Serum Toolkit Offers 100 New Presets

serum-wavetable-synthesizerXfer Records has released Serum Toolkit Vol. 1 – the first preset pack for its Serum Wavetable Synthesizer.

Designed by producer & author Francis Preve, the collection offers 100 presets that Xfer says ‘run the gamut from modern genres like Future House, Indie, and Ambient, to reproductions of vintage synths like the Arp Omni II, Roland D-50 and TB-303’. The Toolkit also includes an array of special effects like Dopplers, risers, cheering crowds and talk boxes.

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Moog Model 15 For iOS Hands-On Demo

The latest episode of the iOS App Update takes a look at Moog Music’s new Model 15 software synthesizer.

Host Mitch Gallagher is joined by Sweetwater synth guru, Daniel Fisher, who helped develop the preset patches for the Model 15 app. Continue reading

iPad Music Apps At Superbooth 16

At Superbooth 16, iPad music software was well-represented, in large part because of the presence of members of members of Musik App Manufaktur – a collective of developers of iOS apps.

They were presenting their applications, zMors Modular, Modstep. Triqtraq and Elastic Drums and also showing how they could be used in combination, using the recently introduced Ableton Link. We talked with each of them individually, and also filmed a multi-app jam session.

In the first video, above, Sven Braun gives a short introduction to his app, zMors Modular, and demonstrates how he uses it in combination with a Eurorack modular synthesizer.

In the next video, Benjamin Weiss introduces his iPad sequencing app, Modstep, and explains how the app can be used to sequence its internal instruments, iPad software and external hardware and software: Continue reading

New iPad Synth, Shoom, Offers Three Synth Engines, Microtonal Support

shoom-ipad-synthDeveloper Yuri Turov has introduced Shoom, an ‘expressive XY pad synthesizer’ that offers three identical synth engines and support for both 12-tone equal temperament and xenharmonic + microtonal music.

Features:

  • Three independent synthesizers
  • 20–20,000 Hz pitch range
  • Slide freely or snap notes to scale with adjustable glide rate
  • Set notes to infinite hold using a dedicated toggl
  • Microtonal and non-octave repeating scales support
  • MIDI CC control and clock sync (MIDI note input coming in a later update)
  • Inter-App Audio, Audiobus 2 support
  • 60+ bundled presets
  • Import and export of presets and CC maps

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An Introduction To Reaktor’s Euro Reakt Blocks

This official Native Instruments video features an introduction to Michael Hetrick’s free Euro Reakt Blocks.

Euro Reakt is a series of Blocks inspired by many decades of modular synthesizer innovation. These Blocks focus on the aspects of modular synthesis that make it so popular and unique, including generative composition, wild multi-out effects, intense modulations and deep control. Continue reading

Softube Modular Wants To Be Your Virtual Eurorack Synthesizer

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Musikmesse 2016: Softube has announced Softube Modular – a software modular synthesizer that emulates the world of Eurorack modular synths.

According to the company, Softube Modular ‘makes the Eurorack modular synthesizer truly accessible for everyone’. Continue reading