Plankton Electronics Intros The Earwig Rectifying Mixer For Eurorack Modular Synths

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Plankton Electronics has introduced the Earwig – a rectifying mixer for Eurorack modular synthesizers.

The core of each channel is two half wave rectifiers and one full wave rectifier. There is also gain, pre and post-rectifier bias and an inverter amp. 2 CV bias inputs are provided to modulate the signal. Each channel accepts audio and CV signals. Continue reading

Sundog Scale Studio For Mac, Windows Gets Major Update

sundog-studiosFeelyoursound.com has updated its MIDI composition software Sundog Scale Studio, for Mac & Windows, to version 1.4.0.

Sundog is a stand-alone MIDI sequencer that is designed to provide tools focused on composition.

It works like this:

  1. Connect Sundog to your DAW via MIDI.
  2. Pick a scale – like C Major or E Minor.
  3. Sundog will show you a list of chords that can be used on this scale.
  4. Create a chord progression by clicking and listening.
  5. Use the internal step sequencer to create melodies or arpeggios on your chords and scale notes.

The update adds enhanced sequencing options, improved MIDI support, ‘tighter’ MIDI clock, new views and more.  Continue reading

Behringer Plans Entire Line Of Vintage-Inspired Polyphonic Analog Synths

roland-jupiter-8Behringer recently started testing the water to gauge interest in a new line of synths.

So we asked Synthtopia readers what they’d want to see in a Behringer synthesizer, and over 2,500 people weighed in.

Now, Peter Grandl of German language synth site Amazona.de shared an interview with Behringer founder Uli Behringer, and it sounds like the company is planning an entire line of vintage-inspired analog polyphonic synths.  Continue reading

Ableton Intros Time And Timbre Percussion Instrument

Ableton has released Time and Timbre, a Max for Live percussion instrument and ‘time engine’ that they say is the result of three years of development by the duo Skinnerbox.

The pack consists of five individual drum synthesis modules (Timbre) and a polymetric sequencer (Time), as well as a built-in mastering plug-in (Master Blaster). Continue reading

Ondes Update Adds ‘Swarm’ Oscillators, MIDI Out

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Olympia Noise Company has released a major update to Ondes, its Ondes Martenot inspired musical instrument app for iPad.

The update adds swarm oscillators to its synth engine, new modulation parameters, microtonal tuning and and a new MIDI mode.

Here’s a video demo of Ondes being used as a duophonic continuous controller for a modular synthesizer: Continue reading