The Polyend SEQ Is A WYSIWYG Drum Step Sequencer (Sneak Preview)

At Superbooth 16, we talked with gear startup Polyend about their upcoming SEQ WYSIWYG drum step sequencer.

The SEQ is a beautiful visual step sequencer – a bit like a monome on steroids.

In the video above, Polyend founder Piotr Raczynski gives an overview and demo of the SEQ. Raczynski calls the SEQ a ‘what you see is what you get’ (WYSIWYG) sequencer, because there is a row for each of its 8 channels, and each step of the sequence has a dedicated button.  Continue reading

Alpha Piano MPiano At Musikmesse 2016

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At Musikmesse 2016, Alpha Piano introduced the MPiano – a futuristic touch-sensitive keyboard.

The “M” stands for ‘mechatronic’ piano. Beneath each key is an adjustable actuator that makes the resistance and thereby the perceived weight of the keys adjustable. This means it can have the ‘feel’ of a concert grand, an organ or synth keyboard, depending on your preference.

In addition, the surfaces of the individual keys are touch-sensitive and can be used for expressive MIDI control.

Here’s a video overview from the show floor: Continue reading

Arturia MatrixBrute Hands-On Demos

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The Arturia MatrixBrute analog synthesizer, introduced at the 2016 NAMM Show, is a work in progress.

But Arturia is offering a sneak preview of the MatrixBrute synthesizer at Superbooth 16 and Musikmesse 2016.

Here are a few hands-on demos, offering both an update on both the state of the MatrixBrute and a preview of the analog synth’s sound: Continue reading

Tangerine Dream’s Peter Baumann Announces New Album, Machines Of Desire

PrintSynthesist Peter Baumann has announced a new album, Machines Of Desire, his first album in decades.

Baumann was a member of Tangerine Dream from 1971 to 1977, the group’s most important period, for many fans.

In addition to his work with Tangerine Dream, Baumann produced records by Conrad Schnitzler, Cluster and Hans-Joachim Roedelius;, released several successful solo albums; and founded the new age music label Private Music.

Here’s a preview of the new album, the music video for Dust to Dust: Continue reading