Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine Brings Classic Keyboard Sounds To Your Guitar

Electro-Harmonix has introduced the C9 Organ Machine, a guitar effects pedal that synthesizes classic organ and keyboard sounds.

The EHX C9 pays homage to tones made famous by Keith Emerson, Ray Manzarek, Jon Lord, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and more.

In the video above, ‘effectology’ guru Bill Ruppert demonstrates how to use the C9 to turn a guitar to create vintage organ and electronic keyboard sounds.  Continue reading

Poll: If Behringer Makes A Synth, What Should They Make?


Many people think of Behringer primarily as a maker of ‘clones’ of popular music gear, or more recently, for creating some innovative mixer and monitor lines.

But, before Behringer was even a company, founder Uli Behringer got his start by building his own keyboard, the UB-1 synthesizer (above), when he was 16.

Now, it looks like Behringer could soon be making synthesizers again.  Continue reading

Mark Vail – The Synthesizer

Mark-Vail-the-SynthesizerAt the 2014 NAMM Show, we had the chance to talk with writer Mark Vail, who has written extensively for Keyboard magazine and is the author of two books found in a lot of keyboardists’ libraries, Vintage Synthesizers & The Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B.

Vail was carrying a proof copy of his latest book, The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument.

With a title like The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument, you might get the idea that the book covers a lot of territory. In fact, Vail’s book is an epic 432 page, profusely illustrated tome.

Or, as Vail told us, “it’s got thump”.

The book is not yet available, though you can pre-order it at Amazon. Based on the brief look we had at it, though, it looks like it will be another must-have for electronic musicians.  Continue reading

Waldorf Pulse 2 Analog Synth Now Available

Waldorf_Pulse_2Today German synth-maker Waldorf announced that their latest analog synthesizer, the Pulse 2, is now available, spinning the long-awaited synth’s debut as “proof positive that good things can come to those that wait.”

We first told you about the Pulse 2 almost two years ago, at the 2012 NAMM Show. At that time, Waldorf was promoting the Pulse 2 as the reincarnation of its “legendary” ancestor, the Waldorf Pulse, that was a constant presence in the electronic music of the 1990s.

Waldorf Pulse 2 Features: Continue reading