they can run completely independently.
Here’s an in-depth intro video from the NAMM Show, featuring Buchla engineer Charles Seeholzer. Note that the new Buchla sequencer is insanely deep, and this video digs deep into the many options that it offers:
This video, via Jürgen Driessen, is an exploration of the new Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer.
While other synths offer monophonic, polyphonic or even paraphonic synthesis, the Streichfett might be characterized as pornophonic – designed to create the the ‘adult’ sound of vintage string synthesizers. Continue reading →
Paracosm has released Polymer – a ‘Polyphonic Voice Distributor’ for OS X that lets you use a group of monosynths as a polyphonic synthesizer.
Polymer lets you play your monophonic synths together polyphonically, as if they’re one giant mutant polysynth. You can also alternate notes between different synths in monophonic sequences, layer pads and leads to create songs without leaving the keyboard, or experiment with the outer limits of modular paraphony.
Because it works via MIDI, Polymer is compatible with almost any modern electronic instrument — modulars, samplers, polysynths, even virtual instruments through the OS X IAC Bus. Continue reading →
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 →
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.
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 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.