Noise Kitchen Synth Fest Coming June 12-16 In Brno, CZ

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Organizers have announced that the Noise Kitchen Synth Fest will be held June 12-16 in Brno, CZ.

Confirmed participants include: Elektron, Koma, MeeBlip, Erica Synths, Burnkit2600, Soulsby, Ginko Synthese, Error Instruments, Din Sync, BR Laser, LEP, LOM Instruments, Bastl Instruments, BuranElektrix, Audiolab and others.

Here’s the official announcement:

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New DIY Synth, The Crowminius, Inspired By Minimoog & CS-80

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DIY synth guru Scott Rider, aka the Old Crow, has announced a new DIY project, inspired by the circuits of the Moog Minimoog and the Yamaha CS-80.

The two main goals for the ‘Crowminius‘ project were:

  • to make a new synth in the style of a Minimoog 204D (“model D”) for a good friend, who lost his circa 1974 original Mini to hurricane Katrina; and
  • to create a synth that would fit in a compact aluminum attache case.

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Laurentide SynthWorks Dual Passive Vactrol Gate Now Available

laurentide-synthworks-vactrolLaurentide SynthWorks has announced that their VG2 Dual Passive Vactrol Gate is now available.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

No power needed! Each Vactrol Gate has 1 CV Input (gate, envelope, LFO, etc.), 1 Audio Input and 1 Audio Output. The CV Input hits the Vactrol LED, allowing audio to pass through. In addition, there is a simple Low Pass Filter applied to the Audio Input with an Amount (Cutoff) knob.

As this is a passive circuit, it will not give you full cutoff control, but it does allow the taming of harsh waveshapes.

The LPF is simply the same concept as a guitar’s “tone” control. Also, there is an LED at the CV Input for quick visual reference and LED light action!

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