Free Online Roland Boutique JU-06 Editor/Patch Librarian

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Breadandbuttersounds, which recently introduced an online Roland Boutique JP-08 Editor/Patch librarian, has announced a similar web-based patch editor for the Roland Boutique JU-06.

The editor uses the Web MIDI API, so it requires a web browser that supports it. Chrome is recommended.  Continue reading

Roland System 500 Eurorack Modules Now Available

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At Musikmesse 2015, Roland introduced the System-500, an all-new, fully analog modular synthesizer system, produced in colloboration with modular manufacturer Malekko, that’s compatible with Eurorack systems.

The Roland System 500 Eurorack modules are now available. Here are the details: Continue reading

The 10 Best New Synthesizers Of 2015

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As part of our look back at the Best of 2015, we asked readers to vote on the best new synthesizers of 2015.

With thousands of votes cast, Synthtopia readers made a clear choice, selecting the Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet 6 as the best new synth of 2015.

The Prophet-6 combines the best qualities of the original Prophet-5 – true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers – with modern effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator and more.

The Moog Mother 32 – semi-modular all-in-one synth that works standalone or in a Eurorack system – took the next spot, And Korg’s reissue of the ARP Odyssey took third place.

Check the full results below, to see the 10 best new synths of 2015, as chosen by Synthtopia readers. And let us know what you think of the synths introduced in 2015! Continue reading

The 10 Most Interesting Synth Introductions Of 2015

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2015 has been an amazing year for synth introductions – with major new synth lines from Roland, Yamaha and Korg; new modular synths, both big and small, from Moog and others; a new Prophet from Dave Smith Instruments; innovative new synths from smaller companies and hundreds of new synth modules.

Here are the 10 most interesting synth introductions of 2015, ranked according to what new synths the most Synthtopia readers chose to read about this year.

Check out the list – and then let us know what you think of the synths introduced in 2015!

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