Today, Roland officially announced its new series of AIRA products:
- The AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer – a $499 drum machine;
- The AIRA TB-3 Touch Bassline – a $299 bassline synth;
- The AIRA VT-3 Voice Transformer – a $199 vocal effects processor and vocoder; and
- The AIRA System-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer – a $599 virtual analog synthesizer that can transform into a variety of classic synth, and act as a hardware controller for a new line of software synthesizers.
The AIRA series is based on Roland’s newly-developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) which the company says faithfully captures the sound of some of Roland’s most revered classics. In developing the AIRA line, Roland modeled classic circuits, using original design specs, consultation with original product engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit, using pristinely-archived Roland drum machines and synthesizers.
We got a sneak preview of the Roland AIRA line at the 2014 NAMM Show. The line is hands on, appears to be solidly built and is priced surprisingly competitively. These aren’t purist recreations, but they are not stripped-down knockoffs, either.
Instead, Roland has tried to combine the best features of some of their classic gear with modern functions that today’s technology makes possible. See our Roland AIRA overview for a hands-on.video demo of the new line. Continue reading
Here’s an in-depth overview of the new Monark synthesizer, a virtual analog from Native Instruments.
In the video, Dubspot’s Matt Cellitti demos the features and a selection of Monark sounds. Continue reading
The video captures Korg product specialist Luke Edwards and Nick from Sonic State digging deep into the new King Korg. Edwards discusses the King Korg’s architecture, the synths multiple filters and demos a variety of sounds. Continue reading
Novation has officially announced a new minisynth & vocoder, the Novation MiniNova.
The Novation MiniNova is a compact synth with the same sound engine as its big brother; the UltraNova.
- Powerful micro synthesizer with UltraNova’s sound engine
- VocalTune and classic vocoder effects
- Live synth: tweak and warp your sounds in realtime
- 256 awesome onboard sounds – instantly searchable
- Layer up to 5 effects per voice
- Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
- un guitars and other instruments through the vocoder, VocalTune? and effects
- 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O
We’ve got photos, videos and specs below. Check it out and let us know what you think of the new Novation MiniNova!
The second in the series, Animation Vol 2 – Emulation features 124 presets ‘with a twist’:
Imagine if you ignored the Anisotropic engine in Animoog, or just used it as an extra LFO without the wave-scanning. That’s exactly what Sunsine Audio has done here.
It turns out when you aren’t surfing through 8 waves every second Animoog actually sounds remarkably like an analog beast of yesteryear. The results end up being closer to Moog’s legacy products than anything normally heard out of Animoog.
“We ended up with some the most squelchy, thick analog sounding tones to come out of an iPhone or iPad ever,” said Fletcher Kaufman of Sunsine Audio. “If you’re seeking classic Moog tones, search no further.
Here’s an analog vs virtual analog comparison, via virtualoberheim, of the SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II virtual Oberheim VSTi software synth for Windows and a vintage Oberheim OB-X Rev.2.
The lower manual in the video is an USB MDI master keyboard (an Emu Xboard 61) which drives OP-X PRO-II hosted in Steinberg Cubase 5. No effects or any other treatments were involved, both OB-X and OP-X PRO-II were recorded directly to disk, OB-X over the line inputs of an RME HDSP 9632.
The video switches quickly back and forth between the two sources, making it easy to listen for differences.
Check it out and let us know what you think! Can you hear differences between the vintage Oberheim and its virtual recreation?