This is shot of the rather sexy Tyrell synthesizer – a new synth design which is, unfortunately, vaporware.
The Tyrell synth is a design of German online music magazine amazona.de. They created the Tyrell as a sort of “dream synthesizer” and to encourage manufacturers to think big and create synths that compare favorably to the greatest synths of all time. Continue reading →
I am working on a new app. Some of you may know that Line6 recently changed their licensing agreement around making apps for the Midi Mobilizer, which makes it much more attractive for developers. I decided to throw my hat in the ring, and have begun work on a MIDI sequencer focused on live MIDI jams with your favorite music gear. My goal with this (not yet named) app is to give you one of the most intuitive and fun sequencing environments you’ve ever used, while opening up the possibility of making music with your gear in more casual settings, other than sitting in front of a computer. We are rethinking the way things like piano rolls work by redesigning them for the touch screen and making them as easy to use as a paint program.
Features are still being decided, but you will be able to create multiple loops of MIDI and send them to any MIDI channel. You’ll also be able to automate CC’s to control your synthesizer’s knobs. Stay tuned for more info!
This is vaporware, at this point, but Bleep Box’s concept for a multitouch step sequencer sounds very interesting.
What features would you like to see in an ultimate touchscreen MIDI music sequencer?
My Dream Synthesizer has 3 sound modules that together generate the sound.
Digital Sound Module.
Physical Sound Module.
Vocal Sound Module.
They’re high-quality software modules with a lot of identity. The sound is constantly routed through all three
sound modules, whether generating sound or silent.
It has a big Low Resolution LED screen, covered with a transparent high resolution multi touch film for on
screen interaction with support for up to 3 fingers.
Draw the waveform on the screen and get instant control of the sound.
Use one finger to manipulate the Digital Sound Module.
Use two fingers to manipulate the Physical Sound Module.
Use three fingers to manipulate the Vocal Sound Module.
The envelope is basically ADSR, but with looping sustain. Draw your envelope curve.
You can record and automate all waveform and envelope changes making really complex sounding sounds
with just a finger stroke, recording your particular timing.
Select whether all automation should be triggered once or whether it should loop.
Paleologos’ dream synthesizer concept is fascinating – but it’s certainly not my dream synth.
Clean minimal interfaces look cool, but mean that you’ve got menus to remember and that you lose the immediacy of having one knob per function.
My dream synth would probably be an update to one of the classic analog synths – but with modern build quality, a good keyboard and velocity-sensitivity and aftertouch. Make it 16-voice polyphonic and you’re getting pretty close.
Or my dream synth might be something that combines the originality of some of the more interesting iPad apps with the tactile control and responsiveness of classic hardware synths.