Roland Alpha Juno

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The Roland Alpha Juno line was released in 1985. While the Alpha Juno synths have a basic architecture, they still sound great, because of their combination of analog filter & ‘warm’ chorus effect.

This audio demo is all Alpha Juno, featuring multi-tracked Roland Alpha Juno 1 and MKS 50 (rack mount). The only effects used are delay, reverb and auto-pan.

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Live Cover Of Crockett’s Theme, By Jan Hammer

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Sunday Synth Jam: Kebu (Sebastian Teir) makes a return appearance, with his live performance of Jan Hammer’s Miami Vice track, Crockett’s Theme.

In the performance, Teir uses only analog synths and vintage sequencers. The video was recorded live at Dynamo, Turku, in May 2012.

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Sunrizer Synth Gets Two Free Sound Libraries

Sunrizer iPad software synthesizerDeveloper Constantin Aliferis has released two free sound libraries for Sunrizer synth for the iPad:

  • CFA Vintage Electronica Virtual Analogue provides vintage electronic sound patches.
  • CFA Ambient & Sound Design provides evolving and ambient sounds as well as arpeggios.

To get the libraries:

  • In Sunrizer, Open the patch library & select ‘Banks’;
  • Select ‘Web Library’ and click on the bank names

Sunrizer is available in the App Store for $4.99. Details are available at the developer’s site.

via Constantin Aliferis

The New Sound Of Music – A View Of Electronic Music From 1979

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The New Sound of Music is a vintage BBC documentary (1979) that looks at the development of recorded music, from the first barrel organs, pianolas, the phonograph, the magnetic tape recorder on to the concepts of musique concrete and electronic music.

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Syntorial Puts Virtual Synthesizer Into Synthesis Training Program

Developer Joe Hanley has launched a KickStarter campaign for Syntorial – an interactive training program designed to help musicians program synth sounds faster and easier.

Handley says that Syntorial differs from other synth tutorials in two important ways:

  • It’s software. The current offerings of synth tutorials are either books, videos, articles or websites. While they can only present information, a program can interact with the user. And that’s just what Syntorial does. Through a series of challenges Syntorial gradually builds up your sound design skills so that by the end of the entire tutorial, you’re doing it.
  • Most tutorials focus on the technical ins-and-outs of synthesizers. Syntorial takes you through 58 different common synth parameters and trains your ear to instantly recognize how each one effects sound.

The deadline is Sep 22. It’s currently about 45% funded.

See the Syntorial Kickstarter site for details.

via Joe Hanley

MacBeth Micromac-r Makes “One Hell Of A Lot Of Sound”

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Here’s another sneak preview, via Ken MacBeth, of the upcoming Micromac-r synthesizer.

“This is the first test that I have done of the micromac-r synthesizer since this test example came back from the assembly plant,” says MacBeth. “All is good! It’s working perfectly! One hell of a lot of sound come from a very micro sized unit!”

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Moog Lives! 1969 R.A. Moog Modular Synthesizer Restored

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Dan () from Acoustica Software demonstrates his dream synth – a rare 1969 Moog modular:

I fulfilled a life-long dream by buying a 1969 Moog Modular system.

This system was custom-ordered by Rick Powell, a musician and friend of Bob Moog, and was used on a number of pretty bad Moog albums in the 70s.

When I got it it had been restored by one of the top technicians in the United States but had been sitting for a while. The jacks were dirty and the keyboard was entirely non-functional. I shot this video just after getting the keyboard cleaned up and working. I had just reassembled and polished the wood on the keyboard’s cabinet.

This system is a dream to play. It’s far more stable (due to factory stability mods) than I could have hoped for, and the filter is just amazing. This patch shows two 901A oscillators tracking together through the resonant low-pass filter in a typical Minimoog-style setup, with the third 901 oscillator acting as LFO for the filter.

Better yet – there’s a few slots to fill…….

via Jason