New Artificial Noise LAB:1 Synthesizer Designed To Sound ‘Thick & Raw”

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Designer Neil Burnby of Artificial Noise has introduced a new ‘experimental synthesizer’, the LAB:1.

The LAB:1 is a 6-oscillator synthesizer, “designed to sound thick and raw, with little regard for stability and ‘clean’ waveforms,” notes Bumby. “Expect to explore strange audio territories with the LAB:1.” Continue reading

Modal Electronics Intros 4 New Eurorack Modules, New Rack Synth At Winter NAMM Show

At the 2016 NAMM Show, Modal Electronics introduced 4 new Modal Eurorack modules, a new rack-mount synth and more.

In the video above, product specialist Luca Mucci gives an overview and demo of the new modules. Continue reading

Tasty Chips Electronics Intros ST4 Hybrid Synthesizer/Tracker

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Tasty Chips Electronics let us know about the ST4 Hybrid Synthesizer/Tracker, a unique device that combines a hybrid analog/digital synthesizer with a 16-bit style tracker music machine.

It has digital oscillators, backed up with sampling for versatility, with analogue VCF’s and VCA’s for character. The developer says that, while the ST4 is packed with features, it’s designed to be easy to use, with dedicated knobs and buttons.

Production of the ST4 is being funded via a Kickstarter project, which is already about a third of the way to its goal. Here is the official intro video: Continue reading

Roland A-01 Hands-On Demo Videos

2016 NAMM Show: Roland shared this series of video demos that take a look at getting started with the new A-01 MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.

The A-01 is one of the more surprising introductions at this year’s NAMM Show, because it offers a unique sound and a quirky collection of capabilities: Continue reading

Roland A-01 MIDI Controller & 8-Bit Synthesizer Overview & Demo

At the 2016 NAMM Show, held in Anaheim, CA Jan 21-24, Roland introduced the A-01 – an  hybrid mobile MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.

Here’s a video overview from Roland’s Peter Brown, that covers the A-01’s features.

See the video below for some audio demos of the A-01’s 8-bit synthesizer: Continue reading

Abstrakt Instruments Avalon Bassline At The 2016 NAMM Show

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Abstrakt Instruments was displaying the Avalon synth – an evolution of the classic Roland TB-303 synthesizer.

The core circuitry of the Avalon is based on the Roland TB-303, to which a new layer of analog and digital circuitry has been added to give the synth new capabilities.

They were also debuting their filter cartridge system, a set of hardware cartridges that plug into the Avalon and give it new analog filter options.

In the video below, Brian Castro of Abstrakt Instruments gives an overview of the Avalon Bassline Synthesizer on the NAMM Show floor. Continue reading