Musikmesse 2014: Clavia has announced the Nord Lead A1R - a desktop or rack-mountable version of the Lead A1 analog-modeling synthesizer, introduced earlier this year at the Winter NAMM Show.
All of the features of the Lead A1 synth are carried over to the A1R, with the exception of the keyboard. The waveform engine generates 47 different waveforms from classic analog to digital harmonic and inharmonic waves. Filters include Low Pass, High Pass and Band Pass, along with the newly modeled Ladder M and Ladder TB filters.
The A1′s effects section offers vintage Chorus and Ensemble models. Delay, Reverb, Drive, Phaser and Flanger, with independent settings for each of the four slots. Nord’s Morph function, via Velocity or the Mod Wheel, is also included, allowing multiple parameters to be morphed in real time.
Other features include an independent arpeggiator for each of the four slots, Master Clock sync of the LFO, delay and Arpeggiator, MIDI over USB, and four independent outputs.
Several updates have been made to the Lead A1/A1R design since it was announced at NAMM: Continue reading
Waldorf will be introducing a new synth at Musikmesse 2014, the Streichfett String Synthesizer.
The Waldorf Streichfett combines the best of the now extinct species of String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and a monophonic solo section, which, according to Waldorf, is ‘essential for recreating how adult movies sounded thirty years ago’. Continue reading
Soulsby Synthesizers has released the Atmegatron – a new 8-bit monosynth. It’s the debut product from Soulsby Synthesizers.
The Atmegatron combines the sounds of 1980s home computers with the flexibility and power of a modern synthesizer.
Here are official audio demos: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Dutch synthesist Martin Peters does a live performance of his composition, Fox on The Run.
“Start this music and let your imagination run wild,” suggests Peters. Continue reading
In this vintage 1985 full-length tutorial video, Steve DiFuria explains the secrets of analog and digital synthesis.
There a lot of good information in the video, along with some truly bizarre things. We’re talking incomprehensible voodoo-doll nipple torture bizarre.
Luckily, Difuria spends most of his time demonstrating synthesis concepts on what are now classic synthesizers. Continue reading
On Tuesday, February 04, 2014, Moog Music filed a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for “Matador”.
The USPTO has given the Matador trademark serial number of 86184008. The current federal status of this trademark filing is NEW APPLICATION – RECORD INITIALIZED NOT ASSIGNED TO EXAMINER. Continue reading
Developer MoShang has announced Groovesizer Red – a new 8-bit sequencer + synthesizer that will be available as a DIY project or pre-assembled.
The Groovesizer RED is a DIY 16-step MIDI sequencer and granular synth.
It features 16 LEDs (one per step), 5 potentiometers, and 5 buttons, MIDI input and ouput on 5-pin DINs, MIDI sync in and out, and audio out (mono) on an 1/8″ jack.
There are 32 user locations for saving patterns and patches. Up to 4 patterns can be chained together to create a 4 bar pattern. Note entry can be quantized to one of 12 pre-defined scales. Patterns can be triggered and transposed via MIDI. Notes can also be entered via an attached MIDI keyboard.
Here’s a preview of the Groovesizer Red in action: Continue reading
In this set of videos, Paul Crossman, of Point Blank Music School, explores the just-announced Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine and the AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline synthesizer.