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!

Here’s their official intro video: Continue reading

Theremin Music In The Streets Of Bucharest

Reader Simon Iddol, founder of Moarrr, shared this video with us, which captures an interesting experience he had in Bucharest.

“This was one of my most trippy and most heart warming experience in 2014,” explains Iddol. “I was wandering around alone in the Old Town….before my gig. I heard a strange and really unique sound from somewhere,and I got really excited. Is it a theremin? How? Why? On the street? In winter?” Continue reading

Korg MS-20 Module Review

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg introduced the MS-20 Module Kit with SQ-1 Analog Sequencer.

The Korg MS-20 Module Kit lets you build a module version of the iconic MS-20 analog synthesizer, but with expanded synthesis capabilities over all of Korg’s previous MS-20 synths.

In this video review, via sonicstate, Nick Batt takes a look at the new Korg MS-20 Module: Continue reading